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See detailEarly decision support for net zero energy buildings design using building performance simulation
Attia, Shady ULg; Gratia, Elisabeth; De Herde, Andre et al

in Clean Technology for Smart Cities and Buildings (2013, September)

This paper aims to investigate the use of building performance simulation tools as a method of informing the design decision of NZEBs. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of a simulation-based ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to investigate the use of building performance simulation tools as a method of informing the design decision of NZEBs. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of a simulation-based decision aid, ZEBO, on informed decision-making using sensitivity analysis. The objective is to assess the effect of ZEBO and other BPS tools on three specific outcomes: (i) knowledge and satisfaction when using simulation for NZEB design; (ii) users’ decision-making attitudes and patterns, and (iii) performance robustness based on an energy analysis. The paper utilizes three design case studies comprising a framework to test the use of BPS tools. Two types of data were collected, mainly preference and performance data. The preference data were used to collect information from participants using self-reported metrics. The performance data were used to collect information on the energy performance of the final design. The energy evaluations were compared with the results of a quantitative assessment of the overall design performance. Finally the results were compared and presented. The paper provides results that shed light on the effectiveness of sensitivity analysis as an approach for informing the design decisions of NZEBs. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly design simulation tools for net zero energy buildings: a comparison of ten tools
Attia, Shady ULg; De Herde, André

in Conference Proceedings of 12th International Building Performance Simulation Association, 2011 (2011, November)

Given the challenges to design Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs), the use of Building Performance Simulation (BPS) tools during early design phases has been indispensable. In this context, we compare ten ... [more ▼]

Given the challenges to design Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs), the use of Building Performance Simulation (BPS) tools during early design phases has been indispensable. In this context, we compare ten early design BPS tools. The aim is to define the potential of using and integrating the tools by architect during the design of NZEBs. The examined tools include HEED, e-Quest, ENERGY-10, Vasari, Solar Shoebox, Open Studio Plug-in, IES-VE- Ware, DesignBuilder, ECOTECT and BEopt. The comparison is based on two different criteria sets. The results describe tools limitations and major requirements to meet the NZEBs objective implications. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly detection of alien plants in xeric Natura 2000 sites in Southern Belgium
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Frisson, Gwenn; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Poster (2012)

The Natura 2000 network consists of sites designated by the member States of the European Union, under the Habitats and Birds Directives. Setting up that network is one of the biggest challenge in nature ... [more ▼]

The Natura 2000 network consists of sites designated by the member States of the European Union, under the Habitats and Birds Directives. Setting up that network is one of the biggest challenge in nature conservation in Europe, since habitats and species for which Natura 2000 sites are designated must be maintained in a “favorable conservation status”. Little is known so far, however, about how Natura 2000 sites are invaded by exotics species. Xeric habitats of high biological value included in the Natura 2000 network are among the most species-rich in Southern Belgium. They include calcareous grasslands, sandy meadows, dry heathlands, boxwood stands, siliceous rocks and calcareous rocks. We randomly sampled 15% of sites in each of these six categories (with a minimum of five sites per category) , with a total of 86 sites out of 470 existing sites. In each site, we recorded the presence/absence of 63 alien plants know to develop in xeric habitats (species list based on Verloove (2006) and expert’s personnal observations.), and estimated species cover. 25 naturalized alien plant species were observed in xeric habitats of the Natura 2000 network in Southern Belgium. Generally, alien species populations were still limited. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly detection of relapse by whole-body positron emission tomography in the follow-up of patients with Hodgkin's disease.
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Fassotte, Marie-France ULg et al

