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See detailAssessment of urinary pheromone discrimination, partner preference, and mating behaviors in female mice.
Brock, Olivier; Bakker, Julie ULg; Baum, Michael J.

in Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) (2013), 1068

Behavioral testing methods are described for determining whether female mice can discriminate between volatile urinary pheromones of conspecifics of the same vs. opposite sex and/or in different endocrine ... [more ▼]

Behavioral testing methods are described for determining whether female mice can discriminate between volatile urinary pheromones of conspecifics of the same vs. opposite sex and/or in different endocrine conditions, for determining sexual partner preference, for quantifying receptive (lordosis) behavior, and for monitoring the expression of male-typical mounting behavior in female mice. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Assessment of vegetable oils as renewable environmentally acceptable lubricants
CLOESEN, C.; NELIS, M.; KABUYA, A. et al

Scientific conference (1996)

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See detailAssessment of ventricular contractility and ventricular-arterial coupling with a model-based sensor.
Desaive, Thomas ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; JANSSEN, Nathalie ULg et al

in Computer Methods & Programs in Biomedicine (2013), 109(2),

Estimation of ventricular contractility and ventricular arterial coupling is clinically important in diagnosing and treating cardiac dysfunction in the critically ill. However, experimental assessment of ... [more ▼]

Estimation of ventricular contractility and ventricular arterial coupling is clinically important in diagnosing and treating cardiac dysfunction in the critically ill. However, experimental assessment of indexes of ventricular contractility, such as the end-systolic pressure-volume relationship, requires a highly invasive maneuver and measurements that are not typical in an intensive care unit (ICU). This research describes the use of a previously validated cardiovascular system model and parameter identification process to evaluate the right ventricular arterial coupling in septic shock. Model-based ventricular arterial coupling is defined by the ratio of the end systolic right ventricular elastance (E(esrvf)) over the pulmonary artery elastance (E(pa)) or the mean pulmonary inflow resistance (R(pulin)). Results are compared to the clinical gold-standard assessment (conductance catheter method). Six anesthetized healthy pigs weighing 20-30kg received a 0.5mgkg(-1) endotoxin infusion over a period of 30min from T0 to T30, to induce septic shock and veno-venous hemofiltration was used from T60 onward. The results show good agreement with the gold-standard experimental assessment. In particular, the model-based right ventricular elastance (E(esrvf)) correlates well with the clinical gold standard (R(2)=0.69) and the model-based non-invasive coupling (E(esrvf)/R(pulin)) follow the same trends and dynamics (R(2)=0.37). The overall results show the potential to develop a model-based sensor to monitor ventricular-arterial coupling in clinical real-time. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of ventricular-arterial coupling with a model-based sensor
Desaive, Thomas ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; GHUYSEN, Alexandre ULg et al

in Proceedings of CONTROL 2010 (2010)

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See detailAssessment of vertical contamination of Cd, Pb and Zn in soils around a former ore smelter in Wallonia, Belgium
Liénard, Amandine ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg

Conference (2016, September 14)

Examples of sites contaminated by atmospheric fallouts are numerous across former industrial areas, among which the valleys of Sambre and Meuse in Wallonia hosted metal ore treatment factories. We have ... [more ▼]

