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See detailProportion of extended-spectrum ß-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in community setting in Ngaoundere, Cameroon
LONCHEL, Carine Magoué; MEEX, Cécile ULg; Gangoué-Piéboji, Joseph et al

in BMC Infectious Diseases (2012), 12

BACKGROUND: There is no information regarding the resistance mechanisms of extended-spectrum ß-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae in community setting in Cameroon. The current study aimed to ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: There is no information regarding the resistance mechanisms of extended-spectrum ß-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae in community setting in Cameroon. The current study aimed to determine the proportion of ESBLs in Enterobacteriaceae isolated in the community and to analyse some risk factors associated with ESBL carriage. METHODS: Faecal samples were collected from 208 different outpatients and 150 healthy student volunteers between 3 January and 3 April 2009. Enterobacterial isolates resistant to third-generation cephalosporins were screened for ESBL production by the double-disk synergy test. Presumptive ESBL-producing isolates with positive synergy test were identified by Mass Spectrometry using the BioTyper MALDI-TOF. For such ESBL positive isolates, antibiotic susceptibility was determined by the Vitek 2 system. PCR and sequencing were performed for the detection of different types of ESBL genes in presumptive ESBL-producing isolates. Statistical methods were used for the univariate calculation of risk factors. RESULTS: During the study period, a total of 358 faecal samples were analysed; 58 of such samples (16%) showed an ESBL phenotype and were confirmed by PCR. The proportion of ESBL producers in faecal carriage was statistically different between outpatients and student volunteers (23.1% vs. 6.7%: p < 0.000). According to a univariate analysis, previous use of antibiotics (ciprofloxacin) appeared to be a risk factor for ESBL carriage (p < 0.05).Escherichia coli was the species most frequently isolated among the ESBL producers in outpatients (66.7%) and student volunteers (90%). Isolates showed additional resistance to gentamicin, ciprofloxacin and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole but none of them was resistant to temocillin, amikacin or meropenem. Most of the strains (97%) produced a CTX-M group 1 enzymes [CTX-M-15 (98%) or CTX-M-1 (2%)] and the remaining strains produced SHV-12 enzyme (3%). CONCLUSIONS: The use of drugs such as amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole does not seem appropriate for empirical treatment because of emerging resistance. The implementation in Cameroon or in other African countries of methods of screening ESBL-producing organisms in routine laboratories is of great importance in order for us to offer patients appropriate treatment and for infection control efforts to succeed. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of virgin olive oil volative fraction from two distinct geographical areas of eastern Morocco
Tanouti, K.; Serghini Caid, H.; Abid, M. et al

Conference (2012, March 09)

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See detailL’Europe peut-elle faire le poids face aux puissances émergentes ?
Santander, Sébastian ULg

Conference (2012, March 09)

La communication porte sur le défi que représente les puissances émergentes pour l'Europe comme acteur des relations internationales.

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See detailÉvolution des effectifs des populations d’éléphants d’Afrique soudanosahélienne :enjeux pour leur conservation
Bouché, Philippe ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

The first objective of this thesis was to analyze the evolution of Sudano-Sahelian African elephant populations in a context of environmental challenges and increasing human demography. The second ... [more ▼]

The first objective of this thesis was to analyze the evolution of Sudano-Sahelian African elephant populations in a context of environmental challenges and increasing human demography. The second objective was to propose solutions for elephant conservation in the Sudano-Sahelian context. To fulfill these objectives, aerial surveys have been carried out in every protected area harboring a known population of elephants. This work was first implemented at a local level on several study cases and finally at a global level. Results of aerial surveys estimate the current elephant number at minimum 7,745 elephants, about 2% of the African elephant total population. This confirmed that the elephant populations have been progressively fragmented and confined to few protected areas representing 5% of the Soudano-Sahelian strip. The long term (four decades) elephant population trends has been studied by comparing our results with the database of the study area. The half of the monitored population collapse during the last 40 years. The viability of small elephant population of 200 elephants and below is critical and several of them collapsed. Contrasted local situation have been observed : if a number depletion is often observed, in some protected areas elephant populations are stable or increasing. Although, trends of other large mammals’ population is not linked to that of the elephants. This result allow to conclude that the elephant is not a good indicator of the abundance of other large mammals’ population. Causes of elephant populations’ depletion are both due to climate change (global drought) and socio-economic (human demography and land use pressure) issues. An appropriate and permanent field management, a better valorisation of elephants and the creation of negotiated corridors with local people could garantee the future of Sudano-Sahelian African elephants. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of M-I coupling and auroral emissions at the outer planets
Grodent, Denis ULg

