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See detailHow to locate intermodal terminals for achieving economic and environmental competitiveness?
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

Europe has a strong commitment to the development of competitive and sustainable transportation. An intermediate objective cited in the “White Paper” is to shift 30% of 300 km and above road freight ... [more ▼]

Europe has a strong commitment to the development of competitive and sustainable transportation. An intermediate objective cited in the “White Paper” is to shift 30% of 300 km and above road freight transportation to more environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as rail and water by 2030. Improving and expanding the intermodal network is one way to achieve this goal. However, intermodal transport requires intermodal terminals where the transfer from one mode to another can occur. The location of those terminals is of strategic importance for the competitiveness of intermodal transport. The objective of this paper is therefore to develop a network design model which allows the optimal location of intermodal terminals to be determined, subject to both economic and environmental efficiency. Three possible combinations are considered: (i) Road-only, (ii) Intermodal transport using road (drayage) and rail (long-haul) and (iii) Intermodal transport using road (drayage) and inland waterways (long-haul). External costs are also included in the analysis, i.e. costs that are generated by an economic agent but supported by other agents of the society. This strategy is in line with the willingness of Europe to internalize external costs. The developed model can be used to test how modal split is influenced by the undertaken policies, such as internalizing external costs in the transportation costs. Tests are carried out on the case study of Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to make a bear dropping attractive? Molecular non-invasive methods in conservation genetics
Pagès, Marie ULg

Scientific conference (2007, January 12)

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See detailHow to make Natura 2000 work properly? : Socio-economic, legal & ecological management
Grogna, Valérie; Mahy, Marie; Meuris, Steve et al

Poster (2008, September)

In Belgium, the delineation of Special Protection Areas (SPA) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) has been done. At present many questions arise concerning the management of these areas. The multiple ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, the delineation of Special Protection Areas (SPA) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) has been done. At present many questions arise concerning the management of these areas. The multiple use of the space generates conflicts of interest. The SELNAT-project aims to answer the question “How to make Natura 2000 work properly?”, taking into account socio-economic, legal and ecological management aspects. This project aims to achieve more insight in a sustainable management of Natura 2000 sites. In a first part of the study, the legal framework, the ecological status and the socio-economic frame have been described. The main legal, economic, social and ecological bottlenecks for the Natura 2000 network implementation in Belgium have been highlighted. In a next phase, guidelines for the elaboration of a ‘good management plan’ for the Natura 2000 network will be developed at the local scale taking into account the principles of the Ecosystem approach.. The fundamental question in this part is which instruments are needed at what time in the implementation process to reach the ecological targets taking into account economic, legal and social considerations. In a first step we evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of these instruments by means of a literature review and a survey among experts of the field. In a second step we’ll try to develop a management plan for two case study areas, a Flemish site and a Walloon site. A the end of the project, recommendations for policy makers about the improvement of these instruments will be formulated. [less ▲]

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See detailHOW TO MAKE NATURA 2000 WORK PROPERLY? : SOCIO-ECONOMIC, LEGAL AND ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT : "SELNAT"
Grogna, Valérie; Mahy, Marie; Meuris, Steve et al

Report (2009)

This report includes results obtained from the SELNAT research project, conducted between February 2006 and January 2008, under the auspices of the Belgian Science Policy. The principal subject of this ... [more ▼]