in Annals of Oncology (2003), 14(1), 123-30

BACKGROUND: Relapse after treatment of Hodgkin's disease (HD) is usually identified as a result of the investigation of symptoms. We undertook this study to examine the value of whole-body positron ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Relapse after treatment of Hodgkin's disease (HD) is usually identified as a result of the investigation of symptoms. We undertook this study to examine the value of whole-body positron emission tomography (PET) for the detection of preclinical relapse. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients underwent 2-[fluorine-18]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ((18)F-FDG) PET at the end of treatment and than every 4-6 months for 2-3 years after the end of polychemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. In those cases of abnormal (18)F-FDG accumulation a confirmatory study was performed 4-6 weeks later. RESULTS: One patient had residual tumor and four patients relapsed during a follow-up of 5-24 months. All five events were correctly identified early by (18)F-FDG PET. Residual tumor or relapse was never first diagnosed based on clinical examination, laboratory findings or computed tomography (CT) studies. Two patients presented B symptoms and the three others were asymptomatic at the time of residual disease or relapse. Confirmation of residual disease or relapse was obtained by biopsy in four patients 1, 1, 5 and 9 months after PET and by unequivocal clinical symptoms and CT studies in one patient 3 months after PET. False-positive (18)F-FDG PET studies incorrectly suggested possible relapse in six other patients, but the confirmatory PET was always negative. Our study also provides important information about physiological (18)F-FDG uptake in the thymus. CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest the potential of (18)F-FDG PET to detect preclinical relapse in patients with HD. This could help identify patients requiring salvage chemotherapy at the time of minimal disease rather than at the time of clinically overt relapse. Further studies are warranted to determine the impact of PET on treatment management and outcome. In fact, the aim of follow-up procedures is not only to detect preclinical relapse but mainly to obtain better results by starting salvage treatment earlier. A cost-benefit analysis will also be necessary before (18)F-FDG PET can be used routinely in the follow-up of patients with HD. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly development of stricturing or penetrating pattern in Crohn's disease is influenced by disease location, number of flares, and smoking but not by NOD2/CARD15 genotype
Louis, Edouard ULg; Michel, V.; Hugot, J. P. et al

in Gut (2003), 52(4), 552-557

Background: Crohn's disease is a heterogeneous entity. Disease behaviour, characterised as structuring, penetrating, or non-stricturing non-penetrating, is a clinically important phenotype as it is ... [more ▼]

Background: Crohn's disease is a heterogeneous entity. Disease behaviour, characterised as structuring, penetrating, or non-stricturing non-penetrating, is a clinically important phenotype as it is associated with complications and need for surgery. It has recently been showed that the behaviour of Crohn's disease changes over the course of the disease. Aim: To assess the association between rapid development of a penetrating or stricturing pattern of Crohn's disease and demographic and clinical characteristics as well as NOD2/CARD15 genotype. Patients and methods: A total of 163 patients with a firm diagnosis of Crohn's disease and who had non-penetrating non-stricturing disease at diagnosis were studied. Various demographic and clinical characteristics as well as anitsaccharomyces cerevisiae antibody status and NOD2/CARD15 genotype were documented in these patients. These characteristics were compared in subgroups of patients according to evolution of disease behaviour five years after diagnosis. Results: Five years after diagnosis there were 110 (67.5%) patients with non-structuring non-penetrating disease, 18 (11%) with stricturing disease, and 35 (21.5%) with penetrating disease. In multivariate analysis, only disease location and number of flares per year were significantly discriminant between the three subgroups (p=0.0009 and 0.0001, respectively). Ileal location of the disease was associated with a stricturing pattern while a high number of flares was associated with a penetrating pattern. Active smoking was also associated with a penetrating pattern compared with a non-stricturing non-penetrating pattern only. Conclusions: Early development of stricturing or penetrating behaviour in Crohn's disease is influenced by disease location, clinical activity of the disease, and smoking habit, but not by NOD2/CARD15 genotype. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly development of the chondrocranium in Chrysichtys auratus (Pisces, Siluriformes, Claroteidae)
Vandewalle, Pierre ULg; Chikou, Antoine; Lalèyé, Philippe et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (1999), 55

The inception and development of the cartilaginous cephalis skeleton of Chrysichthys auratus is described from hatching to about 18 days post-hatching. At hatching, no skeletal structure is present. Not ... [more ▼]

