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See detailHot Melt Extrusion as a New Method to Form Inclusion Complexes with Cyclodextrins
Thiry, Justine ULg; Krier, Fabrice; Ratwatte, Shenelka et al

Conference (2016, April 06)

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See detailNew conservative and regenerative treatments for cartilage and tendon lesions
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2016, April 05)

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See detailComment reconnaître les activités spontanées en EMG
WANG, François-Charles ULg

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See detailCultures alimentaires et appartenances. Une ethnographie dans l’espace de la frontière
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2016, April 04)

« Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es », écrivait déjà en 1826 Brillat-Savarin, en suggérant une approche herméneutique de l’alimentation. La nourriture, en raison de son incorporation, est ... [more ▼]

« Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es », écrivait déjà en 1826 Brillat-Savarin, en suggérant une approche herméneutique de l’alimentation. La nourriture, en raison de son incorporation, est intimement connectée à la construction symbolique de la subjectivité ; elle a également une implication sociale (Sahlins, 1982), dans la mesure où elle fait l’objet d’un partage selon des règles de commensalité (Douglas, 1972). L’anthropologie de l’alimentation permet aujourd’hui d’éclaircir des processus sociaux plus amples que la consommation de nourriture engage (Mintz and Bois, 2002). Un intérêt particulier est porté sur le rapport entre l’alimentation et les représentations identitaires des groupes culturels ou sociaux. Les membres de ceux-ci se rapportent à des cultures alimentaires de façon active, s’engagent dans un processus d’affirmation d’une identité propre et partagée (Lupton, 1996). Ces dynamiques font aussi l’objet de plusieurs études sur la connexion entre alimentation et migration. Ces études mettent tout d’abord en évidence le fait que, lors d’un déplacement, les individus ou les groupes sont confrontés à des cultures alimentaires différentes, et elles s’engagent alors à vérifier dans quelle mesure cette rencontre défie l’identité individuelle (Spiro, 1955; Crenn, 2004; Cardona, 2004) et quelles pratiques elle engage afin de la préserver (Hage, 1997; Beyers, 2008; Diner et Diner, 2009). Souvent, les discours sur l’intégration des migrants concernent aussi les habitudes alimentaires (voir par exemple De Lesdain, 2002), considérées comme des indices d’une disposition à adhérer aux normes de la société « d’accueil ». Le niveau d’intégration (ou la disposition à s’intégrer) serait établie sur base de l’acculturation alimentaire dans le contexte migratoire (voir aussi Bastenier et Dassetto, 1993). Loin de constituer les extrêmes d’une dichotomie irrésoluble, les cultures alimentaires du pays d’origine et du pays d’accueil des migrants qui se rencontrent grâce – entre autre – à la mobilité de ces derniers, créent un espace de frontière qui est habité par les acteurs eux-mêmes (Agier, 2013). Dans cet espace l’appartenance culturelle est questionnée, elle fait l’objet d’une réflexivité (voir aussi Rodier, 2010), et les habitudes alimentaires prennent également la forme d’une « mise en scène du culturel, favorisant des stratégies ponctuelles d’affirmation identitaire et des rhétoriques du conflit » (Julien, 2010 : 17). Cette contribution veut amener une réflexion à propos des dynamiques qui ont lieu dans l’espace de la frontière ainsi définie, au départ de l’analyse de matériaux ethnographiques concernant les pratiques alimentaires de certaines femmes marocaines résidant en Italie et les discours qui les accompagnent. Dans l’espace de la frontière les appartenances socio-culturelles se définissent et sont négociées grâce également aux choix alimentaires. Le rapport individuel aux interdits alimentaires d’ordre religieux en est une preuve, notamment lorsque ce rapport assume la fonction de « [f]aire barrage à l’altérité […] c’est-à-dire instituer la séparation » (Benkheira 1997: 261) ou, inversement, d’affirmer l’échange social selon des modalités propres. [less ▲]

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See detailEpisodic memory and aging: The effect of perceptual processing fluency on recognition memory processes
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2016, April 03)

Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory ... [more ▼]

Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory. The study tested two hypotheses: (1) can the reliance on familiarity during recognition memory be promoted by increasing the difference in perceptual processing fluency between old and new items; (2) can this manipulation reduce age-related difficulties in episodic memory? Twenty-four young and 24 older adults performed two verbal recognition memory tasks. In the No-Overlap task, target words and new words did not share any letter. Prior exposition to the target words thus induced increased processing fluency of the words and letters, so that fluency difference was a salient and reliable cue to discriminate between old and new words. In the Overlap task, target and new words had letters in common, so fluency cues were less useful. Recollection and familiarity was assessed with the Remember/Know/Guess paradigm. The results showed an age effect on recollection but intact familiarity. Moreover, (1) memory performance was better in the No Overlap than the Overlap task, with a greater hit rate and a smaller false alarm rate associated with familiarity. And, (2) age-related differences in recognition accuracy (hits – false alarms) were significantly attenuated in the No Overlap task compared to the Overlap task. These findings suggest that minimizing the perceptual similarity between targets and distractors, and thus increasing processing fluency differences, allowed to reduce the effect of age on recognition memory performance by facilitating the use of familiarity. [less ▲]

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See detailCoupling the Electron and Phonon Baths via the Boltzmann Transport Equations
Pike, Nicholas ULg

Poster (2016, April 03)

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See detailFirst steps of the regional climate model MAR over the Euro-CORDEX domain
Scholzen, Chloé ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg

Poster (2016, April)

In the framework of the Euro-CORDEX initiative, the Laboratory of Climatology of the University of Liège, Belgium, is currently using the regional climate model MAR (for “Modèle Atmosphérique Régional” ... [more ▼]

In the framework of the Euro-CORDEX initiative, the Laboratory of Climatology of the University of Liège, Belgium, is currently using the regional climate model MAR (for “Modèle Atmosphérique Régional”) to simulate the past, present and future climate over Europe. Simulations are to be performed for both available resolutions over the Euro-CORDEX domain, namely 0.11 deg. (12.5 km) and 0.44 deg. (50 km). Historical and present-day runs (1979-2015) will use the ERA-Interim and the NCEP/NCAR-v1 reanalyses as boundary conditions, whereas future projections will be driven by two selected GCMs from the CMIP5 database: NorESM1-M and MIROC5. All CMIP5-GCMs were previously compared against ERA-Interim reanalysis data in terms of their ability to represent the current mean climate over Europe. The GCMs also underwent a statistical classification based on the calculation of skill-scores evaluating for instance 850 hPa temperature and 500 hPa geopotential height. Several settings and parameters were tested in order to calibrate the regional climate model MAR over the Euro-CORDEX domain. MAR is to be validated against observations from the European Climate Assessment & Dataset (ECA&D). The final aim of this study is to assess the performance of MAR in comparing its results to other RCMs used within the Euro-CORDEX initiative. [less ▲]

