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See detailImpact of extraction procedures on the chemical, rheological and textural properties of ulvan from Ulva lactuca of Tunisia coast
Yaich, Hela; Garna, Haikel; Besbes, Souhail et al

in Food Hydrocolloids (2014), (40), 53-63

The impact of the extraction conditions has been studied on the yield, chemical composition, rheological and textural properties of ulvan from the green seaweed Ulva lactuca. High ulvan yield was obtained ... [more ▼]

The impact of the extraction conditions has been studied on the yield, chemical composition, rheological and textural properties of ulvan from the green seaweed Ulva lactuca. High ulvan yield was obtained after combining enzymatic and chemical extraction but the lowest yield results at the drastic conditions (pH 1.5 and 90 C). Besides, solvent acidity was an important parameter controlling the ulvan extraction efficiency. The different extraction processes affected chemical composition of ulvan extracts and in particular, sulphate, ash and sugar contents. Low proportions of galactose, glucose and protein were also found in sulphated polysaccharides. The extract, which is resulted from combined enzymatic and chemical extraction, was mainly composed of high peak molecular weight polysaccharides. Ulvan hy-drocolloids demonstrated a pseudoplastic behavior. Viscoelastic behavior was carried out at a concen-tration of 1.6% (w/v) in the presence of 7 mM sodium tetraborate and at pH 7.5. However, polysaccharides formed a gel. It was not the case for the extract at pH 1.5 and 90 C under the same conditions. The results showed that a significant effect of the conditions of extraction on the textural characteristic (firmness, springiness and adhesiveness) of ulvan gels. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of factors related to retirement on cognitive functioning
Grotz, Catherine ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg; Matharan, Fanny et al

in International Psychogeriatrics (2016), 27(supplement S1), 45-69

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See detailImpact of feeding and housing on the development ofosteochondrosis in foals—A longitudinal study
Mendoza García, Luis ULg; Lejeune, Jean-Philippe ULg; Caudron, Isabelle ULg et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2016), 127

Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) is a developmental orthopedic disease caused by a failure of the endochondral ossification in epiphyseal plates and joint cartilage. This trouble may induce the presence of ... [more ▼]

Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) is a developmental orthopedic disease caused by a failure of the endochondral ossification in epiphyseal plates and joint cartilage. This trouble may induce the presence of osteochondral fragments in the articulation, fissures or subchondral bone cysts in the growth cartilage. Occurrence of osteochondrosis is influenced by a complex interaction of different factors. Among these, the effect of the housing and the feeding of the foals during their first months of life, have been described as risk factors for the development of osteochondrosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the evolution of OCD lesions with a longitudinal study in 204 young foals from 6 to 18 months in comparison to the type of feeding and the type of housing conditions. These factors and OCD status were obtained by a questionnaire and radiological examination, respectively. This allowed dividing the foals into four groups according to the initial OCD status and the evolution of the condition. As a result, we found that foals fed with concentrates show a higher probability to develop OCD lesions (p = 0.06), while foals not receiving concentrates, had a higher probability to heal from existing OCD lesions (p = 0.001). This study supports the theory that management factors such as feeding or housing may influence the evolution of the osteochondrosis disease. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of financial disclosure on the information asymmetry and the liquidity of French listed companies
Ajina, Aymen ULg

Conference (2011, May)

This paper examines the relationship between the extent of financial disclosure, information asymmetry and stock-market liquidity in France. Based on a sample of 196 French listed firms over a period from ... [more ▼]

This paper examines the relationship between the extent of financial disclosure, information asymmetry and stock-market liquidity in France. Based on a sample of 196 French listed firms over a period from 2004 to 2007, we find that there is a positive and statistically significant relationship between the extent of information displayed through annual reports and market liquidity. This is explained by the negative effect of the disclosure on the adverse selection component of the bid-ask spread. This effect is confirmed by the commitment to IFRS by French-listed firms since 2005. This result should encourage French authorities to enhance their informational environment as a means to reduce information asymmetry and to prevent the risk of illiquidity. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of fire on resilience of tropical dry forests: miombo in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Hick, Aurélie ULg

Conference (2016, June 23)

Dry tropical forests are widespread in continental Africa where they account for 70-80% of forested area. Miombo is a dry forest characterized by the dominance of trees in the genera Brachystegia ... [more ▼]

