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See detailRole of the progesterone receptor in the development of sexual behavior in female mice
Desroziers, Elodie ULg; Brock, Olivier; Baum, M.J. et al

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See detailConformational properties of helical foldamers under force
Willet, Nicolas ULg; Hinterdorfer, Peter; Lecommandoux, Sébastien et al

Conference (2015, February)

The aim of this study is to investigate the mechanochemical behavior of foldamers able to change their conformation is a stimuli-responsive way. Peptidic secondary structures were studied in detail by ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to investigate the mechanochemical behavior of foldamers able to change their conformation is a stimuli-responsive way. Peptidic secondary structures were studied in detail by atomic force microscopy (AFM) at the single-molecule level. Synthetic copolymers containing a polypeptide block were prepared by N-carboxyanhydride amino acid ring-opening polymerization. The polymer chains were grafted onto gold surfaces and their mechanochemical behavior was then studied by AFM single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS). The investigated polypeptide blocks were based on polyglutamate, which undergoes transitions from alpha-helix to random coil. This can be induced by external stimuli (pH, ionic strength, temperature) or simply by applying a force. The mechanically driven unfolding of the helical foldamer was characterized in detail. Stretching the folded peptide resulted in original features in the force-distance traces. Plateaus that are specific for the helical conformation were detected, quantified and discussed. Pulling-relaxing SMFS experiments were performed and led to a better understanding of the mechanically induced unfolding of an alpha-helix as a reversible phenomenon. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental demonstration of a 3D-printed nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Grappasonni, Chiara ULg; Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Detroux, Thibaut ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIII (2015, February)

Engineering structures are designed to be lighter and more flexible, hence reducing the extent of application of linear dynamic models. Concurrently, vibration mitigation is required for enhancing the ... [more ▼]

Engineering structures are designed to be lighter and more flexible, hence reducing the extent of application of linear dynamic models. Concurrently, vibration mitigation is required for enhancing the performance, comfort or safety in real-life applications. Passive linear vibration absorbers are purpose-built, often designed using Den Hartog's equal-peak strategy. However, nonlinear systems are known to exhibit frequency-energy-dependent oscillations which linear absorbers cannot effectively damp out. In this context, the paper introduces a new nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) whose nonlinear functional form is tailored according to the frequency-energy dependence of the nonlinear primary structure. The NLTVA design aims at ensuring equal peaks in the nonlinear receptance function for an as large as possible range of forcing amplitudes, hence generalizing Den Hartog's method to nonlinear systems. Our focus in this study is on experimental demonstration of the NLTVA performance using a primary structure consisting of a cantilever beam with a geometrically nonlinear component at its free end. The absorber is implemented using a doubly-clamped beam fabricated thanks to 3D printing. The NLTVA performance is also compared with that of the classical linear tuned vibration absorber. [less ▲]

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See detailRobust impact design of steel and composite building structures
Hoffman, Nadine; Kuhlmann, Ulrike; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg et al

in Proceeding of the IABSE Workshop - Safety, Robustness and Condition Assessments of Structures (2015, February)

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See detailDépasser la situation : de la situation-limite à la personnalité borderline. Généalogie, critique et clinique d’un concept sartrien
Cormann, Grégory ULg; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, January 31)

Nous souhaitons interroger ici le concept sartrien de situation à partir d’une double approche historique et psychopathologique qui semble en diagnostiquer la disparition tout aussi bien conceptuelle ... [more ▼]

Nous souhaitons interroger ici le concept sartrien de situation à partir d’une double approche historique et psychopathologique qui semble en diagnostiquer la disparition tout aussi bien conceptuelle qu’existentielle : la notion de situation, organisatrice de l’ontologie phénoménologique de Sartre et pivot de son engagement, semble s’être aujourd’hui désintégrée en tant que concept (voir ses usages pseudo-conceptuels dans les domaines de la pédagogie et du management), alors que ce qu’on appelle la « condition postmoderne », telle qu’elle s’exprime dans de nouvelles symptomatologies psychopathologiques, rend apparemment caduque, face à la fragmentation des repères de l’existence, l’exigence de penser en/la situation. Nous procèderons en trois temps. Nous ferons d’abord la généalogie du concept, dont l’application à la psyché humaine et à la représentation théâtrale de celle-ci remonte, selon Leo Spitzer, à la fin du 17ème siècle. Dans cette première section, nous insisterons en particulier sur le rapport que l’élaboration du concept de situation entretient, au début du 20ème siècle, avec l’émergence de la psychopathologie notamment chez Jaspers (« situation-limite ») et chez Minkowski (nous rappellerons à cet égard le rôle de Gabriel Marcel dans le champ philosophique français de l’entre-deux-guerres). Nous serons également attentifs à la critique méthodologique que le concept de situation permet d’adresser à la métapsychologie freudienne. Sur cette base, nous reprendrons ensuite les principales étapes chez Sartre de la prise en considération de l’homme en situation et des possibilités de dépassement de cette situation. Nous envisagerons successivement l’Esquisse d’une théorie des émotions, « Questions de méthode » et L’Idiot de la famille. Il conviendra certes de rappeler comment l’existentialisme, comme le situationnisme à sa façon, a cherché, dans le sillage du marxisme, à réaliser la philosophie et du coup à transformer le concept en vécu. Mais nous montrerons aussi, à rebours, comment l’œuvre sartrienne, confrontée aux exigences conjointes du marxisme et de la psychanalyse (cf. l’analyse des pressions familiales dans le Flaubert), a dû dépasser le cadre de la magie émotionnelle au sein duquel la notion de situation s’était d’abord élaborée. Au-delà de la « situation sartrienne » – et peut-être en la prolongeant –, la critique de Deleuze des dispositifs nous servira enfin, dans un troisième temps, de point de bascule vers la condition postmoderne et la fragmentation de la situation en tant que repère d’existence. Le sujet borderline – véritable éclat de la postmodernité – nous permettra ainsi de conclure en reprenant le propos psychopathologique maturé par l’évolution conceptuelle de la situation. Nous caractériserons l’existence borderline par une fragmentation du soi corrélée à une explosion, voire à un morcellement, des espaces de vie qui répondent à la nécessité ontologique d’une « ubiquité instantanée » dénuée de présence corporelle (comme le permettent les espaces virtuels « connectés »). [less ▲]

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See detailHDAC5 Depletion in Cancer Cells Induces an Oxidative Stress and Leads to a Metabolic Reprogramming toward Glucose and Glutamine Metabolism
Hendrick, Elodie ULg; Peixoto, Paul ULg; Polese, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 31)

Histone deacetylases (HDAC) is a family of eighteen enzymes, which modulates the acetylation level of histones and non-histone proteins to regulate gene expression and chromatin structure. Broad-spectrum ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDAC) is a family of eighteen enzymes, which modulates the acetylation level of histones and non-histone proteins to regulate gene expression and chromatin structure. Broad-spectrum inhibitors of these enzymes such as SAHA can inhibit tumor growth both in vitro and in vivo and are currently used as anti-cancer agents in clinic. For many years, we are investigating the specific role of individual HDAC members in cancer biology and we have recently demonstrated that specific depletion of HDAC5 using siRNA technology reduced cancer cells proliferation and survival1 The goal of this study is to further understand the molecular mechanisms of action of HDAC5 in cancer cells. Screening transcriptomic study demonstrated that HDAC5 depletion induces a down-regulation of subunits of the complex I of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (NDUFB5-NDUFA3) as well as anti-oxydant proteins (Ferritin, Metalothionein,¿) through modulation of mRNA stability. Therefore, HDAC5 depletion causes a significant increase of ROS production inducing both apoptosis and mechanisms of mitochondria quality control (mitophagy and mitobiogenesis). This HDAC5 depletion-induced mitochondrial dysfunction provokes metabolic adaptation associated with increased importance of glucose and glutamine. Indeed, interference with both glucose and glutamine supply in HDAC5-depleted cancer cells significantly increases apoptotic cell death suggesting that glucose or glutamine deprivation might be combined to HDAC5 inhibition as a therapeutic strategy to kill cancer cells. Our study demonstrated for the first time that specific HDAC5 inhibition induces metabolic reprogramming and provides insight into a valuable experimental strategy for manipulation of specific HDAC5 inhibition and glucose metabolism in therapy against cancer. 1.Peixoto, P. et al. HDAC5 is required for maintenance of pericentric heterochromatin, and controls cell-cycle progression and survival of human cancer cells. Cell death and differentiation, 2012; 1-14. Presenting author e-mail: elodie.hendrick@student.ulg.ac.be [less ▲]

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See detailActivités physiques, représentations et femmes
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, January 31)

Il est admis internationalement que les filles et les femmes représentent un public à risque en matière de sédentarité. Cette conférence interactive vise à répondre à trois questions: (1) L’activité ... [more ▼]

Il est admis internationalement que les filles et les femmes représentent un public à risque en matière de sédentarité. Cette conférence interactive vise à répondre à trois questions: (1) L’activité physique, qu’est-ce que c’est? (2) A quoi ça sert? (3) Qu’est-ce qu’il faut faire, finalement? Au-delà de la volonté de faire vivre aux participants une expérience originale, les objectifs finaux de l'intervention consistent à permettre une prise de conscience et à proposer des pistes d’action. [less ▲]