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See detailCompact handheld low-cost biosensor platform for remote health monitoring
Hastanin, Juriy ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg et al

in Proceedings of SPIE; SPIE 2016 Photonics Europe (2016, April)

In this paper, we present an original concept of plasmonic-related instrumentation platform dedicated to diagnostic biosensing tests out of the laboratory. The developed instrumental platform includes ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present an original concept of plasmonic-related instrumentation platform dedicated to diagnostic biosensing tests out of the laboratory. The developed instrumental platform includes both disposable one-use microfluidic affinity biochip and compact optical readout device for biochip monitoring involving mobile Internet devices for data processing and communication. The biochip includes both microfluidic and optical coupling structures formed into a single plastic slab. The microfluidic path of the biochip operates in passive capillary pumping mode. In the proof-of-concept prototype, we address specifically the sensing format involving Surface Plasmon Resonance phenomenon. The biochip is plugged in the readout device without the use of an index matching fluid. An essential advantage of the developed biochip is that its implementation involves conventional hot embossing and thin film deposition process, perfectly suited for mass production of low-cost microfluidic biochip for biochemical applications. [less ▲]

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See detailGood prognosis factors after a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection for tendinopathies ?
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Sancerne, Audrey; Libertiaux, Vincent ULg

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2016, April), 52(suppl. 1 No. 2), 251

Introduction : Platelet-rich plasma injections are a recent treatment for chronic tendinopathies. However, this theraeutic remains controversed in litterature. Up to now, there is no prognosis factors ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Platelet-rich plasma injections are a recent treatment for chronic tendinopathies. However, this theraeutic remains controversed in litterature. Up to now, there is no prognosis factors identified to predict a good evolution after injection of PRP. Purpose: The aims of this study were to evaluate the effect of PRP injection followed by a standardized reeducation protocol among patients suffering from different tendinopathies and to determine the good prognosis factors, if any. Methods : 51 patients suffering from different tendinopathies and refractory to conventional physiotherapy were treated with a PRP injection. Prior to the injection, a blood sample was drawn and some biological parameters (glycemia, cholesterol level, …). A pain assessment was then made using a visual analog scale (VAS) and a pressure algometer. The same assessment was carried out after 6 weeks and 12 weeks when possible. Results : There is an overall significant improvement VAS score at the end of the 12 weeks follow- up. However, no correlation was found between the evolution of the clinical scores and the biological parameters measured. Discussion and Conclusions : A PRP injection followed by a program of eccentric rehabilitation positively affects the algo-functional scores of patients with tendinopathie who were refractory to conventional physiotherapy, whatever their initial biological parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of future urbanisation expansion to flood risk changes
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Mustafa, Ahmed; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2016, April)

The flood risk is expected to increase in the future due to climate change and urban development. Climate change modifies flood hazard and urban development influences exposure and vulnerability to floods ... [more ▼]

The flood risk is expected to increase in the future due to climate change and urban development. Climate change modifies flood hazard and urban development influences exposure and vulnerability to floods. While the influence of climate change on flood risk has been studied widely, the impact of urban development also needs to be considered in a sustainable flood risk management approach. The main goal of this study is the determination of the sensitivity of future flood risk to different urban devel~ opment scenarios at a relatively short-time horizon in the River Meuse basin in Wallonia (Belgium). From the different scenarios, the expected impact of urban development on flood risk is assessed. Three urban expansion scenarios are developed up to 2030 based on a coupled cellular automata (CA) and agent-based (AB) urban expansion model: (i) business-as-usual, (ii) restrictive and (m) extreme expansion scenarios. The main factor controlling these scenarios is the future urban land demand. Each urban expansion scenario is developed by considering or not high and/or medium flood hazard zones as a constraint for urban development. To assess the model's performance, it is calibrated for the Meuse River valley (Belgium) to simulate urban expansion between i990 and 2000. Calibration results are then assessed by comparing the 2000 simulated land-use map and the actual 2000 land-use map. The flood damage estimation for each urban expansion scenario is determined for five flood discharges by overlaying the inundation map resulting from a hydraulic computation and tlte urban expansion map and by using damage curves and specific prices. The hydraulic model Wolt‘2D has been extensively validated by comparisons between observations and computational results during flood event .This study focuses only on mobile and immobile prices for urban lands, which are associated to the most severe damages caused by floods along the River Meuse. These findings of this study offers tools to drive urban expansion based on numerous policies visions to mitigate future flood risk along the Meuse River. In particular, we assess the impacts on future flood risk of the prohibition of urban development in high and/or medium flood hazard zones. [less ▲]

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See detailAnodal transcranial direct stimulation (tDCS) targeting the anterior cingulate gyrus for the preventive treatment of chronic cluster headache: a proof of concept trial.
MAGIS, Delphine ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Cosseddu, Anna et al

Poster (2016, April)

Background There is a need for better treatments in chronic cluster headache (CCH). In responders to percutaneous occipital nerve stimulation, the subgenual anterior cingulate gyrus (sACG) was found ... [more ▼]

Background There is a need for better treatments in chronic cluster headache (CCH). In responders to percutaneous occipital nerve stimulation, the subgenual anterior cingulate gyrus (sACG) was found hypermetabolic (Magis et al. 2011). We reasoned that activation of this area by transcranial neurostimulation could be effective in CCH. Aim To explore the preventive effect of anodal (i.e. activating) transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targeting the anterior cingulate gyrus in CCH patients. Method & subjects Difficult-to-treat CCH patients with a stable preventive drug regimen applied tDCS (2mA) interictally in 20-minute daily sessions for 4 weeks with the anode positioned over the forehead (FpZ), the cathode over the C7 spinous process. Therapeutic effects were monitored with paper diaries. Results Nineteen patients were enrolled up to now. In 13 patients who completed the trial, mean weekly attack frequency decreased by 38% after 4 weeks of daily stimulation (W-test: p = 0.002). The 50% responder rate was 54%. Patients (n=12) reported an improvement in headache impact, as shown by 5-point decrease in the mean HIT-6 score (from 67 to 62, p = 0.02). In 10 patients who were followed up after the treatment period, the benefit remained stable up to 4 weeks after the last stimulation. The first 3 enrolled patients had superficial skin burns under the adhesive cathode electrode. Sponge electrodes were therefore used in all subsequent patients without any adverse effect. Conclusion Anodal tDCS targeting the anterior cingulate gyrus seems promising for the preventive treatment of chronic cluster headache as suggested by this ongoing proof-of-concept trial. Use of adhesive electrodes is not recommended. [less ▲]