Dry tropical forests are widespread in continental Africa where they account for 70-80% of forested area. Miombo is a dry forest characterized by the dominance of trees in the genera Brachystegia, Julbernardia and Isoberlinia. Dry-season fires are a characteristic feature of these forests. Fire is not a frequent natural disturbance but they originate from anthropic. The impact of fire on forest species depends on the intensity and timing in relation to plant phenology. Due to urban pressure, more than 85% of woodland forests were converted to savannahs given several degree of forest degradation in the landscape. After a disturbance, tropical forest ecosystem can return to a trajectory close to the original ecosystem. The time it takes for this ecosystem recover to its predisturbance ecological condition is termed resilience. Loss of resilience can trigger a shift to another ecological state with ecosystems that are different in species and/or that are different in their functional and structural aspects. The broad goal of our study was to examine impact of fire on resilience of miombo after human disturbances. Mosaic of the MODIS 500m burned area product from 2002 to 2012 were used to calculate return frequency of fires around Lubumbashi. Five degrees of miombo degradation have been established : no degraded forest/little disturbed (level 1), moderately degraded forest (level 2), degraded forest (level 3), severely degraded forest (level 4) et deforested (level 5). For each degree of degradation, 9 circular plots (18 m radius, 0.1ha) were established, excepted for level 4 where 8 plots were laid. Within each circular plot, all woody individuals >= 2 cm diameter at breast height (DBH) were tagged, measured (height and diameter) and identified. Tree seedlings < 2 cm DBH and of height > 20cm were also sampled and identified. Herbaceous biomass was measured. Floristic composition in level 4 corresponded to fire-tolerant species. In other degree of forest degradation, most abundant species in mature trees consisted to tolerant or semi-tolerant species. Floristic composition of regeneration in most degraded degree consisted to a mixte of miombo species and fire-tolerant species. Fire has an impact on resilience of miombo after human degradation. Level 4 corresponded to a typical floristic community of a chipya habitat, where all woody species are fire tolerant. Fire can lead degraded miombo toward an alternative stable degraded states. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of flexibility practices and changes in work environments on worker well-being
Hansez, Isabelle ULg; De Keyser, Véronique ULg; D'Hoore, W. et al

in Sinangil, H.; Avallone, F.; Caetano, A. (Eds.) Convivence in organizations and society (2005)

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See detailImpact of flexibility practices and changes in work environments on worker well-being.
Hansez, Isabelle ULg; De Keyser, Véronique ULg; D'Hoore, W. et al

Conference (2005, May 15)

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See detailImpact of follicular G-CSF quantification on subsequent embryo transfer decisions: a proof of concept study.
Ledee, N.; Gridelet, Virginie ULg; RAVET, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Human Reproduction (2013), 28(2), 406-13

BACKGROUND: Previous experiments have shown that granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), quantified in the follicular fluid (FF) of individual oocytes, correlates with the potential for an ongoing ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Previous experiments have shown that granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), quantified in the follicular fluid (FF) of individual oocytes, correlates with the potential for an ongoing pregnancy of the corresponding fertilized oocytes among selected transferred embryos. Here we present a proof of concept study aimed at evaluating the impact of including FF G-CSF quantification in the embryo transfer decisions. METHODS: FF G-CSF was quantified with the Luminex XMap technology in 523 individual FF samples corresponding to 116 fresh transferred embryos, 275 frozen embryos and 131 destroyed embryos from 78 patients undergoing ICSI. RESULTS: Follicular G-CSF was highly predictive of subsequent implantation. The receiving operator characteristics curve methodology showed its higher discriminatory power to predict ongoing pregnancy in multivariate logistic regression analysis for FF G-CSF compared with embryo morphology [0.77 (0.69-0.83), P < 0.001 versus 0.66 (0.58-0.73), P = 0.01)]. Embryos were classified by their FF G-CSF concentration: Class I over 30 pg/ml (a highest positive predictive value for implantation), Class II from 30 to 18.4 pg/ml and Class III <18.4 pg/ml (a highest negative predictive value). Embryos derived from Class I follicles had a significantly higher implantation rate (IR) than those from Class II and III follicles (36 versus 16.6 and 6%, P < 0.001). Embryos derived from Class I follicles with an optimal morphology reached an IR of 54%. Frozen-thawed embryos transfer derived from Class I follicles had an IR of 37% significantly higher than those from Class II and III follicles, respectively, of 8 and 5% (P < 0.001). Thirty-five per cent of the frozen embryos but also 10% of the destroyed embryos were derived from G-CSF Class I follicles. Non-optimal embryos appear to have been transferred in 28% (22/78) of the women, and their pregnancy rate was significantly lower than that of women who received at least one optimal embryo (18 versus 36%, P = 0.04). CONCLUSIONS: Monitoring FF G-CSF for the selection of embryos with a better potential for pregnancy might improve the effectiveness of IVF by reducing the time and cost required for obtaining a pregnancy. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of food type on respiration, fractionation and turnover of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in the marine amphipod Gammarus aequicauda (Martynov, 1931).
Remy, François ULg; Darchambeau, François ULg; Melchior, Aurélie et al