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See detailMyoferlin Regulates Endosomal Trafficking and Tunes Cancer Cell Metabolism
Blomme, Arnaud; Costanza, Brunella; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 31)

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See detailBiochemical methane potential of residues of three banana varieties from Cameroon : fresh and dry peduncles
Awedem wobiwo, Florent; Happi Emaga, Thomas; Fokou, Elie et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

In Cameroon , the ratio of energy cost to standard of living for both electric and fuel energy is higher than in USA and EU. The local energy needs could be met by valorizing local wastes in an ... [more ▼]

In Cameroon , the ratio of energy cost to standard of living for both electric and fuel energy is higher than in USA and EU. The local energy needs could be met by valorizing local wastes in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. Banana and plantain plants produce significant quantities of post-harvest biomass wastes such as bulbs, pseudo stems, leaf sheaths, petioles–midribs, leaf blades, peduncles, rachis and blossoms which can be converted to methane-rich biogas by anaerobic digestion (AD). AD is a natural process of degradation of organic materials. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of cover crop management on sugar beet production
Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

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See detailAzacytidine augments regulatory T cells and prevents experimental xenogeneic graft-versus-host disease.
Ehx, Grégory ULg

Conference (2015, January 30)

The demethylating agent 5-azacytidine (AZA) has proven its efficiency in myeloid malignancies treatment. Recently, several studies have shown that AZA also presents an immunomodulatory activity, mainly ... [more ▼]

The demethylating agent 5-azacytidine (AZA) has proven its efficiency in myeloid malignancies treatment. Recently, several studies have shown that AZA also presents an immunomodulatory activity, mainly through the induction of regulatory T cells (Treg) differentiation from conventional T cells. Treg promotion is a promising treatment option for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. In this way, AZA has been shown to reduce GVHD in mouse-to-mouse transplantation models. However, the impact of AZA on human GVHD remains elusive as well as its effects on human Treg and on the other T cell subsets in vivo. Here we report AZA impact on GVHD in a xeno-transplantation model of the disease and describe the overall effects of the drug on human T cells in vivo. When administered to NSG mice receiving 2.107 human PBMC intravenously, AZA successfully ameliorated both survival (p < 0.001) and GVHD score. Flow cytometry analyses showed that this improvement may be mediated through an anti-proliferative effect of AZA on human T cells while these cells presented an increased activation state. We also observed a significant decrease of Th1 and 2 differentiation, assessed by RT-qPCR and cytokines secretion assays, and a reduced production of granzyme B and perforin 1 by cytotoxic T cells. As expected, AZA dramatically augmented Treg frequency while we could also observe a promotion of their IL-2 mediated proliferation over conventional T cells. Interestingly, Th17 frequency was not affected by AZA, therefore increasing the balance Treg/Th17. Finally our data suggest that AZA-induced Treg may have an improved suppressive activity and present long-term stability in vivo. Altogether our findings suggest that AZA may be a promising treatment option for GVHD in the clinical setting. [less ▲]

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See detailElicitation of the defence mechanisms at plant case of Cucumis melo
Ydjedd, Siham; Kati, D.E.; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

The judicious use of elicitors could reduce the amount of pesticide necessary to protect crops and preservation of the environment. This strategy frequently called "stimulation of natural defenses ... [more ▼]

The judicious use of elicitors could reduce the amount of pesticide necessary to protect crops and preservation of the environment. This strategy frequently called "stimulation of natural defenses" arouses more and more interest in the phytosanitary field. [less ▲]

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See detailNitrous oxide flux measurement with a closed chamber system : data treatment
Regaert, Donat ULg; Moureaux, Christine ULg; Heinesch, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Nitrous oxide flux estimation from concentration measurements with a closed chamber system. Statistical data treatment to sort between relevant/irrelevant fluxes.

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See detailLinking bees and flowers: mutualistic interaction networks to study ecosystem functioning
Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

In recent years, much attention is going to pollinators, as they are important for the increasing food production while being threatened by agricultural intensification and other environmental drivers ... [more ▼]

In recent years, much attention is going to pollinators, as they are important for the increasing food production while being threatened by agricultural intensification and other environmental drivers. While honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) are generalist according to their flower preferences, wild pollinators’ flower preferences can go from generalist to very specialist. The same goes for plant species, which can be generalist or specialist in the pollinator species they need to get pollinated. The combination of a set of generalist and specialist plant species with a pollinator community consisting of generalists and specialists in a certain habitat, results in an interaction network between pollinators and the visited plant flowers. Studying this mutualistic interaction network is a time-consuming method, but can provide valuable data to calculate indicators of ecosystem functioning. One of the important conclusions that came already out of studies applying this method is that pollination systems are often more generalized than thought based on pollination syndromes. This poster will explore the method of studying mutualistic interaction networks with a focus on the sampling protocol, the indicators that can be derived from the data and their meaning. [less ▲]

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See detailAzacytidine prevents experimental sclerodermic chronic graft-versus-host disease
Fransolet, Gilles ULg; Ehx, Grégory ULg; SOMJA, Joan ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Introduction: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains one major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Following unmanipulated peripheral-blood stem cell ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains one major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Following unmanipulated peripheral-blood stem cell transplantation, 60% of the patients experience chronic GVHD while approximately 15% of them develop a sclerodermic form of chronic GVHD characterized by multiple organ fibrosis and loss of skin elasticity. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a pivotal role in the pathology of chronic GVHD by inhibiting alloreactive conventional T cells. Several studies have shown the hypomethylating agent Azacytidine (Aza) can demethylate the master transcription factor of Treg (Forkhead box protein 3 factor, FoxP3), thus promoting Treg differentiation of conventional T cells. This work investigates the impact of Aza in a classical murine model of sclerodermic chronic GVHD (B10.D2  BALB/cJ). Methods: Lethally irradiated BALB/cJ recipient mice were injected with 107 bone marrow cells + 7.107splenocytes from B10.D2 donor mice. Recipients were treated with subcutaneous injections of Aza at the dose of 0,5 or 2 mg/kg every two days from day 10 to 30 following transplantation. Mice GVHD was evaluated with five criteria (weight loss, activity, fibrosis, hair loss and mice posture; 0-1-2 points/criteria). Mice were sacrificed at a score of 8/10 (or > 20% weight loss). Results: Mice treated with Aza 0.5 mg/kg (n = 14) or 2 mg/kg (n = 17) had significant lower clinical scores compared to control ones (n = 15) after treatment. FACS analysis showed a higher proportion of Treg among CD4+ T cells in the blood of Aza 2 mg/kg mice than in control mice (P = 0.047), as well as a higher percentage of Tregs expressing the KI67 proliferative marker on the same day (P = 0.0005). Finally, analyses of the cellular blood components with Cell-dyn demonstrated that Aza 2 mg/kg treated mice were significantly lymphopenic as compared to control mice (P = 0.05). Conclusion : Aza prevented sclerodermic GVHD in this classical murine model of chronic GVHD. [less ▲]

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See detailUtility of removing cholesterol from an industrial by-product- Buttermilk powder
Malik, Priyanka ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Paul, Aman ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Almost 16% of milk produced in European Union is being converted to butter. Buttermilk, is a low cost by-product from butter manufacture and available in large quantities but has been considered ... [more ▼]

Almost 16% of milk produced in European Union is being converted to butter. Buttermilk, is a low cost by-product from butter manufacture and available in large quantities but has been considered invaluable for many years. When cream is churned to butter the stable oil in water emulsion is destabilized and milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) is disrupted which is released in buttermilk. Thus, over the last two decades it has gained considerable attention due to its specific composition (proteins and polar lipids) attributed towards the MFGM. In account to this composition of buttermilk powder, it finds application in food industry as a natural stabilizing and emulsifying agent. It also finds application as a source of total solids and is commercially being added upto 10% in many food products. However, it has limitation in such applications due to the presence of cholesterol (approx. 80mg/100g). Cholesterol is also an integral part of MFGM and is released into buttermilk with MFGM. The most suitable techniques to remove cholesterol from buttermilk powder are using β-cyclodextrin and cholesterol oxidase enzyme. To valorize this abundantly produced industrial by-product of butter industry and increase its application in health food industry, as well as extend its application in pharmaceutical industry and preparation of liposomes, it is important to remove cholesterol from buttermilk. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation et gamification - Transformer un quiz de chimie en un mini-jeu
le Maire, Nathalie ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Colaux, Catherine ULg et al

Conference (2015, January 30)

Le recours à des questionnaires à choix multiples pour l’évaluation des étudiants est une pratique courante à l’université. Cette communication décrit et analyse une expérimentation contrôlée visant à ... [more ▼]

Le recours à des questionnaires à choix multiples pour l’évaluation des étudiants est une pratique courante à l’université. Cette communication décrit et analyse une expérimentation contrôlée visant à explorer les effets de la présentation d’un QCM formatif sous la forme d’un jeu. L’étude s’inscrit ainsi dans les recherches actuelles sur les avantages et les limites pédagogiques de la « gamification », à savoir la transposition des principes issus de l’univers du jeu au domaine de l’éducation (Johnson, Adams Becker, Estrada, & Freeman, 2014). La présente recherche est effectuée dans le cadre d’un doctorat dédié spécifiquement à la gamification d’évaluations formatives. L’étude repose sur la mise à disposition de plusieurs versions d’un quiz portant sur un chapitre d’un cours de chimie générale en première année d’université. Le dispositif expérimental prévoit un enrichissement graduel de la gamification selon quatre prototypes conçus après identification et extraction de schèmes visant à stimuler et maintenir la motivation et la performance dans des jeux actuels et populaires tels que Candy Crush, Angry Birds ou Hay Day. Située à l’entrée du doctorat, cette étude vise, outre la collecte de données quant à l’utilisabilité du mini-jeu proposé, à mettre en lumière ses effets sur l’état de flow dans le contexte des edugames et contribuera à la validation de la traduction française de l’échelle d’EGameFlow (Fu, Su, & Yu, 2009). [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of durability and the physico-mechanical properties of thermally modified wood
Ninane, Maxime; Jourez, Benoît ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

