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See detailDouble Objective Economic Statistical Design of the VPT2 Control Chart: Wald’s identity approach
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Saniga, Erwin et al

in Journal of Statistical Computation & Simulation (2014), 84

Recent studies have shown that applying the control chart by using a variable parameters (VP) scheme yields more rapid detection of assignable causes than the classical method of taking fixed sample sizes ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have shown that applying the control chart by using a variable parameters (VP) scheme yields more rapid detection of assignable causes than the classical method of taking fixed sample sizes at fixed intervals of time. In this paper, the problem of economical statistical design of the VP T2 control chart is considered as a double-objective minimization problem with the statistical objective adjusted average time to signal and the economic objective expected cost per hour. Then we strive to find the Pareto-optimal designs in which the two objectives are met simultaneously by using a multi-objective Genetic Algorithm or GA. Through an illustrative example, we show that relatively large benefits accrue to the VP method relative to the classical policy; further another advantage of our approach is to provide a list of alternative solutions that can be explored graphically. This then ensures flexibility and adaptability, an important attribute of contemporary control chart design. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of the youth in community forestry in Gabon
Boldrini, Sylvie; Meunier, Quentin; Gillet, Pauline ULg et al

in Nature et Faune (2014), 28(1), 56-59

In the wake of the creation of the first community forests in Gabon, the village associations in charge of these forests are handicapped by their own working capacity. Affected by rural exodus ... [more ▼]

In the wake of the creation of the first community forests in Gabon, the village associations in charge of these forests are handicapped by their own working capacity. Affected by rural exodus, communities however rarely integrate the youth (between the ages of 16 to 24) who reside permanently in the village in village associations. The youth are generally excluded from the decision making process of elders. In fact, the youth that reside permanently in the village do not generally hold any diploma and have no professional qualification. Consequently, they are hardly respected by the people around them and their opinions are not taken into account. They are left out of any activity conducted by the associations unless these activities are remunerated. However, the involvement of the youth in village associations is necessary, not only to increase the work capacity, but also to ensure the perpetuation of interventions since the youth will be the first and future beneficiaries of the community forest. [less ▲]

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See detailD'un point de vue intentionnel. Aspects et enjeux de la philosophie de Roderick Chisholm
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2014)

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See detailPlant defense stimulation by natural isolates of Bacillus depends on efficient surfactin production
Cawoy, Hélène ULg; Mariutto, Martin; Henry, Guillaume et al

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [=MPMI] (2014), 27

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See detailProtection of winter wheat against orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae): efficacy of insecticides and cultivar resistance
Chavalle, Sandrine; Censier, Florence ULg; De Proft, Michel et al

in Pest Management Science (2014)

BACKGROUND: In 2012 and 2013, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) flights occurred during the susceptible phase of wheat development in Belgium. The protection against this midge afforded by various ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In 2012 and 2013, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) flights occurred during the susceptible phase of wheat development in Belgium. The protection against this midge afforded by various insecticides was assessed in infested fields on four winter wheat cultivars (susceptible or resistant, and early or late heading). RESULTS: The insecticides sprayed at the right time reduced the number of larvae in the ears by 44-96%, depending on the product. For Julius, the cultivar (cv.) most exposed to S. mosellana in 2013, the mean yield gain resulting from insecticide use was 1,558 kg ha-1 (18%). In the same year, insecticide use resulted in a yield gain of 780 kg ha-1 (8%) for the cv. Lear, despite its resistance to this pest. The link between yield and number of larvae counted in the ears was a logarithmic relationship, suggesting an important reduction in yield caused either by the damage inflicted by young larvae which died at the start of their development or by the activation of costly reactions in plants. CONCLUSION: The study showed that, in cases of severe attack, the timely application of insecticide treatments can protect wheat against S. mosellana and that even resistant cultivars can benefit from these treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear electro-optic effect in multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films
Sando, D.; Hermet, Patrick ULg; Allibe, J. et al

in Physical Review B (2014), 89

Multiferroics are materials with coexisting magnetic and ferroelectric orders, which show potential for electrically controlled spintronic devices. A common application of ferroelectrics is in electro ... [more ▼]

Multiferroics are materials with coexisting magnetic and ferroelectric orders, which show potential for electrically controlled spintronic devices. A common application of ferroelectrics is in electro-optical modulators exploiting their electric-field-dependent optical indices. The coupling of optical and magnetic degrees of freedom is attractive for designing multifunctional devices, but to date the electro-optical response of multiferroics has hardly been explored. Here we report a joint experimental and theoretical study of this effect in multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films. We confirm the large birefringence present in single crystals and determine the electro-optic coefficients r13 and r33. We present approaches to increase the obtained coefficients, for instance, by using tetragonal-like BiFeO3, and expand the potential of multiferroics to optical applications. [less ▲]

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See detailA Partial Least Squares Analysis of the self reference effect in Alzheimer's disease: A reply to Irish
Genon, Sarah ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Angel, Lucie et al

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (2014), 54

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See detailExternal constraints on optical control strategies in molecular orientation and photofragmentation: role of zero-area fields
Sugny, Dominique; Vranckx, Stéphane; Ndong, Mamadou et al

in Journal of Modern Optics (2014), 61

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See detailFocus cardiac ultrasound: the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging viewpoint.
Neskovic, Aleksandar N.; Edvardsen, Thor; Galderisi, Maurizio et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014)

The concept of point-of-care, problem-oriented focus cardiac ultrasound examination (FoCUS) is increasingly applied in the settings of medical emergencies, including cardiac diseases. The European ... [more ▼]

The concept of point-of-care, problem-oriented focus cardiac ultrasound examination (FoCUS) is increasingly applied in the settings of medical emergencies, including cardiac diseases. The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) recognizes that cardiologists are not the only medical professionals dealing with cardiovascular emergencies. In reality, emergency cardiac diagnostics and treatment are also carried out by a wide range of specialists. For the benefit of the patients, the EACVI encourages any medical professional, sufficiently trained to obtain valuable information from FoCUS, to use it in emergency settings. These medical professionals need to have the necessary knowledge to understand the obtained information entirely, and to use it correctly, thoughtfully and with care. In this document, the EACVI underlines major differences between echocardiography and FoCUS, and underscores the need for specific education and training in order to fully utilize advantages and minimize drawbacks of this type of cardiac ultrasound examination in the critically ill patients. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of purification and fractionation process on the chemical structure and physical properties of locust bean gum
Gillet, Sébastien ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Aguedo, Mario ULg et al

in Carbohydrate Polymers (2014)

Crude locust bean gum (CLBG) was purified and fractionated into two parts : the first was obtained by solubilization in water at 25 °C (GM25) and the second consisted in a further extraction at 80 °C on ... [more ▼]

Crude locust bean gum (CLBG) was purified and fractionated into two parts : the first was obtained by solubilization in water at 25 °C (GM25) and the second consisted in a further extraction at 80 °C on the residual impoverished fraction (GM80). The complete structural characterization has shown that GM80 possessed relatively longer chain lengths than GM25, a slightly lower degree of galactose substitution and a somewhat sharper galactosyl distribution in substituted and unsubstituted regions. A physical behavior analysis was carried out on solubilization kinetics, viscosity, viscoelasticity and formation of associated gels with xanthan or carrageenan. The average structure of GM80 generated larger intra-chain, inter-chain and inter-molecular interactions, resulting in the appearance of a stronger network. Small structural differences therefore generated very different physical behaviors. This study thus allowed to establish, in a precise and complete manner, fractionation-purification-structure-function relationships of galactomannans extracted from carob. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of Time- and Frequency-Domain Approaches for Damage Detection in Civil Engineering Structures
Nguyen, Viet Ha; Mahowald, Jean; Maas, Stefan et al

in Shock and Vibration (2014), 2014

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The methodology is based ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The methodology is based on Principal Component Analysis of the Hankel matrix built from output-only measurements and of Frequency Response Functions. Damage detection is performed using the concept of subspace angles between a current (possibly damaged state) and a reference (undamaged) state. The first structure is the Champangshiehl Bridge located in Luxembourg. Several damage levels were intentionally created by cutting a growing number of prestressed tendons and vibration data were acquired by the University of Luxembourg for each damaged state. The second example consists in reinforced and prestressed concrete panels. Successive damages were introduced in the panels by loading heavy weights and by cutting steel wires. The illustrations show different consequences in damage identification by the considered techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailRapid aqueous synthesis of ordered mesoporous carbons: Investigation of synthesis variables and application as anode materials for Li-ion batteries
Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Gommes, Cédric ULg; Piedboeuf, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in Microporous & Mesoporous Materials (2014), 195

Ordered mesoporous carbons (OMC) were synthesized via a direct templating pathway by a synthesis route that features short duration, moderate temperature and aqueous media. Resorcinol was used as carbon ... [more ▼]

Ordered mesoporous carbons (OMC) were synthesized via a direct templating pathway by a synthesis route that features short duration, moderate temperature and aqueous media. Resorcinol was used as carbon precursor and hexamethylenetetramine as a source of formaldehyde and ammonia to respectively cross-link the framework and regulate the pH. The temperature of the heat treatment leading to the formation of the solid polymer was shown to have a strong influence on the structural and textural parameters. In particular, moderate temperatures led to the coexistence of differently-sized entangled hexagonal mesostructures, whereas the higher temperatures led to a sharp decrease in the mesopore volume. The performance of these materials as anode materials for Li-ion batteries has been investigated in detail. Although these OMC show reversible capacities similar to those reported for hard carbons, their long-term cycling remains very stable for over 100 cycles of charge/discharge. The optimization of the reported short preparation pathway offers new possibilities regarding the application of ordered mesoporous carbons in various fields, such as energy storage, sorption and heterogeneous catalysis [less ▲]

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See detailA propos de l'encéphalopathie du nouveau-né
Battisti, Oreste ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Percentile (2014)

editorial sur l'hypoxie périnatale et les cellules souches.

