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See detailUsing IPCAPS to identify fine-scale population structure
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Fentaw Abegaz, Yazew ULg; Tongsima, Sissades et al

Poster (2017, September 09)

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See detailSynthesis, characterization, and durability study of Pt-Co hollow nanoparticles deposited on carbon xerogel electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC)
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Asset, Tristan ULg; Olu, Pierre-Yves et al

Poster (2017, September)

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts are generally made of carbon black (CB)supported platinum-based nanoparticles. However, the properties of CBs, as described by RodríguezReinoso [1 ... [more ▼]

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts are generally made of carbon black (CB)supported platinum-based nanoparticles. However, the properties of CBs, as described by RodríguezReinoso [1], are not optimal for electrocatalysis. A possible solution to the drawbacks of CBs is the use of synthetic nanostructured materials with a controllable and reproducible texture and with a pure, known and constant chemical composition; carbon xerogels (CX) exhibit such properties [2]. Recently, various highly dispersed CX-supported Pt nanoparticles catalysts (Pt/CX) have been synthesized via several methods, such as the strong electrostatic adsorption (SEA) [3] or the charge-enhanced dry impregnation (CEDI) [4]. However, the decrease of the Pt mass contained in the PEMFC electrodes, in particular at the cathode where the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is processed, remains a major challenge. Improving the ORR mass activity is currently best achieved by alloying Pt with 3d-transition metal atoms such as cobalt (Co). These alloys perform better than the ORR because the substitution of some Pt atoms by 3d-metal atoms with smaller radius leads to a modified Pt electronic structure [5]. The synthesis and durability of Pt-Co hollow particles/CX (Fig. 1) is currently being studied in our groups. The results indicate that the specific and mass activity of the bimetallic hollow particles dispersed on CX is ca. 10 times higher than that of pure Pt/CB. The first durability results show good stability of the hollow particles structure. Performances and accelerated stress tests (ASTs) in PEMFCs were finally performed. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of voice disorders among teachers at the beginning of their career
Schiller, Isabel ULg

Poster (2017, August)

Due to the high vocal demands associated with their profession, teachers face an increased risk of developing voice disorders. Research suggests that up to 50 % of experienced teachers are affected. Even ... [more ▼]

Due to the high vocal demands associated with their profession, teachers face an increased risk of developing voice disorders. Research suggests that up to 50 % of experienced teachers are affected. Even student teachers, whose vocal load is still relatively low, report voice problems with a frequency of 20 % (Simberg, Laine, Sala, & Rönnemaa, 2000). Little is known about the prevalence of voice disorders among teachers at the very beginning of their career. In Germany, teachers must complete a two-year teaching practice as part of their professional training after they graduate from university, consisting of attending specialized courses and giving lessons. The aim of this symptom-based study was to determine the prevalence of voice problems among this population. A self-administered questionnaire was answered by 73 German teachers in teaching practice. The prevalence of a voice problem was defined based on the presence of two symptoms that persisted for a minimum of two weeks. Results revealed that 37 % of teachers had voice problems during their teaching practice. Among the most frequent symptoms were hoarseness, an urge to clear one’s throat and problems speaking at a loud voice. Considering that the participants had not even begun teaching full-time, the prevalence of reported voice problems is worrisome. It could be associated with their lacking experience in how to use their voice effectively. The findings highlight the necessity of early intervention programs focusing on vocal hygiene and effective voice use in classroom situations. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermining fine population structure using iterative pruning
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Yazew, Fentaw Abegaz; Tongsima, Sissades et al

Poster (2017, July 10)

SNP-based information is used in several existing clustering methods to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure (Price et al. 2006, Raj et al. 2016). Here, we present an ... [more ▼]

SNP-based information is used in several existing clustering methods to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure (Price et al. 2006, Raj et al. 2016). Here, we present an unsupervised clustering algorithm called the iterative pruning method to capture population structure (IPCAPS). Our method supports ordinal data which can be applied directly to SNP data to identify fine-level population structure and it is built on the iterative pruning Principal Component Analysis (ipPCA) algorithm (Intarapanich et al. 2009). The IPCAPS involves an iterative process using multiple splits based on multivariate Gaussian mixture modeling of principal components and Clustering EM estimation as in Lebret et al. (2015). In each iteration, rough clusters and outliers are also identified using our own method called RubikClust. The fixation index (FST) is known to measure a distance between populations and FST = 0.001 may be said to be genetically distinct among the European populations (Tian et al. 2008, Huckins et al. 2014). To observe fine-level population structure using FST, we examined simulated scenarios of one population, 500-8,000 individuals, 5,000-10,000 independent SNPs in HWE (Balding and Nichols 1995), with 100 replicates for each scenario. The simulated SNPs were encoded as additive coding and there was no missing genotype generated. We introduced negative control by subjecting individuals to be separated into two groups using kmeans. We observed that FST values of divided groups were lower than 0.0008, which can be defined as the minimum FST to detect fine-level population structure. To evaluate the performance of our method, we tested different simulated data sets of 2-3 populations, 250 individuals per population, 10,000 independent SNPs in HWE, and FST=[0.0008,0.005], with 100 replicates for each data set. For real-life data sets, we applied the IPCAPS to Thai (Wangkumhang et al. 2013) and HapMap populations. Our method showed that a population classification accuracy was superior to the ipPCA in simulated scenarios of extremely subtle structure (FST=[0.0009,0.005]). In case of the Thai population, results to detect fine-level structure were obtained as well as in case of the HapMap populations. We are convinced that the IPCAPS has a potential to detect fine-level structure and it will be important in molecular reclassification studies of patients once underlying population structure has been removed. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of formulation and process parameters on near-infrared spectra: Application for water determination in biopharmaceuticals
Clavaud, Matthieu ULg; Roggo, Yves; Allmendinger, Andrea et al

Poster (2017, June 11)

Traditionally, the water content of freeze-dried biopharmaceuticals is determined by time-consuming methods such as Karl Fischer titration. As a fast and non-destructive method, many studies demonstrated ... [more ▼]

Traditionally, the water content of freeze-dried biopharmaceuticals is determined by time-consuming methods such as Karl Fischer titration. As a fast and non-destructive method, many studies demonstrated the efficiency of Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy for that purpose [1]. In this study, NIR was applied to different freeze-dried monoclonal antibody. The aim was to evaluate the robustness of a NIR model depending on formulation composition and process parameters of the lyophilization parameters, and the benefits of NIR when developing a freeze-drying cycle for a new pharmaceutical product. A full Design of experiments (DoE) was established in order to produce materials with various formulations and various process parameters. As a first step, a calibration model was created and validated. The model creation was based on 4 target lyophilized cycles which were manufactured to obtain samples with different water content concentration. Then, 20 lyophilized cycles were produced according to the DoE. Two levels of protein and sucrose concentration, and two levels of pressure / primary drying temperature and process time were investigated. Furthermore, several samples of each experiment stored at different temperature and relative humidity conditions were evaluated. Chemometrics using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Partial Least Squares (PLS) were used to evaluate the process variations and to determine the water content, respectively. NIR is capable to differentiate between different lyophilization process conditions, based on chemometrics. Robust calibration NIR model for water determination was generated against KF independent on lyophilization process parameters and formulation composition. NIR is suitable and robust method for drug product development of freeze-dried formulation. [less ▲]

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See detailProfiling inferior left dorsal premotor cortex: when Area 55b meets Premotor Eye-Field
Genon, Sarah ULg; Reid, Andrew; Langner, Robert et al

Poster (2017, June)

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See detailLes limites de l’administration de la PCL - R à une population de sujets schizophrènes dans le contexte médico-légal
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Matteucci, Marie; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, May 31)

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See detailSchizophrénie et psychopathie : Analyse des difficultés d’objectivation diagnostique à partir de la PCL-R
Matteucci, Marie; Englebert, Jérôme ULg; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, May 20)

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See detailBelgian speleothem records Holocene cold events?
Allan, Mohammed ULg; Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 12)

Speleothem is now regarded as valuable archive of climatic conditions on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy recorders such as lake sediments and ... [more ▼]

Speleothem is now regarded as valuable archive of climatic conditions on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy recorders such as lake sediments and peat cores. High spatial resolution measurements of Mg, Al, Sr, Ba were realized by using laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry in the Belgian Pere Noel cave. A stalagmite from the Pere Noel (PN) cave representing 12000 years dated by U/Th method. Trace element variations in speleothem are a reflection of hydrochemical conditions. These changes were interpreted as indications of changes in climate in the Han-sur-Lesse region. The similar patterns found in δ 18O, δ 13C and chemical composition along the Pere Noel stalagmite suggests that trace elements in speleothems have the potential to provide high resolution insights into palaeoclimatic variability during the Holocene. A deeper analysis reveals several periods of significant rapid climate change during the Holocene (at 10.7-9.2 ka, 8.2-7.9 ka, 7.2-6.2 ka, 4.8-4.5 ka, and 3-2.4 ka BP), which are similar to the cold events detected from different natural paleoclimate archivers. A comparison between the geochemical analysis of Père Noël speleothem and solar activity (sunspot number) reveals a significant correlation. Spectral analysis methods reveal common solar periodicities (Gleissberg cycle, de Vries cycle, unnamed 500 year, Eddy cycles, and Hallstatt cycle). The geochemical analyses have the potential to prove that PN speleothem is sensitive to changes in solar activity on centennial and millennial timescales during the Holocene. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantifying coral colony morphology to assess their roles in ecosystem processes
Chen, Qi; Yang, Emma; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Colony morphology is among the best predictors of the scleractinian coral’s function in the reef ecosystem. However, morphological traits are categorical and to convert this information into a ... [more ▼]