Heat-treated wood is a credible alternative for certain kinds of tropical timber. It is also an alternative for certain polluting wood preservatives. This study aims to determine the changes in physico ... [more ▼]

Heat-treated wood is a credible alternative for certain kinds of tropical timber. It is also an alternative for certain polluting wood preservatives. This study aims to determine the changes in physico-mechanical properties and durability of wood that is subjected to heat treatment. For this, we studied five species (oak, ash, natural beech and a variant known as steamed beech, poplar, Douglas-fir). For each species, we had fifteen reference samples and fifteen corresponding treated samples. The results show a decrease in the hygroscopicity and an increase in dimensional stability of heat-treated wood in relation to the degradation of hemicelluloses. The mechanical properties are influence variously, because heat-treated wood is stiffer but also more brittle. The modulus of elasticity increases slightly after treatment. Side hardness and compressive fracture of heat-treated wood may increase up to 30%. On the other hand, the modulus of rupture, the ability to slit and impact may decrease by 50%, 60% and 70%. The durability of heat-treated wood against wood-destroying fungi increases. However, within each species, the durability increase varies greatly. Additional tests conducted to understand this variability, suggests that the heat distribution is not homogeneous within the processing unit. Moreover, our work suggests that durability is related to the fixed carbon content and that this path would be interesting to explore in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions of natural rhamnolpids produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa with plant model membranes
Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

It is well known that chemical pesticides have harmful effects on human health and environment. In this context, the interest for alternative products such as biopesticides is increasing. Among them ... [more ▼]

It is well known that chemical pesticides have harmful effects on human health and environment. In this context, the interest for alternative products such as biopesticides is increasing. Among them, elicitors act on the plants by inducing systemic resistance against diseases caused by fungal, viral, bacterial agents and insects. Rhamnolipids are surface active molecules produced mainly by various strains of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These secondary metabolites are composed of one to three fatty acids with various chain lengths linked through a glycosidic bond to one or two rhamnose moieties. The fatty acids are linked together through an ester bond. These molecules have shown several biological activities including plant defense stimulation. It has been suggested that this elicitor activity could be related to an interaction of rhamnolipids with the lipid bilayer of the plant plasma membrane (PPM) and lead to its destabilization, which can activate the plant defense signaling pathways. In this context, interactions of two rhamnolipids (Rha-C10-C10 and Rha-Rha-C10-C10) with biomimetic membranes of PPM such as Langmuir monolayers and multilayers were investigated using biophysical and in silico approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailLangmuir film balance- A technique to study the interaction of β-cyclodextrin with cholesterol in milk fat globule membrane monolayers
Malik, Priyanka ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Paul, Aman ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Milk is a natural complex system present as oil in water emulsion. The natural organisation of milk fat globules is stabilized by the presence of a natural membrane, called the milk fat globule membrane ... [more ▼]

Milk is a natural complex system present as oil in water emulsion. The natural organisation of milk fat globules is stabilized by the presence of a natural membrane, called the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM). It has tripartite structure consisting of a monolayer facing the inner triacylglycerol core and an external bilayer. This MFGM accounts for 2-6% of fat globule. The MFGM is composed of both polar lipids and proteins. Cholesterol is also present in MFGM and accounts for about 2% of MFGM. Langmuir film balance is a technique to study monolayers and is a useful tool to examine the effect of cholesterol removal on surface properties of MFGM. β-cyclodextrin has no surface activity of its own and is thus a useful tool to study the effect of cholesterol desorption on surface properties in membrane. The removal of monolayer cholesterol to the sub-phase is proportional to the area decrease of the monolayer at a constant surface pressure. Amount of cholesterol removed can also be calculated as a function of mean molecular area at a given pressure, time and temperature. Using the monolayer technique, it is possible to study the interactions between β-cyclodextrin and MFGM film as well as effect of cholesterol removal in altering the surface properties MFGM. [less ▲]

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See detailWildflower strips for crop protection: What do we know ? What should we know ?
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Wildflower strips (WFS) are known to support the conservation of a large diversity of insects and thus natural enemies (i.e. predators and parasitoids) that can control pests. However, the conclusions of ... [more ▼]

Wildflower strips (WFS) are known to support the conservation of a large diversity of insects and thus natural enemies (i.e. predators and parasitoids) that can control pests. However, the conclusions of studies looking at the efficiency of WFS to control pests are not unanimous. Indeed, the enhancement of pest control seems to depend on (1) the ability of flowers to attract the natural enemies at the right moment and (2) the capacity of natural enemies to migrate into the adjacent crops to attack pests. Therefore, constituting appropriate flower mixes may be an essential lever to enhance the efficiency of pest control. In this context, using functional diversity is promising. To our knowledge, few studies have tested the impact of the functional diversity of a flower mix on insect abundance and diversity and the control of pests. Through this contribution, the insect diversity and abundance found to be associated with the different kinds of WFS and management applied will be discussed, as well as the further research needed. [less ▲]

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See detailLessons from the field: Negotiating Transnational Gender, Class and Race Positions as a Researcher Working on Andean Domestic Workers in Brussels
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg

Conference (2015, January 30)

This paper shows the links between migrant transnationalism and the methodological debates concerning the researcher’s positionality and self-reflexivity, which have not been systematically considered in ... [more ▼]

This paper shows the links between migrant transnationalism and the methodological debates concerning the researcher’s positionality and self-reflexivity, which have not been systematically considered in transnational studies. Drawing from my experiences as a transnational female migrant conducting fieldwork among Andean domestic workers in the city of Brussels; I intent to contribute to the conceptualization of positionality by reflecting on the effect of the researcher’s transnational gender, class and race positions in qualitative migration research. Firstly, I address the conflicts that arose from my positioning as an “insider” that initially granted me a social proximity with my participants but later raised awareness on the existent social boundaries between us and temporarily blocked my access to the field. Secondly, I will highlight the methodological strategies through, which I worked around the existent boundaries of power relations and eventually gained access to the field, meaning: A- Constantly, engaging in self-reflexivity and questioning my “insider/outsider positioning, B- Consciously and unconsciously negotiating my class, gender and race positioning’s in order to re-draw the boundaries in the relationship between the participants and the researcher, C- Relying on my experiences as a transnational migrant in order to grasp the meaning of their practices, which guided me to avoid my spontaneous interpretations and reconsider those that my participants gave me . Finally, I will argue that both mobilizing one’s personal background and negotiating our intersecting transnational positionalities during fieldwork constitute valuable methodological resources that might lead us to do research that is produced through more symmetrical relations. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating the Effects of Plant Root Exudates on PAHs Bioavailability to Soil Microorganisms in Contaminated Brownfields : Research Methodology.
Davin, Marie ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

As a result of heavy industrial past activities, an estimated 6,000 brownfields require remediation in Wallonia. This number rises to over 3.5 million in Europe. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs ... [more ▼]

As a result of heavy industrial past activities, an estimated 6,000 brownfields require remediation in Wallonia. This number rises to over 3.5 million in Europe. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) represent 17% of treated pollutants in Wallonia (Aldric et al., 2011). Current remediation techniques are rather expensive and technically demanding (Megharaj et al., 2011). Based on the observation that PAHs soil content decreases in the presence of plants (Cheema et al., 2010), the PhD aims at developing alternative PAHs remediation techniques in brownfields. It is articulated around three research axes. The first axis focusses on plant exudates and how they may improve PAHs bioavailability to soil microorganisms and enhance their degradation. This will be investigated by (i) characterizing several contaminated soils (physico-chemical parameters) and PAH content and factors of bioavailability, (ii) selecting a plant model and collecting root exudates, and (iii) evaluating the effects of exudates on PAHs bioavailability. The objective of the second axis is to evaluate the effects of plant exudates on PAHs degrading microorganisms by (i) comparing PAHs biodegradation in the presence/absence of exudates and (ii) assessing the potential toxic effects of exudate compounds on the microbial communities. The aim of the third axis is to study plant-pollutants interactions by (i) establishing the plant tolerance to several contamination levels and (ii) following PAHs bioavailability when facing real exudation rates, on the field. [less ▲]

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See detailGrille de correction: déclinaisons de la perception et des réalisations
Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg; Defaweux, Valérie ULg et al

Conference (2015, January 29)

Un outil disponible on-line pour la correction des questions ouvertes à réponse courte ou longue (QROC et QROL) est utilisé depuis plusieurs années au sein de l’ULg. Les copies réponse des étudiants sont ... [more ▼]