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See detailEffective soil hydraulic conductivity predicted with the maximum power principle
Westhoff, Martijn ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2016, April)

Drainage of water in soils happens for a large extent through preferential flowpaths, but these subsurface flowpaths are extremely difficult to observe or parameterize in hydrological models. To ... [more ▼]

Drainage of water in soils happens for a large extent through preferential flowpaths, but these subsurface flowpaths are extremely difficult to observe or parameterize in hydrological models. To potentially overcome this problem, thermodynamic optimality principles have been suggested to predict effective parametrization of these (sub-grid) structures, such as the maximum entropy production principle or the equivalent maximum power principle. These principles have been successfully applied to predict heat transfer from the Equator to the Poles, or turbulent heat fluxes between the surface and the atmosphere. In these examples, the effective flux adapts itself to its boundary condition by adapting its effective conductance through the creation of e.g. convection cells. However, flow through porous media, such as soils, can only quickly adapt its effective flow conductance by creation of preferential flowpaths, but it is unknown if this is guided by the aim to create maximum power. Here we show experimentally that this is indeed the case: In the lab, we created a hydrological analogue to the atmospheric model dealing with heat transport between Equator and poles. The experimental setup consists of two freely draining reservoirs connected with each other by a confined aquifer. By adding water to only one reservoir, a potential difference will build up until a steady state is reached. From the steady state potential difference and the observed flow through the aquifer, and effective hydraulic conductance can be determined. This observed conductance does correspond to the one maximizing power of the flux through the confined aquifer. Although this experiment is done in an idealized setting, it opens doors for better parameterizing hydrological models. Furthermore, it shows that hydraulic properties of soils are not static, but they change with changing boundary conditions. A potential limitation to the principle is that it only applies to steady state conditions. Therefore the rate of adaptation of hydraulic properties should be faster than the rate of change in boundary conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of concomitant bone and muscle wasting in patients from the SarcoPhAge study.
Locquet, Médéa ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(supplement 1), 129

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See detailAlpha-synuclein as biomarker in Parkinson’s disease: strategies for detection in CGE-LIF
Houbart, Virginie ULg; Napp, Aurore ULg; Rudaz, Serge et al

Poster (2016, April)

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See detailReview on the applications of directional impulse responses in room acoustics
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Actes du CFA 2016 (2016, April)

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See detailReview of soluble biomarkers of osteoarthritis: lessons from animal model
Legrand, Catherine ULg; Lambert, Cécile ULg; Comblain, Fanny ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2016, April), 24(suppl 1), 88

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See detailDistribution of uncertainties at the municipality level for flood risk modelling along the river Meuse: implications for policy-making
Pirotton, Michel ULg; Stilmant, Frédéric; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

Conference (2016, April)

Flood risk modelling has been conducted for the whole course of the river Meuse in Belgium. Major cities, such as Liege (200,000 inh.) and Namur (l 10,000 inh.), are located in the floodplains of river ... [more ▼]

Flood risk modelling has been conducted for the whole course of the river Meuse in Belgium. Major cities, such as Liege (200,000 inh.) and Namur (l 10,000 inh.), are located in the floodplains of river Meuse. Particular attention has been paid to uncertainty analysis and its implications for decision-making. The modelling chain contains flood frequency analysis, detailed 2D hydraulic computations, damage modelling and risk calculation. The relative importance of each source of uncertainty to the overall results uncertainty has been estimated by considering several alternate options for each step of the analysis; different distributions were considered in the flood frequency analysis; the influence of modelling assumptions and boundary conditions (e.g., steady vs. unsteady) were taken into account for the hydraulic computation; two different landuse classifications and two sets ofdamage functions were used; the number of exceedance probabilities involved in the risk calculation (by integration of the risk-curves) was varied. In addition, the sensitivity of the results with respect to increases in flood discharges \vas assessed. The considered increases are consistent with a "wet" climate change scenario for the time horizons 202l~2050 and 2071-2100 (Detrembleur et al., 2015). The results of hazard computation differ significantly between the upper and lower parts of the course of river Meuse in Belgium. In the former, inundation extents grow gradually as the considered flood discharge is increased (i.e. the exceedance probability is reduced), while in the downstream part, protection structures (mainly concrete walls) prevent inundation for flood discharges corresponding to exccedance probabilities of 0.01 and above (in the present climate). For higher discharges, large inundation extents are obtained in the floodplains. The highest values of risk (mean annual damage) are obtained in the municipalities which undergo relatively frequent flooding (upper part of the river), as well as in those of the downstream part of the Meuse in which flow depths in the urbanized floodplains are particularly high when inundation occurs. This is the case of the city of Liege, as a result of a subsidence process following former mining activities. For a given climate scenario, the uncertainty ranges affecting flood risk estimates are significant; but not so much that the results for the different municipalities would overlap substantially. Therefore, these uncertainties do not hamper prioritization in terms of allocation of risk reduction measures at the municipality level. In the present climate, the uncertainties arising from flood frequency analysis have a negligible influence in the upper part of the river, while they have a considerable impact on risk modelling in the lower part, where a threshold effect was observed due to the flood protection structures (sudden transition from no inundation to massive flooding when a threshold discharge is exceeded). Varying the number of exceedance probabilities in the integration of the risk curve has different effects for different municipalities; but it does not change the ranking of the municipalities in terms of flood risk. For the other scenarios, damage estimation contributes most to the overall uncertainties. As shown by this study, the magnitude of the uncertainty and its main origin vary in space and in time. This emphasizes the paramount importance of conducting distributed uncertainty analyses. In the considered study area, prioritization of risk reduction means can be reliably performed despite the modelling uncertainties. [less ▲]

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See detailOsteoarthritic sclerotic subchondral osteoblasts secreted elevated concentration of fibulin-3 fragments in vitro
Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Lambert, Cécile ULg; Comblain, Fanny ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2016, April), 24(suppl 1), 83

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See detailA randomized double-blind study of Denosumab (DMAB) compared with Zoledronic acid (ZOL) in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis previously treated with oral bisphosphonates
Miller, P.; Pannacciulli, N.; Brown, J.P. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(SUPPLEMENT1), 42

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See detailPhysical and muscle performances among elderly nursing home residents.
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 217

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See detailMapping cortical modules, their connectivity and functions
Genon, Sarah ULg; Eickhoff, Simon

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See detailEffectiveness of High Intensity Radial Shock Wave Therapy in The Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; Fromm, Aurélien et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2016, April), 52(Suppl. 1 No. 2), 733