The inception and development of the cartilaginous cephalis skeleton of Chrysichthys auratus is described from hatching to about 18 days post-hatching. At hatching, no skeletal structure is present. Not until day 3 do clearly delimited cranial primordia become apparent. As in many siluriforms, the neurocranium is platybasic from the start, the suspensorium constitutes, with Meckel’s cartilage and the hyoid bar, a single cartilaginous element, and the junction between the front and rear of the neurocranium is complete on day 4. By day 8 the quadratomandibular joint has formed and the tectum posterius has appeared. Cartilage reduction first affects the trabecular bars, then, markedly, the visceral arches. By day 18 the braincase floor has almost disappeared. [less ▲]

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See detailearly development of the condrocranium in Chrysichtys auratus (Siluriformes, Claroteidae)
Vandewalle, Pierre ULg; Chikou, Antoine; Lalèyé, Philippe et al

Poster (1998)

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See detailEarly development of the head skeleton in Brycon moorei (Pisces, Ostariophysi, Characidae)
Vandewalle, Pierre ULg; Germeau, G.; Besancenet, P. et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (2005), 66(4), 996-1024

At hatching (15 h post fertilization), Brycon moorei possesses no skeletal structure. Thereafter, development is very rapid. The first oral teeth appear no later than 3 It post-hatching, but they remain ... [more ▼]

At hatching (15 h post fertilization), Brycon moorei possesses no skeletal structure. Thereafter, development is very rapid. The first oral teeth appear no later than 3 It post-hatching, but they remain covered with epithelium until c. 45 h. At 7 h, the trabecular bars and part of the cartilaginous visceral arches are visible and at 15 It, the dentaries and premaxillaries are present. At 25 h, i.e. the onset of piscivory and cannibalism (the yolk sac is only fully resorbed after 36 h), the oral teeth are fully developed, the first pharyngeal teeth are formed, and some head movements already appear synchronized, but the mouth cavity is not completely isolated from the neurocranium by bony structures. Thereafter, no new buccal or pharyngeal bony structure is visible until 45 h, when the maxilla and opercula appear, along with a new type of cannibalistic behaviour. Cartilage resorptions also start at 45 It, but with no concomitant replacement by formation of calcified structures. Later, development gradually becomes similar to that of many previously studied teleosts. The developmental pattern of B. moorei is thus extremely rapid in comparison with other teleosts, i.e. it prioritizes feeding structures that permit the expression of piscivory at a very early age. The uniqueness of this pattern is discussed in relation to ecological constraints on early feeding and fast growth. (c) 2005 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly developmental actions of endocrine disruptors on the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and cerebral cortex.
Parent, Anne-Simone ULg; Naveau, Elise; GERARD, Arlette ULg et al

in Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews (2011), 14(5-7), 328-45

Sex steroids and thyroid hormones play a key role in the development of the central nervous system. The critical role of these hormonal systems may explain the sensitivity of the hypothalamus, the ... [more ▼]

Sex steroids and thyroid hormones play a key role in the development of the central nervous system. The critical role of these hormonal systems may explain the sensitivity of the hypothalamus, the cerebral cortex, and the hippocampus to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC). This review examines the evidence for endocrine disruption of glial-neuronal functions in the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and cerebral cortex. Focus was placed on two well-studied EDC, the insecticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). DDT is involved in neuroendocrine disruption of the reproductive axis, whereas polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) interact with both the thyroid hormone- and sex steroid-dependent systems and disturb the neuroendocrine control of reproduction and development of hippocampus and cortex. These results highlight the impact of EDC on the developing nervous system and the need for more research in this area. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Early Devonian flora, including Cooksonia from the Paraná Basin (Brazil)
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Bergamaschi, S.; Pereira, E. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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See detailThe Early Devonian plants from the Ancenis Basin (Armorican Massif, France): one century later...
Strullu-Derrien, Marie-Christine; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg

Conference (2008)

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See detailEarly diagnosis of myocardial infarction by measuring the tissue isoform of CK-MB in serum
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (1993), 51

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See detailEarly diagnosis of myocardial infarction using a new automated immunoassay for serum myoglobin
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; El Allaf, Dia ULg

in European Heart Journal Supplements : Journal of the European Society of Cardiology (1993), 14(Abs. suppl.), 32

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See detailEarly Earth, extremophiles and Exobiology
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

Conference (2005)

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