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See detailEverolimus for women with trastuzumab-resistant, HER2-positive, advanced breast cancer (BOLERO-3): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial.
Andre, Fabrice; O'Regan, Ruth; Ozguroglu, Mustafa et al

in The lancet oncology (2014)

BACKGROUND: Disease progression in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer receiving trastuzumab might be associated with activation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR intracellular signalling pathway. We aimed to ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Disease progression in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer receiving trastuzumab might be associated with activation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR intracellular signalling pathway. We aimed to assess whether the addition of the mTOR inhibitor everolimus to trastuzumab might restore sensitivity to trastuzumab. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we recruited women with HER2-positive, trastuzumab-resistant, advanced breast carcinoma who had previously received taxane therapy. Eligible patients were randomly assigned (1:1) using a central patient screening and randomisation system to daily everolimus (5 mg/day) plus weekly trastuzumab (2 mg/kg) and vinorelbine (25 mg/m2) or to placebo plus trastuzumab plus vinorelbine, in 3-week cycles, stratified by previous lapatinib use. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS) by local assessment in the intention-to-treat population. We report the final analysis for PFS; overall survival follow-up is still in progress. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01007942. FINDINGS: Between Oct 26, 2009, and May 23, 2012, 569 patients were randomly assigned to everolimus (n=284) or placebo (n=285). Median follow-up at the time of analysis was 20.2 months (IQR 15.0-27.1). Median PFS was 7.00 months (95% CI 6.74-8.18) with everolimus and 5.78 months (5.49-6.90) with placebo (hazard ratio 0.78 [95% CI 0.65-0.95]; p=0.0067). The most common grade 3-4 adverse events were neutropenia (204 [73%] of 280 patients in the everolimus group vs 175 [62%] of 282 patients in the placebo group), leucopenia (106 [38%] vs 82 [29%]), anaemia (53 [19%] vs 17 [6%]), febrile neutropenia (44 [16%] vs ten [4%]), stomatitis (37 [13%] vs four [1%]), and fatigue (34 [12%] vs 11 [4%]). Serious adverse events were reported in 117 (42%) patients in the everolimus group and 55 (20%) in the placebo group; two on-treatment deaths due to adverse events occurred in each group. INTERPRETATION: The addition of everolimus to trastuzumab plus vinorelbine significantly prolongs PFS in patients with trastuzumab-resistant and taxane-pretreated, HER2-positive, advanced breast cancer. The clinical benefit should be considered in the context of the adverse event profile in this population. FUNDING: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. [less ▲]

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See detailLe point de rosée en berne et la couche cornée hivernale.
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(2), 68-71

The frontier between the human body and the environment is largely represented by the stratum corneum. It is obvious that the skin aspect on some body sites appears dry and rough in some predisposed ... [more ▼]

The frontier between the human body and the environment is largely represented by the stratum corneum. It is obvious that the skin aspect on some body sites appears dry and rough in some predisposed individuals during winter season. The reductions in the outdoor temperature, ambient moisture and dew point are the main physical factors involved in this process. We present the aspects seen under ultraviolet light and scanning electron microscopy. Keywords : Stratum corneum - Dew point [less ▲]

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See detailEndogenous Altruism, Redistribution, and Long Term Care
Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Cremer, Helmuth; Gahvari, Firouz

in B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2014), 14(2), 499-524

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See detailPotentiality of clay raw materials from northern Morocco in ceramic industry: Tetouan and Meknes areas
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; De Vleeschouwer, François et al

in Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering (2014)

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical ... [more ▼]

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical, thermal and firing characteristics. Textural properties were identified by specific surface area, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and bulk density (ρs). Chemical and thermal properties were assessed using XRF and TG/DTA techniques, respectively. Firing characteristics at temperatures from 800°C to 1100°C were determined by linear firing shrinkage, loss on weight and water absorption capacity. The Meknes clays are characterised by medium cation exchange capacity (CEC) and specific surface area (SSA) values due to their moderate smectite content. The Tetouan clays have medium to low CEC and medium SSA values. The main oxides in the clayey samples are SiO2 (35 – 54.3 wt.%), Al2O3 (20.6 – 43.9 wt.%), and Fe2O3 (9.7 – 22.4 wt.%). The amount of CaO in Meknes clays ranges from 8 to 12 wt.%, whereas CaO is only present in some Tetouan clay (TE4, TE7, TN4 and TN5). A significant densification of ceramic behaviour could be noticed for most of Tetouan clays at firing temperatures above 1000°C. Meknes clays show earlier densification from 800 °C. The chemical, textural and ceramic properties of Tetouan and Meknes clays indicate their suitability as raw materials for the production of structural ceramics. The high amount of Fe2O3 in all clays makes them inappropriate in fine ceramics. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural, magnetic and magneto-transport properties of monovalent doped manganite Pr0.55K0.05Sr0.4MnO3
Thaljaoui, R.; Boujelben, W.; Pękała, M. et al

in Journal of Alloys and Compounds (2014), 611(0), 427-432

Pr0.55K0.05Sr0.4MnO3 sample have been synthesized using the conventional solid state reaction. Rietveld refinements of the X-ray diffraction patterns at room temperature confirm that the sample is single ... [more ▼]

Pr0.55K0.05Sr0.4MnO3 sample have been synthesized using the conventional solid state reaction. Rietveld refinements of the X-ray diffraction patterns at room temperature confirm that the sample is single phase and crystallizes in the orthorhombic structure with Pnma space group; the crystallite size is around 70 nm. The SEM images show that grain size spreads around 1000–1200 nm. DTA analysis does not reveal any clear transition in temperature range studied. The low-temperature DSC indicates that Curie temperature is around 297 K. Magnetization measurements in a magnetic applied field of 0.01 T exhibit a paramagnetic–ferromagnetic transition at the Curie temperature TC = 303 K. A magnetic entropy change under an applied magnetic field of 2 T is found to be 2.26 J kg−1 K−1, resulting in a large relative cooling power around 70 J/kg. Electrical resistivity measurements reveal a transition from semiconductor to metallic phase. The thermal conductivity is found to be higher than that reported for undoped and Na doped manganites reported by Thaljaoui et al. (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailInterstitial insulin kinetic parameters for a 2-compartment insulin model with saturable clearance
Pretty, Christopher G.; Le Compte, Aaron; Penning, Sophie ULg et al

in Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (2014)

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See detailCurrent systematic carbon-cycle observations and the need for implementing a policy-relevant carbon observing system
Ciais, P.; Dolman, A. J.; Bombelli, A. et al

in Biogeosciences (2014), 11(13), 3547--3602

A globally integrated carbon observation and analysis system is needed to improve the fundamental understanding of the global carbon cycle, to improve our ability to project future changes, and to verify ... [more ▼]

A globally integrated carbon observation and analysis system is needed to improve the fundamental understanding of the global carbon cycle, to improve our ability to project future changes, and to verify the effectiveness of policies aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. Building an integrated carbon observation system requires transformational advances from the existing sparse, exploratory framework towards a dense, robust, and sustained system in all components: anthropogenic emissions, the atmosphere, the ocean, and the terrestrial biosphere. The paper is addressed to scientists, policymakers, and funding agencies who need to have a global picture of the current state of the (diverse) carbon observations.We identify the current state of carbon observations, and the needs and notional requirements for a global integrated carbon observation system that can be built in the next decade. A key conclusion is the substantial expansion of the ground-based observation networks required to reach the high spatial resolution for CO2 and CH4 fluxes, and for carbon stocks for addressing policy-relevant objectives, and attributing flux changes to underlying processes in each region. In order to establish flux and stock diagnostics over areas such as the southern oceans, tropical forests, and the Arctic, in situ observations will have to be complemented with remote-sensing measurements. Remote sensing offers the advantage of dense spatial coverage and frequent revisit. A key challenge is to bring remote-sensing measurements to a level of long-term consistency and accuracy so that they can be efficiently combined in models to reduce uncertainties, in synergy with groundbased data. Bringing tight observational constraints on fossil fuel and land use change emissions will be the biggest challenge for deployment of a policy-relevant integrated carbon observation system. This will require in situ and remotely sensed data at much higher resolution and density than currently achieved for natural fluxes, although over a small land area (cities, industrial sites, power plants), as well as the inclusion of fossil fuel CO2 proxy measurements such as radiocarbon in CO2 and carbon-fuel combustion tracers. Additionally, a policy-relevant carbon monitoring system should also provide mechanisms for reconciling regional top-down (atmosphere-based) and bottom-up (surface-based) flux estimates across the range of spatial and temporal scales relevant to mitigation policies. In addition, uncertainties for each observation data-stream should be assessed. The success of the system will rely on long-term commitments to monitoring, on improved international collaboration to fill gaps in the current observations, on sustained efforts to improve access to the different data streams and make databases interoperable, and on the calibration of each component of the system to agreed-upon international scales. [less ▲]

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See detailBridging physiological and evolutionary time-scales in a gene regulatory network.
Marchand, Gwenaelle; Huynh-Thu, Vân Anh ULg; Kane, Nolan C. et al

in The New phytologist (2014)

Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) govern phenotypic adaptations and reflect the trade-offs between physiological responses and evolutionary adaptation that act at different time-scales. To identify patterns ... [more ▼]

Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) govern phenotypic adaptations and reflect the trade-offs between physiological responses and evolutionary adaptation that act at different time-scales. To identify patterns of molecular function and genetic diversity in GRNs, we studied the drought response of the common sunflower, Helianthus annuus, and how the underlying GRN is related to its evolution. We examined the responses of 32 423 expressed sequences to drought and to abscisic acid (ABA) and selected 145 co-expressed transcripts. We characterized their regulatory relationships in nine kinetic studies based on different hormones. From this, we inferred a GRN by meta-analyses of a Gaussian graphical model and a random forest algorithm and studied the genetic differentiation among populations (FST ) at nodes. We identified two main hubs in the network that transport nitrate in guard cells. This suggests that nitrate transport is a critical aspect of the sunflower physiological response to drought. We observed that differentiation of the network genes in elite sunflower cultivars is correlated with their position and connectivity. This systems biology approach combined molecular data at different time-scales and identified important physiological processes. At the evolutionary level, we propose that network topology could influence responses to human selection and possibly adaptation to dry environments. [less ▲]

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See detailSix leviers pour améliorer l'apprentissage des étudiants du supérieur
Poumay, Marianne ULg

in Revue Internationale de Pédagogie de l'Enseignement Supérieur (2014), 30(1),

Sur base de rapports rédigés par des centaines d’enseignants de l’ULg mais aussi sous l’influence de quelques auteurs en pédagogie universitaire, cet article présente six leviers de l’innovation ... [more ▼]

Sur base de rapports rédigés par des centaines d’enseignants de l’ULg mais aussi sous l’influence de quelques auteurs en pédagogie universitaire, cet article présente six leviers de l’innovation pédagogique dans le supérieur. Nous analysons ensuite une innovation – l’introduction de l’outil « GIC » dans un programme d’orthophonie de l’ULg – au regard de ces six leviers et mentionnons les régulations d’ordre pédagogique et d’ordre organisationnel envisagées pour l’année académique prochaine, de même que quelques pistes de recherche. Une conclusion rappelle le rôle de ces leviers, dont la prise en compte n’est pas une garantie de succès de l’innovation mais plutôt un moteur de changement au sein d’un cours ou d’un programme, gardant le cap sur l’apprentissage de l’étudiant. [less ▲]

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See detailEmbryonic Protein Undernutrition by Albumen Removal Programs the Hepatic Amino Acid and Glucose Metabolism during the Perinatal Period in an Avian Model.
Willems, Els; Hu, Tjing-Tjing; Soler Vasco, Laura et al

in PloS one (2014), 9(4), 94902

Different animal models have been used to study the effects of prenatal protein undernutrition and the mechanisms by which these occur. In mammals, the maternal diet is manipulated, exerting both direct ... [more ▼]