Un outil disponible on-line pour la correction des questions ouvertes à réponse courte ou longue (QROC et QROL) est utilisé depuis plusieurs années au sein de l’ULg. Les copies réponse des étudiants sont scannées et corrigées sur un écran d’ordinateur. L’enseignant fournit l’énoncé de la question et une grille de correction suivant un canevas prédéfini. La correction évalue une série de critères regroupés par 4 à l’écran. Chaque critère défini est évalué au moyen d’une échelle horizontale allant de 0 à 100% suivant que le critère n’est pas rencontré (0%) ou qu’il est totalement développé (100%) par l’étudiant. L’enseignant peut graduer cette échelle en y indiquant des repères (indices). La pondération des différents critères est définie à priori ou à posteriori. Sur cette base de travail commune, nous analysons la façon dont cette grille est utilisée pour corriger des questions relatives à des matières médicales différentes enseignées par différents professeurs : histologie, anatomie, physiologie et anatomopathologie. L’analyse fait ressortir que malgré un canevas commun, les modalités de correction sont variables ce qui témoigne de la différence existant entre les matières, les compétences évaluées et, probablement, la sensibilité des enseignants. A l’inverse, ceci démontre la souplesse de l’outil adaptable à des types d’évaluations différents. [less ▲]

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See detailFéminiser la voix
Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Remacle, Angélique ULg

Conference (2015, January 29)

Parlée ou chantée, notre voix révèle qui nous sommes. Elle participe à notre identité et véhicule nos émotions (ref. Revis. J). Dans cet exposé, nous présenterons la voix du point de vue du genre. En ... [more ▼]

Parlée ou chantée, notre voix révèle qui nous sommes. Elle participe à notre identité et véhicule nos émotions (ref. Revis. J). Dans cet exposé, nous présenterons la voix du point de vue du genre. En effet, l’Unité Logopédie de la Voix (www.logopedie-voix.be) s’intéresse entre autres à la féminisation vocale chez les personnes transidentitaires, en processus de changement de genre. Ces personnes ne s’identifiant pas au sexe et au genre qui leur ont été attribués à la naissance, elles éprouvent un désir profond de vivre comme une personne du sexe opposé à leur sexe biologique. Lors du processus de transition où ont lieu les transformations nécessaires au changement de genre, la logopédie a pour but d’améliorer la cohérence entre l’apparence de la personne et sa voix. Ainsi, notre recherche se focalise sur ce qui distingue la voix féminine de la voix masculine. Nous visons à développer des stratégies de féminisation vocale, portant sur des paramètres tels que la fréquence fondamentale de la voix (grave ou aigüe), les contours intonatifs, le niveau d’amplitude de certains formants, le débit de parole, son rythme, ou encore le vocabulaire choisi. Féminiser une voix, c’est chercher à comprendre ce qui permet d’en identifier le genre, mais également participer à la construction de l’identité de la personne à part entière. [less ▲]

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See detailCompétences complexes en Anatomie : évaluation par QCM
Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Ernst, Denise ULg; Defaweux, Valérie ULg

Conference (2015, January 29)

L’apprentissage de l’Anatomie débute en faculté de Médecine par un cours d’introduction dispensé à toutes les premières années de baccalauréat de la faculté: Médecins, Kinésithérapeutes, Sciences de la ... [more ▼]

L’apprentissage de l’Anatomie débute en faculté de Médecine par un cours d’introduction dispensé à toutes les premières années de baccalauréat de la faculté: Médecins, Kinésithérapeutes, Sciences de la Motricité, Dentistes, Pharmaciens et Sciences Biomédicales. Outre les objectifs d’apprentissage spécifiques anatomiques, le dispositif d’enseignement vise à atteindre des objectifs transversaux : sens de l’observation, capacité de description, vision dans l’espace. Ces capacités sont entraînées au travers d’un apprentissage mixte (présentiel et on-line), tant pour les aspects théoriques que pratiques, faisant appel à la réalisation de schémas et à l’analyse d’images et de vidéos. Les cohortes d’étudiants sont importantes (1500 étudiants) ce qui rend obligatoire le recours à des moyens d’évaluation automatisés : Questions à Choix Multiples et feuille de réponse à lecture optique. Dans ce contexte, nous avons développé des énoncés de question à choix multiples basés soit sur des notions théoriques, soit sur l’analyse de schémas simples soit sur des exercices à résoudre. Afin de parfaire l’alignement pédagogique, des vidéos explicatives portant sur la résolution d’exercices type sont disponibles sur le cours on-line. Un sondage réalisé auprès des étudiants et une analyse de l’utilisation des outils du cours confirment la cohérence du dispositif. Les résultats globaux peuvent être ventilés en 3 cotes suivant le type de questions utilisées : théorie, analyse, exercice. Cette information renseigne l’étudiant sur le niveau et le type de compétences acquises et devrait permettre de construire des évaluations mieux adaptées à la finalité différente des 6 sections concernées par une pondération variable des types de question. [less ▲]

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See detailPistes de réflexion et propositions d'outils pour optimaliser l'évaluation des tâches complexes en langues modernes et tendre vers plus d'équité
Simons, Germain ULg; Pagnoul, Pierre ULg

Conference (2015, January 28)

Dans cette communication, nous présentons une analyse critique du document "Familles de tâches en langues modernes" de la FWB et ouvrons différentes pistes pour optimiser cet outil. Par ailleurs, nous ... [more ▼]

Dans cette communication, nous présentons une analyse critique du document "Familles de tâches en langues modernes" de la FWB et ouvrons différentes pistes pour optimiser cet outil. Par ailleurs, nous proposons un dispositif d'observation/évaluation dans lequel les élèves sont amenés à s'approprier les critères de qualité d'une tâche complexe en interaction orale. [less ▲]

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Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

Conference (2015, January 28)

The communication (Keynote conference) give a comprehensive overview of how contexts have been taken into account in large-scale international assessments of achievement. The following topics are ... [more ▼]

The communication (Keynote conference) give a comprehensive overview of how contexts have been taken into account in large-scale international assessments of achievement. The following topics are investigated: 1) the growing importance of contextual questionnaires in PISA 2) the response-style biases and how they can jeopardize validity and comparability of measures (especially of self-reported non-cognitive outcomes measured by Likert scales) 3) the frame-of-reference (group) effects (BFLPE) and their differential impact depending on the structure of education systems. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing shear strain localisation to model the fracturing around gallery in unsaturated Callovo-Oxfordian claystone
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in Chau, Kam Tim; Zhao, Jidong (Eds.) Bifurcation and Degradation of Geomaterials in the New Millennium (2015, January 28)

Galleries drilling leads to damage propagation, fracturing and properties modifications in the surrounding medium. The prediction of the damaged zone behaviour is an important matter and needs to be ... [more ▼]

Galleries drilling leads to damage propagation, fracturing and properties modifications in the surrounding medium. The prediction of the damaged zone behaviour is an important matter and needs to be properly assessed. To do so the fractures can be modelled using shear strain localisation. The coupled local second gradient model is used under unsaturated conditions to correctly model the strain localisation behaviour. The permeability evolution and the rock desaturation due to air ventilation in galleries are considered. Finally, a hydro-mechanical modelling of a gallery excavation in Callovo-Oxfordian claystone is performed leading to a fairly good representation of the damaged zone. [less ▲]

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See detailL’évaluation entre pairs dans des travaux de groupes : Impacts sur la motivation et sur la perception des étudiants
Colaux, Catherine ULg

Conference (2015, January 28)

La faculté de Gembloux Agro Bio Tech qui forme principalement des bioingénieurs propose à ses étudiants de première année un nouveau cours intitulé « Question d’actualité en environnement ; projet ». Ce ... [more ▼]

La faculté de Gembloux Agro Bio Tech qui forme principalement des bioingénieurs propose à ses étudiants de première année un nouveau cours intitulé « Question d’actualité en environnement ; projet ». Ce cours qui se veut avant tout être un cours d’intéressement se construit autour du questionnement des étudiants sur une thématique fixée, par le prisme de leurs matières enseignées en première année. Habitués aux cours ex-cathedra organisés dans de grands amphithéâtres, les 300 étudiants de première année se retrouvent répartis en groupes de 6 étudiants et doivent réaliser les travaux associés à ce cours en utilisant deux outils de collaboration asynchrones à savoir Diigo et un wiki. La construction de ce cours leur laisse une grande liberté d’organisation. Seules 8h de présentiel sont placées à l’horaire. Les étudiants doivent donc s’organiser entre eux pour soumettre dans les délais imposés deux travaux qu’ils devront réaliser collaborativement et en ligne. L’évaluation de ce cours n’est pas associée à un examen traditionnel. La note finale est construite sur base des deux travaux rendus par les étudiants plus un travail individuel de réflexion sur l’expérience de travail de groupe. Pour chacun des travaux rendus, les étudiants bénéficient de la même note collective reflétant la qualité du travail soumis plus une note individuelle qui reflète quant à elle la participation de l’étudiant dans le travail de groupe. Si lors de la première année cette participation individuelle était sanctionnée par l’enseignant qui avait accompagné le groupe, nous avons cette année, donné la responsabilité à l’étudiant d’évaluer la participation de ses pairs. Cette communication analysera l’impact de ce style de notation sur la motivation et la perception du cours par les étudiants. [less ▲]

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Blomme, Arnaud; Costanza, Brunella; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

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Moës, Florian ULg; Plenevaux, Alain ULg; Becker, Guillaume ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

It's well know that exercise is good for health .In addition exercise has postive effects on cognition ,neurodegenerative disease and on mood. Some studies show that exercise has effect on brain so the ... [more ▼]