in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology (2017), 486

This study experimentally determined the impact of food source type on turnover rate and trophic enrichment factors (TEFs or ∆) of δ13C and δ15N, as well as on respiration rate, in captive populations of ... [more ▼]

This study experimentally determined the impact of food source type on turnover rate and trophic enrichment factors (TEFs or ∆) of δ13C and δ15N, as well as on respiration rate, in captive populations of the marine amphipod Gammarus aequicauda. Gammarus aequicauda (318 individuals) were fed ad libitum with three food sources animal, algae, and dead Posidonia oceanica leaves (also called “litter”), varying in palatability, digestibility, nutritional qualities and isotopic compositions, for between four and six weeks in a controlled feeding experiment. The resulting death rate was lower for the amphipods fed with animal treatment (30.9%) than for individuals fed with algal (65.9%) or litter treatment (64.4%), indicating a better fitness of the individuals fed with the animal food source. Respiration rates also differed highly among the treatments. Animal treatment showed higher respiration rates than algal and litter treatments, potentially due to the toxicity of the algae and the very low nutritional quality of the litter. Amphipods fed with these treatments might have entered in a “low activity state” to cope with these unsuitable food sources, inducing low respiration rates. Due to the very low assimilation and toxicity of the algae source, turnover rate for δ13C was impossible to determine. Turnover rate for δ13C was much faster (half-life = 12.55 days) for amphipods fed with the animal food source than for amphipods fed with litter (half-life = 51.62 days), showing the faster assimilation of the most nutritionally optimal food sources by G. aequicauda. Turnover for δ15N was impossible to determine because the amphipods were already at isotopic equilibrium at the beginning of the experiment. Despite the detritus feeder status of Gammarus aequicauda, TEFs for the animal treatments were in accordance with values generally found for carnivorous organisms (∆13C = 0.9 ± 0.7‰; ∆15N = 2.9 ± 0.6‰). TEFs for the litter treatment were in accordance with values generally corresponding to detritivorous organisms (∆13C = 1.2‰; ∆15N = 1.0 ± 0.4‰). SIAR mixing model outputs obtained with these new TEF values were more constrained and coherent than outputs obtained with general literature TEFs. This study thus demonstrated the non-negligible impact of the food source on Gammarus aequicauda physiological status, fitness and turnover rates, but also on TEFs—highlighting the importance of TEF experimental calculations for every potential food source of a given organism to ensure more robust isotopic data interpretation. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of forage legumes on nutritive value and growth performance in pigs reared in traditional farming systems in tropical Africa
Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Kalala, Gaetan; Mafwila, Jacques et al

in Book of Abstracts (2015)

Forage legumes (FL) are used in tropical countries to feed pigs, either by reducing allowance of well-balanced diets and supplementing with FL or by incorporating FL in unbalanced fibre-rich diets. The ... [more ▼]