Examples of sites contaminated by atmospheric fallouts are numerous across former industrial areas, among which the valleys of Sambre and Meuse in Wallonia hosted metal ore treatment factories. We have studied the fate of Cd, Pb and Zn in soils affected by atmospheric deposition in the vicinity of old smelters. The importance of vertical redistribution of contaminants in soils is questioned and the aims of this paper are to i) characterize the vertical distribution of TEs and soil properties along diverse soil profiles, ii) evaluate enrichment or impoverishment of TEs along the profiles to discriminate anthropogenic or geogenic origin of contaminations and iii) evaluate whether soil type or land use influenced the mobility of contaminants in the selected profiles. Concentrations of trace elements (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn) and major elements (Ca, Mg, K, Fe, Al, and Mn) as well as pHKCl and TOC were measured on 22 profiles located in a 3 km radius of a former ore treatment plant in Wallonia (Belgium). Enrichment factor (EF), vertical impoverishment factor (VIF), and availability ratio (AR) were used as diagnostic tools of contamination and migration of Cd, Pb, and Zn in profiles. Data revealed that soil profiles are significantly contaminated. The ranges of enrichment factors for Cd (17-3570), Pb (1-2883), and Zn (2-309) are very broad with the higher EF in the topsoil of profile. VIFs of subhorizons are rarely above 1. In a few remaining cases with VIF > 1, the main factor explaining is soil type (especially, Colluvic Regosols, Luvisols, and, Cambisols with shale load). Cd, Pb and Zn ARs are strongly correlated with TOC and to a lesser extent with pHKCl. Pb and Zn ARs are influenced by soil type and land use only plays on Zn AR. The Cd availability is independent by these two factors. The contents of trace elements measured in soil profiles are very high especially in topsoil. Until now, the Cd, Pb, and Zn vertical distribution shows a low migration from topsoil up to depth. However, we must not minimize the hazard of a future potential transfer. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of visual fixatio in vegetative and minimally conscious states
Di, Haibo; Nie, Yunzhi; Hu, Xiaohu et al

in BMC Neurology (2014), 14(147),

Background: Visual fixation plays a key role in the differentiation between vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness (VS/UWS) syndrome and minimally conscious state (MCS). However, the use of different ... [more ▼]

Background: Visual fixation plays a key role in the differentiation between vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness (VS/UWS) syndrome and minimally conscious state (MCS). However, the use of different stimuli changes the frequency of visual fixation occured in patients, thereby possibly affecting the accuracy of the diagnosis. In order to establish a standardized assessment of visual fixation in patients in disorders of consciousness (DOC), we compared the frequency of visual fixation elicited by mirror,a ball and a light. Method: Visual fixation was assessed in eighty-one post-comatose patients diagnosed with a MCS or VS/UWS. Occurrence of fixation to different stimuli was analysis used Chi-square testing. Result: 40 (49%) out of the 81 patients showed fixation to visual stimuli. Among those, significantly more patients (39, 48%) had visual fixation elicited by mirror compared to a ball (23, 28%) and mirror compared to a light (20, 25%).Conclusion: The use of a mirror during the assessment of visual fixation showed higher positive response rate, compared to other stimuli in eliciting a visual fixating response. Therefore, fixation elicited by a mirror can be a very sensitive and accurate test to differentiate the two disorders of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of visual pursuit in post-comatose states: use a mirror
Vanhaudenhuyse, Audrey ULg; Schnakers, Caroline ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg et al

in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (2008), 79(2),

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See detailAssessment of vitamin D status - a changing landscape.
Herrmann, Markus; Farrell, Christopher-John L.; Pusceddu, Irene et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (in press)

In recent years it has been shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased incidence as well as the progression of a broad range of diseases including osteoporosis, rickets ... [more ▼]

In recent years it has been shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased incidence as well as the progression of a broad range of diseases including osteoporosis, rickets, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Consequently, requests for the assessment of vitamin D status have increased dramatically. Despite significant progress in the analysis of vitamin D metabolites and an expansion of our pathophysiological knowledge of vitamin D, the assessment of vitamin D status remains a challenging and partially unresolved issue. Current guidelines from scientific bodies recommend the measurement of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OHD) in blood as the preferred test. However, growing evidence indicates significant limitations of this test, including analytical aspects and interpretation of results. In addition, the relationships between 25-OHD and various clinical indices, such as bone mineral density and fracture risk, are rather weak and not consistent across races. Recent studies have systematically investigated new markers of vitamin D status including the vitamin D metabolite ratio (VMR) (ratio between 25-OHD and 24,25-dihydroxy vitamin D), bioavailable 25-OHD [25-OHD not bound to vitamin D binding protein (DBP)], and free 25-OHD [circulating 25-OHD bound to neither DBP nor albumin (ALB)]. These parameters may potentially change how we will assess vitamin D status in the future. Although these new biomarkers have expanded our knowledge about vitamin D metabolism, a range of unresolved issues regarding their measurement and the interpretation of results prevent their use in daily practice. It can be expected that some of these issues will be overcome in the near future so that they may be considered for routine use (at least in specialized centers). In addition, genetic studies have revealed several polymorphisms in key proteins of vitamin D metabolism that affect the circulating concentrations of vitamin D metabolites. The affected proteins include DBP, 7-dehydrocholesterol synthase and the vitamin D receptor (VDR). Here we aim to review existing knowledge regarding the biochemistry, physiology and measurement of vitamin D. We will also provide an overview of current and emerging biomarkers for the assessment of vitamin D status, with particular attention methodological aspects and their usefulness in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of water quality effects on flotation of copper-cobalt oxide ore
Shengo, Michel; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Kalenga, Pierre