It's well know that exercise is good for health .In addition exercise has postive effects on cognition ,neurodegenerative disease and on mood. Some studies show that exercise has effect on brain so the aim of this study is to see if there are volumetric changes due to exercise or not. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman cortical excitability depends on time awake and circadian phase
Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Ly, Julien; Chellappa, Sarah Laxhmi ULg et al

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Fahmy, Karim; Gonzalez, Arnaud; Arafad, Mohamed et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

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See detail[18F]UCB-H as a new PET radiotracer for Synaptic vesicle protein 2A: A first clinical trial
Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Stifkens, Mathieu; Bastin, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

SV2A is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown, e.g., by the fact that it is ... [more ▼]

SV2A is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown, e.g., by the fact that it is a binding site and the primary mechanism of levetiracetam. Levetiracetam is an antiepileptic drug which has recently been suggested to reduce synaptic deficits in a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease. We here aimed to investigate the cerebral distribution of [18F]UCB-H, which has a high affinity with the SV2A. Dynamic PET data of the head of 4 healthy volunteers were acquired over 100 minutes after injection of 170.4 ± 24.9 MBq of GMP produced [18F]UCB-H. The arterial input function (IF) was obtained by blood sampling. The IF was also derived from the dynamic data using the correlation coefficient method. Blood data revealed a consistent amount of [18F]UCB-H in whole blood and plasma indicating a very low degree of binding of the tracer to the red blood cells. The image-derived arterial IFs were showed to be very similar to the measured ones with a peak-ratio around 0.91 and an area-under-curve ratio about 0.98. The [18F]UCB-H PET data showed a high and rapid uptake in the grey matter structures, matching the known ubiquitous distribution of the SV2A in the brain. The kinetics of the tracer in the brain was characterized by an initial high uptake phase followed by rapid washout allowing the standard compartmental modeling (1-tissue, 2-tissue, and Logan Plot). The three models gave similar results with both the measured and image-derived IFs. The total distribution volume of the tracer in the brain was greater than 7 mL/cm3. Our results suggest that [18F]UCB-H is a good candidate as radiotracer for brain SV2A proteins and could be used for human studies. Image-derived IF showed to be useful for quantitative studies without the need to the arterial blood sampling. SV2A modifications may consequently be assessed in neurological pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement de nouveaux marqueurs neuroradiologiques de la maladie de Parkinson par reconnaissance de motifs
Himri, Khadidja ULg; Depierreux, Frédérique ULg; GARRAUX, Gaëtan ULg

Poster (2015, January 27)

Background and objectives: Automatic classification of Parkinson’s disease (PD) versus healthy controls (HC) based on structural MRI has so far focused on unimodal approaches. However, this method is ... [more ▼]

Background and objectives: Automatic classification of Parkinson’s disease (PD) versus healthy controls (HC) based on structural MRI has so far focused on unimodal approaches. However, this method is subject to a poor temporal and spatial resolution leading to low classification accuracy. To overcome this limitation we propose to integrate different modalities by generating a single decision function based on a multi-kernel method, exploiting the complementary information it offers. We predict that the integration of multiple modalities produces greater classification enhancement. Materials and methods: 3Tesla MRI was acquired in 42 patients with PD and 42 age and gender matched healthy controls. We relied on Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) for evaluating the clinical status. We used structural and quantitative maps of T1, T2*, proton density (PD), magnetization transfer (MT), Multi-parameter (MT magnetization transfer, proton density (A), Iron Deposit (R2 *), mixing water content, iron, and the fraction of macromolecules tissues (R1) at 1 × 1 × 1 mm3 resolution. We identified cortical and subcortical brain regions (cortex, putamen, globus pallidus, substantia nigra), and cortical grey matter. We applied existing classification algorithms in the field of neuroscience using a classification algorithm based on Support Vector Machines (SVMs) [1], executed using the Pattern Recognition for Neuroimaging Toolbox (PRoNTo) [2]. The processes of classification was the following, data were mean centered and leave one subject out cross-validation was performed, making the test set independent from the training set. Analyses were restricted to voxels where all subjects had non-zero values. Statistical significance of the classifications was tested using permutation testing (1000 permutations) with random assignment of group class to the input image. Subsequently, we combined different modalities (MT, A, R1, R2) and identified the combination giving the highest sensitivity and sensibility in PD classification. As classifier we used support vector machines that are inspired by statistical learning theory Vladimir Vapnik and Multiple Kernel Learning approach, introduced by Lanckriet [3],[4]. Our approach can be seen as an analogue of MKL with SVMs. Conclusion & Future work: Identification of brain areas with affected intensity in the Parkinson’s group compared to Healthy Controls in single modalities using pronto is helpful. However, the subsequent multi-kernel approach utilizes unimodal information in a combined fashion so that emergent information is obtained, transcending effectiveness unimodal approaches. In conclusion, our findings suggest that combining different imaging modalities and different regions of interest increase classification accuracy significantly. These results are promising for objective diagnosis in medical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailßarrestin coupling of the orphan GPCR GPR27
Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Gilissen, Julie ULg; Derj, Anouar ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

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Bartholomé, Odile ULg; Franck, Claire; Thiry, Marc ULg

Poster (2015, January 27)

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See detailAPPUI ANALYTIQUE A LA LUTTE CONTRE LES MEDICAMENTS DE QUALITE INFERIEURE
Mbinze Kindenge, Jérémie; Hubert, Philippe ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg

Conference (2015, January 27)

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See detailIdentification, Design and Evaluation of Pharmacological tools for the orphan GPCR GPR22
Geubelle, Pierre ULg; Gilissen, Julie ULg; Dupuis, Nadine ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

GPCRs are the largest family of membrane receptors and are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. GPR22 is a GPCR that has no known endogenous ligand and is thus considered "orphan". Its presence ... [more ▼]

GPCRs are the largest family of membrane receptors and are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. GPR22 is a GPCR that has no known endogenous ligand and is thus considered "orphan". Its presence situated at the heart and brain levels makes it a potential target for new therapeutic pathways. This study consist in the identification of a synthetic ligand of GPR22 receptor to use it as a pharmacological tool in the study of the signaling channels of GPR22 in order to understand its role and to validate it as a new therapeutic target. The initial hypothesis was that GPR22 is coupled to the Gαi protein. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial DNA mimetics activate platelets and promote thrombosis via CLEC-2
Delierneux, Céline; Hego, Alexandre; Lecut, Christelle et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

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See detailEffects of α-synuclein levels on cerebral synaptic function: Validation of a novel PET radioligand for the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease
Tarragon Cros, Ernesto ULg; Ferrara, André ULg; Tirelli, Ezio ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

Background In Parkinson’s disease, converging evidence supports a pathogenic role for excessive α–synuclein accumulation in synaptic terminals that may propagate back to the soma of vulnerable nerve cells ... [more ▼]

Background In Parkinson’s disease, converging evidence supports a pathogenic role for excessive α–synuclein accumulation in synaptic terminals that may propagate back to the soma of vulnerable nerve cells such as neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. The resulting loss of dopaminergic terminals in the striatum can be demonstrated in vivo using 18F-Dopa-PET (positron emission tomography). However, there’s currently no validated biomarker of the progressive synaptic dysfunction in other vulnerable areas such as the cerebral cortex. Goal In this longitudinal study, we will test the hypothesis that the loss of synaptic terminals in a mouse model of excessive α–synuclein accumulation can be demonstrated in vivo before the occurrence of behavioural disturbances using 18F-UCB-H, a new PET biomarker developed at CRC. We will also test if this new imaging modality is sensitive enough to study the effect of a disease modifying therapy such as chronic physical exercise. Methods We will use microPET for the in vivo quantification of 18F-UCB-H brain uptake in 16 wild type animals and 16 transgenic (Tg) mice overexpressing human α–syn under the mThy1 promotor every 2 months. Data will be validated against post-mortem analyses after the last PET study. Predictions We predict decreased tracer uptake over time in the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex in Tg mice as compared with WT animals. Also, we predict a relationship between 18F-UCB-H uptake levels in basal ganglia and cerebral cortex and progressive alterations in both motor and cognitive functions, respectively. Further, we also expect that chronic exercise will slow down both motor and cognitive disturbances, as well as the rate of 18F-UCB-H brain uptake decreases. Conclusion If 18F-UCB-H PET proves to be a valid biomarker for the early detection of α–synuclein accumulation in the pre-clinical model of PD, the methods will tested on human clinical populations. [less ▲]

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See detailAccumulation of methylglyoxal, a glycolysis by-product modulates YAP1 transcription co-factor localization and activity in human breast cancer cells through HSP90 modification
Nokin, Marie-Julie; Durieux, Florence; Peixoto, Paul et al

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See detailLe testing adaptatif informatisé : une brève introduction
Magis, David ULg

Conference (2015, January 27)

L’objet de cet exposé est de présenter les grands principes et concepts du testing adaptatif informatisé (TAI). Les éléments abordés sont : le TAI face au test fixe (papier-crayon), les principes généraux ... [more ▼]