This report includes results obtained from the SELNAT research project, conducted between February 2006 and January 2008, under the auspices of the Belgian Science Policy. The principal subject of this project is the implementation of Natura 2000. The Natura 2000 network of protected areas, made up of sites designated under the Community Birds (BD) and Habitats Directives (HD), is a key pillar of action for the conservation of biodiversity (European Commission, 2008). It is central to achieve the commitment to reverse the decline of biodiversity in the European Union by the year 2010 made at the European Council meeting in Gothenburg in June 2001. It aims at sustainable conservation of habitats and species of community importance, taking into account (i) economic, social and cultural requirements and (ii) regional and local circumstances. Central to the Directives is the creation of a Europe-wide ecological network of protected sites – the Natura 2000 Network – which is destined to conserve over a thousand rare, threatened and endemic species and some 220 Natural habitats listed in their annexes. Around 24,000 sites have been included in the Network so far. (European Commission, 2008) Now that the network set-up is nearing completion, there is a need to increase the focus on the active management of the sites so as to ensure long-term conservation and the achievement of the economic and social objectives of the network (CEE, 2004.) This in turn also raises the question of finding the appropriate management strategy, instruments and sufficient financing (at all levels). The principal question for Member States is how to manage Natura 2000 sites to reach the (juridical fixed) ecological targets in the most cost-efficient way, taking into account economic and social objectives and constraints. Ecologists and nature organisations often start from an techno-ecocentric paradigm: ‘How to conserve and manage species and habitats?’, in order to tackle the question mentioned above. The paradigm starts from the opinion that ‘diversity of species and habitats’ is important as such (while this is believed to be important for several reasons). This approach has been criticised lately for being based on a too narrow set of values. It has not provided enough opportunities for combining nature conservation with other forms of land use such as agriculture, forestry or tourism. In several countries this led to difficulties as regards the co-operation of local stakeholders (Jongman & Kristiansen, 1998). On the other hand, the current biodiversity crisis is a direct result of the way in which society has chosen to interact with its Natural environment. If the causes of the problem are social, it stands to reason that the policies striving to solve the problem will need to be based on a solid understanding of social structures and processes, if they are to have any effect. In this research project we tried to study the management of Natura 2000 sites from a ‘sustainability’ paradigm, instead of from the ecocentric paradigm. The central research question is therefore formulated as ‘How to manage Natura 2000 properly, to contribute to a (local) sustainable society?’ With this research we hope to give decision-makers new insights on the economic, social, and environmental consequences of Natura 2000 management and to guide them in the development of more adequate and sustainable policies for the management of Natura 2000-sites. In the first chapter the general objectives and approach of this project are described. The second chapter gives an overview of some of the current bottlenecks for nature conservation and Natura 2000. The results of the research on the elaboration of strategies for Natura 2000 sites are summarizes in chapter tree. Conclusions and recommendations are presented in the last chapter. More information on the research is documented in the different appendixes. During the research, we benefited from contacts with many persons, and more especially in the scope of a Users’ Committee. Besides the representatives of the Belgian Science Policy, we would like to thank all members of the Users’ Committee, among which those who supported us and/or participated in one or several of the meetings, [less ▲]

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See detailHow to manage an isolated elevated PTH?
Souberbielle, Jean-Claude; CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; Cormier, Catherine

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (in press)

The aim of this article is to discuss the diagnostic approach of an increased serum PTH concentration in a normocalcemic, normophosphatemicpatient. Detection of this biological presentation is frequent in ... [more ▼]

The aim of this article is to discuss the diagnostic approach of an increased serum PTH concentration in a normocalcemic, normophosphatemicpatient. Detection of this biological presentation is frequent in routine practice all the more that PTH reference values established in vitamin Dreplete subjects with a normal renal function are used by the clinical laboratories. The first step in this diagnostic approach will be to rule out acause of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT). Among these, the most frequent are vitamin D deficiency, very low calcium intake, impairedrenal function, malabsorptions, drugs interfering with calcium/bone metabolism, such as lithium salts and antiresorptive osteoporosis therapies,hypercalciuria due to a renal calcium leak. If no cause of SHPT are evidenced, the diagnosis of normocalcemic primary hyperparathyroidism(PHPT) should be considered. A calcium load test is a very useful tool for this diagnosis if it shows that serum PTH is not sufficiently decreasedwhen calcemia rises frankly above the upper normal limit. In a normocalcemic patient with hypercalciuria and a high serum PTH concentration,a thiazide challenge test may help to differentiate SHPT due to a renal calcium leak from normocalcemic PHPT. Beyond the discussion of thisdiagnostic [less ▲]

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See detailHow to manage hair changes in cancer patients
PIERARD-FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; QUATRESOOZ, Pascale ULg; RORIVE, Andrée ULg et al

in Handbook of skin care in cancer patients (2010)

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See detailHow to manage hair changes in cancer patients.
FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; QUATRESOOZ, Pascale ULg; RORIVE, Andrée ULg et al

in Vereecken, P.; Awada, A. (Eds.) Handbook of skin care in cancer patients. (2012)

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See detailHow to manage HTA in 2014?
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2014, October 07)

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See detailHow to manage ischaemic mitral regurgitation.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Marwick, Thomas; Pierard, Luc ULg

in Heart (2008), 94(11), 1497-502

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See detailHow to manage recurrent orofacial herpes simplex virus-1 lesions
Gross, Gerd; Harding, Keith; Karlsmark, Tonny et al

in Pharmaceutical Journal (2009)