Colony morphology is among the best predictors of the scleractinian coral’s function in the reef ecosystem. However, morphological traits are categorical and to convert this information into a quantitative value remains a real challenge to quantify the influence of this parameter on ecosystem processes. Recently, the ratio between colony mass and surface area (CMA) has been proposed to represent a suitable proxy of species morphologies and their growth. Hypothetically, CMA could be used to assess a broad range of biological, ecological, and evolutionary processes in coral reef ecosystem. Here, we propose to test CMA as a predictor of coral morphology and focus on the intraspecific variation of this parameter. We used historical coral collection from the Museum of Zoology (National Taiwan University) and our own specimens collected from contrasting environments to establish a database of coral models using a high-resolution David 3D scanner. From these models, we extracted surface area and volume of the coral colonies. Colony mass was measured on a Mark S Bel balance. CMA was compared for its power in predicting species morphology with other traits such as skeleton density. Eventually, we tested the use of CMA at an intraspecific level to detect plasticity in growth rate. Our 3D models are available online (http://www.dipintothereef.com/corals.html) and constitute a valuable resource for estimating the roles of corals in the ecosystem. [less ▲]

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See detailSalmonella thyphimirium early onset neonatal sepsis
Thirion, Sophie ULg; RIGO, Vincent ULg; Snyers, Diane ULg et al

Poster (2017, May)

Background: Early onset neonatal sepsis due to salmonella spp is rare in developed countries. Vertical and horizontal transmissions were described, including faecal contamination of the birth canal. After ... [more ▼]

Background: Early onset neonatal sepsis due to salmonella spp is rare in developed countries. Vertical and horizontal transmissions were described, including faecal contamination of the birth canal. After a short incubation period, newborns may remain asymptomatic or present with sepsis or meningitis. Mortality rate as high as 58% were reported. Case Presentation Summary: We report a case of transplacental Salmonella Typhimurium infection in a premature infant. A mother with a one day history of fever and diarrhoea spontaneously delivered a premature boy at 35 weeks of gestation. On day 3, the infant presented with symptoms suggesting necrotizing enterocolitis: apnea, respiratory distress, feeding intolerance, bloody diarrhea and fever. Feeding were suspended and intravenous antibiotic therapy (ampicillin, amikacine and metronidazole) initiated. Laboratory data showed an inflammatory syndrome with elevated C-reactive proteine (71 mg/l), leukocytopenia (7270/mm3) and severe lymphopenia (580/mm3). Enterocolitis stage 1 (Bell classification) was diagnosed based on clinical and radiological evaluation. Salmonella spp were grown from the baby’s blood and stools and from the mother’s stools; the National Reference Center identified a Salmonella Typhimurium. Cerebrospinal fluid culture remained sterile. Clinical and biological evolutions were rapidly favourable with 14-days of cefotaxim IV. Maternal history revealed consumption of raw meat 3 days before delivery.Learning Points/Discussion: Salmonella spp should be considered in the differential diagnosis of early onset sepsis, particularly when mother presents gastrointestinal symptoms. Food safety education is crucial. The consumption of raw or uncooked meat during pregnancy should be avoided regardless toxoplasmosis immunization status. To avoid outbreaks in the neonatal ward (as reported in the literature), rapid detection and prompt institution of isolation and clustering measures are important. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Young Adolescents’ Self-Esteem Predicted by Peer Acceptance? A Gender Perspective
Gaudet, Olivier; Vollet, Justin; Véronneau, Marie-Hélène et al

Poster (2017, May)

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See detailL'enseignement-apprentissage du français dans le qualifiant : regards croisés
Scheepers, Caroline ULg; Outers, Pierre ULg; Werner, Anne-Catherine ULg

Poster (2017, April 29)

La présentation donne à voir les résultats partiels d'une recherche exploratoire qui a consisté à questionner les élèves et les professeurs de l'enseignement secondaire de transition et du qualifiant à ... [more ▼]

La présentation donne à voir les résultats partiels d'une recherche exploratoire qui a consisté à questionner les élèves et les professeurs de l'enseignement secondaire de transition et du qualifiant à propos de leurs représentations relatives à l'enseignement-apprentissage du français dans le qualifiant. Pour l'heure, nous disposons des réponses apportées par 30 enseignants et par 450 élèves. A terme, cinquante enseignants et 1000 élèves sont concernés. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the evolution of the osteoarthritis pathology and the mechanical properties of cartilage in a spontaneous osteoarthritis model in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs.
Legrand, Catherine ULg; Centonze, Prescilia ULg; Comblain, Fanny ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan content, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes ... [more ▼]

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan content, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes. In parallel to these histological analyzes, we studied the mechanical properties of cartilage at different stages of disease progression in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs. We also correlated the severity of histological lesions with the mechanical properties of cartilage. [less ▲]

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See detailHighlights from two years of remote sensing at Mars with MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph
Chaffin; Schneider; Deighan et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observes Mars in the far and mid ultraviolet (110-340 nm), investigating lower and upper atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observes Mars in the far and mid ultraviolet (110-340 nm), investigating lower and upper atmospheric structure and indirectly probing neutral atmospheric escape. After two Earth years in orbit (one Mars year), IUVS has assembled a large quantity of data and made many discoveries, some of which we report here. Among the key results obtained by IUVS are: (1) discovery of the widespread occurrence of a diffuse proton aurora, representing a newly discovered means of energy deposition into the atmospheres of unmagnetized planets; (2) continued investigation of time-variability in H and O escape, which have dessicated the planet over its history; and (3) synoptic characterization of thermospheric variability and response to solar input. We will present an overview of these results and a discussion of their implications for the state of the atmosphere and its evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailThaw pond dynamics and carbon emissions in a Siberian lowland tundra landscape
Van Huissteden, J.; Heijmans, M.M.P.D.; Dean, J. et al

Poster (2017, April 25)

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See detailHow phosphorus limitation can control climatic gas sources and sinks
Gypens, N; Borges, Alberto ULg; Ghyoot, C

Poster (2017, April 25)

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See detailDetermining fine population structure using iterative pruning
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Yazew, Fentaw Abegaz; Tongsima, Sissades et al

Poster (2017, April 25)

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See detailMises en observation au départ d’un service d’urgences psychiatriques : Procédure, population et orientation.
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Evrard, Maude; Valassopoulou, Eftychia et al

Poster (2017, April 20)

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See detailEvaluation des traits psychopathiques dans une population de sujets schizophrènes : Les limites de la PCL-R
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Matteucci, Marie; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, April 19)

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués ... [more ▼]

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués schizophrènes. Notre hypothèse principale est que plusieurs items de l’échelle peuvent être côtés avec le même score et pourtant exprimer une manière d’être et d’agir différente si le sujet est réellement psychopathe ou s’il est schizophrène. Afin d’éprouver notre hypothèse, nous avons sélectionné sept patients présentant soit une schizophrénie, soit une personnalité psychopathiques, soit considérés comme potentiels « héboïdophrènes » (schizophrénie pseudo-psychopathique) à qui nous avons administré la PCL-R. À partir d’analyses qualitatives, nous avons ensuite établi une liste d’items de la PCL-R sensibles à la psychose. Nous observons que 45% des items se révèlent positivement ou négativement influencés par la psychose au-delà de tout trait psychopathique. Sémiologiquement, c’est la présence de la dynamique paranoïde de la schizophrénie qui influence principalement les scores attribués aux items de la PCL-R. Cette recherche suggère des hypothèses concernant l’interaction psychose-psychopathie et son rapport avec des actes de violence. La conclusion de l’étude est que la PCL-R connait des limitations importantes en ce qui concerne son application à une population de sujets schizophrènes. [less ▲]

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See detailTraits psychopathiques dans une population infra-clinique et traitement émotionnel
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Bral, Laura; Dehon, Hedwige ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 19)

L’intérêt pour la psychopathie infra-clinique n’est pas neuf. Toutefois, les études sur le sujet sont encore peu nombreuses. Notre recherche a consisté à mettre à l’épreuve deux hypothèses. La première ... [more ▼]

L’intérêt pour la psychopathie infra-clinique n’est pas neuf. Toutefois, les études sur le sujet sont encore peu nombreuses. Notre recherche a consisté à mettre à l’épreuve deux hypothèses. La première, concerne la présence de « traits psychopathiques » dans la population tout-venant et la seconde tend à évaluer dans quelle mesure la présence de ces traits influence le traitement émotionnel. Pour tester ces hypothèses, nous avons créé une version « online » du SRP-III (Self Report Psychopathy). Aux soixante-quatre items initialement présents dans cette échelle nous avons ajouté dix-sept items afin d’être en mesure d’également coter la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised). Deux groupes de chacun treize participants ont été créés sur base de leur score au SRP-III (un groupe « faibles caractéristiques psychopathique » et un groupe « fortes caractéristiques psychopathiques »). La seconde partie de l’étude consistait en une entrevue durant laquelle nous avons procédé à des mises en situation d’induction émotionnelle. Pour mesurer l’influence de cette induction, trois tâches cognitives étaient administrées aux sujets des deux groupes. La première hypothèse s’est vue confirmée à travers la récolte des données du questionnaire en ligne. Quant à la seconde hypothèse, les résultats statistiques n’indiquent aucune différence significative entre les groupes en ce qui concerne leur score aux tâches cognitives. Il est donc suggéré que la présence de traits psychopathiques n’influence pas le traitement émotionnel. Cette recherche confirme la présence de la psychopathie dans la population tout-venant et semble infirmer, parmi cette population, l’hypothèse d’un déficit du traitement émotionnel. [less ▲]