in Minerals Engineering (2014), 65

Results from lab scale flotation show that when process water was re-used copper and cobalt recovery from an oxidized ore decreased respectively with 25 and 30 percent at the rougher stage bringing lower ... [more ▼]

Results from lab scale flotation show that when process water was re-used copper and cobalt recovery from an oxidized ore decreased respectively with 25 and 30 percent at the rougher stage bringing lower grade concentrate as well. The presence of thiosulphate ions contributed to slow down of NaHS consumption during sulphidization of pure malachite and hindered collector adsorption. Elevated concentration of thiosulphate ions affected malachite surface properties and induced dissolution effects. DRIFT spectroscopy on activated malachite enabled to reveal the effects of thiosulphate ions presence with hydrophilic species being identified. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of White Matter Injury and Outcome in Severe Brain Trauma: A Prospective Multicenter Cohort
Galanaud, Damien; Perlbarg, Vincent; Gupta, Rajiv et al

in Anesthesiology (2012), 117(6), 1300-1310

BACKGROUND:: Existing methods to predict recovery after severe traumatic brain injury lack accuracy. The aim of this study is to determine the prognostic value of quantitative diffusion tensor imaging ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND:: Existing methods to predict recovery after severe traumatic brain injury lack accuracy. The aim of this study is to determine the prognostic value of quantitative diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). METHODS:: In a multicenter study, the authors prospectively enrolled 105 patients who remained comatose at least 7 days after traumatic brain injury. Patients underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging, including DTI in 20 preselected white matter tracts. Patients were evaluated at 1 yr with a modified Glasgow Outcome Scale. A composite DTI score was constructed for outcome prognostication on this training database and then validated on an independent database (n = 38). DTI score was compared with the International Mission for Prognosis and Analysis of Clinical Trials Score. RESULTS:: Using the DTI score for prediction of unfavorable outcome on the training database, the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.84 (95% CI: 0.75-0.91). The DTI score had a sensitivity of 64% and a specificity of 95% for the prediction of unfavorable outcome. On the validation-independent database, the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.80 (95% CI: 0.54-0.94). On the training database, reclassification methods showed significant improvement of classification accuracy (P < 0.05) compared with the International Mission for Prognosis and Analysis of Clinical Trials score. Similar results were observed on the validation database. CONCLUSIONS:: White matter assessment with quantitative DTI increases the accuracy of long-term outcome prediction compared with the available clinical/radiographic prognostic score. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of wind energy potential in Niamey, Niger
Garba Abdou, Mahamadou; Ozer, Pierre ULg

in Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change (2011, August 26)

Renewable technologies are considered as clean sources of energy and optimal use of these resources minimize environmental impacts, produce minimum secondary wastes and are sustainable based on current ... [more ▼]