Conference (2012, March 09)

The bulk morphology of Jupiter's and Saturn's UV aurorae is conveniently divided into three components: 1) the main emission (main oval), 2) the satellites auroral footprints (equatorward of the main ... [more ▼]

The bulk morphology of Jupiter's and Saturn's UV aurorae is conveniently divided into three components: 1) the main emission (main oval), 2) the satellites auroral footprints (equatorward of the main emission): Io, Europa and Ganymede for Jupiter and Enceladus for Saturn, 3) the polar emissions (poleward of the main emission).This schematic view is already providing useful information on the giant planets aurorae. However, a quick inspection of HST and Cassini UV images directly shows that this simplified classification does not really match the complex morphology of the auroral emissions. As an example, in the case of Jupiter's UV aurorae, it appears that the main emission is not forming an oval, not even a closed shape; it is far from uniform and its position and size vary with time and depend on the viewing geometry. A secondary emission appears equatorward of the main emission and many small scale features regularly appear, some of them periodically. Satellites auroral footprints themselves appear to be much more intricate than predicted by present models. These footprints are actually multiple, their location and number vary periodically with time and with the satellites orbital longitude. The polar emissions are also much more complicated than predicted. Each of the above effects is related to a specific physical phenomenon in the atmosphere, the magnetosphere, or even in the planet's interior. For instance, the spatial distribution of the satellites auroral footprints made it possible to demonstrate the existence of a magnetic field anomaly near the surface of Jupiter's northern hemisphere. Observations which might appear insignificant, like the multiplicity of the satellites footprints or their periodicity are actually extremely valuable because they reveal the complexity of the interaction, in this case between a moon and the magnetospheric plasma of the planet around which it is orbiting. The same applies to small scale auroral structures which depict crucial magnetospheric processes like hot plasma injection, flux-tube interchange or magnetic reconnection mechanisms. The growing HST and Cassini databases are shedding new light on the origin of Jupiter's and Saturn's aurorae. Mechanisms that we thought could be taken for granted may even be challenged. [less ▲]

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See detailAlcohol and Youth : good practices in prevention in Wallonia
Gavray, Claire ULg

Conference (2012, March 08)

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See detailProcess for preparing electromagnetic interference shileding materials
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Patent (2012)

The present invention relates to a process for preparing an electromagnetic interference shielding material, or a precursor thereof, comprising a first polymer matrix and carbon conductive loads, said ... [more ▼]

The present invention relates to a process for preparing an electromagnetic interference shielding material, or a precursor thereof, comprising a first polymer matrix and carbon conductive loads, said process comprises the steps of: (a) Forming a reaction mixture comprising carbon conductive loads and a polymerizable medium said polymerizable medium comprising one or more monomers dissolved in a solvent, (b) Exposing the reaction mixture to polymerization conditions to polymerize said polymerizable medium and thus form a polymer, and (c) Forming a precipitate or an agglomerate of an electromagnetic interference shielding material made of less than 50 wt.% carbon conductive loads dispersed in the first polymer matrix formed in step (b), characterized in that, said polymer is insoluble in said solvent and in that a fraction of the polymer chains thus formed are grafted on part of the surface of the carbon conductive loads. [less ▲]

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See detailLes acquis et attitudes des jeunes de 15 ans en culture scientifique - PISA 2006
Baye, Ariane ULg; Quittre, Valérie ULg

Scientific conference (2012, March 08)

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See detailCaractérisation des espaces périurbains, morphologie actuelle et prospective
De Smet, Fabian ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

L’étalement urbain est un défi majeur pour nos territoires européens et plus spécifiquement belges. Il se concrétise par l’urbanisation massive de territoires périphériques de villes, appelés espaces ... [more ▼]