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See detailExploitation et instrumentation des mémoires
Nossent, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2017, April 03)

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See detailDes complots partout? Epistémologie du discours conspirationniste
Debras, François ULg

Poster (2017, April 03)

Il n’existe pas d’un côté des « farfelus » qui voient des complots partout et de l’autre, des scientifiques rationnels qui considèrent que les complots sont des divagations. L’adhésion aux théories du ... [more ▼]

Il n’existe pas d’un côté des « farfelus » qui voient des complots partout et de l’autre, des scientifiques rationnels qui considèrent que les complots sont des divagations. L’adhésion aux théories du complot n’est pas un simple oui ou non. C’est un curseur qui indique que chacun se pose des questions et émet des doutes. De plus, l’histoire témoigne de l’existence de multiples complots bien réels que nous ne nions pas (incident de Mukden, incident du golf de Tonkin, affaire des couveuses au Koweit,…). Les théories du complot nous invitent à ne pas croire aveuglément tout ce que nous racontent les médias. Mais, à l’inverse, il ne faut pas non plus déceler des complots partout et analyser un monde « lu à l’envers » où tout ce qui est présenté comme vrai est faux et inversement. [less ▲]

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See detailSaisir les reconfigurations des pratiques d'engagement de "publics" en science et technologie
Macq, Hadrien ULg

Poster (2017, April 03)

La gouvernance des sciences et des technologies se trouve actuellement dans une situation de tension entre deux dynamiques : un agenda néo-libéral promouvant l’innovation technologique, d’une part, et un ... [more ▼]

La gouvernance des sciences et des technologies se trouve actuellement dans une situation de tension entre deux dynamiques : un agenda néo-libéral promouvant l’innovation technologique, d’une part, et un mouvement de démocratisation et d’expérimentation collective, d’autre part. Cette recherche vise à analyser les effets de cette tension sur les différentes pratiques d’engagement de « publics » promues par les autorités publiques. Elle poursuit dès lors une double ambition : caractériser les formes émergentes d’engagement de « publics » et les comparer aux précédentes afin de saisir ce que ce changement de pratiques implique pour la gouvernance des sciences et des technologies. [less ▲]

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See detailStable GPR101 over-Expressing Cell Lines As an Invaluable Tool for Functional Studies, Ligand Screening, and the Identification of Deregulated Genes/Pathways in Patients with X-Linked Acrogigantism
Trivellin, Giampaolo; Janjic, Maria; Larco, Darwin et al

Poster (2017, April 02)

Background: GPR101 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is duplicated in patients with X-linked acrogigantism (X-LAG) and over-expressed in their GH- and PRL-secreting tumors. GPR101 is a ... [more ▼]

Background: GPR101 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is duplicated in patients with X-linked acrogigantism (X-LAG) and over-expressed in their GH- and PRL-secreting tumors. GPR101 is a constitutively active GPCR that strongly activates the cAMP pathway. To elucidate the mechanisms through which GPR101 causes GH over-secretion we generated HEK293 and GH/PRL-secreting (GH3) cells with stable GPR101 expression. Methods: Both cell lines were created via direct integration of a human GPR101-coding sequence into their genome. In HEK293 cells this was achieved by transient transfection of a GPR101-expressing plasmid, while GH3 were transduced with GPR101 lentiviral particles. Cells were selected with appropriate antibiotics and the surviving clones expanded. GPR101 expression was quantified by RT-qPCR and immunofluorescence/western blotting. Cell proliferation (MTT assay), cAMP levels (125I-labeled cAMP tracer), and calcium signaling (FURA 2 AM) were determined. RNA was extracted from both cell lines and subjected to RNA-seq. Differential gene expression between control and GPR101-expressing cells and pathway analysis was carried out with the Stirplate and MetaCore softwares, respectively. De-regulated genes were validated by RT-qPCR. Results: High GPR101 expression was achieved in both cell lines and confirmed at the mRNA and protein level. GPR101-expressing cells proliferated at different rates from the respective controls: GPR101-HEK293 cells were slow-dividing, while GPR101-GH3 divided faster. cAMP production was enhanced in GPR101-GH3 and accompained by increased excitability of cells. Differential expression analysis in HEK293 cells revealed several up-regulated and few down-regulated genes. Among the genes with high expression, several were linked to the cAMP pathway: CGA, PCK1, LINC00473 and PDE3A. Enrichment analysis ranked cytoskeleton remodeling and cell cycle regulation (inhibition of G1/S transition) as the most relevant pathways. In GH3 cells most of the genes with a significantly different expression encoded for membrane-localized proteins, among which were ion channels (Trpm8, Kcnj1), GPCRs (Trhr), and calcium sensors (Syt4, Anxa1). Biological processes associated with these genes are: vesicle transport and fusion, cytoskeleton organization, and energy homeostasis. Conclusions: These results show that the intrinsic activity of GPR101 strongly stimulates cAMP production and this in turn facilitates voltage-gated calcium influx. Changes in cAMP/calcium signaling are accompanied with faster/slower cell division depending on the cell type. Accordingly, several genes associated with these and related pathways are differentially expressed. The establishment of these cell lines will be of paramount importance to validate putative GPR101 ligands and to conduct functional studies. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic flood modelling to support flood-proof urban design
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Mustafa, Ahmed; Aliaga, Daniel et al

Poster (2017, April)

Urban flood risk is influenced by many factors such as hydro-meteorological drivers, existing drainage systems as well as vulnerability of population and assets. The urban fabric itself has also a complex ... [more ▼]

Urban flood risk is influenced by many factors such as hydro-meteorological drivers, existing drainage systems as well as vulnerability of population and assets. The urban fabric itself has also a complex influence on inundation flows. In this research, we performed a systematic analysis on how various characteristics of urban patterns control inundation flow within the urban area and upstream of it. An urban generator tool was used to generate over 2,250 synthetic urban networks of 1 km². This tool is based on the procedural modelling presented by Parish and Müller (2001) which was adapted to generate a broader variety of urban networks. Nine input parameters were used to control the urban geometry. Three of them define the average length, orientation and curvature of the streets. Two orthogonal major roads, for which the width constitutes the fourth input parameter, work as constraints to generate the urban network. The width of secondary streets is given by the fifth input parameter. Each parcel generated by the street network based on a parcel mean area parameter can be either a park or a building parcel depending on the park ratio parameter. Three setback parameters constraint the exact location of the building whithin a building parcel. For each of synthetic urban network, detailed two-dimensional inundation maps were computed with a hydraulic model. The computational efficiency was enhanced by means of a porosity model. This enables the use of a coarser computational grid , while preserving information on the detailed geometry of the urban network (Sanders et al. 2008). These porosity parameters reflect not only the void fraction, which influences the storage capacity of the urban area, but also the influence of buildings on flow conveyance (dynamic effects). A sensitivity analysis was performed based on the inundation maps to highlight the respective impact of each input parameter characteristizing the urban networks. The findings of the study pinpoint which properties of urban networks have a major influence on urban inundation flow, enabling better informed flood-proof urban design. [less ▲]

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See detailXenogeneic graft-versus-host disease : Impact of Th17 cells
Delens, Loïc ULg; SERVAIS, Sophie ULg; Vrancken, Louise ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 27)

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See detailRecollection versus familiarity in normal aging and in mild cognitive impairment: Impact of test format
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; SALMON, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 24)

If familiarity is better preserved than recollection in aging and in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (Koen & Yonelinas, 2014), the experimental conditions promoting its use should be beneficial to ... [more ▼]

If familiarity is better preserved than recollection in aging and in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (Koen & Yonelinas, 2014), the experimental conditions promoting its use should be beneficial to these populations. One condition influencing the relative contribution of recollection and familiarity during recognition is the format of the test. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of test format on recollection and familiarity in normal aging and in MCI in two tasks where the level of performance is equalized. Seventy young participants, 70 younger-old (55-69 years old), 69 older-old (70-85 years old), and 13 MCIs were presented with forced-choice and yes/no visual recognition memory tasks with the Remember/Know/ Guess paradigm. Young participants had better recognition memory performance than younger-old, who performed better than older-old and MCIs. Recollection and familiarity declined progressively in healthy aging. In MCI, recollection was more affected than familiarity, but patients demonstrated a more liberal use of familiarity. Finally, test format did not influence strongly the results. Young people used recollection more often in the forced-choice task compared to the yes/no task. [less ▲]

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See detailAnosognosia for behavioral disorder is related to confidence for false self-related memories in Alzheimer’s disease
Mélon, Marlène; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 24)

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and ... [more ▼]