Forage legumes (FL) are used in tropical countries to feed pigs, either by reducing allowance of well-balanced diets and supplementing with FL or by incorporating FL in unbalanced fibre-rich diets. The impact of both strategies on animal and economical performances was studied in 2 growth experiments. In Exp. 1, 4 groups of 8 growing pigs (25.5 +- 4.2 kg) were fed under one of 4 dietary treatment: a well-balanced diet (CONTROL) ad libitum or 80% of the ad libitum level of CONTROL + ad libitum freshly cut foliage of one of 3 FL species (Vigna unguiculata, Stylosanthes guinanensis, or Psophocarpens scandens). Similarly, in Exp. 2, 4 groups of 6 pigs (22.6 +- 3.7 kg) were fed one of 4 experimental diets: the well-balanced diet (CONTROL), an unbalanced traditional diet rich in fibre and made of bran, brewers grain, and corn (TRAD) or 80% TRAD diet supplemented with 20% of one of 2 FL hays (V. unguiculata or S. guinanensis). Animals were regularly weighed and feed intake was monitored. After 90d, animals were slaughtered and carcass composition and economic traits were recorded to calculate production costs and economical value. In addition, nutritive value of the FL and the diets was assessed by means of an in vitro model of the pig digestive tract combining an enzymatic hydrolysis to a fermentation with a fecal inoculum. Results indicate that pigs fed diets with FL (Exp.1) and TRAD with and without FL (Exp.2) had reduced ADG, final live and carcass weights (P<0.05) compared to CONTROL pigs. Surprisingly , dry matter intake (DMI) was also reduced by 10% with those diets compared to CONTROL (P<0.001) in both experiments. In Exp. 1, FCR and carcass dressing were not affected by the 20% reduction in CONTROL diet and supplementation with fresh FL, while in Exp. 2 those parameters were negatively affected in TRAD with and without FL compared to CONTROL pigs. In vitro data showed that differences in nutritive values explained most differences in growth performances and carcass traits, but not the decrease in intake, since passage rate and voluntary intake are not taken into account in the in vitro model. Economical assessment showed that fresh foliage of FL could increase incomes, as long as their production costs remain marginal, but the incorporation of FL hays could not improve economical performances in pigs fed traditional unbalanced fibre-rich diets. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of forest transition on non-timber forest products in Central Africa
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Feintrenie, Laurène

Conference (2015, September)

The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of deforestation on non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvest in Central Africa. The most common vegetal NTFPs are fruits, barks and leaves used as ... [more ▼]

The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of deforestation on non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvest in Central Africa. The most common vegetal NTFPs are fruits, barks and leaves used as complements to the staple food (cassava or plantain). Animal NTFPs such as caterpillars, worms and bush meat represent a major source of animal protein in the villagers’ diet. We analyzed the evolution of several parameters including NTFPs diversity, distance to the road, changes in land tenure rules, proportion in the alimentary bolus and in the villagers’ incomes. The research is based on field surveys, participatory mapping and geolocation of activities held in 8 villages. Three study sites are located at different stages on Mather’s forest transition curve (Mather, 1992). This curve shows the relationship between forest cover and population density. The sites represent the situations: (i) important cover of intact forest, (ii) forest partially degraded and under pressure of conversion to other land uses and (iii) small surfaces of degraded forest with a trend of plantation of useful trees on deforested land. Results show a reduction in NTFPs diversity along with the increase of deforestation. The maximum distance of collection sites to the road increases between the first and the second study site, as a consequence of the decrease in the quantity of NTFPs available. This distance decreases significantly in the third study site due to the contraction of villages’ terroir. The diversity of bush meat decreases while the hunting bag evolves from big to small species along with the forest transition. Land tenure rules to access and extract NTFPs become stricter. As a consequence, the proportion of these products reduces in the alimentary bolus and in the family cash income. This analysis establishes a strong link between Mather’s forest transition curve and the decline of the importance of NTFPs in the village production and livelihoods systems [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of formic/acetic acid and ammonia pre-treatments on chemical structure and physico-chemical properties of Miscanthus x giganteus lignins
Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

in Polymer Degradation & Stability (2011), 96(10), 1761-1770

Miscanthus x giganteus was treated with formic acid/acetic acid/water (30/50/20 v/v) for 3 h at 107 C and 80° C, and soaking in aqueous ammonia (25% w/w) for 6 h at 60 C. The effects of these ... [more ▼]