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See detailHow to Measure Insulin Action in Vivo
Scheen, A. J.; Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Castillo, M. J. et al

in Diabetes/Metabolism Reviews (1994), 10(2), 151-88

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See detailHow to measure Pomeron phase and discover odderon at HERA and RHIC
Ginzburg, Ilya; Ivanov, Igor ULg

in Acta Physica Polonica B (2006), 37

We suggest to measure the Pomeron phase and discover odderon via the measurement of charge asymmetry of pions in the diffractive processes ep\to e\pi +\pi - p, eA\to e\pi +\pi - A and in the processes AA ... [more ▼]

We suggest to measure the Pomeron phase and discover odderon via the measurement of charge asymmetry of pions in the diffractive processes ep\to e\pi +\pi - p, eA\to e\pi +\pi - A and in the processes AA\to AA\pi +\pi - with two rapidity gaps. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to measure quality in job transitions?
Levêque, Audrey ULg; Orianne, Jean-François ULg; Pichault, François ULg

Conference (2011, July 08)

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See detail"How to measure quality in job transitions?"
Levêque, Audrey ULg; Orianne, Jean-François ULg; Pichault, François ULg

Conference (2011, October 27)

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See detailHow to minimise production costs at the preliminary design stage - scantling optimization
Rigo, Philippe ULg

in IMDC’2003, Eighth International Marine Design Conference, Grèce,Vol2 (2003, May)

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See detailHow to monitor NF-kappaB activation after photodynamic therapy.
Coupienne, Isabelle ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Bontems, Sébastien ULg

in Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.) (2010), 635

The nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB) is a multipotent factor involved in many cellular processes such as inflammation, immune response and embryonic development and it can be activated by a large number ... [more ▼]

The nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB) is a multipotent factor involved in many cellular processes such as inflammation, immune response and embryonic development and it can be activated by a large number of stimuli. Consequently, this transcription factor plays a pivotal role in many natural processes but also in different pathologies. For several years, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has emerged as an attractive alternative approach for the treatment of different affections involving various forms of cancer and an increasing number of reports have highlighted the activation of the NF-kappaB following PDT treatment. Furthermore, it has been shown that the mechanism of activation of the NF-kappaB as well as its target genes depends on the nature of the photosensitizers and the cell type used. As this transcription factor is known to be a key regulator of the immune response but also controls cell survival and proliferation, it is important to assess its activation status and its impact on the target genes. In this review, we will present different techniques allowing identification of the activation status of this factor, from the degradation of its inhibitor in the cytoplasm to its ability to induce the expression of a reporter gene under the control of a target promoter. As a working model we will present results obtained from a 5-aminolevulinic acid-PDT treatment on cervix adenocarcinoma cells. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to optimally load a set of containers into an aircraft
Schyns, Michael ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Laporte, Gilbert

E-print/Working paper (2012)

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See detailHow to optimize physicians' communication skills in cancer care: Results of a randomized study assessing the usefulness of posttraining consolidation workshops
Razavi, D.; Merckaert, I.; Marchal, Sylvie ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2003), 21(16), 3141-3149

Purpose: Although there is wide recognition of the usefulness of improving physicians' communication skills, no studies have yet assessed the efficacy of post-training consolidation workshops. This study ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Although there is wide recognition of the usefulness of improving physicians' communication skills, no studies have yet assessed the efficacy of post-training consolidation workshops. This study aims to assess the efficacy of six 3-hour consolidation workshops conducted after a 2.5-day basic training program. Methods: Physicians, after attending the basic training program, were randomly assigned to consolidation workshops or to a waiting list. Training efficacy was assessed through simulated and actual patient interviews that were audiotaped at baseline and after consolidation workshops for the consolidation-workshop group, and approximately 5 months after the end of basic training for the waiting-list group. Communication skills were assessed according to the Cancer Research Campaign Workshop Evaluation Manual. Patients' perceptions of communication skills improvement were assessed using a 14-item questionnaire. Results : Sixty-three physicians completed the training program. Communication skills improved significantly more in the consolidation-workshop group compared with the waiting-list group. In simulated interviews, group-by-time repeated measures analysis of variance showed a significant increase in open and open directive questions (P =.014) and utterances alerting patients to reality (P =.049), as well as a significant decrease in premature reassurance (P =.042). In actual patient interviews, results revealed a significant increase in acknowledgments (P =.022) and empathic statements (P =.009), in educated guesses (P =.041), and in negotiations (P =.008). Patients interacting with physicians who benefited from consolidation workshops reported higher scores concerning their physicians' understanding of their disease (P =.004). Conclusion: Consolidation workshops further improve a communication skills training program's efficacy and facilitate the transfer of acquired skills to clinical practice. [less ▲]

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