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and memory cognitive systems in AD, reducing cognitive advantages of self-related memories (i.e. decreasing self reference effect, SRE) in these patients. However, how anosognosia relates to impaired metacognitive monitoring in AD, particularly for self-related memories, is still an open question. To investigate this question, an ecological memory task based on face-name associations was administrated to 20 healthy older controls (HC) and 20 mild AD patients. The influence of self-reference at encoding was assessed on subsequent name recall and recollective experience, as well as on predictive (feeling-of-knowing, FOK) and postretrieval (judgments-of-confidence, JOC) metacognitive judgments on name recognition in all participants. Furthermore relationships between metacognitive outcomes and awareness of daily cognitive and behavioral impairment was examined in AD. Altered SRE was evidenced in name recall and recollective experience in AD. Patients also showed impaired FOK and JOC, as well as lower awareness of their daily functioning impairment (anosognosia). Nevertheless, differential effect of self on metacognitive judgment in AD and HC was only observed on JOC for false memories. Importantly, anosognosia for behavioral disorders was related to post-retrieval confidence for false recognition of self-related items in AD patients. Thus, anosognosia concerning behavioral disorder and altered post-retrieval monitoring of self-related memories appear to be related in AD. We hypothesized that impaired monitoring of personal false memories may lead AD patients to rely on distorted recent reality when providing judgment about their everyday behavioral functioning. [less ▲]

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See detailDepression is a heterogeneous condition: A cluster-analysis approach
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 24)

The heterogeneity of depression (i.e., symptomatology profiles, treatment responsiveness) is more and more evidenced. From a clinical perspective, having a clearer overview of the symptoms’ heterogeneity ... [more ▼]

The heterogeneity of depression (i.e., symptomatology profiles, treatment responsiveness) is more and more evidenced. From a clinical perspective, having a clearer overview of the symptoms’ heterogeneity of depression will help (1) to deeper understand its underlined psychological processes and (2) to tailor clinical treatments (i.e., psychological interventions and/or antidepressant medications). In order to so, an effort to determine subtypes of depression has been developed through a cluster-analysis approach. Andreasen et al. (1980) identified three clusters of depressed patients based on the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia; Schacht et al. (2014) evidenced five clusters based on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (i.e., lack of insight, sleep/sexual/somatic, typical MDD, gastrointestinal/weight loss, mild MDD); Hybels et al. (2012) found three clusters of depressive patients based on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale in community seniors; and Guidi et al. (2011) found two clusters of depressives in medically ill patients based on the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (i.e., depressed somatizers, irritable/anxious depression). The current study aims at replicating and extending these previous findings in adults presenting depressive symptoms through a cluster-analysis approach. Unlike previous studies, the highlighting of the clusters will be based on the most frequently used assessment of depression, the Beck Depression Inventory-Second Edition (BDI-II). Further, the definition of the clusters will be based on the presence of the depressive symptoms rather than on their severity because symptoms’ severity on the BDI-II can be misrepresentative of the phenomenology of depressive symptoms’ clusters. A sample of 619 adults from community and mental healthcare centers has been recruited. Inclusion criteria were as follows: being a French-speaking adult aged between 18 and 60 years and presenting at least five symptoms on the BDI-II, irrespective of their severity. Data grouping was achieved through a combination of hierarchical (Ward’s method with squared Euclidian distance measurement) and nonhierarchical procedures (K-means cluster analysis), as recommended by recent theoretical trends. A six-cluster solution was evidenced: heavy sleepers (high levels of tiredness, loss of energy and increase of sleep), cognitive depressives (high levels of pessimism, past failures, guilty feelings, self-dislike and worthlessness), affective-somatic depressives (high levels of affective symptoms - loss of interest and pleasure - and somatic symptoms - increase of appetite and sleep, irritability), mild depressives (mild levels of all symptoms), sleepless depressives (high levels of decrease of sleep and tiredness), typical depressives (high levels of all symptoms). Results evidenced the heterogeneity of depressive symptoms, as six different clusters of depressive adults have been found. Two of the clusters identified in the current study are similar to two clusters identified by Schacht et al. (2014) (sleepless depressives are similar to the cluster “sleep/sexual/somatic” because their profile are highly characterized by symptoms related to insomnia and tiredness; mild depressives are similar to the cluster “mild MDD/symptoms” because their profile are characterized by low to average levels on all symptoms). The take-home message of this study is that depression is a heterogeneous condition. Consequently, it is necessary to consider this heterogeneity in order to tailor the psychological intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the number of alternatives during a forced-choice recognition task on recollection and familiarity in normal aging
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

Poster (2017, March 23)

Forced-choice recognition tasks are often used to evaluate recognition memory. However, no study have specifically investigate the impact of the number of alternatives on memory performance. Here, we ... [more ▼]

Forced-choice recognition tasks are often used to evaluate recognition memory. However, no study have specifically investigate the impact of the number of alternatives on memory performance. Here, we wanted to determine, on the one hand, if the number of alternatives - two or three - and on the other hand if the degree of similarity between targets and foils have an impact on recognition strategies. Moreover, we investigated how aging interacted with these variables. We recruited 20 young and 20 older participants. During the reconnaissance task, they had to choose, among two or three photographs of faces, the one that was presented previously. Some couples of targets and foils were more similar than others (sharing 60% of common characteristics versus 40%). For each selected item, the participants had to explain what guided their choice via verbal reports. We observed similar performance between the groups for the two-alternative recognition memory task, while young participants had better performance than the older participants in the three-alternative task. Young participants used more often recollection when the similarity between targets and foils was higher, unlike older participants whose rate of recollection was not influenced by target-foil similarity. Both groups used more often familiarity in the two-alternative task, but older participants demonstrated a more liberal bias. Finally, our participants used more often elimination strategies when the similarity is low or when they had to select one item out of three. [less ▲]

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See detailRecognition memory is associated with hippocampal volume in aging population: new evidence from brain imaging study
Narbutas, Justinas ULg; Blanpain, Manon ULg; Van Egroo, Maxime ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 23)

Introduction. The hippocampus is crucial for episodic memory, especially for recollection and pattern separation (i.e., the ability to store similar episodes as distinct memory traces). Episodic memory ... [more ▼]

Introduction. The hippocampus is crucial for episodic memory, especially for recollection and pattern separation (i.e., the ability to store similar episodes as distinct memory traces). Episodic memory declines with aging and this has been associated with hippocampal dysfunction. The main objective of our study was to explore how performance on a recognition memory task designed to assess pattern separation is associated with hippocampal volume in aging population. Methods. Fourteen healthy late middle-aged participants (52-69 years-old) were evaluated on a Mnemonic Similarity Task (MST). In this task, participants study pictures and then have to discriminate between targets, similar lures, and unrelated foil objects. Recognition memory (RM) is assessed as the difference between hits and false alarms to unrelated foils, while pattern separation Bias metric (BPS) is the difference between the rate of ‘‘Similar’’ responses given to the lure items minus ‘‘Similar’’ responses given to the foils. Hippocampal volume was calculated using ASHS software, which uses T1-weighted and T2-weighted MRI to obtain optimal segmentation of hippocampal subfields. Results. Correlation analysis of preliminary data revealed that RM was significantly positively associated with the volume of the left subiculum and left perirhinal area 35, while there were no significant correlations in the right hemisphere. BPS was positively correlated with the volume of right CA2 region, but negatively associated with the volume of right CA3 region, what is more contradictory according to the current literature. No significant link was found between BPS and the volume of hippocampal subfields in the left hemisphere. Conclusion. In a middle-aged population, better visual recognition memory is associated with larger volume of the left subiculum and perirhinal area 35, two regions supporting representation of objects [less ▲]

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See detailRelating pessimistic memory predictions to Alzheimer’s disease brain structure
Genon, Sarah ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 23)

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory ... [more ▼]

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory retrieval and investigated the neural correlates of pessimistic predictions for successfully retrieved memories in AD patients. AD patients and healthy older participants provided predictive judgements on their recognition performance before retrieval of famous (semantic) and recently learned (episodic) names. Correlations between grey matter volume (GMV) in T1 images and behavioural scores were examined with multivariate (PLS) and univariate (GLM) analyses in AD patients. AD patients showed a significant proportion of successful name recognition preceded by pessimistic prediction (Prediction_low_hits) in episodic memory. PLS revealed that behavioural pattern in AD patients was related with a mainly right lateralized pattern of GMV decrease including medial temporal lobe and posterior cingulate cortex, but also right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC). GLM further confirmed that pessimistic prediction negatively correlated with GMV in VLPFC. Thus, impaired monitoring processes (possibly influenced by inaccurate beliefs) allowing inferences about one’s own memory performance are primarily related to decrease GMV in VLPFC in AD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic functionalisation of starch and amylose using plant oils: towards polymeric materials and composites
Scholten, Philip ULg; Söyler, Zafer; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 19)

Fossil fuels have been the main source of starting materials for the chemical industry over the last century. Especially synthetic polymers rely on this feedstock and are indispensible for mankind’s ... [more ▼]

Fossil fuels have been the main source of starting materials for the chemical industry over the last century. Especially synthetic polymers rely on this feedstock and are indispensible for mankind’s technological advances and status quo. However, a shift to renewable and sustainable resources is needed, as the end of the fossil fuel era is in sight. Biomass presents one possible alternative to fossil fuels, as it consists of a large pool of different chemicals and is inexhaustible. Cellulose, and the closely related starch and amylose, are available cheaply from plants and have favourable properties, such as high strength, thermal stability and biodegradability. However, such poly(saccharides) have been difficult to use directly as materials because of the lack of thermoplasticity, low solubility and high hydrophilicity. Modifications are thus necessary to be able to exploit their advantageous properties. Recently, our group published the catalytic transesterification of maize starch with different plant oils to obtain fully renewable fatty acid starch esters in a sustainable fashion. Polymeric materials with glass transition temperatures (Tgs), soluble in common organic solvents and an increased hydrophobicity were obtained. Compatibilisation tests of the modified starch and amylose with low-density poly(ethylene) (LDPE) and cellulose are being investigated to obtain composites of commodity plastics with improved mechanical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of Igf2 inhibition in thymic epithelial cells infected with CVB4 E2
Michaux, Hélène ULg; Charlet-Renard, Chantal; Martens, Henri ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 12)