Miscanthus x giganteus was treated with formic acid/acetic acid/water (30/50/20 v/v) for 3 h at 107 C and 80° C, and soaking in aqueous ammonia (25% w/w) for 6 h at 60 C. The effects of these fractionation processes on chemical structure, physico-chemical properties and antioxidant activity of extracted lignins were investigated. Lignins were characterized by their purity, carbohydrate composition, thermal stability, molecular weight and by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), 1H and quantitative 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), adiabatic broadband {13C-1H} 2D heteronuclear (multiplicity edited) single quantum coherence (g-HSQCAD). The radical scavenging activity towards 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) was also investigated. Formic/acetic acid pretreatment performed in milder conditions (80° C for 3 h) gave a delignification percentage of 44.7% and soaking in aqueous ammonia 36.3%. Formic/acetic acid pretreatment performed in harsh conditions (107°C for 3 h) was more effective for extensive delignification (86.5%) and delivered the most pure lignin (80%). The three lignin fractions contained carbohydrate in different extent: 3% for the lignin obtained after the formic/acetic acid pretreatment performed at 107 C (FAL-107), 5.8% for the formic/acetic acid performed at 80°C (FAL-80) and 13.7% for the ammonia lignin (AL). The acid pretreatment in harsh conditions (FAL-107) resulted in cleavage of b-O-4' bonds and aromatic C-C. Repolymerisation was thought to originate from formation of new aromatic C-O linkages. Under milder conditions (FAL-80) less b-O-4' linkages were broken and repolymerisation took place to a lesser extent. Ammonia lignin was not degraded to a significant extent and resulted in the highest weight average 3140 g mol -1. Despite the fact of FAL-107 repolymerisation, significant phenolic hydroxyls remained free, explaining the greater antioxidant activity. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of freezing and thawing processes on wheat and potato starch gel syneresis
Freschi, Jérôme; Doran, Lynn ULg; Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg et al

in Stärke = Starch (2013), 65

With the globalization of the market, food industries need to adapt their processes to establish their presence in far away countries. Long transports are problematic for fresh food products as they ... [more ▼]

With the globalization of the market, food industries need to adapt their processes to establish their presence in far away countries. Long transports are problematic for fresh food products as they drastically reduce the already short shelf life. To counter this problem, the idea to freeze food for ransport and thaw it on arrival could be an alternative solution to propose an acceptable shelf life to the consumer. This brings new challenges as although freezing is thoroughly mastered, thawing is not. The main visible alteration of thawing is a water syneresis phenomenon leaving the product unfit for consumption. Indeed, water affects foods at several levels such as safety, stability, quality, and physical properties [1]. To investigate this problem, starch, a common polymer encountered in a wide variety of food, seemed to be a good model in gel form considering the three main food complexity dimensions which are: compositional, structural, and dynamical complexity [2, 3]. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of future Greenland deglaciation on global weathering fluxes and atmospheric CO2
Munhoven, Guy ULg; Brovkin, Victor; Ganopolski, A. et al

Conference (2007)

About 1.76×10^6 km2 of Greenland are currently covered by ice. It is expected that this large ice mass will melt away over the next 3000 years if anthropogenic CO2 emissions continue to rise (Alley et al ... [more ▼]

About 1.76×10^6 km2 of Greenland are currently covered by ice. It is expected that this large ice mass will melt away over the next 3000 years if anthropogenic CO2 emissions continue to rise (Alley et al., 2006). As a result, the bedrock currently covered by ice will lie free and become subject to chemical weathering. The resulting weathering fluxes will contribute to increase both the consumption rate of atmospheric CO2 and the production rate of riverine bicarbonate. Increasing these two fluxes will tend to decrease the atmospheric CO2 partial pressure, as a result of the modified ocean-atmosphere carbon cycle. Chemical weathering may thus possibly act as a negative feedback in the Greenhouse World. Other changes (e.g., vegetation cover and additional climate change) concomitant with the melting of the Greenland ice-sheet may either amplify or dampen, if not reverse the weathering effect. Here we use the intermediate complexity Earth System model CLIMBER-2 to quantify and analyse the weathering flux changes that result from the projected melting of the Greenland ice sheet and the implications for atmospheric CO2. The biogeochemical module of CLIMBER-2 has been extended to account for the consumption of atmospheric CO2 and the production of riverine bicarbonate by continental weathering processes, as a function of geographically distributed runoff (interactively provided by the CLIMBER-2 climate module) and lithology (derived from Amiotte Suchet et al., 2003). We find that the increased weathering processes alone would lead to a sustained 0.2 ppm/kyr decrease in atmospheric pCO2. The climate change resulting from the deglaciation of Greenland reduces the magnitude of this trend to 0.1 ppm/kyr. Only in the case where the effect of freshly comminuted bedrock is taken into account (Clark et al., 2006) does the weathering feedback help to reduce atmospheric pCO2 by about 10 ppm in 5000 years. Alley R.B. et al. (2005) Science 310, 456–460. Amiotte Suchet P. et al. (2003) Global Biogeochemical Cycles 17, 1139, doi:10.1029/2002GB001891. Clark P.U. et al. (2006) Quaternary Science Reviews 25, 3150–3184. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of gender difference in hospital outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention. Results of the Belgian Working Group on Interventional Cardiology (BWGIC) registry
LEMPEREUR, Mathieu ULg; Magne, Julien; Cornelis, Kristoff et al

in EuroIntervention : Journal of EuroPCR in Collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology (2014)