Different animal models have been used to study the effects of prenatal protein undernutrition and the mechanisms by which these occur. In mammals, the maternal diet is manipulated, exerting both direct nutritional and indirect hormonal effects. Chicken embryos develop independent from the hen in the egg. Therefore, in the chicken, the direct effects of protein deficiency by albumen removal early during incubation can be examined. Prenatal protein undernutrition was established in layer-type eggs by the partial replacement of albumen by saline at embryonic day 1 (albumen-deprived group), compared to a mock-treated sham and a non-treated control group. At hatch, survival of the albumen-deprived group was lower compared to the control and sham group due to increased early mortality by the manipulation. No treatment differences in yolk-free body weight or yolk weight could be detected. The water content of the yolk was reduced, whereas the water content of the carcass was increased in the albumen-deprived group, compared to the control group, indicating less uptake of nutrients from the yolk. At embryonic day 16, 20 and at hatch, plasma triiodothyronine (T3), corticosterone, lactate or glucose concentrations and hepatic glycogen content were not affected by treatment. At embryonic day 20, the plasma thyroxine (T4) concentrations of the albumen-deprived embryos was reduced compared to the control group, indicating a decreased metabolic rate. Screening for differential protein expression in the liver at hatch using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis revealed not only changed abundance of proteins important for amino acid metabolism, but also of enzymes related to energy and glucose metabolism. Interestingly, GLUT1, a glucose transporter, and PCK2 and FBP1, two out of three regulatory enzymes of the gluconeogenesis were dysregulated. No parallel differences in gene expressions causing the differences in protein abundance could be detected pointing to post-transcriptional or post-translational regulation of the observed differences. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of existing and new methods for correcting ocular artifacts in electroencephalographic recordings
Kirkove, Murielle ULg; François, Clémentine ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

in Signal Processing (2014), 98(C), 102-120

EEG signals are often contaminated by ocular artifacts (OAs), in particular when they are recorded for a subject that is, in principle, awake, such as in a study of drowsiness. It is generally desirable ... [more ▼]

EEG signals are often contaminated by ocular artifacts (OAs), in particular when they are recorded for a subject that is, in principle, awake, such as in a study of drowsiness. It is generally desirable to detect and/or correct these OAs before interpreting the EEG signals. We have identified 11 existing methods for dealing with OAs. Their study allowed us to create 16 new methods. We performed a comparative performance evaluation of the resulting 27 distinct methods using a common set of data and a common set of metrics. The data was recorded during a driving task of about two hours in a driving simulator. This led to a ranking of all methods, with five emerging clear winners, comprising two existing methods and three new ones. [less ▲]

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See detailLectures de La Reine Albemarle ou le dernier touriste. Ontologie, autobiographie, politique
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2014), 10(1),

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See detailExternal constraints on optical control strategies in molecular orientation and photofragmentation: role of zero-area fields
Sugny, Dominique; Vranckx, Stéphane; Ndong, Mamadou et al

in Journal of Modern Optics (2014), 61

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See detailCD36: linking lipids to the NLRP3 inflammasome, atherogenesis and atherothrombosis
Oury, Cécile ULg

in Cellular & Molecular Immunology (2014), 11

Uptake of the atherogenic lipid mediator oxLDL by CD36 results in the formation of intracellular cholesterol crystals that caused lyso¬somal destabilization and NLRP3 activation. oxLDL not only primes ... [more ▼]

Uptake of the atherogenic lipid mediator oxLDL by CD36 results in the formation of intracellular cholesterol crystals that caused lyso¬somal destabilization and NLRP3 activation. oxLDL not only primes, via a NF-κB-dependent pathway, but also activates NLRP3. CD36-mediated inflammasome activation provides an early pathogenic pathway that links cholesterol accumulation to the chronic inflammatory process of atherosclerosis. During atherogenesis, activated or injured endothelial cells, leucocytes and platelets release ATP that acts in a paracrine manner to transduce sterile inflammatory signals. Among these signals, P2X7 receptors mediate K+ efflux leading to NLRP3 activation. Since ATP assembles ASC complexes in oxLDL-treated macrophages, P2X7 receptors and CD36 may cooperate in vivo to activate NLRP3 inflammasome, contributing to plaque formation. Besides macrophages, CD36 is expressed on platelets where it mediates oxLDL-dependent platelet activation and potentially further IL-1β release. P2X7 receptors contributes to protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) tissue factor-dependent thrombosis. Consequently, both CD36 and P2X7 receptors may be involved in atherothrombosis upon plaque rupture. [less ▲]

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See detailDonor age as a risk factor in donation after circulatory death liver transplantation in a controlled withdrawal protocol programme.
DETRY, Olivier ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; MEURISSE, Nicolas ULg et al

in The British journal of surgery (2014)

BACKGROUND: Results of donation after circulatory death (DCD) liver transplantation are impaired by graft loss, resulting mainly from non-anastomotic biliary stricture. Donor age is a risk factor in ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Results of donation after circulatory death (DCD) liver transplantation are impaired by graft loss, resulting mainly from non-anastomotic biliary stricture. Donor age is a risk factor in deceased donor liver transplantation, and particularly in DCD liver transplantation. At the authors' institute, age is not an absolute exclusion criterion for discarding DCD liver grafts, DCD donors receive comfort therapy before withdrawal, and cold ischaemia is minimized. METHODS: All consecutive DCD liver transplantations performed from 2003 to 2012 were studied retrospectively. Three age groups were compared in terms of donor and recipient demographics, procurement and transplantation conditions, peak laboratory values during the first post-transplant 72 h, and results at 1 and 3 years. RESULTS: A total of 70 DCD liver transplants were performed, including 32 liver grafts from donors aged 55 years or less, 20 aged 56-69 years, and 18 aged 70 years or more. The overall graft survival rate at 1 month, 1 and 3 years was 99, 91 and 72 per cent respectively, with no graft lost secondary to non-anastomotic stricture. No difference other than age was noted between the three groups for donor or recipient characteristics, or procurement conditions. No primary non-function occurred, but one patient needed retransplantation for artery thrombosis. Biliary complications were similar in the three groups. Graft and patient survival rates were no different at 1 and 3 years between the three groups (P = 0.605). CONCLUSION: Results for DCD liver transplantation from younger and older donors were similar. Donor age above 50 years should not be a contraindication to DCD liver transplantation if other donor risk factors (such as warm and cold ischaemia time) are minimized. [less ▲]

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See detailL'âgisme et ses conséquences cliniques en oncogériatrie: état des lieux et pistes d'interventions
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(5-6), 395-401

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See detailHost-habitat location by the parasitoid, Nasonia vitripennis Walker (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae).
Frederickx, Christine ULg; Dekeirsschieter, Jessica ULg; Verheggen, François ULg et al

in Journal of Forensic Sciences (2014), 59

This study investigated the role of odorant cues used during host-habitat location by the generalist parasitoid, Nasonia vitripennis Walker. N vitripennis is a common parasitoid of Dipteran pupae found in ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the role of odorant cues used during host-habitat location by the generalist parasitoid, Nasonia vitripennis Walker. N vitripennis is a common parasitoid of Dipteran pupae found in association with decaying carrion. Behavioral assays were used to investigate the host-habitat searching behavior under different scenarios. First, we demonstrated N. vitripennis to be significantly attracted toward odorant cues associated with decaying meat. The biological activity of nine of the volatile molecules constituting the odor of decaying meat were tested on the searching behavior of parasitoid females through two complementary chemoecological approaches: electronantennography (EAG) and olfactometry bioassays. Butanoic acid and butan-1-ol elicited high olfactory responses, but no attraction was induced by these two chemicals. Behavioral assays showed that, among the VOCs tested, methyldisulfanylmethane (DMDS) was the only volatile chemical to induce attraction in N. vitripennis. [less ▲]

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See detailLakeMIP Kivu: evaluating the representation of a large, deep tropical lake by a set of one-dimensional lake models
Thiery, Wim; Stepanenko, Victor M.; Fang, Xing et al

in Tellus : Series A (2014), 66

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See detailMethods to Increase the Robustness of Finite-Volume Flow Models in Thermodynamic Systems
Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Bell, Ian ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg et al

in Energies (2014), 7(3), 1621-1640

This paper addresses the issues linked to simulation failures during integration in finite-volume flow models, especially those involving a two-phase state. This kind of model is particularly useful when ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the issues linked to simulation failures during integration in finite-volume flow models, especially those involving a two-phase state. This kind of model is particularly useful when modeling 1D heat exchangers or piping, e.g., in thermodynamic cycles involving a phase change. Issues, such as chattering or stiff systems, can lead to low simulation speed, instabilities and simulation failures. In the particular case of two-phase flow models, they are usually linked to a discontinuity in the density derivative between the liquid and two-phase zones. In this work, several methods to tackle numerical problems are developed, described, implemented and compared. In addition, methods available in the literature are also implemented and compared to the proposed approaches. Results suggest that the robustness of the models can be significantly increased with these different methods, at the price of a small increase of the error in the mass and energy balances. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Structure and Thermal Stability of Amylose−Lipid Complexes: A Case Study on Amylose−Glycerol Monostearate
Goderis, Bart; Putseys, Joke; Gommes, Cédric ULg et al

in Journal of Crystal Growth (2014)

Three different crystalline amylose−glycerol monostearate (GMS) complexes with increasing thermal stability can be distinguished: type I, type IIa, and type IIb. All complexes consist of GMS-loaded ... [more ▼]

Three different crystalline amylose−glycerol monostearate (GMS) complexes with increasing thermal stability can be distinguished: type I, type IIa, and type IIb. All complexes consist of GMS-loaded amylose helices that pack hexagonally into lamellar habits. The complex melting points are proportional to the thickness of the lamellae and depend on the amount of water in the system. For type I complexes, SAXS experiments reveal folded amylose chains and a lamellar thickness governed by the presence of two stretched lipid molecules per amylose helix. In the conversion from type I to type IIa complexes, the short amylose chains unfold and assume a stretched conformation, which increases the number of aligned lipid molecules within the helices to four. In type IIb complexes, another pair of lipid molecules is added. The derived quantitative relation between crystal layer thickness, water content and melting point for amylose−GMS complexes also predicts the melting points of other amylose−monoacyl glycerol complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of domestication process on immune response to repeated emersion stressors in Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis L.)
Douxfils, Jessica; Lambert, S; Mathieu, Cédric et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. A : Comparative Physiology (2014), 173

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See detailDoping-dependent band structure of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces by soft x-ray polarization-controlled resonant angle-resolved photoemission
Cancellieri, C.; Reinle-Schmitt, M.L.; Kobayashi, M. et al

in Physical Review B (2014), 89

Polarization-controlled synchrotron radiation was used to map the electronic structure of buried conducting interfaces of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 in a resonant angle-resolved photoemission experiment. A strong ... [more ▼]

Polarization-controlled synchrotron radiation was used to map the electronic structure of buried conducting interfaces of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 in a resonant angle-resolved photoemission experiment. A strong polarization dependence of the Fermi surface and band dispersions is demonstrated, highlighting different Ti 3d orbitals involved in two-dimensional (2D) conduction. Measurements on samples with different doping levels reveal different band occupancies and Fermi-surface areas.The photoemission results are directly compared with advanced first-principles calculations, carried out for different 3d-band filling levels connected with the 2D mobile carrier concentrations obtained from transport measurements, with indication of charge localization at the interface. [less ▲]