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See detailPolitiques Architecturales en Belgique
De Visscher, Lisa ULg

Poster (2017, March 10)

The procedures for tenders proposed by the different government architects or the Cellule Architecture in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia have an important influence on the quality of the process of the ... [more ▼]

The procedures for tenders proposed by the different government architects or the Cellule Architecture in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia have an important influence on the quality of the process of the project and therefore on its physical result. Comparison and analysis of the different existing procedures. [less ▲]

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See detailAnticoherence measures for spin states
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2017, March 09)

Among all possible spin states, spin-coherent states are the most classical because the spin expectation value in these states yields a vector of maximal norm pointing in a well defined direction. In ... [more ▼]

Among all possible spin states, spin-coherent states are the most classical because the spin expectation value in these states yields a vector of maximal norm pointing in a well defined direction. In contrast, anticoherent spin state to order t are such that <(J.n)^k> is independent of the unit vector n for k = 1, ..., t [1]. By construction, coherent and anticoherent spin states are at both ends of the spectrum of classicality. The aim of this work is to position all possible spin states on such a spectrum, that is to provide measures of anticoherence. To this aim, we introduce an axiomatic definition of anticoherence measures to any order t. In particular, we show that the total variance of a pure spin state, first introduced in [2] can be used to define a measure of anticoherence to order 1. We describe a systematic way of constructing anticoherence measures to any order that relies on the mapping between spin-j states and symmetric states of N = 2j spin-1/2. In particular, we exploit the fact that anticoherent spin states to order t have maximally mixed t-spin-1/2 reduced density matrices in the symmetric subspace [3]. [1] J. Zimba, Electron. J. Theor. Phys. 3, 143 (2006). [2] A. A. Klyachko, B. Öztop, and A. S. Shumovsky, Phys. Rev. A 75, 032315 (2007). [3] D. Baguette, T. Bastin, and J. Martin, Phys. Rev A 90, 032314 (2014). [less ▲]

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See detailLong-range Rydberg-blockade entangling gate mediated by auxiliary atoms
Cesa, Alexandre ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2017, March 09)

Arrays of qubits encoded in the ground state manifold of trapped neutral atoms appear as a promising platform for the realisation of a scalable quantum computer. Indeed, such physical qubits have a long ... [more ▼]

Arrays of qubits encoded in the ground state manifold of trapped neutral atoms appear as a promising platform for the realisation of a scalable quantum computer. Indeed, such physical qubits have a long coherence time and allow for high-fidelity single-qubit operations [1]. In such a platform, entangling two-qubit gates can be implemented by exploiting the Rydberg-blockade mechanism to produce a phase shift or a flip of the state of a target atom conditioned on the state of a control atom [2]. However, because dipole-dipole interactions fall off rapidly with the interatomic distance, such entangling gates based on Rydberg-blockade are impractical between distant qubits. In this work, we propose a protocol to implement long-range Rydberg-blockade gates (CZ or CNot) using auxillary non-coding atoms to transfer the Rydberg excitation from the control to the target qubit. The dependence of the fidelity on the number of auxillary atoms, the blockade strength and the decay rates of the Rydberg states are determined. When compared to a sequential application of nearest neighbours entangling gates, our protocol leads to a larger fidelity and a reduction of the overall gate duration (which scales linearly with the number of auxillary atoms). [1] M. Saffman, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 49, 202001 (2016). [2] D. Jaksch, J. I. Cirac, P. Zoller, S. L. Rolston, R. Côté, and M. D. Lukin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 2208 (2000). [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling Potential Roles of HTLV-1 Tax and HBZ Proteins in mRNA Splicing Regulation
Vandermeulen, Charlotte ULg; Cherkaoui, Majid ULg; A. Calderwood, Michael et al

Poster (2017, March 08)

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See detailCharacterizing exoplanetary atmospheres with a mid-infrared nulling spectrograph
Defrere, Denis ULg; Léger, Alain; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 07)

The discovery of an increasing number of terrestrial planets around nearby stars marks the dawn of a new era in the exoplanet field: the characterization and understanding of their atmospheres. To make ... [more ▼]

The discovery of an increasing number of terrestrial planets around nearby stars marks the dawn of a new era in the exoplanet field: the characterization and understanding of their atmospheres. To make significant progress, it becomes clear that a large number of exoplanetary atmospheres have to be studied at various wavelengths. This is particularly relevant for identifying possible bio-signatures. In this poster, we present a concept of a space-based mid-infrared nulling spectrograph that can characterize a large number of exoplanetary atmospheres and provide key information on their size, surface temperature, and the presence of key molecules such as CO2, H2O, CH4 and O3. The proposed mission concept would be particularly suited to characterize Proxima Cen b. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic reforming of gasification tars with bi- and trimetallic catalysts optimized with organosilane precursors
Claude, Vincent ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg

Poster (2017, March 07)

Biomass gasification is interesting for the production of CO + H2 from wastes and catalysts are necessary for tars degradation. Catalysts were synthesized by the sol-gel process to develop γ-Al2O3 doped ... [more ▼]

Biomass gasification is interesting for the production of CO + H2 from wastes and catalysts are necessary for tars degradation. Catalysts were synthesized by the sol-gel process to develop γ-Al2O3 doped with 10%wt of nickel and 2 wt.% of a second dopant (Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo). Before their adding in AlOOH sol, metallic dopants were complexed with (OCH3)3-Si-(CH2)3-NH-(CH2)2-NH2 (EDAS) to increase their dispersion by cogelation between EDAS and AlOOH clusters. These catalysts were tested at 650°C for toluene reforming. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotonic photoanode for macroporous perovskite solar cells
Baron, Damien ULg; Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 01)

Organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have reached power conversion efficiencies over 20%. Two archetypal PSC architectures are reported in the literature: mesoporous and planar ... [more ▼]

Organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have reached power conversion efficiencies over 20%. Two archetypal PSC architectures are reported in the literature: mesoporous and planar PSCs. In the former one, a mesoporous TiO2 scaffold is incorporated into the cell. Because sizes of the mesopores are typically small compared to wavelengths of visible light, the scaffold barely scatters light. In this work, we propose to periodically structure a porous TiO2 scaffold incorporating pores with diameters comparable to wavelengths of visible light thanks to the use of colloidal crystal templating fabrication method. The resulting TiO2 scaffold filled with perovskite will constitute an opal-like photonic crystal incorporated in the solar cell, which will strongly interact with light. Through Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) simulations, we demonstrate that the photonic crystal induces resonances that can be exploited to modulate light harvesting in the macroporous TiO2 layer. Sunlight absorption by the PSC will be presented and discussed with dependency of pore sizes and number of opal layers. [less ▲]

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See detailINVESTIGATION DE LA QUALITE D’ANTIBIOTIQUES A BASE D'AMOXICILLINE DANS LE CADRE DE LA SURVEILLANCE DU MARCHE OFFICIEL ET PERIPHERIQUE DE QUELQUES VILLES DE LA R.D. CONGO
Kalenda Tshilombo, Nicodème ULg; Ciza Hamuli, Patient ULg; Mavungu Landu, Don Jethro ULg et al

Poster (2017, March)

Drug counterfeiting is a sad and worrisome reality, especially in developing countries where quality control is not effective and sometimes not existing at all despite political will of governments. The ... [more ▼]

Drug counterfeiting is a sad and worrisome reality, especially in developing countries where quality control is not effective and sometimes not existing at all despite political will of governments. The consequences are harmful in particular for substandard medicines that pose more threats to populations in those countries due to their direct negative impact on patients such as failure of medical treatment including development of drug resistance and even death. Socio-economic consequences and negative reputation concerning the pharmaceutical industry are also observed. Unfortunately accurate detailed data on such medicines are not easy to obtain. Most of the time available data are often estimated from case reports or studies carried out in a specific area and during a defined period.Health authorities’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to identify this scourge by set up several strategies to fight against. One of them is built on the best knowledge of drugs from several horizons through the assessment of their quality to allow appropriate measurement. In this context, we have focused our study towards amoxicillin alone and/or combined with potassium clavulanate since it is one the very used medicines in pediatric medications. The formulations are powder for suspension. Two analytical methods were developed based on the USP monography, applying isocratic liquid chromatography. Prior to their application in routine, we evaluated the suitability of these methods through validation applying the accuracy profile of total error. Since it was planned to transfer the methods to DRC, several operating factors were taken into account namely operator, day and equipment. Interesting results were obtained in terms of trueness (relative biases below than 2.3%), precision (RSD of Intermediate precision below 2.8%), accuracy (beta-expectation tolerance intervals between -6.0% and 3.8%) for the concentration levels of interest. The latter were able to allow monitoring the quality of the two active ingredients here above in the 65 samples from Congolese market. They were collected in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Matadi and Kolwezi at official and non-official medicines distributors, in peripheral area. The dramatic results obtained confirm that substandard and counterfeit medicines remain a crucial problem on public health in low-income countries. Appropriate measures are really needed to set up the drug quality improvement. [less ▲]