Introduction: Literature is scarce concerning the effectiveness of high dose radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate its effectiveness on pain ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Literature is scarce concerning the effectiveness of high dose radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate its effectiveness on pain, function and pressure pain threshold in patients with chronicplantar fasciitis (PF). Materials and Methods: Patients with a diagnosis of chronic (pain lasting for more than 3 months) uni- or bilateral PF with a history of failed conservative treatment were included. After a 6-week control period during which no treatment occurred, a 2-week treatment period followed by a three weeks of rest (cicatrization phase) was provided. The treatment period consisted of three radial ESWT sessions (2000 impulses of 10 Hz frequency per session with an energy flux density of 0,275mJ/mm2) separated by a one-weekinterval. Patient assessments (pain intensity, foot function and pressure pain threshold (PPT) at the site of maximum local tenderness disability) were conducted at baseline, after the 6-week control phase (pre-treatment) and at the end of the cicatrization phase (post-treatment). Results: Thirty patients (19 women (63.3%)) with chronic PF and a mean age of 51.9±11 years were included in the present study. No drop-out occurred throughout the study period. No changes were observed at the pre-treatment assessment session except for pain intensity which decreased slightly but significantly (P<0.05). At the post-treatment session, highly significant (P<0.001) and clinically meaningful changes occurred for pain intensity (-34%), foot function score (-60%) and PPT (+68%). Conclusions: The present study suggests that high dose radial ESWT is a feasible and effective way to quickly and significantly decrease pain and disability in most patients with chronic PF. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen the same hydraulics conditions lead to different depositional patterns: case of an idealised delta
Peltier, Yann; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2016, April)

Deltas are complex hydrosystems and ecosystems resulting from the interactions of a river system with a water body almost at rest. Anthropogenic factors (hydropower, flood management, development in the ... [more ▼]

Deltas are complex hydrosystems and ecosystems resulting from the interactions of a river system with a water body almost at rest. Anthropogenic factors (hydropower, flood management, development in the floodplains) lead to dramatic changes in sediment transport in the rivers and in sediment management practice. From continuous, the sediment transport becomes increasingly intermittent, with long periods of deficit in the sediment supply and short periods characterized by large supplies. Understanding how these intermittencies in the sediment supply affect the delta morphodynamics is of paramount importance for predicting the possible evolution and functioning of deltas. Deltas can reasonably be idealised as a reservoir, with an inlet channel representing the river and the sud- den enlargement of the reservoir representing the water body at rest. Using such an ideal configuration enables the assessment of the influence of individual geometric and hydraulic parameters on the depositional patterns responsible for the morphodynamic evolution of the delta. Recent literature has shown that for very similar hydraulic boundary conditions, two very different types of flow fields may develop (“straight jet” vs. “meandering jet”), leading to totally different depositional patterns. In turn, these distinct depositional patterns affect the flow itself through a two-way coupling between the hydrodynamics and the morphodynamics of the deposits. These complex processes will be discussed in the proposed presentation, based on the results of over 160 experimental tests and corresponding numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailEnglish translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the SarQuoL® questionnaire.
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Edwards, M.; Dennison, E.M. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 221-222

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See detailInfluence of the ionospheric model on DCB computation and added value of LEO satellites
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Lestarquit, Laurent; Loyer, Sylvain et al

Poster (2016, April)

In order to compute inter-frequency Differential Code Biases (DCBs), the Geometry-Free combination of a GNSS signal pair needs to be corrected from the ionospheric refraction effect. Such information is ... [more ▼]

In order to compute inter-frequency Differential Code Biases (DCBs), the Geometry-Free combination of a GNSS signal pair needs to be corrected from the ionospheric refraction effect. Such information is obtained using either Global Ionospheric Maps (GIMs) or local models. In this work we investigate the influence of GIMs on the final value and precision of DCB solution. The study covers different ionospheric conditions, ranging from very quiet ionospheric background up to a severe ionospheric storm. In a first step, the Slant Total Electron Content (STEC) between GIMs is assessed as a function of receiver latitude, elevation mask and ionospheric conditions. Then, daily DCBs are estimated using these different GIMs, receiver and satellite contributions being separated using a zero-mean constraint. At last, an independent estimation of DCBs is performed using Low Earth Orbit (LEO) observations (such as JASON's GPS data). This solution is compared with our ground network solution and with DCBs coming from Analysis Centers (ACs) of the International GNSS Service providing ionospheric and DCB solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailContrasting Arctic and Antarctic sea ice temperatures
Vancoppenolle, M.; Raphael, M.; Rousset, C. et al

Conference (2016, April)

Sea ice temperature affects the sea ice growth rate, heat content, permeability and habitability for ice algae. Large-scale simulations with NEMO-LIM suggest large ice temperature contrasts between the ... [more ▼]

Sea ice temperature affects the sea ice growth rate, heat content, permeability and habitability for ice algae. Large-scale simulations with NEMO-LIM suggest large ice temperature contrasts between the Arctic and the Antarctic sea ice. First, Antarctic sea ice proves generally warmer than in the Arctic, in particular during winter, where differences reach up to ∼10◦C. Second, the seasonality of temperature is different among the two hemispheres: Antarctic ice temperatures are 2-3◦C higher in spring than they are in fall, whereas the opposite is true in the Arctic. These two key differences are supported by the available ice core and mass balance buoys temperature observations, and can be attributed to differences in air temperature and snow depth. As a result, the ice is found to be habitable and permeable over much larger areas and much earlier in late spring in the Antarctic as compared with the Arctic, which consequences on biogeochemical exchanges in the sea ice zone remain to be evaluated. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Fractal Nature of Mars Topography Analyzed via the Wavelet Leaders Method
Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

in Information Technology: New Generations (2016, April)

This paper studies the scaling properties of Mars topography based on Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data through the wavelet leaders method (WLM). This approach shows a scale break at 15 km. At ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the scaling properties of Mars topography based on Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data through the wavelet leaders method (WLM). This approach shows a scale break at 15 km. At small scales, these topographic profiles display a monofractal behavior while a multifractal nature is observed at large scales. The scaling exponents are greater at small scales. They also seem to be influenced by latitude and may indicate a slight anisotropy in topography. [less ▲]

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See detailA Refined Method for Estimating the Global Hölder Exponent
Nicolay, Samuel ULg; Kreit, Damien

in Latifi, Shahram (Ed.) Information Technology: New Generations (2016, April)

In this paper, we recall basic results we have obtained about generalized Hölder spaces and present a wavelet characterization that holds under more general hypothesis than previously stated. This ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we recall basic results we have obtained about generalized Hölder spaces and present a wavelet characterization that holds under more general hypothesis than previously stated. This theoretical tool gives rise to a method for estimating the global Hölder exponent which seems to be more precise than other wavelet-based approaches. This work should prove helpful for estimating long range correlations. [less ▲]

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See detailRhizosecreted proteases inhibition for the improvement of recombinant protein production in Arabidopsis thaliana
Lallemand, Jérôme ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg

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Plant-based biopharmaceuticals have gained a lot of interest in the past decade due to their reduced cost and relative safety compared to mammalian cell cultures. While the first plant-made recombinant ... [more ▼]

Plant-based biopharmaceuticals have gained a lot of interest in the past decade due to their reduced cost and relative safety compared to mammalian cell cultures. While the first plant-made recombinant proteins are now reaching the market, the production systems still need improvements to maximize their competitiveness. Optimizing production hosts requires the identification and subsequent inhibition of the most active endogenous peptidases, proteolysis being one of the main factors limiting yields. The aim of our study was to identify root-secreted proteases of Arabidopsis thaliana involved in target protein degradation (BSA) and inhibit them in vivo. Biochemical analyses identified serine proteases as the main class responsible for BSA degradation. An RT-qPCR experiment led to the choice of the serine protease gene SBT4.12 and its homologs as targets for an amiRNA-mediated silencing approach. Arabidopsis amiRNA-expressing lines showed lower levels of expression for SBT4.12 and reduced proteolytic activity in their rhizosecreted extracts. Crossing these lines with recombinant protein producing lines could lead to an improved production platform for proteins of interest. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the effect of a second closely-timed infiltration of platelet-rich plasma to treat proximal patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; CROISIER, Jean-Louis ULg; FORTHOMME, Bénédicte ULg et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2016, April), 54(Suppl. 1 No. 2), 199

Intorduction: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to ... [more ▼]

Intorduction: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to be an effective treatment for this indication, most of the existing studies evaluated the effects of 2 or 3 successive infiltrations. Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether 2 infiltrations of PRP proves more effective than a single treatment. Methods: Twenty patients suffering from chronic jumper’s knee were enrolled into the study and split into two randomized groups (1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP, respectively). The 3-month follow-up evaluation consisted of VAS, IKDC and VISA-P scores, along with algometer, isokinetic and ultrasounds evaluations. After 1 year, subjects were contacted to define their functional evolution. Results: The concentration of the PRP used for each infiltration was similar in both groups, and contained no red or white cells. Results revealed no difference in treatment efficacy between the groups. Discussion and Conclusion: The comparison between 1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP did not reveal any difference between the 2 groups at short to mid term. A second closely-timed infiltration of PRP to treat jumper’s knees is not necessary to improve the efficacy of this treatment in the short term. A second infiltration should perhaps be envisaged later, but this remains to be demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved Thévenin equivalent methods for real-time voltage stability assessment
Perez, Angel; Johannsson, Hjortur; Ostergaard, Jacob et al

in proc. IEEE ENERGYCON Conference (2016, April)

An improved Thévenin equivalent method for real-time voltage stability assessment that uses wide-area information from synchrophasors is proposed. The improvements are a better modeling of the limited ... [more ▼]

An improved Thévenin equivalent method for real-time voltage stability assessment that uses wide-area information from synchrophasors is proposed. The improvements are a better modeling of the limited synchronous generators, and a processing that anticipates the effect of field current limiters, before the latter are activated. Several study cases using detailed dynamic simulations of the Nordic test system have been used to assess the performance of the proposed improvements. Their effectiveness is analyzed and, based on the results, their possible application in combination with the sensitivity-based voltage stability assessment method is explored. [less ▲]

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See detailL'imagination. Une pratique normée chez Wittgenstein
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

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Contrairement aux empiristes anglais, Wittgenstein récuse l’idée d’après laquelle les actes d’imagination sont définis par leur « contenu », à savoir une « image mentale » qui ne différerait que par son ... [more ▼]

Contrairement aux empiristes anglais, Wittgenstein récuse l’idée d’après laquelle les actes d’imagination sont définis par leur « contenu », à savoir une « image mentale » qui ne différerait que par son degré d’intensité d’un contenu cognitif (Cf. Hume, Traité de la nature humaine, I, i, 3 ; Wittgenstein, F §621). Parallèlement, Wittgenstein récuse l’hypothèse selon laquelle un « œil mental » ou « œil interne » nous fournirait ces images (cf. e.g. RPP II §66). De fait, les nombreux exemples des Recherches philosophiques comme des textes plus tardifs (cf. e.g. RP §§6, 19 ; F §§98, 571) mettent en scène l’imagination d’un langage, d’une hypothèse, d’un usage, d’un contexte, etc. – autant de choses que l’on ne « voit » pas par l’œil de l’esprit. En adoptant une position assez proche de celles de Reid, Ryle ou Sartre (cf. Glock 1996), Wittgenstein défend alors l’hypothèse d’une imagination sans imaginaire. Ce faisant, Wittgenstein présente l’imagination comme un acte, ou plutôt une « pratique ». Or Wittgenstein dissocie cette pratique de celle de la perception (F §§621-637). Selon le §625 des Fiches, il existe bien un « rapport » entre ces deux jeux de langage, mais pas de « ressemblance ». À titre de premières indications, il semble que les deux pratiques diffèrent pour au moins trois raisons : - Premièrement, Wittgenstein affirme que l’imagination, à la différence de la perception, est assujettie à la volonté (e.g. F §621). Si nous recevons ce que nous percevons, nous pouvons en revanche répudier ou rechercher certaines images. - Qui plus est, en tant que pratique volontaire, l’imagination est soumise aux mêmes règles que celles qui régulent toutes les pratiques. C’est donc une pratique normée : en situation, certaines représentations sont possibles alors que d’autres pas (cf. e.g. RP, §651 : « je ne peux pas imaginer le contraire »). - Il semble enfin que l’imagination, à la différence de la perception, soit une pratique créatrice. Wittgenstein rapproche en effet l’imagination du « voir comme » et non du voir (RP II, 11, RPP §543). Elle joue à ce titre un rôle méthodologique fondamental dans l’économie de la vision synoptique que Wittgenstein appelle de ses vœux. [less ▲]

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See detailAntibiotherapy in pet rodents and rabbits: a preliminary analysis of practitioners’ habits
Marlier, Didier ULg

in Proceedings of the European College of Zoological Medicine Symposium (2016, April)

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See detailEfficacy and safety of glucosamine sulfate in the management of osteoarthritis: Evidence from real-life setting trials and surveys.
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(supplement 1), 65

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See detailPrevalence of frailty among nursing home, according to different operational definitions.
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; GILLAIN, Sophie ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 216-217

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See detailThe Places from which I write: Reflections on the use of a Transnational Situated Feminist Objective Lens in Knowledge Production
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg

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Through this contribution I make use of a Transnational Situated feminist objective lens (Haraway, 1988 , Fernandes, 2013 , Kaplan, 1994 ) to depict the impact of my geopolitical-locations and multi ... [more ▼]