L’objet de cet exposé est de présenter les grands principes et concepts du testing adaptatif informatisé (TAI). Les éléments abordés sont : le TAI face au test fixe (papier-crayon), les principes généraux du TAI (banque d’items, estimation provisoire et finale de la compétence, sélection des items à administrer, règles d’arrêt), les principes spécifiques au TAI (contrôle de l’exposition des items, équilibrage du contenu des tests). L’exposé se veut didactique et général afin de dessiner les contours du TAI. Il se termine par un état de l’art sur les recherches actuelles sur le TAI. [less ▲]

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See detailHDAC5 Depletion in Cancer Cells Induces an Oxidative Stress and Leads to a Metabolic Reprogramming toward Glucose and Glutamine Metabolism
Hendrick, Elodie ULg; Peixoto, Paul ULg; Polese, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

Histone deacetylases (HDAC) is a family of eighteen enzymes, which modulates the acetylation level of histones and non-histone proteins to regulate gene expression and chromatin structure. Broad-spectrum ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDAC) is a family of eighteen enzymes, which modulates the acetylation level of histones and non-histone proteins to regulate gene expression and chromatin structure. Broad-spectrum inhibitors of these enzymes such as SAHA can inhibit tumor growth both in vitro and in vivo and are currently used as anti-cancer agents in clinic. For many years, we are investigating the specific role of individual HDAC members in cancer biology and we have recently demonstrated that specific depletion of HDAC5 using siRNA technology reduced cancer cells proliferation and survival1 The goal of this study is to further understand the molecular mechanisms of action of HDAC5 in cancer cells. Screening transcriptomic study demonstrated that HDAC5 depletion induces a down-regulation of subunits of the complex I of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (NDUFB5-NDUFA3) as well as anti-oxydant proteins (Ferritin, Metalothionein,¿) through modulation of mRNA stability. Therefore, HDAC5 depletion causes a significant increase of ROS production inducing both apoptosis and mechanisms of mitochondria quality control (mitophagy and mitobiogenesis). This HDAC5 depletion-induced mitochondrial dysfunction provokes metabolic adaptation associated with increased importance of glucose and glutamine. Indeed, interference with both glucose and glutamine supply in HDAC5-depleted cancer cells significantly increases apoptotic cell death suggesting that glucose or glutamine deprivation might be combined to HDAC5 inhibition as a therapeutic strategy to kill cancer cells. Our study demonstrated for the first time that specific HDAC5 inhibition induces metabolic reprogramming and provides insight into a valuable experimental strategy for manipulation of specific HDAC5 inhibition and glucose metabolism in therapy against cancer. 1.Peixoto, P. et al. HDAC5 is required for maintenance of pericentric heterochromatin, and controls cell-cycle progression and survival of human cancer cells. Cell death and differentiation, 2012; 1-14. Presenting author e-mail: elodie.hendrick@student.ulg.ac.be [less ▲]

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See detailOncologie et revalidation physique
Leclerc, Anne-France ULg; Foidart-Dessalle, Marguerite ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in Abstract Book du Colloque "Femmes et Santé" (Université d'Hiver) (2015, January 26)

Le cancer constitue une maladie fréquente en Belgique puisqu'un homme sur trois et une femme sur quatre sont confrontés à la maladie avant l'âge de septante-cinq ans (Fondation Registre du Cancer, 2008 ... [more ▼]

Le cancer constitue une maladie fréquente en Belgique puisqu'un homme sur trois et une femme sur quatre sont confrontés à la maladie avant l'âge de septante-cinq ans (Fondation Registre du Cancer, 2008). La détection précoce et l'amélioration des traitements du cancer, généralement une combinaison de chirurgie, radiothérapie, chimiothérapie, hormonothérapie et thérapie ciblée, ont permis une augmentation du taux de survie. Cependant, ces traitements peuvent être à l'origine de nombreux effets secondaires, non seulement précoces, mais également tardifs, réduisant la qualité de vie. De nombreux programmes de réhabilitation après cancer sont basés sur la psychothérapie et le support social uniquement, or ceux-ci n'agissent généralement pas sur les problèmes physiques encourus par les patients tels que la fatigue, la prise de poids et la diminution des capacités fonctionnelles. C'est pourquoi nous émettons l'hypothèse qu'une revalidation physique, associée à des séances psycho-éducatives et constituant ainsi une prise en charge multidisciplinaire, permettrait d'améliorer d'autant plus la qualité de vie et le bien-être tant physique que psychologique des patients ayant été traités pour un cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailREQUACARTO : outil d'aide à l'échantillonnage et au conseil de fumure
Renneson, Malorie ULg

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See detailDesign Space for Analytical Methods: Why ? What ? How ?
Rozet, Eric ULg; Debrus, Benjamin ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg et al

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See detailEpidémiologie de la lithiase urinaire
Castiglione, Vincent ULg; GADISSEUR, Romy ULg

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Description de l'épidémiologie de lithiase urinaire en Province de Liège, comparaison avec différents pays (France, USA), études récentes, explications sur des facteurs de risque.

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See detailÉtude du Typus mélancholicus au sein d’une population de dépressifs unipoalires
ramackers, Amélia; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

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See detailÉtude du récit de vie de l’adulte à haut potentiel
Mormont, Elodie; Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

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See detailLa personnalité Borderline à travers le test de Rorschach
Rommes, Jennifer; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

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See detailStatistical analysis of the quasi-periodic relativistic electron injections in the Saturn's magnetosphere
Palmaerts, Benjamin ULg; Roussos, Elias; Krupp, Norbert et al

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See detailCommotion cérébrale
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

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See detailCharacterization of the chitin-glucan complex extracted from Komagataella pastoris cell wall
Farinha, I.; Duarte, P.; Pimentel et al

in Proceeding of the meeting (2015, January 19)

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See detailProduction of extracellular polysaccharide by Enterobacter A47 using cheese whey as the sole carbon source
Antunes, S.; Alves, V.D.; Grandfils, Christian ULg et al

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See detailCFD Large Eddy Simulation of the hydrodynamics of stirred mini-bioreactors operating with stem cell culture mixing conditions
Collignon, Marie-Laure ULg; Martin, Céline; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 18)

The expansion of hMSC adhered on microcarriers is a proven technology to allow the production of quantitatively (cell density and growth rate) and qualitatively (preservation of cell stemness) the amounts ... [more ▼]

The expansion of hMSC adhered on microcarriers is a proven technology to allow the production of quantitatively (cell density and growth rate) and qualitatively (preservation of cell stemness) the amounts of cells required for clinical applications. In that context of process optimization, a platform of 6 parallel 250 mL stirred minibioreactors have been designed and fully equipped for hMSC cultivation on microcarriers. The local hydrodynamics in these bioreactors have been characterized using CFD simulations and experimental measurements. GOALS: 1) Evaluation of the flexibility of the platform for extensively studying the coupling between hydrodynamics and hMSC physiological response (growth, stemness) by changing agitation conditions. 2) Evaluation of the scale down ability of platform as prediction tool of the hMSC behavior in larger bioreactor scale. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Mediation Service, what interest for emergencies?
PIAZZA, Justine ULg; BRASSEUR, Edmond ULg; DOPPAGNE, Caroline ULg et al

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See detail"Oblitérations et mise en abyme dans A Humument de Tom Phillips"
Belloi, Livio ULg; Delville, Michel ULg

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Dans cette communication, nous nous employons à étudier les différents effets de réflexivité dont certaines pages de "A Humument", l'œuvre majeure de l'artiste anglais Tom Phillips, se font volontiers le ... [more ▼]

Dans cette communication, nous nous employons à étudier les différents effets de réflexivité dont certaines pages de "A Humument", l'œuvre majeure de l'artiste anglais Tom Phillips, se font volontiers le lieu. [less ▲]

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See detailLa mise en abyme comme procédé comique
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

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Delvenne, Pierre ULg

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See detailLa mise en abyme vidéoludique comme vecteur d’une immersion au second degré : une analyse du jeu The Stanley Parable
Barnabé, Fanny ULg; Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

Conference (2015, January 16)

Par sa nature même, le jeu entretient avec la réflexivité une parenté certaine. En effet, pour qu’une situation ou un objet soit reconnu comme ludique par les participants, il est nécessaire que ces ... [more ▼]

Par sa nature même, le jeu entretient avec la réflexivité une parenté certaine. En effet, pour qu’une situation ou un objet soit reconnu comme ludique par les participants, il est nécessaire que ces derniers superposent à leur action le message « ceci est un jeu » (Bateson, 1977). L’acte ludique, le « jouer » (Henriot, 1989), constitue donc un procédé de « méta-communication » (Bateson, 1977) supposant une interaction au second degré avec le réel (le joueur « fait comme si » ; Schaeffer, 1999). Le jeu vidéo n’échappe pas à cette dynamique réflexive, comme en témoigne le nombre important d’œuvres vidéoludiques qui – par le biais de différents outils formels – discourent sur leur propre organisation ludo-narrative, sur leurs possibilités d’utilisation ou sur le médium qui les supporte. Envisageant la mise en abyme comme l’un des procédés réflexifs – parmi d’autres – dont peut user le jeu vidéo, la présente communication visera à étudier les particularités de cette forme de représentation liées à son inclusion dans un environnement ludique. La mise en abyme vidéoludique rompt-elle l’immersion du joueur, le « cercle magique » (Huizinga, 1950) ? Permet-elle l’élaboration d’un univers fictionnel cohérent malgré le fait qu’elle rappelle le joueur à son statut d’utilisateur ? A-t-elle nécessairement une vocation critique ou peut-elle constituer une fin en soi, un dispositif ludique à part entière ? Pour répondre à ces interrogations, nous nous intéresserons à un cas exemplaire de mise en abyme vidéoludique : le jeu The Stanley Parable. Celui-ci met en perspective l’action du joueur en lui faisant incarner le personnage de Stanley, dont le travail consiste à appuyer sur des boutons en suivant un ordre et une fréquence qui lui sont dictés par un ordinateur. Ce jeu d’aventure pousse la logique réflexive à un point tel (elle constitue son fondement ludique, narratif et esthétique) qu’il met en question sa force évocatrice et sa validité : l’accumulation des mises en abyme (reflétant l’expérience du joueur mais aussi l’histoire du jeu vidéo en général) empêche effectivement toute prise au sérieux du récit, tout investissement au premier degré. En multipliant les méta-énoncés, The Stanley Parable fait de la mise en abyme un système de règles en soi (un game) dont le principe ludique repose sur la manipulation des codes mêmes du jeu vidéo : le game designer y engage le joueur dans une lutte (un play) dont l’enjeu n’est autre que la maîtrise du langage vidéoludique. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of Employment Relationships on Domestic Worker’s Achievement of Transnational Family-Work Balance
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg

Conference (2015, January 16)

While the average mainstream woman’s daily commute to work is 28 minutes, the ageing Peruvian domestic workers I have followed for the past year, crossed the Atlantic ocean 12 years ago for jobs in ... [more ▼]

While the average mainstream woman’s daily commute to work is 28 minutes, the ageing Peruvian domestic workers I have followed for the past year, crossed the Atlantic ocean 12 years ago for jobs in Europe’s capital. They found in Brussels the opportunity to be employed either in the informal or formal domestic sector while they continued to cope with their transnational obligations as spouses, daughters, and mothers. Transnational family and Global Care Chains literature have examined the consequences of migrant domestic workers’ double role as mothers and workers abroad. My contribution takes the discussion one step further and examines how, in spite of their disadvantaged position within the global division of labor, these women manage to informally negotiate a transnational family-work balance. My analysis, based on the life-stories of two ageing Peruvian women, suggests that domestic-workers’ success in their negotiations for transnational family-work balance simultaneously depends on three factors: 1- their gender, race, and class positioning within the migratory, care, and welfare regimes of sending and receiving states, 2- their ability to circulate familial care transnationally through the different stages in their life-course, 3- the business or personalized relationship that they established through their life-course with their employers. Furthermore, this analysis shows that employers are key actors in domestic workers’ negotiation, not only of a family-work balance, but also simply for social protection, especially in their old age. Finally, I suggest that the analysis of these complex employer-employee negotiations may allows us to see how these particular domestic workers are taking small steps to professionalize their work while paving the way to erase the historical vestiges associated with it. [less ▲]

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See detailAcheter, cuisiner, transmettre. Diversification des choix alimentaires des familles marocaines en contexte migratoire.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2015, January 16)

Les études autour des cultures alimentaires contemporaines, menées dans le cadre de différentes disciplines, mettent en évidence le dynamisme interne et interrelationnels qui caractérise les gastronomies ... [more ▼]

Les études autour des cultures alimentaires contemporaines, menées dans le cadre de différentes disciplines, mettent en évidence le dynamisme interne et interrelationnels qui caractérise les gastronomies, plutôt qu’une « pureté » et « immobilisme » originels (La Cecla, 1998). Cependant, lorsqu’il s’agit d’analyser le rapport entre alimentation et migration, une essentialisation des habitudes se produit. Celles des migrants sont souvent considérées comme résistantes au changement, et elles deviennent les indicateurs de la disposition à « s’intégrer » à la société locale. Dans ce contexte discursif, où différentes règles interagissent en déterminant l’inclusion ou l’exclusion des individus de certains groupes (la communauté majoritaire, la collectivité « saine » etc.), les familles issues de la migration vivent et exercent leur quotidien alimentaire. Bricoler avec ces règles surdéterminées leur permet d’exprimer une créativité qui se met en œuvre à plusieurs niveaux : celui de l’approvisionnement, celui de la préparation des repas, celui de la transmission des savoir-faire entre les générations. Cette communication vise à présenter les données collectées au cours d’un travail de terrain ethnographique mené pendant dix-huit mois au milieu d’un groupe de femmes marocaines résidentes dans la province de Milan en Italie. Observations et entretiens ont été conduits à la fois dans les maisons et les espaces publics. Ils portaient sur les (micro)pratiques alimentaires entendues comme facteurs centraux dans la définition du soi, suivant une approche praxéologique à la subjectivation (Warnier, 2001). Grâce à cette analyse, il sera possible de constater qu’une culture alimentaire composite se redéfinit au niveau familial, bien qu’elle ne soit pas exemptée de l’effet de dynamiques culturelles, sociales, économiques et politiques plus amples et apparemment structurantes. On assiste à une diversification des pratiques. D’un côté, avec leurs déplacements pour faire leurs achats, femmes et hommes dessinent des chorégraphies complexes à l’intérieur de la ville, et ils engagent aussi une circulation transnationale des biens alimentaires. De l’autre côté, mères et filles puisent de savoirs différents pour faire face à leurs exigences, en s’appuyant sur une pluralité d’outils (mémoire incorporée, bouche à oreille, livres de recettes, internet). Ainsi, les familles continuent d’effectuer un choix actif en matière d’alimentation. L’analyse sera accompagnée par des supports visuels. [less ▲]

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See detailLe syndrome dysexécutif pour les nuls
Adam, Stéphane; SALMON, Eric ULg; GILLAIN, Sophie ULg et al

Conference (2015, January 15)

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Vandeninden, Elise ULg

Conference (2015, January 09)

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See detailLes médiateurs scolaires : une ressource pour la gestion des désordres scolaires
Dethier, Baptiste ULg

Conference (2015, January 09)

Dans de nombreux pays, principalement anglo-saxons, la médiation par les pairs s’est développée dans les écoles. Cependant, la spécificité de la Belgique francophone réside dans le développement, par des ... [more ▼]

Dans de nombreux pays, principalement anglo-saxons, la médiation par les pairs s’est développée dans les écoles. Cependant, la spécificité de la Belgique francophone réside dans le développement, par des fonctionnaires publics spécialisés, de dispositifs de médiation scolaire (Kuty et al., 2012). Censés prévenir la violence et le décrochage scolaires et agir sur le climat de l’école, ces dispositifs ne sont pas uniquement destinés à résoudre les problèmes posés par les élèves perturbateurs (ou plutôt de ces élèves en tant que problèmes eux-mêmes) mais aussi à stimuler la participation, l’implication et la responsabilisation des adultes, principalement les enseignants. De ce fait, ils interrogent les formes scolaires traditionnelles, voire bousculent les équilibres historiques du système (Verhoeven, 1997), en ouvrant davantage que des espaces de « traitement » des élèves dits « à problèmes ». Sur base de dix entretiens semi-directifs, cinq focus groups et trois périodes d’observation non participante auprès de médiateurs scolaires belges francophones, cette communication a pour objectif de décrire le cœur du travail de ces derniers pour mieux en saisir les caractéristiques et les enjeux. En effet, à partir d’un cadre légal restreint et flou initié dans les années 1990, les médiateurs ont développé des pratiques et des dispositifs s’inscrivant dans une logique de médiation, organisés sur le principe de l’intervention d’un tiers dit neutre et indépendant visant à aider au rétablissement d’une relation entre deux parties. Ces dispositifs cherchent à rompre avec les logiques historiques de stigmatisation des élèves perturbateurs, que nous interrogerons. [less ▲]

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See detailErosion and sedimentation issues in a hydropower project: assessing impacts and opportunities
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Schüttrumpf, Holger (Ed.) Offene Gewässer: Strahlwirkung, Fischaufstieg, Fischabstieg, Sedimente, Schadstoffe (2015, January 09)

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See detailLa réforme des soins de santé mentale en Belgique: pas complètement convergents, mais concrètement interdépendants
Thunus, Sophie ULg

Conference (2015, January 08)

Dans cet article, nous retracerons d’abord les grandes lignes des évolutions des associations d’usagers et de proches en santé mentale, en Europe et en Belgique. Ensuite, nous présenterons une ... [more ▼]

Dans cet article, nous retracerons d’abord les grandes lignes des évolutions des associations d’usagers et de proches en santé mentale, en Europe et en Belgique. Ensuite, nous présenterons une expérimentation politique dans le champ de la santé mentale en Belgique, qui a été l’occasion, pour les associations d’usagers et de proches, d’institutionnaliser leur participation. A cette occasion, nous évoquerons les motifs politiques à l’origine du projet de participation (acte 1) confié par les autorités publiques belges aux associations, ses modalités, et son implémentation au sein d’un dispositif d’action publique impliquant également des experts professionnels et scientifiques. Dans un troisième temps, nous nous intéresserons à la poursuite du projet participation dans le cadre de la réforme actuelle de la santé mentale et de la psychiatrie. Nous décrirons les modalités d’implémentation du projet (acte 2) et les nouveaux défis qui se posent aux associations, au fur-et-à-mesure de l’augmentation et de la visibilité accrue de leur participation aux niveaux institutionnels et politiques. En conclusion, nous soulignerons le caractère contingent de l’émergence et de la stabilisation de la participation en Belgique. Nous verrons que ce caractère contingent est à l’origine de fortes interdépendances entre le développement de la participation, des projets politiques spécifiques et trajectoires individuelles particulières. Cette interdépendance génère à son tour des enjeux spécifiques, pour les associations et les représentants des usagers, en termes identitaires et de légitimité. Nous soulignerons en outre le caractère incrémental du processus par lequel les associations stabilisent leur discours, leur méthodologie et leur intervention concrète dans la prise de décision aux niveaux macro et micro. A cet égard, mettrons en évidence l’importance de la production continue de documents (recommandations, questionnaires, …) stabilisant les éléments-clé de ce discours et permettant aux experts par le vécu de le porter en différents endroits, au sein des institutions des soins et dans la sphère politique. Finalement, nous envisagerons l’hypothèse de la professionnalisation des représentant(e)s des associations et des représentants des usagers, tout en soulignant les enjeux personnels et structurels associés à cette professionnalisation. [less ▲]