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See detailAging and Recollection: a context story
Folville, Adrien ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2017, March)

Although aging is related to decline in recollection as measured by so-called objective measures, older adults’ subjective experience of recollection remains sometimes stable. Such dissociation could ... [more ▼]

Although aging is related to decline in recollection as measured by so-called objective measures, older adults’ subjective experience of recollection remains sometimes stable. Such dissociation could suggest that younger and older adults use details with different diagnosticity to make subjective recollection judgments. However, the type of details that are reported as bases for recollective experiences by younger adults can also vary as a function of context. Here, we directly investigated age-related changes in recollection and familiarity in different memorability context. Participants studied one set of words in a medium level of processing (LOP) task, and another set of words with either a shallow or deep LOP task (i.e., low vs. high memorability context, respectively). At test, participants discriminated between old and new words and provided information about the basis of their recollective experiences. In both age groups, medium items received more recollection judgments in low (vs. high) memorability context. These recollections seem to be associated with internal information (thought, image, emotion). In contrast, external details (list source, appearance, list position) more often accompanied recollection of medium items in high (vs. low) memorability context. We discuss this effect in terms of Gruppuso et al.’s (1997) functional account. Like younger adults, what older adults deem to be an experience of remembering arises from the functional utility of the recollected information for accomplishing the task. In the low (vs. high) memorability context, the information recollected for medium items more easily met the functional definition of remembering established by participants during the test. [less ▲]

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See detailMassivement histologique : entre continuité et (r)évolution pédagogique. Lancement du premier Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) sur des travaux pratiques en Histologie à destination de nos étudiants mais aussi du grand public.
Multon, Sylvie ULg; Pesesse, Laurence ULg; Weatherspoon, Alodie ULg et al

Poster (2017, March)

L’acronyme anglophone MOOC désigne les « Massive Open Online Courses » que l’on pourrait traduire par « formation en ligne massive ouverte à tous ». Nés aux États-Unis avec un programme sur l’intelligence ... [more ▼]

L’acronyme anglophone MOOC désigne les « Massive Open Online Courses » que l’on pourrait traduire par « formation en ligne massive ouverte à tous ». Nés aux États-Unis avec un programme sur l’intelligence artificielle dispensé par l’université de Stanford, ces cours en ligne accessibles gratuitement font miroiter la possibilité d’une démocratisation maximale des savoirs. A ce titre, les MOOC bénéficient des innovations issues du Web 2.0 : ils tirent le meilleur de la rencontre entre les nouveaux usages induits par les réseaux sociaux et les apports de la pédagogique active. Ces cinq dernières années, nous avons dispensé les travaux pratiques en Histologie aux premières années d’étude de la faculté de Médecine de l’Université de Liège par une méthodologie hybride alliant les bénéfices d’un enseignement à distance et ceux de séances menées en face-à-face (Multon et al., 2015). Notre dispositif d’auto-apprentissage invite chaque année plus de 500 étudiants à parcourir plusieurs coupes d’organes digitalisées afin de découvrir les structures histologiques pointées par des balises interactives pour chaque grande famille de tissus. La mise en ligne d’un MOOC dédié aux travaux pratiques d’Histologie s’inscrit dans une suite logique de nos activités avec une volonté de donner accès à nos ressources numériques à un public plus large. « Découvrir les tissus fondamentaux du corps humain en explorant par vous même des lames histologiques au microscope », tel est le programme de notre MOOC intitulé « Introduction à l’histologie, exploration des tissus du corps humain ». Celui-ci a débuté en février 2017 et est hébergé sur la plate-forme FUN encadrée par le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche du ministère français (https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/ulg/108001/session01/about). Ce MOOC s’adresse à un public large : aux étudiants ou futurs étudiants dans le domaine médical, paramédical ou scientifique, aux enseignants, chercheurs, professionnels dans le secteur de la santé, décideurs dans le domaine de l’éducation ou de la santé ou simplement aux curieux désireux de comprendre à partir de quoi le corps humain est construit. Deux parcours pédagogiques permettant d’approfondir différemment la matière sont proposés pour correspondre au mieux aux objectifs ou motivations de chacun. Au travers de vidéos explicatives contenant des dessins réalisés sous vos yeux et des liens avec l’anatomie suivie d’activités interactives telles que la manipulation d’un microscope virtuel, de nombreux quiz et d’activités réalisées avec les pairs, les participants seront capables de reconnaître les différents types de cellules et tous les éléments qui les entourent afin de comprendre comment ils s’organisent entre eux pour former des tissus aux fonctions spécifiques. Une recherche est actuellement en cours sur l’étude des traces d’activités des participants au MOOC en fonction du parcours pédagogique choisi afin d’évaluer notamment l’impact des différentes composantes de l’expérience d’apprentissage. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-visual effect of light on cognitive brain function: Impact of lens yellowing in aging
Daneault, Véronique; Dumont, Marie; Massé, Eric et al

Poster (2017, February 10)

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See detailComparison of xenogeneic graft-versus-host reactions in humanized NSG and NSG-HLA-A2/HHD mice
Ehx, Grégory ULg; SOMJA, Joan ULg; Fransolet, Gilles ULg et al

Poster (2017, February 10)

Background. Infusion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) is currently investigated in patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as well as in solid ... [more ▼]

Background. Infusion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) is currently investigated in patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as well as in solid organ transplant recipients. The in vivo efficacy of various human Treg products (naïve Tregs, memory Tregs, ex vivo activated Tregs, …) is currently assessed in NSG mice. Specifically, injection of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in NSG mice induces a xenogeneic GVHD (xGVHD) syndrome that can be prevented by Treg infusion. However, this model is somewhat limited by the fact that the immunologic reaction of human PBMC is directed exclusively towards murine antigens. Aim. In this report, we compared xGVHD induced by injection of human PBMCs in NSG and in NSG mice expressing the HDD construct designed for the expression of human HLA-A0201 convalently bound to human 2 microglobuline, enabling the expression of both HLA-A2 and 2 microglobuline. Methods. NSG and NSG-HLA-A2/HHD (NSG-HLA) mice were transplanted with either HLA-A2+ or HLA-A2− human PBMCs from healthy donors. In 3 independent experiments (3 different HLA-A2+/A2− donor pairs were used, n=86), survival and xGVHD scores were monitored for the remaining days of the experiments and in a fourth experiment mice were sacrificed at day 14 to perform various analyzes on their organs. Results. NSG-HLA mice presented overall lower survival rates and higher xGVHD scores than NSG mice (median survival: 28 vs 21 days, p<0.0001). Survival difference between NSG and NSG-HLA mice was higher when they were transplanted with HLA-A2− than with HLA-A2+ donors (HLA-A2−, median survival: 35 vs 25 days, p=0.0001; HLA-A2+, median survival: 23 vs 19 days, p=0.001). Blood platelet levels, as surrogate marker of hematopoiesis activity, were reduced in NSG-HLA mice in comparison with NSG mice at day 14, suggesting higher hematopoietic hypoplasia in the NSG-HLA mice. Flow cytometry experiments showed higher human CD45+ cells engraftment in NSG-HLA mice in blood, spleen, bone marrow, lungs and liver. Further, lower CD4+/CD8+ T cells ratio were observed in these organs in NSG-HLA mice, highlighting a higher frequency of cytotoxic T cells. These differences of engraftment or ratio could not be attributed to proliferation or activation differences since no variation of either KI67 or HLA-DR were observed between the two mouse models. Supporting the promotion of cytotoxic T cells in NSG-HLA mice, lower frequency of CD45RA+ and higher frequency of TNF-α+ among CD8+ T cells were observed in these animals in comparison with NSG mice. Finally, preliminary results suggest a specific cytotoxicity toward HLA-A2+ cells in NSG-HLA mice. Conclusion. NSG-HLA-A2/HHD mice develop more severe xGVHD than NSG, characterized by a higher human cell engraftment and higher frequency of cytotoxic T cells, probably reacting specifically toward human HLA-A2 antigen. Therefore these mice may be a better model to study human acute GVHD. [less ▲]

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See detailProteomic differential distribution of 53BP1 in serrated and conventional adenomas validated by histological characterisation
QUESADA-CALVO, Florence ULg; Merli, Angela-Maria ULg; MASSOT, Charlotte ULg et al

Poster (2017, February 10)

INTRODUCTION: Sessile serrated adenoma/polyp (SSA/p) is a precancerous lesion, mostly located in the right side of the colon (cecum, ascending and transverse colon). The difficulty is to visualize this ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Sessile serrated adenoma/polyp (SSA/p) is a precancerous lesion, mostly located in the right side of the colon (cecum, ascending and transverse colon). The difficulty is to visualize this lesion during colonoscopy because of its subtle appearance. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We compared proteomes of serrated polyps (SSA/p) and conventional adenomas using residual human formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) samples. FFPE-FASP method was applied on samples before label free proteomic analysis. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) characterisation of one candidate marker was performed for tissue validation on an independent set of samples including: conventional adenomas (low and high-grade dysplasia), serrated polyps (hyperplastic polyps, SSA/p and traditional serrated adenoma) and finally normal colon (taken at the margin of colorectal cancer (CRC) or of diverticular disease). RESULTS: Proteomics provided 765 proteins (out of 5992 proteins identified) significantly discriminating conventional adenomas from serrated lesions. We selected 53BP1 (Tumor suppressor p53-binding protein 1) among these for IHC validation, because of its tumor suppressor gene function and role as a mediator of DNA damage checkpoint. 53BP1 appeared significantly up-regulated in proteomes of low and high grade adenomas compared to these of normal tissue and SSA/p. 53BP1 IHC signal was located in the nucleus and the percentage of positive nucleus decreased in serrated polyps, especially in crypts and in the border epithelium, confirming part of the proteomic results. CONCLUSION: This study highlights potential marker proteins, including 53BP1 from which IHC signal was strongly decreased in some serrated polyps. The loss of 53BP1 has been associated with tumour progression and poor prognosis, while little is currently known about its involvement in precancerous CRC lesions. 53BP1 decrease of expression in the nucleus and therefore possible loss of function in some epithelial cells could reflect important changes occurring during dysplasia to neoplasia progression in serrated lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailLab Pay(S)age: a Laboratory of Observation as an activator for Landscape Awareness Process
Baldin, Elisa ULg; Occhiuto, Rita ULg