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See detailComment definir une circulation extracorporelle de qualite ?
Blaffart, F.; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg

in Annales francaises d'anesthesie et de reanimation (2014)

Extracorporeal circulation (ECC) has to ensure homeostasis of the patient and to minimize pathophysiological disorders inherent in the technique. However, we cannot dissociate it from the surgery and ... [more ▼]

Extracorporeal circulation (ECC) has to ensure homeostasis of the patient and to minimize pathophysiological disorders inherent in the technique. However, we cannot dissociate it from the surgery and anesthesia knowing that the discipline involves a close partnership with these stakeholders. The purpose of this publication is to review the essential elements that at present can contribute to the quality of the CEC and suggest improvements and developments to be implemented in this area. [less ▲]

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See detailEvent-triggered transmission for linear control over communication channels
Forni, Fulvio ULg; Galeani, Sergio; Nesic, Dragan et al

in Automatica (2014), 50(2), 490498

We consider an exponentially stable closed loop interconnection of a continuous linear plant and a continuous linear controller, and we study the problem of interconnecting the plant output to the ... [more ▼]

We consider an exponentially stable closed loop interconnection of a continuous linear plant and a continuous linear controller, and we study the problem of interconnecting the plant output to the controller input through a digital channel. We propose a family of "transmission-lazy" sensors whose goal is to transmit the measured plant output information as little as possible while preserving closed-loop stability. In particular, we propose two transmission policies, providing conditions on the transmission parameters. These guarantee global asymptotic stability when the plant state is available or when an estimate of the state is available (provided by a classical continuous linear observer). Moreover, under a specific condition, they guarantee global exponential stability [less ▲]

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See detailCan new information and communication technologies help in the management of osteoporosis ?
Slomian, Justine ULg; Appelboom, G; Ethgen, Olivier ULg et al

in Women's Health (2014), 10(3), 229-232

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See detailContrasting biogeochemical characteristics of the Oubangui River and tributaries (Congo River basin)
Bouillon, Steven; Yambélé, Athanase; Gillikin, David P. et al

in Scientific Reports (2014), 4

The Oubangui is a major tributary of the Congo River. We describe the biogeochemistry of contrasting tributaries within its central catchment, with watershed vegetation ranging from wooded savannahs to ... [more ▼]

The Oubangui is a major tributary of the Congo River. We describe the biogeochemistry of contrasting tributaries within its central catchment, with watershed vegetation ranging from wooded savannahs to humid rainforest. Compared to a 2-year monitoring record on the mainstem Oubangui, these tributaries show a wide range of biogeochemical signatures, from highly diluted blackwaters (low turbidity, pH, conductivity, and total alkalinity) in rainforests to those more typical for savannah systems. Spectral analyses of chromophoric dissolved organic matter showed wide temporal variations in the Oubangui compared to spatio-temporal variations in the tributaries, and confirm that different pools of dissolved organic carbon are mobilized during different hydrological stages. d13C of dissolved inorganic carbon ranged between -28.1 per mil and -25.8 per mil, and was strongly correlated to both partial pressure of CO2 and to the estimated contribution of carbonate weathering to total alkalinity, suggesting an important control of the weathering regime on CO2 fluxes. All tributaries were oversaturated in dissolved greenhouse gases (CH4, N2O, CO2), with highest levels in rivers draining rainforest. The high diversity observed underscores the importance of sampling that covers the variability in subcatchment characteristics, to improve our understanding of biogeochemical cycling in the Congo Basin. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise testing in asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis.
Magne, Julien ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Pierard, Luc ULg

in JACC. Cardiovascular imaging (2014), 7(2), 188-99

The management and the clinical decision making in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis are challenging. An "aggressive" management, including early aortic valve replacement, is debated in these ... [more ▼]

The management and the clinical decision making in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis are challenging. An "aggressive" management, including early aortic valve replacement, is debated in these patients. However, the optimal timing for surgery remains controversial due to the lack of prospective data on the determinants of aortic stenosis progression, multicenter studies on risk stratification, and randomized studies on patient management. Exercise stress testing with or without imaging is strictly contraindicated in symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis. Exercise stress test is now recommended by current guidelines in asymptomatic patients and may provide incremental prognostic value. Indeed, the development of symptoms during exercise or an abnormal blood pressure response are associated with poor outcome and should be considered as an indication for surgery, as suggested by the most recently updated European Society of Cardiology 2012 guidelines. Exercise stress echocardiography may also improve the risk stratification and identify asymptomatic patients at higher risk of a cardiac event. When the test is combined with imaging, echocardiography during exercise should be recommended rather than post-exercise echocardiography. During exercise, an increase >18 to 20 mm Hg in mean pressure gradient, absence of improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (i.e., absence of contractile reserve), and/or a systolic pulmonary arterial pressure >60 mm Hg (i.e., exercise pulmonary hypertension) are suggestive signs of advanced stages of the disease and impaired prognosis. Hence, exercise stress test may identify resting asymptomatic patients who develop exercise abnormalities and in whom surgery is recommended according to current guidelines. Exercise stress echocardiography may further unmask a subset of asymptomatic patients (i.e., without exercise stress test abnormalities) who are at high risk of reduced cardiac event free survival. In these patients, early surgery could be beneficial, whereas regular follow-up seems more appropriate in patients without echocardiographic abnormalities during exercise. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of citrus blue mold by the antagonist yeast Pichia guilliermondii Z1: compatibility with commercial fruit waxes and putative mechanisms of action.
Lahlali, Rachid; Hamadi, Younes; Drider, R. et al

in Food Control (2014), 45

Pichia guilliermondii strain Z1, which was previously proven to be effective against blue mold of citrus fruit, has been further tested in controlled conditions to determine whether the yeast, as an ... [more ▼]

Pichia guilliermondii strain Z1, which was previously proven to be effective against blue mold of citrus fruit, has been further tested in controlled conditions to determine whether the yeast, as an alternative for synthetic fungicides, would be compatible with other postharvest practices used commercially. In particular, commercial fruit waxes can reduce their survival and effectiveness. The commercial fruit waxes tested, in combination at 20% with strain Z1, included microcrystalline, ester gum, candelilla, beeswax, montan, paraffin, rice bran, rosin maleic, carnauba, shellac, and one mixture shellac plus carnauba. Beeswax, paraffin, rosin maleic, carnauba, and shellac increased significantly strain Z1 survival in Petri dish assays. Candelilla, beeswax, rice bran, rosin maleic, carnauba, shellac, and shellacecarnauba mixture did not significantly reduce the strain Z1 yield on orange fruit surfaces compared to other waxes. With the exception of rosin maleic wax, none of the commercial fruit waxes or mixture increased significantly the ability of the formulated product of strain Z1 to control the postharvest pathogen Penicillium italicum on wounded orange fruit. When the formulated product of strain Z1 was used in combination with beeswax, strain Z1 retained the same efficacy. In contrast, microcrystalline, ester gum, candelilla, montan, paraffin, rice bran, carnauba, shellac, and shellac-carnauba mixture significantly reduced the effectiveness of the formulated product of strain Z1. No antibiosis was detected for strain Z1 against P. italicum. Strain Z1 inhibited the spore germination for the low juice concentration (up to 5%) when compared to the control. However, the addition of fresh juice after antagonist removal allowed the restoration of the germination of P. italicum spores; suggesting the possibility of competition for nutrients in the biocontrol activity of strain Z1. The study demonstrates the potential commercial application of strain Z1 with beeswax and rosin maleic wax for postharvest control of citrus blue mold. As biocontrol relies on competition for nutrients, an enriched formulation with nutrients is needed for reliable antifungal activity of this yeast strain [less ▲]

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See detailBrain natriuretic peptide release in patients with aortic stenosis: Resting and exercise echocardiographic determinants.
Henri, Christine; Magne, Julien ULg; Dulgheru, Raluca et al

in International journal of cardiology (2014), 172(3), 611-3

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See detailLa modélisation à l’aide du modèle SWAT des flux hydriques et du transport en suspension sur le bassin versant de la vallée de l’oued EL-Hachem
Tadrist, Nassima ULg; Debauche, Olivier ULg

in Revue des Régions Arides (2014)

Dans le Maghreb, les barrages souffrent régulièrement d’un envasement excessif lié aux problèmes d’érosion présent dans les impluviums situés en amont des barrages. Les origines de cette érosion sont ... [more ▼]

Dans le Maghreb, les barrages souffrent régulièrement d’un envasement excessif lié aux problèmes d’érosion présent dans les impluviums situés en amont des barrages. Les origines de cette érosion sont multiples : aménagement du territoire, déforestation, affectation des terres,… L’hydrologie couplée aux systèmes d’informations géographiques permet à l’aide de modèles distribués et physiquement basés de prédire l’évolution de l’envasement des barrages. L’application de ces modèles en Algérie permettra à terme, de prédire l’impact d’aménagement anti érosifs, de schémas d’aménagement du territoire sur l’envasement des barrages en estimant précisément la quantité de sédiments produit par l’érosion par ruissellement ainsi que le taux de remplissage. Une méthodologie basée sur les données cartographiques (modèle numérique de terrain, carte pédologie, carte géologie et la cartographie d’occupation du sol) ainsi que les données météorologiques journalières (température, humidité relative, vitesse du vent, radiation solaire) est en cours d’élaboration et de test sur le barrage de Bourkourdane. Cette méthodologie utilise le modèles SWAT Le modèle SWAT est utilisé pour prédire la quantité de sédiment s’accumulant dans le barrage, les flux hydriques débit entrants, sortants, ainsi que les volumes d’eau et de sédiments stockés dans le barrage. Une gestion adéquates des lâchers, couplée à une meilleure gestion de l’érosion en amont du barrage permettra d’allonger la durée de vie des barrages Algériens. Plus particulièrement pour le barrage de Boukourdane, une amélioration de la gestion des lâchers est primordiale pour améliorer la recharge de la nappe, lutter contre l’intrusion des eaux marines, et prévenir l’accumulation des particules fines qui réduisent la perméabilité du sol. [less ▲]

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See detailA new Lower Cretaceous ichthyosaur from Russia reveals skull shape conservatism within Ophthalmosaurinae
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Arkhangelsky, Maxim; Uspensky, Gleb et al

in Geological Magazine (2014), 151(1), 60-70

Ophthalmosaurinae is a recently recognized clade of derived ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles) ranging from the Bajocian (Middle Jurassic) to the late Albian (late Early Cretaceous). Whereas the Middle-Late ... [more ▼]

Ophthalmosaurinae is a recently recognized clade of derived ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles) ranging from the Bajocian (Middle Jurassic) to the late Albian (late Early Cretaceous). Whereas the Middle-Late Jurassic ophthalmosaurine Ophthalmosaurus is often regarded as a hyperspecialized deep diver, very little is known about the anatomy, evolutionary history, and ecology of Cretaceous ophthalmosaurines because of the scarcity of the fossils and the lack of well-preserved skull material. Here, we describe the skull of a new basal ophthalmosaurine ichthyosaur, Leninia stellans gen. et sp. nov., from the lower Aptian of western Russia, and compare the ocular characteristics of ophthalmosaurids. Leninia is recovered as a basal ophthalmosaurine; it possesses unique traits such as star-shaped frontal–parietal sutures as well as features previously thought to be unique to Ophthalmosaurus such as a supratemporal–stapes contact. A large sclerotic aperture – significantly bigger than in platypterygiine ophthalmosaurids and similar to that of the largest-eyed modern animals (giant and colossal squids) – and reduced dentition appear widespread within ophthalmosaurines. This conservatism suggests ophthalmosaurine ophthalmosaurids occupied similar ecological niche(s) throughout their long evolutionary history. [less ▲]