L’étalement urbain est un défi majeur pour nos territoires européens et plus spécifiquement belges. Il se concrétise par l’urbanisation massive de territoires périphériques de villes, appelés espaces périurbains. Cette urbanisation a des conséquences multiples, notamment en termes architecturaux et urbanistiques. Nous avons défini la forme périurbaine comme un état de l’évolution des espaces périurbains, formulé à partir de leurs composantes bâties et de leur organisation. Dans ce contexte, l’objectif principal de cette thèse est l’amélioration de la connaissance de la forme périurbaine. En d’autres termes, il s’agit de contribuer à l’émergence d’un cadre de réflexion sur l’actualité et l’avenir morphologique des espaces périurbains. Pour nous, il s’agit d’un préalable indispensable à la gestion des caractères architecturaux et urbanistiques de ces espaces. Afin d’apporter notre contribution à la construction de ce cadre de réflexion, nous avons structuré notre démarche scientifique autour de trois objectifs plus spécifiques. Ceux-ci structurent cette thèse. Le premier de ces objectifs est l’évaluation de la connaissance et de la reconnaissance des spécificités des espaces périurbains. Dans la première partie de cette thèse, nous nous sommes attaché à faire l’état de la connaissance des espaces périurbains et des concepts qui sont mobilisés pour les décrire. Ainsi, le second chapitre de notre dissertation dresse un bilan critique des connaissances relatives aux espaces périurbains. Dans le troisième chapitre, nous mettons en perspective le vocabulaire mobilisé dans leur description et leur gestion légale et opératoire. Le second objectif de cette thèse est le développement d’un outil d’analyse des tissus bâtis périurbains. Ainsi, le quatrième chapitre de la dissertation porte plus spécifiquement sur les formes périurbaines et leur analyse. Nous y développons la méthode d’observation et d’analyse morphologique de l’espace périurbain que nous avons construite et testée sur l’espace périurbain liégeois. Nous en explicitons le développement et en commentons les résultats. Cette méthode nous a permis de construire une typologie des tissus bâtis périurbains et, ainsi, de proposer un cadre de caractérisation de la forme périurbaine. Le troisième objectif est la proposition de scénarios prospectifs quant aux avenirs possibles de la forme périurbaine. Dans le cinquième chapitre de cette dissertation nous nous sommes intéressé à l’utilisation des résultats de la classification typologique à des fins de simulations prospectives. Sur base de ces résultats, nous avons construit des scénarios d’évolution potentielle de l’urbanisation périurbaine et de la forme périurbaine. [less ▲]

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See detailUne approche par compétences : Introduction, bénéfices et écueils – Illustrations par le cas de l’ULg -
Poumay, Marianne ULg

Conference (2012, March 08)

Dédiée à un public d'enseignants-chercheurs majoritairement français, cette conférence abordait l'intérêt du concept de compétence pour décrire des programmes dans l'enseignement supérieur, mais aussi ... [more ▼]

Dédiée à un public d'enseignants-chercheurs majoritairement français, cette conférence abordait l'intérêt du concept de compétence pour décrire des programmes dans l'enseignement supérieur, mais aussi pour les ré-organiser et pour y mettre en œuvre des méthodes innovantes et clairement centrées sur l'apprentissage des étudiants. La question de l'évaluation de ces compétences y a aussi été effleurée. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparative study of the ‘architect-friendliness’ of six building performance simulation tools
Attia, Shady ULg; Weytjens, Lieve; De Herde, André et al

in International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development (2012), 2(3), 237-244

Concerning net zero energy buildings, providing early design support for architects has never been more important. In this context, building performance simulation tools could be a strong supportive ... [more ▼]

Concerning net zero energy buildings, providing early design support for architects has never been more important. In this context, building performance simulation tools could be a strong supportive technique, when integrated early in the architectural design process. However, despite the available range of tools, most of them do not meet the architects' requirements. To identify this gap, this study compared the ‘architect-friendliness’ of six state-of-the-art simulation tools, to highlight the architects' requirements for these tools and to develop guidelines for researchers and tool developers. The examined tools included ECOTECT, IES/VE – Sketch-Up, Energy10, eQuest, HEED, and Design Builder. The analysis was based on an extensive list of criteria defining the user-friendliness of tools from an architect's point of view. The results show that no single tool is entirely adequate to assist the architect's decision-making process. One of the major limitations is the poor communication and visualization of the output results. [less ▲]

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See detailProcess for preparing electromagnetic interference shileding materials
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Patent (2012)

The present invention relates to a process for preparing an electromagnetic interference shielding material, or a precursor thereof, comprising a first polymer matrix and carbon conductive loads, said ... [more ▼]

The present invention relates to a process for preparing an electromagnetic interference shielding material, or a precursor thereof, comprising a first polymer matrix and carbon conductive loads, said process comprises the steps of: (a) Forming a reaction mixture comprising carbon conductive loads and a polymerizable medium said polymerizable medium comprising one or more monomers dissolved in a solvent, (b) Exposing the reaction mixture to polymerization conditions to polymerize said polymerizable medium and thus form a polymer, and (c) Forming a precipitate or an agglomerate of an electromagnetic interference shielding material made of less than 50 wt.% carbon conductive loads dispersed in the first polymer matrix formed in step (b), characterized in that, said polymer is insoluble in said solvent and in that a fraction of the polymer chains thus formed are grafted on part of the surface of the carbon conductive loads. [less ▲]

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