Poster (2017, February 09)

The notion of Landscape Observatory (ELC 2000), in the work of LabVTP at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Liège (Wallonia-BE), has been linked with the concept of Landscape Laboratory (R ... [more ▼]

The notion of Landscape Observatory (ELC 2000), in the work of LabVTP at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Liège (Wallonia-BE), has been linked with the concept of Landscape Laboratory (R. Gustavsson) in order to enhance and underline perceptive, experiential and active dimensions of sites, responding to the Universities’ missions required by the ELC: education and sensitization. Lab Pay(s)age, as a new typology of landscape laboratory, has developed methodological tools for landscape research, based on a multi-scale and diachronic reading of the territory, where natural and artificial traces are the complementary elements to be reinterpreted and relaunched in new participative scenarios. The Meuse valley, reshaped by deep transformations, is the main topic for researches, concerning specific morphological, typological and social characters. All along the river, the scars of industries mark the territory as a land in search of new cycle of life1. The regeneration of abandoned industrial sites, as a practice of territorial recycle, is part of sustainability policies in urban planning, based on the enhancement of local resources. The Observatory Lab Pay(s)age, is intended as a structure for site-specific study and continuous fieldwork, concerning both the evolutionary processes of natural structures and the involution of built environment. Starting from these materials, many different regeneration methodologies and temporalities have been imagined. Following the logic promoted by the ELC, the work has started by monitoring some specific areas and by contacting different local representatives with the aim of collecting data and experiences to construct a shared knowledge of the places. Then the project has become an on-going tool including all phases in the regeneration process: observation, analysis, interpretation and re-launch of new hypothesis are fundamental elements to increase the public knowledge about the cultural factors characterizing the landscape discipline. Thus, the notion of « observatory » is a strategic device, monitoring the evolution of places in time through actions of dialogue and awareness raising, in order to get citizens re-acquire a consciousness of their territory. The collected qualitative data, describe the peculiar features of the sites, based on the local actors experience and knowledge. These elements are the basis for new scenarios, used as progressive steps leading the recovery process. For this reason, the « observatory » is also a « laboratory », as the experimental projects accompany the transformation of the places through intermediate phases. Understanding and accepting mutability as a character of landscape is a preliminary step towards a co-action, where the project accords with natural dynamics. Lab Pay(s)age, according to the ELC principles, is using the earliest local answers as re-launch factors for consecutive projects, taking into account the territorial temporalities as priority in transformation process. The presentation concerns the ongoing projects and obtained reactions, such as the earliest re-naturalization programs, some selected sites for monitoring activities and Phd researches on new regeneration methods using vegetation as an active element in reclamation of industrial sites. 1 Occhiuto, R. 2016. Healing the scars of industry in Liège, in Scape n.15, 2016 [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of using Geographic Information System for extensive Middle Palaeolithic open air sites in northern France. The example of Caours (Somme, France) and Beauvais (Oise, France).
Moreau, Gwénaëlle ULg; Locht, Jean-Luc; Patou-Mathis, Marylène et al

Poster (2017, February 09)

During the middle Palaeolithic, the northern France was only occupied by Neanderthals groups. However, successions of glacial and interglacial cycles explain a complex and discontinuous settlement ... [more ▼]

During the middle Palaeolithic, the northern France was only occupied by Neanderthals groups. However, successions of glacial and interglacial cycles explain a complex and discontinuous settlement, raising complication in the study of its dynamics at a regional scale. Therefore, some aspects of Neanderthals behaviour are still mischaracterize: in most cases, the function of the site and its territorial management over the northern France have to be specified. The spatial analysis of open air sites from northern France will help us to answer those questions. However, for Middle Palaeolithic sites, we can't see systematically on the field the spatial organisation directly, we sometimes need modelization. Therefore, we started to build a spatial analysis protocol adapted to this site and applied to such sites. The sites of Caours (Somme, France) and Beauvais (Oise, France) are two open air sites that are exceptionally well preserved and displaying a large amount of faunal and lithic rests. Both are perfect candidate to apply and test the new protocol. First results proved that for each site the existence of a spatial organisation as remains concentration zones. Then, we characterize this areas – number, distribution. Finally, we were able to associate them to human activity areas like hearths, butchery or knapping areas. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of two laboratory-scale ensiling methods to assess effect of reducing sugars
Herremans, Sophie ULg; Decruyenaere, Virginie; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

Poster (2017, February 07)

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See detailZinc, manganese and iron interaction within the frd3 Arabidopsis mutant
Scheepers, Maxime ULg; Spielmann, Julien ULg; Goormaghtigh, Erik et al

Poster (2017, February 01)

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See detailUsing unsupervised clustering method and SNP-based information to identify fine-level population structure
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Yazew, Fentaw Abegaz; Tongsima, Sissades et al

Poster (2017, February 01)

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See detailIdentification of proteins discriminating inflammation induced dysplasia from simple inflammation in ulcerative colitis by laser capture microdissection and label free proteomics – a pilot study
Merli, Angela-Maria ULg; QUESADA-CALVO, Florence ULg; MASSOT, Charlotte ULg et al

Poster (2017, February 01)

Chronic colonic inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC) may induce dysplasia, which can itself progress and transform into neoplasia. Diagnosis of dysplasia in UC remains difficult particularly when ... [more ▼]

Chronic colonic inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC) may induce dysplasia, which can itself progress and transform into neoplasia. Diagnosis of dysplasia in UC remains difficult particularly when tissue inflammation is present. The aim of this retrospective pilot study was to highlight proteins specifically associated with inflammation induced dysplasia in UC. We performed a pilot experiment on 15 Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) samples isolated from 5 cases of UC patients with a Polypoïd Pedunculated dysplasia (UC-PP). We compared the proteomes of the UC-PP, the inflammatory (UC-I) and the normal (UC-NL) tissues of each patient. We performed Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) in order to collect only epithelial cells, avoiding inflammatory infiltrating ones. Label free proteomic analysis using a 2D-nanoUPLC coupled with a hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap was applied, as well as differential analysis on the paired samples. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) characterisation of one of the selected proteins of interest was used for validation. Out of 985 quantified proteins, 7 were found significantly more abundant in UC-PP compared to UC-I tissues, with 6 being only detected in UC-PP using proteomics. One of these is Solute Carrier Family 12 member 2 (SLC12A2), also known as Na-K-2Cl co-transporter 1 (NKCC1), a protein involved in ionic balance, in T-cell migration promotion and in some features involved in cancer development like proliferation, migration or invasion. IHC results obtained were in correlation with proteomic results and showed that SLC12A2 was more abundant in UC-PP tissue than in UC-I and UC-NL tissues, with a signal clearly delimiting the dysplastic region from the surrounding inflammatory tissue. This pilot experiment shows a different proteomic profile in inflammation-associated dysplasia and simple inflammation. This should be replicated using other types of dysplasia in IBD. SLC12A2 could be a potential biomarker of inflammation-associated dysplasia. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiscale model of the human cardiovascular system can account for the Frank-Starling effect on vascular filling therapy
Kosta, Sarah ULg; Pironet, Antoine; Negroni, Jorge et al

Poster (2017, February 01)

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See detailImproved Blood Glucose Forecasting Models using Changes in Insulin Sensitivity in Intensive Care Patients
Uyttendaele, Vincent ULg; Dickson, Jennifer; Shaw, Geoff et al

Poster (2017, February 01)