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See detailAnxiety and its time courses during radiotherapy for non-metastatic breast cancer: A longitudinal study
Lewis, Florence; Merckaert, Isabelle; Liénard, Aurore et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2014), 111(2), 276-280

Purpose: To our knowledge, no study has specifically assessed the time course of anxiety during radiotherapy (RT). The objective of this study was to assess anxiety time courses in patients with ... [more ▼]

Purpose: To our knowledge, no study has specifically assessed the time course of anxiety during radiotherapy (RT). The objective of this study was to assess anxiety time courses in patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer. Material and methods: This multicenter, descriptive longitudinal study included 213 consecutive patients with breast cancer who completed visual analog scales (VASs) assessing state anxiety before and after the RT simulation and the first and last five RT sessions. Results: Pre- and post-session anxiety mean levels were highest at the RT simulation (respectively, 2.9 ± 2.9 and 1.6 ± 2.5) and first RT session (respectively, 3.4 ± 2.9 and 2.0 ± 2.4), then declined rapidly. Clinically relevant mean differences (P1 cm on the VAS) between pre- and post-simulation/session VAS scores were found only for the RT simulation ( 1.3 ± 2.7; p < 0.001) and first RT session ( 1.4 ± 2.4; p < 0.001). Five percent to 16% of patients presented clinically relevant anxiety (pre- and post-simulation/session VAS scoresP4 cm) throughout treatment. Conclusions: To optimize care, RT team members should offer all patients appropriate information about treatment at the simulation, check patients’ understanding, and identify patients with clinically relevant anxiety requiring appropriate support throughout RT. [less ▲]

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See detailThe peasants in turmoil: Khmer Rouge, state formation and the control of land in northwest Cambodia
Diepart, Jean-Christophe ULg; Dupuis, David

in The Journal of Peasant Studies (2014), 41(4), 445468

Over the past 15 years, northwest Cambodia has seen dramatic agrarian expansion away from the central rice plain into the peripheral uplands fuelled by peasant in-migration. Against this background, we ... [more ▼]

Over the past 15 years, northwest Cambodia has seen dramatic agrarian expansion away from the central rice plain into the peripheral uplands fuelled by peasant in-migration. Against this background, we examine the nature of relations between the peasantry and the state. We first show the historical continuities of land control processes and how the use of violence in a post-conflict neoliberal context has legitimised ex-Khmer Rouge in controlling land distribution. Three case studies show the heterogeneity of local level sovereignties, which engage the peasants in different relations with authority. We examine how these processes result in the construction of different rural territories along the agricultural frontier and argue that, in this region of Cambodia, the struggles between Khmer Rouge and neoliberal modes of land control are central to state formation processes. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodegradable polyester-based microcarriers with modified surface tailored for tissue engineering
Grandfils, Christian ULg; Ortiz Magdaleno, Marine ULg; Sevrin, Chantal ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A (2014)

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See detailLe traitement multidisciplinaire du glioblastome
BARTHELEMY, Nicole ULg; GENNIGENS, Christine ULg; Scholtes, Félix ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

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See detailHerschel observations of gas and dust in comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) at 5 AU from the Sun
de Val-Borro, M; Bockelée-Morvan, D; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014)

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See detailDeterminants of exercise-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis.
Voilliot, Damien; Magne, Julien ULg; Dulgheru, Raluca et al

in International journal of cardiology (2014)

BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (EIPH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) has already been observed but its determinants remain unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (EIPH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) has already been observed but its determinants remain unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence and the determinants of EIPH in SSc. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively enrolled 63 patients with SSc (age 54+/-3years, 76% female) followed in CHU Sart-Tilman in Liege. All patients underwent graded semi-supine exercise echocardiography. Systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (sPAP) was derived from the peak velocity of the tricuspid regurgitation jet and adding the estimation of right atrial pressure, both at rest and during exercise. Resting pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) was defined as sPAP >35mmHg and EIPH as sPAP >50mmHg during exercise. The following formulas were used: mean PAP (mPAP)=0.61xsPAP+2, left atrial pressure (LAP)=1.9+1.24xleft ventricular (LV) E/e' and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR)=(mPAP-LAP)/LV cardiac output (CO) and slope of mPAP-LVCO relationship=changes in mPAP/changes in LVCO. Resting PH was present in 3 patients (7%) and 21 patients developed EIPH (47%). Patients with EIPH had higher resting LAP (10.3+/-2.2 versus 8.8+/-2.3mmHg; p=0.03), resting PVR (2.6+/-0.8 vs. 1.4+/-1.1Woods units; p=0.004), exercise LAP (13.3+/-2.3 vs. 9+/-1.7mmHg; p<0.0001), exercise PVR (3.6+/-0.7 vs. 2.1+/-0.9 Woods units; p=0.02) and slope of mPAP-LVCO (5.8+/-2.4 vs. 2.9+/-2.1mmHg/L/min; p<0.0001). After adjustment for age and gender, exercise LAP (beta=3.1+/-0.8; p=0.001) and exercise PVR (beta=7.9+/-1.7; p=0.0001) were independent determinants of exercise sPAP. CONCLUSION: EIPH is frequent in SSc patients and is mainly related to both increased exercise LV filling pressure and exercise PVR. [less ▲]

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See detailLa vignette diagnostique de l'etudiant. Diagnostic et evaluation d'une hypoglycemie chez le patient diabetique.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue medicale de Liege (2014), 69(2), 110-5

Hypoglycaemic episodes are rather common among diabetic patients, especially those treated with sulfonylureas or insulin (more in type 1 than in type 2 diabetes). The presentation of hypoglycaemia may ... [more ▼]

Hypoglycaemic episodes are rather common among diabetic patients, especially those treated with sulfonylureas or insulin (more in type 1 than in type 2 diabetes). The presentation of hypoglycaemia may considerably vary from patient-to-patient and from time-to-time in a given patient. With the illustration of a clinical case, we will describe the characteristics of the three main types of hypoglycaemia: severe hypoglycaemia (with or without coma), symptomatic hypoglycaemia (with or without confirmation) and asymptomatic hypoglycaemia ("hypoglycaemia unawareness") discovered as a low blood glucose measurement. We will also briefly analyse the reasons of such differences and the potential clinical consequences that these three main types of hypoglycaemia may exert in the real life of diabetic patients. [less ▲]

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See detailMyocardial dynamic contrast-enhanced MR: vascular diseases and beyond
NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; DJEKIC, Julien; RASKINET, Bruno et al

in JBR-BTR : Journal Belge de Radiologie - Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Radiologie (2014), 97

Contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance enables the evaluation of both myocardial perfusion and its composition. This paper reviews and discusses the conditions that cause abnormal findings on ... [more ▼]

Contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance enables the evaluation of both myocardial perfusion and its composition. This paper reviews and discusses the conditions that cause abnormal findings on contrast-enhanced myocardial magnetic resonance. Their knowledge helps in most cases to avoid inappropriate referrals to invasive imaging in patients suspected of myocardial vascular disease, undergoing contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance. [less ▲]

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See detailThe diet of the Harlequin crab Lissocarcinus orbicularis, an obligate symbiont of sea cucumbers (holothuroids) belonging to the genera Thelenota, Bohadschia and Holothuria
Caulier, Guillaume; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Van Nedervelde, Fleur et al

in Symbiosis (2014)

The present paper characterizes, for the first time, the diet of the Harlequin crab, Lissocarcinus orbicularis an obligate symbiotic crab that associates with sea cucumbers (holothuroids) belonging to the ... [more ▼]

The present paper characterizes, for the first time, the diet of the Harlequin crab, Lissocarcinus orbicularis an obligate symbiotic crab that associates with sea cucumbers (holothuroids) belonging to the genera Thelenota, Bohadschia and Holothuria. These tropical holothuroids host a rich symbiotic community in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean of which the Harlequin crab is the best known. The diet of L. orbicularis was characterized by analyzing the microscopic, molecular and isotopic signatures obtained from its gastric content. The presence of sea cucumber ossicles in the gastric mills of the crabs suggests that symbionts eat the superficial integument of their host and this was suppoarted by the fact that Holothuroid DNA was detected in the stomach of L.orbicularis after DGGE and sequencing of the 18S rDNA gene. The stable isotopic δ13C and δ15N values of crab tissues were compared with diverse potential food sources including the three holothuroids, three algae, one sea grass as well as the organic matter contained in the water column, in the sediment, and the second most abundant symbiont, the polychaete Gastrolepidia clavigera. The low δ15N values of crabs suggest that the crabs do not exclusively feed on sea cucumber tissue but assimilate diverse food sources such as sea grasses and organic matter contained in sediment that have similar δ13C values. There were no difference between the feeding of males and females but there was a positive correlation between the carapace length and the stable isotopic values indicating a shift of the food source as crabs grow larger. [less ▲]

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See detailNutritive value of tropical forage plants fed to pigs in the Western provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Picron, Pascale ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (2014), 191

The nutritive value of 20 forage plants commonly used for feeding pigs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was studied to determine chemical composition, protein amino acid profiles, mineral content ... [more ▼]

The nutritive value of 20 forage plants commonly used for feeding pigs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was studied to determine chemical composition, protein amino acid profiles, mineral content, and in vitro digestibility using a two-step method combining an enzymatic pepsin and pancreatin hydrolysis followed by a 72 h gas-test fermentation. The highest protein contents (270–320 g/kg DM) were obtained for Vigna unguiculata, Psophocarpus scandens, Leucaena leucocephala, Manihot esculenta, and Moringa oleifera. Grasses, Acacia mangium, and Eichhornia crassipes, showed the lowest crude protein (CP) and highest NDF contents. Cajanus cajan and Trypsacum andersonii had the most balanced amino acid profile, being deficient in lysine and slightly deficient in histidine, while Megathyrsus maximus displayed the highest number of essential amino acids deficiencies. High mineral contents were obtained from, in ascending order, with M. oleifera, V. unguiculata, E. crassipes, Ipomea batatas and Amaranthus hybridus. In vitro dry matter digestibility ranged from 0.25 to 0.52, in vitro CP digestibility from 0.23 to 0.80, in vitro energy digestibility from 0.23 to 0.52. M. esculenta, M. oleifera, I. batatas, Mucuna pruriens, V. unguiculata, P. scandens and A. hybridus showed high digestibilities for all nutrients. Gas production during fermentation of the pepsin and pancreatin-indigestible fraction of the plants varied from 42 ml/g DM for A. mangium to 202 ml/g DM for I. batatas (P<0.001). Short-chain fatty acid production during fermentation varied from 157 to 405 mg/g of the pepsin and pancreatin indigestible fraction. It is concluded that some of these species are interesting sources of proteins and minerals with a good digestibility that might be used more economically than concentrate, especially in smallholder production systems, to improve pig feeding, mineral intake and intestinal health in pigs reared in the tropics. [less ▲]