Through this contribution I make use of a Transnational Situated feminist objective lens (Haraway, 1988 , Fernandes, 2013 , Kaplan, 1994 ) to depict the impact of my geopolitical-locations and multi-layered transnational identities on my choice of research topic, project design and definition of research object (Koobak and Thapar-Bjorkert, 2014) . In order to do so, I draw from examples of my multi-sited fieldwork with migrant domestic workers in Brussels and their family members in Peru and Colombia. Through the analysis, I first show how the use of such methodological tool during my pilot fieldwork shifted the aim of my research and led me to focus on the global inequalities experienced by ageing migrant domestic workers in the area of social protection. Secondly, I explore how the same methodological tool led me to choose the adequate intersectional theoretical perspectives and methods to properly address my research object. Thirdly, I show how these same reflections led me to plan ethical measures to produce knowledge under less asymmetrical power relations. This paper shows that my geopolitical locations and multi-layered transnational identities not only enlighten my everyday life experience but also impact the ways in which I construct and conduct my research. Moreover, it highlights the importance of acknowledging the multi-layered nature of the locations from which we write in order to hold ourselves accountable for the situated knowledge we produce. Lastly, this paper shows that reflections on the politics of locations can be useful both for minoritized subjects such as myself who challenge the hegemonic archetypes from the edges as well as for others who occupy more advantageous positions. [less ▲]

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See detailTen years of Denosumab (DMAB) treatment in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Results from the FREEDOM Extension trial.
Bone, H.G.; Brandi, M.L.; Brown, J.P. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 135-136

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See detailIs isokinetic exercise dangerous for the heart?
Le Goff, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2016, April), 52(suppl. 1 No. 2), 457

INTRODUCTION: Very strenuous exercises can be performed on an isokinetic dynamometer in order to evaluate the resistance to fatigue of different muscular groups. Good cardiac function is necessary in ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Very strenuous exercises can be performed on an isokinetic dynamometer in order to evaluate the resistance to fatigue of different muscular groups. Good cardiac function is necessary in order to perform these very intensive exercises; otherwise an acute myocardial dysfunction could theoretically appear in predisposed patients. PURPOSE: Our study aimed to observe the cardiovascular impact (by biological point of view) of maximal intense isokinetic eccentric and concentric protocols performed by a population of sedentary young men. METHOD: Resting (T0) and post-exercise (just after (T1), 3 hours (T2) and 24 hours after the exercise (T3)) blood samples were taken in 2 populations of young sedentary men: 12 subjects (22.5±1.15 yo) for the eccentric protocol and 18 subjects (22.4±2.6 yo) for the concentric protocol. These subjects performed an intense maximal isokinetic exercise of the quadriceps muscles involving 30 knee flexions–extensions for each leg. We evaluated markers of cardiovascular risk (highly sensitive troponin T (hs-TnT), N-Terminal Brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), myoglobin (MYO)), of inflammation (highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP)), muscle damage (creatine kinase (CK)) and of oxidative stress (myeloperoxidase (MPO), lipidic peroxides (POXL), reduced (GSH) and oxidised glutathione (GSSG)). Haemodynamic parameters were measured continuously using a Portapres, and respiratory parameters were measured using a Sensormedics Vmax 29C. RESULTS: All the physiological parameters measured presented statistically significant changes. For the eccentric exercise, no significant modification in cardiac (NT-proBNP, hs-TNT) and inflammation (hsCRP) biomarkers was observed. However, a significant increase for CK (T3), MYO (T2), MPO (T1), POXL (T1), GSSG (T3) and ratio GSH/GSSG (T2-T3) was shown. For the concentric exercise, the results showed significant increases for the CK (T1-T2-T3), MYO (T1-T2), GSH/GSSG (T1). Evolutionary trends were also observed for the following biomarkers: NT-proBNP (T1-T2-T3), MPO (T2), and GSSG (T4). DISCUSSION and CONCLUSIONS: No modification in cardiac biomarkers was observed after the maximal eccentric isokinetic exercise but some variations can be observed for these biomarkers after the concentric exercise. However, these changes do not exceed the reference values in healthy subjects. We were thus able to prove that the exercise could be performed without any risk to cardiac function in young sedentary subjects. Nevertheless, a significant level of oxidative stress was induced by both exercises. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-invasive vagus nerve stimulation with the gammaCore® in healthy subjects: is there electrophysiological evidence for activation of vagal afferents ?
Schoenen, Jean ULg; NONIS, Romain ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2016, April)

Abstract: Background Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) with the gammaCore® improves migraine and cluster headache. Animal experiments suggest that nVNS acts via stimulation of vagal afferents ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Background Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) with the gammaCore® improves migraine and cluster headache. Animal experiments suggest that nVNS acts via stimulation of vagal afferents, but proof in humans is lacking. Vagal somatosensory evoked potentials (vSEP) are identified after invasive VNS or transcutaneous stimulation of auricular vagal branches, but late components could be muscle artifacts. Objective To search in healthy volunteers for reliable vSEP during nVNS with the gammaCore® Methods In 12 healthy subjects (7males) evoked potentials were recorded at A1/A2 (ref Cz) and C3/C4 (ref F3/F4) during 2-minute stimulation over left/right cervical vagus nerve with the gammaCore® (25Hz, 6-24V) and during stimulation over the inner tragus with a monopolar stimulator (2Hz, 50 stimuli, mean intensity 8mA). Results We identified 3 reproducible peaks P1, N1, P2 in 10 patients on the side of the gammaCore® stimulation at mean latencies of 2.05ms, 5.20ms and 9.13ms. P1-N1 amplitude increased significantly (p<0.01) with increasing voltage from 0.04μV to 0.52μV (C3/C4) and from 0.13µV to 2.04μV (A1/A2) respectively at 10V and 30V. Inner tragus stimulation elicited P1, N1, P2 peaks with shorter mean latencies (2.21ms, 3.72ms, 5.71ms) and a mean P1-N1 amplitude (A1/A2) of 5.0µV. When the gammaCore® was placed over the sternocleidomastoid muscle, there were no reproducible evoked potentials. Conclusion Non-invasive transcutaneous stimulation of the cervical vagus nerve with the gammaCore® elicits evoked potentials similar to those found with implanted electrodes or stimulation of Arnold’s nerve in the outer ear. The gammaCore®-evoked potentials increase in amplitude with stimulation intensity and disappear when the stimulator is positioned over neck muscles, suggesting that they are not muscle artifacts. Their short latency is compatible with their generation at the level of the foramen jugulare. The therapeutic effects reported with the gammaCore® in primary headaches can thus be mediated by genuine activation of vagus nerve afferents. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety and well-being: an integrated model predicting safety behaviors
Laurent, Julie ULg; Chmiel, Nik; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