Introduction: Hyperglycaemia, hypoglycaemia and glycaemic variability are associated with worsened outcomes and increased mortality in intensive care units. Glycaemic control (GC) using insulin therapy ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Hyperglycaemia, hypoglycaemia and glycaemic variability are associated with worsened outcomes and increased mortality in intensive care units. Glycaemic control (GC) using insulin therapy has shown improved outcomes, but have been proven difficult to repeat or achieve safely. STAR (Stochastic TARgeted) is a model-based glycaemic control protocol using a stochastic model to forecast distributions of likely future changes in insulin sensitivity (SI) based on its current value. This can be used to determine likely future blood glucose (BG) levels for a given intervention, enabling the most optimal dose selection that best overlaps a clinically defined BG target band. This study presents a novel 3D model capable to predict likely future distribution of SI using both current SI and its prior variability (%ΔSI). Methods: Metabolic data from 3 clinical ICU cohorts totalling 819 episodes and 68629 hours of treatment under STAR and SPRINT protocols are used in this study. Data triplets (%ΔSIn, SIn, SIn+1) are created and binned together in a range of %ΔSI = [-100%, 200%] and SIn = [1.0e-7, 2.1e-3] in bin sizes of %ΔSI = 10% and SIn = 0.5e-4. The 5th, 50th, and 95th percentile of SIn+1 are determined for each bin where data density is high enough (>100 triplets) and compared to the previous stochastic model. The predictive power of the two models are compared by computing median [IQR] per-patient percentage prediction of SI within the 5th-95th and 25th-75th percentile ranges of model predictions. Results: Results show the previous model is over-conservative for ~77% of the data, mainly where %ΔSI is within an absolute 25% change. The percentage change in the 90% CI width in this region is reduced by ~25-40%. Conversely, non-conservative regions are also identified, with 90% CI width increased up to ~80%. Predictive power is similar for both model (60.3% [47.8%, 71.5%] vs. 51.2 [42.9%, 59.2%] within 25th-75th and 93.6% [85.7%, 97.3%] vs. 90.7% [84.4%, 94.6%] within 5th-95th range). Conclusions: The new 3D model achieved similar predictive power as the previous model by reducing the 5th-95th percentile prediction range for 77% of the data, predominantly where SI is stable. If the conservatism of the previous model reduces risk of hypoglycaemia, it also inhibits the controller’s ability to reduce BG to the normal range by safely using more aggressive dosing. The 3D new model thus better characterises patient-specific response to insulin, and allows more optimal dosing, increasing performance and safety. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling BMP-2 carrier device for bone tissue engineering application
Manhas, Varun ULg; Carlier, Aurelie; Geris, Liesbet ULg

Poster (2017, February 01)

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See detailCellular stress and β-lactamase BlaP induction in Bacillus licheniformis
Dauvin, Marjorie ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg

Poster (2017, February 01)

In presence of β-lactam antibiotic in its environment, B. licheniformis produces the β-lactamase BlaP, an enzyme hydrolyzing β-lactam antibiotic, conferring on the bacteria phenotypic resistance. To ... [more ▼]

In presence of β-lactam antibiotic in its environment, B. licheniformis produces the β-lactamase BlaP, an enzyme hydrolyzing β-lactam antibiotic, conferring on the bacteria phenotypic resistance. To induce BlaP, two conditions must be fulfilled. The first one is the acylation of the membrane receptor BlaR1 by the antibiotic. The second one is a cellular stress due to the presence of the antibiotic which acylate PBP1. The nature of this signal remains unknown. In this study we postulate that the extracytoplasmic function sigma factors (ECFs) σM and σX act together with the stringent response as a secondary and redundant layer of stress upon which the BlaP induction pathway relies. [less ▲]

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See detailNew data on the Mesozoic radiation of chelonioids
Scavezzoni, Isaure ULg; Fischer, Valentin ULg

Poster (2017, February)

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See detailEcological intensification of fish production : Fertilization strategies in Africa fish farms
Mafwila Kinkela, Patrick ULg; Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Rollin, Xavier et al

Poster (2017, February)

Ponds fertilization has been found as strategies of intensification fish production for farm in Africa were commercial feeds are not available and ingredients for formulate completed feed are cost ... [more ▼]

Ponds fertilization has been found as strategies of intensification fish production for farm in Africa were commercial feeds are not available and ingredients for formulate completed feed are cost. However, farmers are not safe to any danger because the efficiency of these strategies is not always known owing to the associated risk of eutrophication. An experience was making to assess how various fertilization practices would impact fish growth and physicochemical parameters of water in the pond. [less ▲]

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See detailMegaloolithid dinosaur eggs: scrambled parataxonomy and nesting strategies
Jentgen, Benjamin ULg; Stein, Koen; Fischer, Valentin ULg

Poster (2017, February)

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See detailThe Bright and Dark Sides of elliptical galaxies
Biernaux, Judith ULg

Poster (2017, January 29)

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See detailElaboration of a water familiarization testing battery adapted for young children
Vandermeulen, Mary ULg; Schiettecatte, Delphine; Delvaux, Anne ULg et al

Poster (2017, January 27)

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See detailChildren’s engagement in physical education could be improved by stories and imagination.
De Sousa Morgado, Liliane ULg; Jidovtseff, Boris ULg

Poster (2017, January 27)

Introduction: The development of fundamental motor skills is essential during childhood and should be a learning outcome in the physical education (PE). With the children between 3 to 6 years old it could ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The development of fundamental motor skills is essential during childhood and should be a learning outcome in the physical education (PE). With the children between 3 to 6 years old it could be sometime difficult to get their attention and motivation during PE lessons. Teachers have to use a very adapted pedagogical approach in order to get all children’s engagement. Experience: The CEReKi is a research center of the University of Liège (Belgium) that has developed adapted activities where preschools children are playing and at the same time developing perceptuals and fundamental motor skills. From our field experience one of the more efficient ways to get children attention and participation is to introduce the activities with stories and imagination. Teachers from CEReKi are using fantasy in order to invite children into a funny world where everything could become possible like the "the never-never land of Peter Pan". The way of telling the story as well as the used characters (like the wolf) must be adapted to the age of the children. Critical analysis: From our experience, using stories and imagination is effective in increasing children‘s engagement during PE as it makes activities more fun and more enjoyable. Even if we don’t have any measurement on its effect, we are convinced that such approach improve children’s motor learning. However using stories and imagination with the children is neither a natural nor an easy thing for inexperienced teachers. The use of fantasy with the children should be introduces in the vocational training. Conclusions: With more than twenty years of experience, we believe that stories and imagination are powerful factors that makes physical activities funny and enjoyable for the children. Such strategy may positively enchase young people’s attitudes towards physical education and ultimately, physical activity participation. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of complementary biophysical approaches to study the interactions of fatty acid hydroperoxides with biomimetic plant plasma membranes
Deboever, Estelle ULg; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg et al

Poster (2017, January 20)

In the actual context, biopesticides have emerged as a main alternative to conventional agriculture1. Hence, elicitors are metabolites naturally produced by microorganisms, pathogenic or not, and plants ... [more ▼]

In the actual context, biopesticides have emerged as a main alternative to conventional agriculture1. Hence, elicitors are metabolites naturally produced by microorganisms, pathogenic or not, and plants which are able to induce the natural resistance of plants. Also, they have proved to be excellent candidates for biological control. In this context, the lipoxygenase pathway leads to the formation of fatty acid degradation products, called oxylipins, which appear to be crucial agents in plant defence mechanisms2,3. Moreover, with their broad spectrum of action and their possible inducibility, oxylipins appear to be promising candidates for their use as elicitors4. This work focuses on two hydroperoxy-derived oxylipins, the 13(S)-hydroperoxy-octadecadienoic acid (13-HPOD) and the 13(S)-hydroperoxy-octadecatrienoic acid (13-HPOT). The study of the interaction of such compounds with representative plant plasma membrane lipids is essential to understand plant resistance mechanisms. Several in silico and experimental techniques of biophysics showed that acyl-hydroperoxides have significant adsorption capacity and a strong affinity for model membranes. They may also penetrate biological membrane but no permeabilisation effect was observed in this work. Slight conformational differences seem to have a significant impact on their ability to interact with plant plasma membranes. Based on these results, further investigation of the interactions of fatty acids hydroperoxides, even more on the 9-forms, with plant plasma membranes and eventually in the presence of phytopathogenic species, would allow a better understanding of the innate immunity and, on the longer term, could lead to the development of new elicitors with biological mechanisms potentially independent of membrane protein receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal Simulation of UV atmospheric Emissions
Gonzalez-Galindo; Lopez-Valverde; Forget et al

Poster (2017, January 19)

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See detailA persistent meteoric layer in Mars' atmosphere
Crismani; Schneider; Plane et al

Poster (2017, January 18)

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See detailThree Types of Aurora observed by MAVEN/IUVS: Implications for Mars’ upper Atmosphere Energy Budget
Connour; Schneider; Jain et al

Poster (2017, January 17)

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See detailThe added value of plasma or urinary NGAL concentrations in clinical practice
Gregoire, Emilien ULg; Claisse, Guillaume; GUIOT, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2017, January 13)

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See detailTracking the Subtle Mutations Thriving Host Sensing by the Plant Pathogen Streptomyces scabies
Deflandre, Benoit ULg; Jourdan, Samuel ULg; Francis, Isolde Maria et al

Poster (2017, January 12)

Le modèle de la pathogénicité végétale chez les Streptomyces, S. scabies est responsable de la maladie de la galle commune. La thaxtomine est la phytotoxine qui cause cette maladie. Il y a peu, la voie de ... [more ▼]

Le modèle de la pathogénicité végétale chez les Streptomyces, S. scabies est responsable de la maladie de la galle commune. La thaxtomine est la phytotoxine qui cause cette maladie. Il y a peu, la voie de production de la toxine a été découverte : celle-ci met en oeuvre un double mécanisme de régulation génétique. Cependant, certains aspects de la perception de son hôte par le pathogène sont toujours inconnus. Dans ce poster, nous proposons plusieurs hypothèses pour expliquer comment quelques éléments subtiles peuvent être à l'origine de ce mécanisme de pathogénicité. [less ▲]

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See detailIron, zinc and manganese interaction within the frd3 Arabidopsis mutant
Scheepers, Maxime ULg; Spielmann, Julien ULg; Goormaghtigh, Erik et al

Poster (2017, January 12)

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