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See detailComplex dynamics of a nonlinear aerospace structure: experimental identification and modal interactions
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Journal of Sound & Vibration (2014), 333

Nonlinear system identification is a challenging task in view of the complexity and wide variety of nonlinear phenomena. The present paper addresses the identification of a real-life aerospace structure ... [more ▼]

Nonlinear system identification is a challenging task in view of the complexity and wide variety of nonlinear phenomena. The present paper addresses the identification of a real-life aerospace structure possessing a strongly nonlinear component with multiple mechanical stops. The complete identification procedure, from nonlinearity detection and characterization to parameter estimation, is carried out based upon experimental data. The combined use of various analysis techniques, such as the wavelet transform and the restoring force surface method, brings different perspectives to the dynamics. Specifically, the structure is shown to exhibit particularly interesting nonlinear behaviors, including jumps, modal interactions, force relaxation and chattering during impacts on the mechanical stops. [less ▲]

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See detailStrontiohurlbutite, SrBe2(PO4)2, a new mineral from Nanping no. 31 pegmatite, Fujian Province, Southeastern China
Rao, C; Wang, R; Hatert, Frédéric ULg et al

in American Mineralogist (2014), 99

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See detailVaccination against delta-Retroviruses: The Bovine Leukemia Virus Paradigm.
Gutierrez, Geronimo; Rodriguez, Sabrina M.; De Brogniez, Alix ULg et al

in Viruses (2014), 6(6), 2416-2427

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) are closely related d-retroviruses that induce hematological diseases. HTLV-1 infects about 15 million people worldwide, mainly ... [more ▼]

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) are closely related d-retroviruses that induce hematological diseases. HTLV-1 infects about 15 million people worldwide, mainly in subtropical areas. HTLV-1 induces a wide spectrum of diseases (e.g., HTLV-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis) and leukemia/lymphoma (adult T-cell leukemia). Bovine leukemia virus is a major pathogen of cattle, causing important economic losses due to a reduction in production, export limitations and lymphoma-associated death. In the absence of satisfactory treatment for these diseases and besides the prevention of transmission, the best option to reduce the prevalence of d-retroviruses is vaccination. Here, we provide an overview of the different vaccination strategies in the BLV model and outline key parameters required for vaccine efficacy. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk ranking priority of carcinogenic and/or genotoxic environmental contaminants in food in Belgium
Vromman, V; Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg; Vleminckx, C et al

in Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A. Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment (2014)

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See detailImportance of concomitant local and systemic eosinophilia in uncontrolled asthma.
SCHLEICH, FLorence ULg; Chevremont, Anne; Paulus, Virginie et al

in The European respiratory journal (2014), 44

Systemic and airway eosinophilia are recognised features of asthma. There are, however, patients who exhibit discordance between local and systemic eosinophilia. In this study, we sought to determine the ... [more ▼]

Systemic and airway eosinophilia are recognised features of asthma. There are, however, patients who exhibit discordance between local and systemic eosinophilia. In this study, we sought to determine the prevalence and characteristics of patients with concordant and discordant systemic and bronchial eosinophilia.We conducted a retrospective study on 508 asthmatics with successful sputum induction. We assessed the relationship between blood and sputum eosinophils by breaking down the population into four groups according to blood (>/=400 cells per mm3) and sputum (>/=3%) eosinophils. Then, we prospectively reassessed the link between eosinophils and asthma control (Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ)) and exacerbation rate in a new cohort of 250 matched asthmatics.In our retrospective cohort, asthmatics without eosinophilic inflammation were the largest group (49%). The group with isolated sputum eosinophilia (25%) was, compared with noneosinophilic asthma, associated with lower forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) and FEV1/forced vital capacity ratio and higher bronchial hyperresponsiveness and exhaled nitric oxide fraction (FeNO). Asthmatics exhibiting isolated systemic eosinophilia (7%) had similar characteristics as noneosinophilic asthmatics. The group with concordant systemic and airway eosinophilia (19%) showed remarkable male predominance, and had the lowest airway calibre, ACQ score and quality of life, and the highest bronchial hyperresponsiveness, FeNO and exacerbation rate. The prospective cohort confirmed the different subgroup proportions and the higher ACQ and exacerbation rates in cases of diffuse eosinophilia compared with noneosinophilic asthmatics.Concomitant systemic and bronchial eosinophilic inflammation contribute to poor asthma control. [less ▲]

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See detailPractice of enteral nutrition in very low birth weight and extremely low birth weight infants
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg

in World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics (2014), 110

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See detailOn the observability of the quark orbital angular momentum distribution
Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Goldstein, Gary R.; Hernandez, J. Osvaldo Gonzalez et al

in Physics Letters B (2014), 731(0), 141-147

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See detailAccuracy of one-step integration schemes for damped/forced linear structural dynamics
Depouhon, Alexandre ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2014)

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See detailAssessing the effects of spatial discretization on large-scale flow model performance and prediction uncertainty
Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Goderniaux, Pascal; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Hydrology (2014), 510

Large-scale physically-based and spatially-distributed models (>100 km2) constitute useful tools for water management since they take explicitly into account the heterogeneity and the physical processes ... [more ▼]

Large-scale physically-based and spatially-distributed models (>100 km2) constitute useful tools for water management since they take explicitly into account the heterogeneity and the physical processes occurring in the subsurface for predicting the evolution of discharge and hydraulic heads for several predictive scenarios. However, such models are characterized by lengthy execution times. Therefore, modelers often coarsen spatial discretization of large-scale physically-based and spatially-distributed models for reducing the number of unknowns and the execution times. This study investigates the influence of such a coarsening of model grid on model performance and prediction uncertainty. The improvement of model performance obtained with an automatic calibration process is also investigated. The results obtained show that coarsening spatial discretization mainly influences the simulation of discharge due to a poor representation of surface water network and a smoothing of surface slopes that prevents from simulating properly surface water-groundwater interactions and runoff processes. Parameter sensitivities are not significantly influenced by grid coarsening and calibration can compensate, to some extent, for model errors induced by grid coarsening. The results also show that coarsening spatial discretization mainly influences the uncertainty on discharge predictions. However, model prediction uncertainties on discharge only increase significantly for very coarse spatial discretizations. [less ▲]

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See detailMaria Davis. El humor en las novelas de Gabriel García Márquez
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in Bulletin of Spanish Studies (2014), 91(5), 92-94

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See detailDermatophytes transmis par les animaux domestiques
Monod, M; Fratti, B; Mignon, Bernard ULg et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2014), 10

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See detailLe consociationalisme à l'épreuve du fédéralisme. Les paradoxes du système de décision politique en Belgique
Piron, Damien ULg; Verjans, Pierre ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2014), 59(1), 173-189

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See detailSpatial Planning as a driver of change in mobility and residential energy consumption
Dujardin, Sébastien; Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Energy & Buildings (2014), 68

This paper analyses the impact of territorial structures upon energy consumption in the Walloon Region (Belgium). The rationale for this research is to consider the long-term influence of spatial planning ... [more ▼]

This paper analyses the impact of territorial structures upon energy consumption in the Walloon Region (Belgium). The rationale for this research is to consider the long-term influence of spatial planning decisions upon energy consumption in both residential building stock and home-to-work commuting. The analysis has been conducted on a regional scale (16,844 km2) and includes urban, peri-urban and rural settlements. Those settlements that perform well in mobility also appear to perform well in terms of building energy consumption. Even though this is not generally the case, it further reveals that some rural settlements characterized by low density show good performance in terms of energy efficiency. This permits a much more progressive approach in terms of spatial planning, whereby compact cities may be viewed as part of the solution, albeit not the whole solution. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo novel mutations of the CLDN16 gene cause familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis
Hanssen, Oriane ULg; CASTERMANS, Emilie ULg; BOVY, Christophe ULg et al

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2014), 7

Familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis is an autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the CLDN16 or CLDN19 genes, which encode tight junction-associated proteins ... [more ▼]

Familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis is an autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the CLDN16 or CLDN19 genes, which encode tight junction-associated proteins, claudin-16 and -19. The resultant tubulopathy leads to urinary loss of Mg2+ and Ca2+, with subsequent nephrocalcinosis and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). An 18-year-old boy presented with chronic kidney disease and proteinuria, as well as hypomagnesaemia, hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis. A kidney biopsy revealed tubular atrophy, interstitial fibrosis and segmental sclerosis of some glomeruli. Two novel mutations in the CLDN16 gene were identified: c.340C>T (nonsense) and c.427+5G>A (splice site). The patient reached ESRD at 23 and benefited from kidney transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailFeruloylbenzotriazole and Weinreb Amide as Bioinspired Building Blocks: A Reactivity Study towards O-, N-, S-, and C-Nucleophiles
Roman, Bart; Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; De Coen, Laurens et al

in European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2014)

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See detailPersonalising metformin therapy: a clinician's perspective
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (2014)

If lifestyle changes are not effective for maintaining glycaemic control, metformin is recommended as the first glucose-lowering drug to use in a patient with type 2 diabetes, if the patient has no ... [more ▼]

If lifestyle changes are not effective for maintaining glycaemic control, metformin is recommended as the first glucose-lowering drug to use in a patient with type 2 diabetes, if the patient has no contraindications—eg, renal impairment or hypoxic disorders.1 However, the glucose-lowering response to metformin can vary greatly between patients, with some people responding poorly to this biguanide. Because of the well known therapeutic inertia with respect to pharmacological treatment of diabetes, insufficient glucose control might persist for a long time before any treatment adjustment is made in people who respond poorly to metformin monotherapy. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscussion of "Two-dimensional depth-averaged finite volume model for unsteady turbulent flows"
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Hydraulic Research (2014), 52(1), 148-150

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See detailSurprising causes of C5-carnitine false positive results in newborn screening.
BOEMER, François ULg; SCHOOS, Roland ULg; de HALLEUX, Virginie ULg et al

in Molecular genetics and metabolism (2014), 111(1), 52-4

During an 18-month period, we noticed an alarming increase of newborn screening false positivity rate in identifying isovaleric acidemia. In 50 of 50 newborns presenting elevated C5-carnitine, we ... [more ▼]

During an 18-month period, we noticed an alarming increase of newborn screening false positivity rate in identifying isovaleric acidemia. In 50 of 50 newborns presenting elevated C5-carnitine, we confirmed the presence of pivaloylcarnitine. Exogenous pivalate administration had been previously identified as the causal agent of this concern. No pivalic-ester prodrug is commercially available in Belgium, but pivalic derivates are also used in the cosmetic industry as emollient under the term "neopentanoate". We have identified neopentanoate-esters in a nipple-fissure unguent that was provided to young mothers. Ceasing distribution of this product hugely reduced the C5-carnitine false positivity rate. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of fuel and kiln type on the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) levels in smoked shrimp, a Beninese food condiment
Kpoclou, Euloge; Anihouvi, Victor; Azokpota, Paulin et al

in Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A. Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment (2014), 31(7), 1212-1218