Renewable technologies are considered as clean sources of energy and optimal use of these resources minimize environmental impacts, produce minimum secondary wastes and are sustainable based on current and future economic and societal needs. Renewable energy technologies provide an excellent opportunity for mitigation of greenhouse gas emission and reducing global warming through substituting conventional energy sources. In the Sahel of West Africa, dramatically affected by desertification processes and rainfall shortages, wind energy is often viewed as a technology to mitigate deforestation although its development is extremely limited. The purpose of this study is to assess wind power potential in Niamey, Niger, a country where forest areas have declined by 34.5% over the 1990-2005 period. From 3-hourly meteorological data collected at the Niamey-Airport synoptic station over ten years (1998-2007), we evaluate the wind speed characteristics and the wind power potential at a height of 10 meters above ground level at diurnal, monthly, and yearly scales. We find very large differences in wind speed at the diurnal (2.40 – 5.11 m/s), monthly (2.61 – 4.11 m/s) and yearly (3.21 – 3.73 m/s) scales, with a global average wind speed of 3.42 m/s. We conclude that the wind powered energy is not economically feasible in Niamey due to its low wind potential. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment on the Late Devonian fauna of Strud, Belgium
Clément, Gaël; Olive, Sébastien; Gueriau, Pierre et al

in STRATA (2015), 16

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See detailAssessment using e-Health technologies in pediatric psychology: Developing an App on iPad for the Quality of Life Systemic Inventory for Children (QLSI-C)
Toucheque, Malorie ULg; Tilkin, Caroline; Dupuis, Gilles et al

Poster (2014, March)

Objective:Integration of e-Health technologies for purposes of both assessment and intervention has recently become an interest area in pediatric psychology. The purpose of this study is to present ... [more ▼]

Objective:Integration of e-Health technologies for purposes of both assessment and intervention has recently become an interest area in pediatric psychology. The purpose of this study is to present psychometric characteristics of a technology-based (i.e., iPad administration) approach for measuring quality of life (QoL) in children. Methods: Sample consisted of 80 children (8-12 years) recruited from elementary schools in Belgium. They completed the Quality of Life Systemic Inventory for Children (QLSI-C) twice over a two-week delay, in a crossover design that used paper and iPad-based modes of administration. QLSI-C takes a unique approach to assessing QoL relative to existing measures. Specifically, it considers QoL to be the difference (gap score) between the present situation (state score) and the child’s expectations (goal), weighted by the importance (rank) assigned for each life domain. Cronbach’s coefficient was computed to assess internal consistency for each of the four global scores (State, Goal, Gap, Rank). ANOVA was used to assess the equivalence of the new iPad and paper formats. Test-retest reliability was assessed using correlational analysis. Results: Alpha coefficients for the global scores were as follows: State (.87), Goal (.94), Gap (.72), and Rank (.79). ANOVA results indicate that main effects for group (p = 0.75) and time (p= 0.31) were not statistically significant, nor was the interaction effect (p = 0.86) for the QoL score (Gap). Correlations for the test-retest reliability of the 4 global scores ranged from .66 to .90. Conclusions: The iPad format of QLSI-C appears valid in comparison to the original paper format and test-retest stability for the iPad format is good. This technology approach to assessment is more attractive for children, decreases time for administration, and enhances the ease of scoring. Thus, these advantages might encourage both clinicians and researchers to consider using e-Health developments in assessment in pediatric psychology. [less ▲]

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See detailassessmentof the probiotic potential of a dairy product fermented by propionibacterium freudenreichii in piglets.
Cousin, F.J.; Foligné, B.; Deutsch, S.-M. et al

in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2012), 60(32), 7917-7927

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See detailAsset & Risk Management : la finance orientée risque
Esch, Louis ULg; Lopez, Thierry; Kieffer, Robert

Book published by De Boeck Université (2003)

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See detailAsset and Risk Management : risk-oriented finance
Esch, Louis ULg; Lopez, Thierry; Kieffer, Robert

Book published by J. Wiley (2005)

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See detailAsset Dynamics Estimation and Its Impact on CDS Pricing
François, Pascal; Hübner, Georges ULg

in Ali, Paul; Gregoriou, Greg (Eds.) Credit Derivatives Handbook (2008)

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See detailAsset Management Forum
Bodson, Laurent ULg

Conference (2009, July 23)

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See detailLe assetate
Bernard Quiriny; Ricciardi, Stefania ULg

Book published by Transeuropa (2012)

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