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See detailQualité diagnostique et efficacité d'un système en ligne entrainant à la résolution de problèmes complexes en physique
Marique, Pierre-Xavier ULg; Jacquet, Maud ULg; Georges, François ULg et al

Conference (2015, January 08)

Dans le cadre de projets de lutte contre l’échec en bachelier, le LabSET et des enseignants de physique de l'Université de Liège ont développé un dispositif en ligne d’entraînement à la résolution de ... [more ▼]

Dans le cadre de projets de lutte contre l’échec en bachelier, le LabSET et des enseignants de physique de l'Université de Liège ont développé un dispositif en ligne d’entraînement à la résolution de problèmes complexes en physique. La recherche porte d’une part sur le diagnostic de la maîtrise des processus cognitifs à mobiliser pour résoudre des problèmes de physique et d’autre part sur le lien entre l’entrainement effectif en ligne et la performance des étudiants lors de la résolution de problèmes à l'examen. Les analyses reposent sur étude menée auprès de 876 étudiants inscrits en premier bachelier médecine. Elles ont été effectuées sur bases des données subjectives (auto-évaluation du processus et du produit) et objectives (nombre de connexions aux exercices en ligne, résultats de maîtrise des questions spécifiques aux processus cognitifs étudiés, taux de réussite et notes aux examens). A l’issue de la recherche, nous constatons que c’est le processus d’analyse. Près de 50 % des étudiants en sont conscients. Bien que la force d'association soit de faible à moyenne, une dépendance est observée entre travail en ligne et réussite aux problèmes présentés à l’examen de juin. Les notes des étudiants ayant travaillé en ligne sont supérieures à celles des étudiants n’ayant réalisé aucun problème en ligne. Cependant, étant donné que les étudiants ayant réussi la physique sont aussi ceux ayant réussi des autres matières scientifiques, il est difficile d'établir un rapport de causalité entre travail en ligne et performances. [less ▲]

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Vrancken, Didier ULg

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See detailEffect of stress path on the miniaturizatio size effect for nickel polycrystals
Keller, Clement; Hug, Eric; Duchene, Laurent ULg et al

Conference (2015, January 04)

The mechanical behavior of mettalic materials deeply depends on the size of samples. For specimen dimensions de creasing from a few millimeters to a few micrometers, the general observed trend is a ... [more ▼]

The mechanical behavior of mettalic materials deeply depends on the size of samples. For specimen dimensions de creasing from a few millimeters to a few micrometers, the general observed trend is a softening of the mechanical behavior in tension which affects the stress level and the strain hardening. This effect is triggered by the derease of the number of grains across the thickness ( also called thickness"t" over grain size "d" ratio). The objective of this work is to provide new experimental results in order to analyse the miniaturization size effects for various stress paths without strain gradients across the thickness of the samples. To this aim, experimental tensil tests, large tensile tests and shear tests have been performed on Ni sheets ( 0.5mm) with various grain sizes ensuring different t/d ratios. Results show that the miniaturization softening is affected by triaxiality, the larger is this parameter, the lower is the mechanicval softening. These features seem to be linked to surface effects which are larger for low triaxiality stress paths. Attempts of numerical simulations using strain gradient crystal plasticity model are also performed to confirm the role played by surface effects. [less ▲]

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See detailAn X-ray surprise in a magnetic pulsator
Nazé, Yaël ULg

in IAU Symposium (2015, January 01)

ξ[SUP]1[/SUP] CMa is a rare β Cep star with a strong magnetic field. To gain new insight on this object, a dedicated campaign using XMM-Newton was performed. These data reveal a new type of variations, X ... [more ▼]

ξ[SUP]1[/SUP] CMa is a rare β Cep star with a strong magnetic field. To gain new insight on this object, a dedicated campaign using XMM-Newton was performed. These data reveal a new type of variations, X-ray pulsations, posing a new challenge to our understanding of stellar winds. [less ▲]

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See detailAre the stars of a new class of variability detected in NGC 3766 fast rotating SPB stars?
Salmon, Sébastien ULg; Montalbán, J.; Reese, D. R. et al

in Meynet, Georges; Georgy, Cyril; Groh, Jose (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union S307 (2015, January 01)

A recent photometric survey in the NGC 3766 cluster led to the detection of stars presenting an unexpected variability. They lie in a region of the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram where no pulsation are ... [more ▼]

A recent photometric survey in the NGC 3766 cluster led to the detection of stars presenting an unexpected variability. They lie in a region of the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram where no pulsation are theoretically expected, in between the δ Scuti and slowly pulsating B (SPB) star instability domains. Their variability periods, between ~0.1-0.7 d, are outside the expected domains of these well-known pulsators. The NCG 3766 cluster is known to host fast rotating stars. Rotation can significantly affect the pulsation properties of stars and alter their apparent luminosity through gravity darkening. Therefore we inspect if the new variable stars could correspond to fast rotating SPB stars. We carry out instability and visibility analysis of SPB pulsation modes within the frame of the traditional approximation. The effects of gravity darkening on typical SPB models are next studied. We find that at the red border of the SPB instability strip, prograde sectoral (PS) modes are preferentially excited, with periods shifted in the 0.2-0.5 d range due to the Coriolis effect. These modes are best seen when the star is seen equator-on. For such inclinations, low-mass SPB models can appear fainter due to gravity darkening and as if they were located between the δ Scuti and SPB instability strips. [less ▲]

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See detailThe X-ray properties of magnetic massive stars
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Petit, Véronique; Rinbrand, Melanie et al

in IAU Symposium (2015, January 01)

Early-type stars are well-known to be sources of soft X-rays. However, this high-energy emission can be supplemented by bright and hard X-rays when magnetically confined winds are present. In an attempt ... [more ▼]

Early-type stars are well-known to be sources of soft X-rays. However, this high-energy emission can be supplemented by bright and hard X-rays when magnetically confined winds are present. In an attempt to clarify the systematics of the observed X-ray properties of this phenomenon, a large series of Chandra and XMM observations was analyzed, over 100 exposures of 60% of the known magnetic massive stars listed recently by Petit et al. (2013). It is found that the X-ray luminosity is strongly correlated with mass-loss rate, in agreement with predictions of magnetically confined wind models, though the predictions of higher temperature are not always verified. We also investigated the behaviour of other X-ray properties (absorption, variability), yielding additional constraints on models. This work not only advances our knowledge of the X-ray emission of massive stars, but also suggests new observational and theoretical avenues to further explore magnetically confined winds. [less ▲]

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See detailIs λ Cep a pulsating star?
Uuh-Sonda, J. M.; Eenens, P.; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Meynet, Georges; Georgy, Cyril; Groh, José (Eds.) et al IAU Symposium (2015, January 01)

It has been proposed that the variability seen in absorption lines of the O6Ief star λ Cep is periodical and due to non-radial pulsations (NRP). We have obtained new spectra during six campaigns lasting ... [more ▼]

It has been proposed that the variability seen in absorption lines of the O6Ief star λ Cep is periodical and due to non-radial pulsations (NRP). We have obtained new spectra during six campaigns lasting between five and nine nights. In some datasets we find recurrent spectral variations which move redward in the absorption line profile, consistent with perturbations on the stellar surface of a rotating star. However the periods found are not stable between datasets, at odds with the NRP hypothesis. Moreover, even when no redward trend is found in a full dataset of an observing campaign, it can be present in a subset, suggesting that the phenomenon is short-lived, of the order of a few days, and possibly linked to transient magnetic loops. [less ▲]

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See detailAsteroseismology of Massive Stars: Some Words of Caution
Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg; Godart, M.; Salmon, Sébastien ULg et al

in Meynet, Georges; Georgy, Cyril; Groh, Jose (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union S307 (2015, January 01)

Although playing a key role in the understanding of the supernova phenomenon, the evolution of massive stars still suffers from uncertainties in their structure, even during their ``quiet'' main sequence ... [more ▼]

Although playing a key role in the understanding of the supernova phenomenon, the evolution of massive stars still suffers from uncertainties in their structure, even during their ``quiet'' main sequence phase and later on during their subgiant and helium burning phases. What is the extent of the mixed central region? In the local mixing length theory (LMLT) frame, are there structural differences using Schwarzschild or Ledoux convection criterion? Where are located the convective zone boundaries? Are there intermediate convection zones during MS and post-MS phase, and what is their extent and location? We discuss these points and show how asteroseismology could bring some light on these questions. [less ▲]

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