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See detailLes vergetures, leurs couleurs et leur mécanobiologie.
FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; Peters, S.; Hermanns, J.F. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

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See detailMesozoic marine reptile palaeobiogeography in response to drifting plates
Bardet, Nathalie; Falconnet, Jocelyn; Fischer, Valentin ULg et al

in Gondwana Research (2014)

During the Mesozoic, various groups of reptiles underwent a spectacular return to an aquatic life, colonizing most marine environments. They were highly diversified both systematically and ecologically ... [more ▼]

During the Mesozoic, various groups of reptiles underwent a spectacular return to an aquatic life, colonizing most marine environments. They were highly diversified both systematically and ecologically, and most were the largest top-predators of the marine ecosystems of their time. The main groups were Ichthyosauria, Sauropterygia, Thalattosauria, and several lineages of Testudinata, Crocodyliformes, Rhynchocephalia and Squamata. Here we show that the palaeobiogeographical distribution of these marine reptiles closely followed the break-up of the supercontinent Pangaea and that they globally used the main marine corridors created by this break-up to disperse. Most Mesozoic marine reptile clades exhibit a cosmopolitan, or at least pandemic, distribution very early in their evolutionary history. The acquisition of morphological adaptations to a fully aquatic life, combined to special thermophysiological characteristics, are probably responsible for these animals to become efficient long-distance open-marine cruisers. Generally, Early Triassic taxa were near-shore animals mainly linked to the Tethys or Panthalassa coastlines. By the end of the Triassic and during the Jurassic, the break-up of Pangaea resulted in the formation of large marine corridors connecting the Tethys to the North Atlantic and Pacific realms, a trend increasing on during the Cretaceous with the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean and the break-up of the southern Gondwana, allowing open-sea marine reptiles to spread out over large distances. However, if large faunal interchanges were possible at a global scale following a dispersal model, some provinces, such as the Mediterranean Tethys, were characterized by a peculiar faunal identity, illustrating an absence of migration with time despite the apparent lack of barriers. So, if Continental Drift enabled global circulations and faunal interchanges via dispersals among Mesozoic marine reptiles, others parameters, such as ecological and biological constraints, probably also played a role in the local endemic distribution of some of these marine groups, as they do today. [less ▲]

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See detailCell invasion in the spheroid sprouting assay: a spatial organisation analysis adaptable to cell behaviour.
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Erpicum, Charlotte ULg; Lenoir, Benedicte et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), 9(5), 97019

The endothelial cell spheroid assay provides a suitable in vitro model to study (lymph) angiogenesis and test pro- and anti-(lymph) angiogenic factors or drugs. Usually, the extent of cell invasion ... [more ▼]

The endothelial cell spheroid assay provides a suitable in vitro model to study (lymph) angiogenesis and test pro- and anti-(lymph) angiogenic factors or drugs. Usually, the extent of cell invasion, observed through optical microscopy, is measured. The present study proposes the spatial distribution of migrated cells as a new descriptor of the (lymph) angiogenic response. The utility of this novel method rests with its capacity to locally characterise spheroid structure, allowing not only the investigation of single and collective cell invasion but also the evolution of the spheroid core itself. Moreover, the proposed method can be applied to 2D-projected spheroid images obtained by optical microscopy, as well as to 3D images acquired by confocal microscopy. To validate the proposed methodology, endothelial cell invasion was evaluated under different experimental conditions. The results were compared with widely used global parameters. The comparison shows that our method prevents local spheroid modifications from being overlooked and leading to the possible misinterpretation of results. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vitro and In Vivo Characterization of Plant Growth Promoting Bacillus Strains Isolated from Extreme Environments of Eastern Algeria.
Ait-Kaki, Asma; Kacem-Chaouche, Noreddine; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

in Applied biochemistry and biotechnology (2014), 172

This report is to our knowledge the first to study plant growth promotion and biocontrol characteristics of Bacillus isolates from extreme environments of Eastern Algeria. Seven isolates of 14 (50 %) were ... [more ▼]

This report is to our knowledge the first to study plant growth promotion and biocontrol characteristics of Bacillus isolates from extreme environments of Eastern Algeria. Seven isolates of 14 (50 %) were screened for their ability to inhibit growth of some phytopathogenic fungi on PDA and some roots exudates. The bacteria identification based on 16S r-RNA and gyrase-A gene sequence analysis showed that 71 % of the screened isolates belonged to Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and the rest were closely related to B. atrophaeus and B. mojavensis. Most of them had high spore yields (22 x 108-27 x 108 spores/ml). They produced protease and cellulase cell wall-degrading enzymes while the chitinase activity was only observed in the B. atrophaeus (6SEL). A wide variety of lipopeptides homologous was detected by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry analysis. Interestingly, some additional peaks with new masses were characterized, which may correspond to new fengycin classes. The isolates produced siderophores and indole-3- acetic acid phytohormone. The greenhouse experiment using a naturally infested soil with Sclerotonia sclerotiorum showed that the B. atrophaeus (6SEL) significantly increased the size of the chickpea plants and reduced the stem rot disease (P < 0.05). These results suggest that these isolates may be used further as bio-inoculants to improve crop systems. [less ▲]

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See detailEXPLORATION ET TRAITEMENT D’UN CARCINOME EPIDERMOIDE GANGLIONNAIRE CERVICAL SANS PRIMITIF DECELE
WERENNE, Xavier ULg; SAUTOIS, Brieuc ULg; DEMEZ, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 58-62

A l’heure actuelle, le bilan à réaliser après décou - verte d’une adénopathie cervicale est bien codifié. Le PET- scan, dans un premier temps controversé, s’affirme étude après étude comme un élément ... [more ▼]

A l’heure actuelle, le bilan à réaliser après décou - verte d’une adénopathie cervicale est bien codifié. Le PET- scan, dans un premier temps controversé, s’affirme étude après étude comme un élément essentiel. La stratégie de traitement pratiquée dans la plupart des centres consiste en un évidemment cervical suivi de radiothérapie portant sur les muqueuses pharyngées ainsi que sur les relais ganglion - naires cervicaux bilatéraux avec éventuelle association à une chimiothérapie. Celle-ci est ajoutée en fonction de facteurs anatomo-pathologiques de mauvais pronostic, mais elle n’a pas fait la preuve de sa supériorité. De multiples études de phase II aboutissent d’ailleurs à des conclusions opposées. En dehors de données issues d’études randomisées, le traitement aujourd’hui se décide par analogie à ceux qui sont appliqués lorsque le site primitif tumoral est identifié dans la sphère ORL. [less ▲]

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See detailTeriparatide Therapy for Denosumab-Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaw in a Male Osteoporotic Patient.
Neuprez, Audrey; Rompen, Eric ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Calcified tissue international (2014), 95

We report the first case of teriparatide adjuvant role in the management of a denosumab-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw in a male subject with idiopathic osteoporosis. Clinical benefits and CT healing ... [more ▼]

We report the first case of teriparatide adjuvant role in the management of a denosumab-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw in a male subject with idiopathic osteoporosis. Clinical benefits and CT healing were obtained within 2 months of teriparatide initiation and denosumab withdrawal. Increase in bone turnover previously described, when denosumab treatment is removed, might have a synergistic effect to the stimulating effect of teriparatide on bone remodeling to promptly heal osteonecrosis of the jaw. [less ▲]

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See detailPleuresies d'etiologie inattendue: le corps etranger au sein de la cavite pleurale.
Ribera-Jorba, Thaïs; HEINEN, Vincent ULg; Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Revue medicale de Liege (2014), 69(1), 38-45

Following three brief clinical reports, we review the literature concerning a rare cause of exudative pleural effusion: the presence of a foreign body in the pleural cavity. Frequently iatrogenical, this ... [more ▼]

Following three brief clinical reports, we review the literature concerning a rare cause of exudative pleural effusion: the presence of a foreign body in the pleural cavity. Frequently iatrogenical, this rare etiology of pleural effusion must be envisaged when this complication develops after any invasive peri-thoracic surgery and must be included in the differential diagnosis of recurrent pleural effusions. These effusions have a favorable prognosis after withdrawal of the foreign body. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters for direct and maternal calving ease in Walloon dairy cattle based on linear and threshold models
Vanderick, Sylvie ULg; Troch, Thibault ULg; Gillon, Alain et al

in Journal of Animal Breeding & Genetics (2014), in press

Calving ease scores from Holstein dairy cattle in the Walloon Region of Belgium were analysed using univariate linear and threshold animal models. Variance components and derived genetic parameters were ... [more ▼]

Calving ease scores from Holstein dairy cattle in the Walloon Region of Belgium were analysed using univariate linear and threshold animal models. Variance components and derived genetic parameters were estimated from a dataset including 33,155 calving records. Included in the models were season, herd and sex of calf age of dam classes group of calvings interaction as fixed effects, herd year of calving, maternal permanent environment and animal direct and maternal additive genetic as random effects. Models were fitted with the genetic correlation between direct and maternal additive genetic effects either estimated or constrained to zero. Direct heritability for calving ease was about 8% with linear models and about 12% with threshold models. Maternal heritabilities were about 2% and 4%, respectively. Genetic correlation between direct and maternal additive effects was found to be not significantly different from zero. Models were compared in terms of goodness of fit and predictive ability. Criteria of comparison such as mean squared error, correlation between observed and predicted calving ease scores as well as between estimated breeding values were estimated from 85,118 calving records. The results provided few differences between linear and threshold models even though correlations between estimated breeding values from subsets of data for sires with progeny from linear model were 17% and 23 % greater for direct and maternal genetic effects, respectively, than from threshold model. For the purpose of genetic evaluation for calving ease in Walloon Holstein dairy cattle, the linear animal model without covariance between direct and maternal additive effects was found to be the best choice. [less ▲]

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See detailGynecologic and obstetric impact of the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: clues from scrutinizing dermal ultrastructural alterations.
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; PIERARD, Gérald ULg; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg et al

in Gynecology (2014), 2(1),

Background: The Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) represents a heterogenous group of heritable connective tissue disorders chiefly characterized by joint laxity, increased skin distensibility and connective ... [more ▼]

Background: The Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) represents a heterogenous group of heritable connective tissue disorders chiefly characterized by joint laxity, increased skin distensibility and connective tissue fragility. Each EDS type corresponds to a multisystemic disorder with widespread implications. Physicians evoke the EDS diagnosis in presence of some typical cutaneous signs, such as atrophic scars and frequent hematomas. Methods: To revisit the transmission electron microscopy support from skin biopsies when screening EDS in gynecology-obstetrics. Results: EDS women commonly suffer from a series of gynecologic and obstetric disorders. Dermal ultrastructural changes are keynote features suggesting some EDS types. Conclusion: Gene mutations are mostly identified in the classic and vascular EDS types, but only in sporadic cases of the hypermobile EDS type which apparently represents the most frequent type. Dermal ultrastructural changes represent relevant diagnostic clues for the practitioner. Preconception counseling about possible complications is welcome. Management requires precise diagnosis of the EDS type. [less ▲]