Aims: To determine whether there are gender-based differences in in-hospital outcomes among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods and results: We studied a large cohort ... [more ▼]

Aims: To determine whether there are gender-based differences in in-hospital outcomes among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods and results: We studied a large cohort using clinical data from a registry of 130,985 PCI procedures in Belgium, from January 2006 to February 2011. Compared to males, females were significantly older (70.3 vs. 64.8 years), and were more frequently diabetic or hypertensive. Men smoked more and more frequently had previous myocardial infarction (MI), previous PCI or previous coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Coronary artery disease (CAD) was less severe in women, and PCI to the left anterior descending artery was more common in female patients. Unadjusted in-hospital mortality rates were higher in females versus males (2.5% for women and 1.6% for men, p<0.0001). After multivariable analysis, female gender remained an independent predictor of mortality (odds ratio 1.35, 95% CI: 1.22-1.49, p<0.0001). Conclusions: Gender-based differences in hospital mortality rates after PCI were observed in this large registry. Female sex remained an independent predictor of mortality after multivariable adjustment. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of geomagnetic activity on high precision GNSS positioning. Galileo GALOCAD project
Warnant, René ULg; Bavier, Michaël; Lejeune, Sandrine et al

Conference (2006)

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See detailImpact of geometry and viewing angle on classification accuracy of 2D based analysis of dysmorphic faces
Vollmar, Tobias; Maus, Bärbel ULg; Wurtz, R. P. et al

in European Journal of Medical Genetics (2008), 51(1), 44-53

Digital image analysis of faces has been demonstrated to be effective in a small number of syndromes. In this paper we investigate several aspects that help bringing these methods closer to clinical ... [more ▼]

Digital image analysis of faces has been demonstrated to be effective in a small number of syndromes. In this paper we investigate several aspects that help bringing these methods closer to clinical application. First, we investigate the impact of increasing the number of syndromes from 10 to 14 as compared to an earlier study. Second, we include a side-view pose into the analysis and third, we scrutinize the effect of geometry information. Picture analysis uses a Gabor wavelet transform, standardization of landmark coordinates and subsequent statistical analysis. We can demonstrate that classification accuracy drops from 76% for 10 syndromes to 70% for 14 syndromes for frontal images. Including side-views achieves an accuracy of 76% again. Geometry performs excellently with 85% for combined poses. Combination of wavelets and geometry for both poses increases accuracy to 93%. In conclusion, a larger number of syndromes can be handled effectively by means of image analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of German-Russian and Polish-Ukrainian special relations on European Foreign Policy: energy supplies and visas in the EU neighbourhood
Natorski, Michal ULg; Herranz, Anna

in Journal of Constitutional Law in Eastern and Central Europe (2007), 14(2), 215-275

The foreign polices of EU member states are increasingly influenced and challenged by the institutionalisation of the European Foreign Policy (EFP). Nevertheless, member states keep preserving autonomy in ... [more ▼]

The foreign polices of EU member states are increasingly influenced and challenged by the institutionalisation of the European Foreign Policy (EFP). Nevertheless, member states keep preserving autonomy in designing their national foreign policies and in maintaining bilateral relations with other international actors. Likewise, member states influence the EFP decision-making process, its outcomes and implementation. However, these various interdependencies between member states’ bilateral relations and the EFP have hardly been analyzed and explained. The purpose of the paper is thus to analyse the link between bilateral relations of member states maintained with non-member states and the developments of the EFP. Concretely, this study propose to analyse two parallel special relations (Polish-Ukrainian and German-Russian), each of them based on a specific constellation of shared interests and norms, and how these relations have influenced the making of the new European Ostpolitk emerging after the latest EU enlargement and the adoption of the European Neighbourhood Policy. This analysis will focus on the question how these two parallel strands of the foreign actions (national and European) interact and what kind of outputs this interaction bring about, both at the national and at the European level. In so doing, this study will also address how the respective special relations of Germany and Poland with Russia and Ukraine, impact on the course of the Polish-German relations. [less ▲]

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