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Since Hofmann, Jacobs and Landy (1995) emphasized the need to consider the influences of socio-organizational factors on safety, several studies have invoked psychological processes in order to interpret ... [more ▼]

Since Hofmann, Jacobs and Landy (1995) emphasized the need to consider the influences of socio-organizational factors on safety, several studies have invoked psychological processes in order to interpret the relationships they identified between such organizational factors and safety outcomes. However, studies measuring effectively such psychological processes are quite scarce. Four distinct psychological processes have been identified as fundamental to predict safety behaviors: cognitive, motivational, instrumental and social exchange processes. Hansez and Chmiel (2010) have applied the job demands resources model (Bakker & Demerouti, 2007) to the safety domain, identifying 3 different safety specific (instrumental) and non-safety specific (cognitive and motivational) psychological processes explaining safety violations. Our main aim is to integrate the four psychological processes, but also in-role and extra-role safety behaviors to the same model. More specifically, we aim at replicating Hansez and Chmiel’s (2010) results on a different sample and integrating safety-specific social process to the model. 1,922 workers (71% response rate) returned a questionnaire including validated scales measuring job demands (work overload and role ambiguity), job resources (job quality, decision latitude and work support), job strain, job engagement, perceived management commitment to safety, routine and situational violations, safety participation and safety citizenship role definitions (SCRDs). Data were analyzed using structural equation modelling and bootstrapping. Results showed that, as expected, our model followed the same patterns as Hansez and Chmiel’s (2010) model, confirming the importance of cognitive-energetical, motivational and instrumental processes in the prediction of safety violations. Moreover, perceiving management as committed to safety leads workers to define discretionary safety behaviours as part of the job, which is linked to corresponding discretionary behaviours. Participating in such discretionary activities, in turn, leads to (1) lower situational violations, but also to (2) lower routine violations. These results confirm the importance of safety-specific social exchange processes in the prediction of safety violations. Thus, it appears that different processes of reaction to working conditions can impact employee’ safety behaviors. On the one hand, situational violations are impacted by motivational process, as job resources encourage employees to be stimulated by their job, by instrumental process, as perceiving management as committed to safety is directly associated with lower situational violations, and by social process stemming from job resources (i.e. job resources allow employees to perceive their management as committed to safety, and they reciprocate this interest by defining safety as a part of their role, what encourage them to participate to discretionary safety activities). On the other hand, routine violations are impacted by the same social exchange (although to a lesser extent) and motivational processes, but also by cognitive process, as demanding working conditions may provoke job strain, associated with more “corner-cutting”. A practical implication for companies who want to reduce safety violations is to consider safety-specific and non-safety specific processes together. That is, they can try to improve working conditions considered as job resources, but need to keep in mind that these resources determine more complex safety-specific social exchange processes, through the crucial influence of management. [less ▲]

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See detailBrain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in normal healthy and hemodialyzed populations.
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; CARLISI, Ignazia ULg; KOVACS, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 512

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See detailEfficacy and safety of hyaluronic acid in the management of osteoarthritis: Evidence from real-life setting trials and surveys.
Rannou, F.; Maheu; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(supplement 1), 66

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See detailLa ligne et la boucle. Michel Strogoff ou l'involution
Durand, Pascal ULg

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See detailAge-standardized quality of life after hip or knee arthoplasty.
Neuprez, Audrey ULg; KURTH, William ULg; THIRION, Thierry ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 541-542

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See detailThe contribution of air-fluidization to the mobility of rapid flowslides
Stilmant, Frédéric; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

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Air-fluidization can be the origin of the long runout of gravitational flows involving fine particles such as ash. An excessive air pore pressure dramatically reduces the friction angle of the material as ... [more ▼]

Air-fluidization can be the origin of the long runout of gravitational flows involving fine particles such as ash. An excessive air pore pressure dramatically reduces the friction angle of the material as long as this pressure has not been dissipated, which occurs during the flow. This phenomenon can be modelled thanks to the 2D depth-averaged equations of mass and momentum conservation and an additional transport equation for basal pore pressure evolu- tion (Iverson and Denlinger, 2001). ln this contribution, we discuss the application of this model in relation to recent experimental results on air- fluidized flows by Roche et al. (2008) and Roche (2012). The experimental results were used to set a priori the value of the diffusion coefficient in the model, taking into account the diference of scale between the experiments and real-world applications. We also compare the model predictions against detailed observations of a well-documented historical event, the collapse of a fly-ash heap in Belgium (Stilmant et al., 2015). In particular, we analyse the influence of the different components of the model on the results (pore pressure dissipation vs. pore pressure generation). The diffusion coefficient which characterizes the dissipation of air pore pressure is found sufficiently low for maintaining a fluidized flow over hundreds of meters. The study concludes that an air-tluidization theory is consistent with the field observations. These findings are particularly interesting as they seem not in line with the mainstream acceptation in landslide modelling that air generally plays a secondary role (e.g., Legros, 2002). [less ▲]

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See detailDoes the Budyko curve reflect a maximum power state of hydrological systems? A backward analysis
Westhoff, Martijn ULg; Zehe, Erwin; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

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Almost all catchments plot within a small envelope around the Budyko curve. This apparent behaviour suggests that organizing principles may play a role in the evolution of catchments. In this paper we ... [more ▼]

Almost all catchments plot within a small envelope around the Budyko curve. This apparent behaviour suggests that organizing principles may play a role in the evolution of catchments. In this paper we applied the thermodynamic principle of maximum power as the organizing principle. In a top-down approach we derived mathematical formulations of the relation between relative wetness and gradients driving runoff and evaporation for a simple one-box model. We did this in an inverse manner such that when the conductances are optimized with the maximum power principle, the steady state behaviour of the model leads exactly to a point on the asymptotes of the Budyko curve. Subsequently, we added dynamics in forcing and actual evaporations, causing the Budyko curve to deviate from the asymptotes. Despite the simplicity of the model, catchment observations compare reasonably well with the Budyko curves subject to observed dynamics in rainfall and actual evaporation. Thus by constraining the – with the maximum power principle optimized – model with the asymptotes of the Budyko curve we were able to derive more realistic values of the aridity and evaporation index without any parameter calibration. [less ▲]

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See detailTreeNET: Discovering and Connecting Subnets
Grailet, Jean-François ULg; Tarissan, Fabien; Donnet, Benoît ULg

in 8th International Workshop on Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA) (2016, April)

Since the early 2000's, the Internet topology has been an attractive and important research topic, either for developing data collection mechanisms, and for analyzing and modeling the network. Beside ... [more ▼]