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See detailType I error inflation in DIF identification with Mantel-Haenszel: an explanation and a solution
Magis, David ULg; De Boeck, Paul

in Educational & Psychological Measurement (2014), 74

It is known that sum score-based methods for the identification of differential item functioning (DIF), such as the Mantel-Haenszel (MH) approach, can be affected by Type I error inflation in the absence ... [more ▼]

It is known that sum score-based methods for the identification of differential item functioning (DIF), such as the Mantel-Haenszel (MH) approach, can be affected by Type I error inflation in the absence of any DIF effect. This may happen when the items differ in discrimination and when there is item impact. On the other hand, outlier DIF methods have been developed that are robust against this Type I error inflation, while they are still based on the MH DIF statistic. The present paper gives an explanation for why the common MH method is indeed vulnerable to the inflation effect while the outlier DIF versions are not. In a simulation study we were able to produce the Type I error inflation by inducing item impact and item differences in discrimination. At the same time and in parallel with the Type I error inflation the dispersion of the DIF statistic across items was increased. As expected, the outlier DIF methods did not seem sensitive to impact and differences in item discrimination. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic study of 4-nitrophenol photocatalytic degradation over a Zn2+ doped TiO2 catalyst prepared through an environmentally friendly aqueous sol–gel process
Malengreaux, Charline ULg; Pirard, Sophie ULg; Bartlett, John et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2014), 245

A kinetic study of the photocatalytic degradation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) under UV–visible light (330 nm < k < 800 nm) has been performed via a rigorous chemical engineering approach over a Zn2+ doped ... [more ▼]

A kinetic study of the photocatalytic degradation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) under UV–visible light (330 nm < k < 800 nm) has been performed via a rigorous chemical engineering approach over a Zn2+ doped TiO2 catalyst prepared through an environmentally friendly aqueous sol–gel process. The experiments have been performed at three temperatures to enable the global activation energy to be estimated. The influence of the illumination intensity has also been considered. The possibility of internal and external diffusion limitations has been studied and the results obtained demonstrated that there is no diffusional limitation during the photocatalytic degradation of the 4-NP using the selected catalyst. Therefore, the apparent specific reaction rate measured corresponds to the actual reaction rate of the chemical reaction. Parameter adjustments show that the kinetic model that provides the best fit to the experimental data corresponds to a first order reaction. A sequence of elementary steps has been considered and a pseudo-steady state approach based upon the stationary state hypothesis for reaction intermediates has been applied to obtain a kinetic rate expression in agreement with the experimental data. The mean values of the reaction rate constant found at 283 K, 288 K and 293 K are respectively equal to k1 = 0.094 ± 0.003 m3 h- 1 kgcatalyst- 1; k2 = 0.119 ± 0.004 m3 h- 1 kgcatalyst- 1 and k3 = 0.150 ± 0.023 m3 h- 1 kg catalyst-1 and the global activation energy of the degradation reaction was evaluated as 40 kJ mol-1. A phenomenological kinetic mechanism is proposed to describe the reaction at a molecular scale. Finally, statistical validations and residuals analysis have been performed to confirm that the first order model is suitable to represent the 4-NP photocatalytic degradation over time. Such studies are essential to design a reactor for water pollutant degradation on an industrial scale. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced chaos expansions with random coefficients in reduced-dimensional stochastic modeling of coupled problems
Arnst, Maarten ULg; Ghanem, Roger; Phipps, Eric et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2014), 97

We address the curse of dimensionality in methods for solving stochastic coupled problems with an emphasis on stochastic expansion methods such as those involving polynomial chaos expansions. The proposed ... [more ▼]

We address the curse of dimensionality in methods for solving stochastic coupled problems with an emphasis on stochastic expansion methods such as those involving polynomial chaos expansions. The proposed method entails a partitioned iterative solution algorithm that relies on a reduced-dimensional representation of information exchanged between subproblems to allow each subproblem to be solved within its own stochastic dimension while interacting with a reduced projection of the other subproblems. The proposed method extends previous work by the authors by introducing a reduced chaos expansion with random coefficients. The representation of the exchanged information by using this reduced chaos expansion with random coefficients enables an expeditious construction of doubly stochastic polynomial chaos expansions that separate the effect of uncertainty local to a subproblem from the effect of statistically independent uncertainty coming from other subproblems through the coupling. After laying out the theoretical framework, we apply the proposed method to a multiphysics problem from nuclear engineering. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's Magnetotail
Krupp, Norbert; Kronberg, Elena; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg

in AGU Monograph (2014)

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See detailÉLABORATION D’UN PLAN DE FORMATION CONTINUE À PARTIR DE L’APPROCHE PROCESSUS DANS UN SERVICE DE RADIOTHÉRAPIE
LENAERTS, Eric ULg; DELGAUDINE, Marie ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 104-110

Pour garantir l’intégration des évolutions technolo - giques régulières et des changements organisationnels qui en découlent, le Service de Radiothérapie du CHU de Liège, s’est engagé depuis 2007 dans la ... [more ▼]

Pour garantir l’intégration des évolutions technolo - giques régulières et des changements organisationnels qui en découlent, le Service de Radiothérapie du CHU de Liège, s’est engagé depuis 2007 dans la définition et la coordination d’une politique de qualité des soins et de sécurité du patient cohérente et globale. L’équipe dirigeante du service considère la gestion des compétences comme un impératif indispensable afin de pouvoir intégrer rapidement l’utilisation des nouvelles tech - nologies de traitement tout en fournissant de manière continue des soins de haute qualité aux patients. L’approche « proces - sus » consiste à décrire, de façon méthodique, une organisation en processus en vue de contribuer à la satisfaction du patient. Cette approche appliquée dans le service de radiothérapie a permis une meilleure visibilité du fonctionnement du service ainsi qu’une meilleure maîtrise des relations entre les collabo - rateurs et avec les patients. Elle permet de maîtriser la valeur ajoutée de chaque processus, d’identifier les points de risques et d’en anticiper les dérives. Plus précisément, l’approche processus a conduit à préciser les compétences requises pour garantir une haute qualité des soins et à concevoir un plan de formation continue spécifique aux besoins d’un service de radiothérapie. Ce plan a été reconnu au travers de la création d’un certificat universitaire spécifique [less ▲]

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See detailTo settle or to move? The interplay between two classes of cyclic lipopeptides in the biocontrol strain Pseudomonas CMR12a
D’aes, J.; Phuong Kieu, N.; Leclère, V. et al

in Environmental Microbiology (2014), In press

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See detailFast and accurate modelling of longitudinal and repeated measures neuroimaging data.
Guillaume, Bryan ULg; Hua, Xue; Thompson, Paul et al

in NeuroImage (2014), 94

Despite the growing importance of longitudinal data in neuroimaging, the standard analysis methods make restrictive or unrealistic assumptions (e.g., assumption of Compound Symmetry--the state of all ... [more ▼]

Despite the growing importance of longitudinal data in neuroimaging, the standard analysis methods make restrictive or unrealistic assumptions (e.g., assumption of Compound Symmetry--the state of all equal variances and equal correlations--or spatially homogeneous longitudinal correlations). While some new methods have been proposed to more accurately account for such data, these methods are based on iterative algorithms that are slow and failure-prone. In this article, we propose the use of the Sandwich Estimator method which first estimates the parameters of interest with a simple Ordinary Least Square model and second estimates variances/covariances with the "so-called" Sandwich Estimator (SwE) which accounts for the within-subject correlation existing in longitudinal data. Here, we introduce the SwE method in its classic form, and we review and propose several adjustments to improve its behaviour, specifically in small samples. We use intensive Monte Carlo simulations to compare all considered adjustments and isolate the best combination for neuroimaging data. We also compare the SwE method to other popular methods and demonstrate its strengths and weaknesses. Finally, we analyse a highly unbalanced longitudinal dataset from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and demonstrate the flexibility of the SwE method to fit within- and between-subject effects in a single model. Software implementing this SwE method has been made freely available at http://warwick.ac.uk/tenichols/SwE. [less ▲]

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See detailCusp observation at Saturn’s high-latitude magnetosphere by the Cassini spacecraft
Jasinski; Arridge; Lamy et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2014)

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See detailDirect evidence for gray seal (Halichoerus grypus) predation and scavenging on harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena)
Bouveroux, T.; Kiszka, J.; Heithaus, R. et al

in Marine Mammal Science (2014)

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See detailCouvin/Couvin : Trou de l'Abîme
Miller, Rebecca ULg; Cattelain, Pierre; Otte, Marcel ULg et al

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2014), 21

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See detailThe effects of stress on singing voice accuracy
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Morsomme, Dominique ULg

in Journal of Voice (2014), 28(1), 52-58

Objective: The quality of a music performance can be lessened or enhanced if the performer experiences stressful conditions. In addition, the quality of a sung performance requires control of the ... [more ▼]

Objective: The quality of a music performance can be lessened or enhanced if the performer experiences stressful conditions. In addition, the quality of a sung performance requires control of the fundamental frequency of the voice, which is particularly sensitive to stress. The present study aimed to clarify the effects of stress on singing voice accuracy. Methods: Thirty-one music students were recorded in a stressful condition (i.e., a music examination) and a non-stressful condition. Two groups were defined according to the challenge level of the music examination (first and second music levels). Measurements were made by self-reported state anxiety (CSAI-2R questionnaire) and by observing heart rate activity (electrocardiogram) during each performance. In addition, the vocal accuracy of the sung performances was objectively analyzed. Results: As expected, state anxiety and heart rate were significantly higher on the day of the music examination than in the non-stressful condition for all the music students. However, the effect of stress was positive for the first-year students but negative for the second-year students, for whom the music examination was particularly challenging. In addition, highly significant correlations were found between the intensity of cognitive symptoms and the vocal accuracy criteria. Discussion: This study highlights the contrasting effects of stress on singing voice accuracy but also the need to consider the challenge level and perception of the symptoms in experimental and pedagogical settings. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-scale optimal interpolation: application to DINEOF analysis spiced with a local optimal interpolation
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg; Tomazic, Igor ULg et al

in Ocean Science Discussions (2014), 11

We present a method in which the optimal interpolation of multi-scale processes can be untangled into a succession of simpler interpolations. First, we prove how the optimal analysis of a superposition of ... [more ▼]

We present a method in which the optimal interpolation of multi-scale processes can be untangled into a succession of simpler interpolations. First, we prove how the optimal analysis of a superposition of two processes can be obtained by different mathematical formulations involving iterations and analysis focusing on a single process. From the 5 different mathematical equivalent formulations we then select the most efficient ones by analyzing the behavior of the different possibilities in a simple and well controlled test case. The clear guidelines deduced from this experiment are then applied in a real situation in which we combine large-scale analysis of hourly SEVIRI satellite images using DINEOF with a local optimal interpolation using a Gaussian covariance. It is 10 shown that the optimal combination indeed provides the best reconstruction and can therefore be exploited to extract the maximum amount of useful information from the original data [less ▲]

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