Since the early 2000's, the Internet topology has been an attractive and important research topic, either for developing data collection mechanisms, and for analyzing and modeling the network. Beside traditional aspects of the Internet topology (i.e., IP interface, router, and AS levels), recent researches focused on intermediate promising visions of the topology, namely Point-of-Presence (PoP) and subnets (i.e., a set of devices that are located on the same connection medium and that can communicate directly with each other at the link layer). This paper focuses on network subnet discovery by proposing a new tool called treenet. One of the key aspects of treenet is that it builds a tree representing the way subnets are located with respect to each other. This tree allows treenet to obtain additional information on the network, leading to better analysis of the collected data. In this paper, we demonstrate the potential of treenet through the evaluation of its key algorithmic steps and the study of measurements collected from the PlanetLab testbed. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling the MPLS Structure on Internet Topology
Davila Revelo; Anderson Ricci, Mauricio; Donnet, Benoît ULg et al

in 8th International Workshop on Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA) (2016, April)

Recently, researches have been conducted to discover and assess the usage of MPLS tunnels. Indeed, recent developments in the ICMP protocol make certain categories of MPLS tunnels transparent to ... [more ▼]

Recently, researches have been conducted to discover and assess the usage of MPLS tunnels. Indeed, recent developments in the ICMP protocol make certain categories of MPLS tunnels transparent to traceroute probing. Additional techniques have been proposed to reveal the presence of MPLS tunnels when they do not explicitly appear in traceroute. It has been shown that MPLS is a very well deployed technology whose usage (i.e., Traffic Engineering, load balancing, etc.) varies in time and according to ASes. However, the MPLS structure on the Internet architecture has not been studied yet. In this paper, we follow this path by providing two contributions to the state of the art: (i) we evaluate the biases involved on MPLS tunnel detection when they are not directly revealed through traceroute. (ii), we provide some properties and architectural details related with MPLS deployment on router topology based on a k-core decomposition. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign optimization of large-size format edge-lit light guide units
Hastanin, Juriy ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg

in Proceedings of SPIE; SPIE 2016 Photonics Europe (2016, April)

In this paper, we present an original method of dot-pattern generation dedicated to design optimization of large-size format ELBUs (Edge-Lit Light Guide Unit), where the number of dots greatly exceeds the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present an original method of dot-pattern generation dedicated to design optimization of large-size format ELBUs (Edge-Lit Light Guide Unit), where the number of dots greatly exceeds the maximum allowable number of optical objects supported by most common ray-tracing software. In the proposed method, in order to simplify the computational problem, an original optical system is replaced by an equivalent one. Accordingly, the original dot pattern is splitted into multiple small sections. Then, these sections are replaced by equivalent cells with continuous diffusing film. After that, we adjust the TIS (Total Integrated Scatter) two-dimensional distribution over the grid of equivalent cells, using an iterative optimization procedure. Finally, the obtained optimal TIS distribution is converted into the dot size distribution by applying an appropriate conversion rule. An original semi-empirical equation dedicated to rectangular large-size LGPs (Light Guide Plate) is proposed for the initial guess of the TIS distribution. It allows significantly reducing the time needed to dot pattern optimization. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of tillage on N2O and CO2 efflux in an agricultural crop
Lognoul, Margaux ULg; Theodorakopoulos, Nicolas ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

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In an experiment conducted in the Belgian loess belt between June and October 2015, the effect of two tillage treatments (CT - conventional tillage and RT - reduced tillage) on CO2 and N2O fluxes ... [more ▼]

In an experiment conducted in the Belgian loess belt between June and October 2015, the effect of two tillage treatments (CT - conventional tillage and RT - reduced tillage) on CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were compared. Fluxes were measured using two fully automated sets of dynamic closed chambers, allowing a 4.5h temporal resolution. Soil water content and temperature were also monitored as well as pH, total N (TN) and total organic C (TOC) content. [less ▲]

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See detailLes théories représentationnelles de l'esprit
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

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See detailrelationship between total hip BMD T-score and incidence of nonvertebral fracture with up to 10 years of Denosumab (DMAB) treatment
Ferrari, S.; ADAMI, S.; Brown, J.P. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 49-50

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See detailThe future prevalence of sarcopenia in Europe
Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Tchoconte, C.; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016, April), 27(Supplement 1), 53-54

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See detailVoyage d'étude curriculum et évaluation de la qualité
Pirard, Florence ULg; Goossens, Xavier

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Quand ils sont inscrits dans des dispositifs d’accompagnement organisé en réseau et ancré dans les pratiques professionnelles, on peut faire l’hypothèse que les voyages d’étude contribuent à une ... [more ▼]

Quand ils sont inscrits dans des dispositifs d’accompagnement organisé en réseau et ancré dans les pratiques professionnelles, on peut faire l’hypothèse que les voyages d’étude contribuent à une transformation à la fois des acteurs qui découvrent d’autres manières de penser et d’agir et des actions qu’ils sont susceptibles d’améliorer. Ils s’inscrivent dans des dispositifs qui relèvent d’une culture de la professionnalisation. Nous analyserons un dispositif d’accompagnement centré sur le travail avec les familles qui intègre des voyages d’étude pour des professionnel-le-s de l’accueil en collectivité (fonction d’accueil, direction et coordination). Elle questionne la place du voyage d’étude dans le dispositif, les conditions de sa mise en œuvre et les effets observés sur les pratiques professionnelles. [less ▲]

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See detailRefractory ceramic molds fabrication by additive methods for low and high melting point metal alloys casting
Bister, Geoffroy; Deschuyteneer, Dorian; Hautcoeur, Dominique et al

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See detailCalendars and rituals at Mari during the šakkanakkū period (end of the 3rd millennium B.C. – beginning of the 2nd)
Colonna d'Istria, Laurent ULg

Conference (2016, March 23)

The order of the months in the calendar at the end of the šakkanakkū period (19th century B.C.) is now well established. This calendar is largely similar to the one in use during the amorite period. This ... [more ▼]

The order of the months in the calendar at the end of the šakkanakkū period (19th century B.C.) is now well established. This calendar is largely similar to the one in use during the amorite period. This paper will focus on the rituals and festivals at Mari during the end of the šakkanakkū period: expenditures for temples, deities and rituals are mentioned in many administrative texts dated to the mid-19th century. Nevertheless, these texts are very patchy and the festivals are not clearly named. The latest excavation archaeological excavations at the site of Tell Hariri-Mari provided us with eleven administrative texts dated to the middle of the šakkanakkū period (i.e. UrIII period or slightly earlier). These texts reveal a calendar which is partly similar to the late šakkanakkū one. [less ▲]

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See detailWavelet-based Methods to Study the Regularity of a Signal: from Theory to Practice
Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Conference (2016, March 23)

In this talk, I use the notion of wavelet to design multifractal formalisms. I present the theoritical results obtained on the generalized Snu spaces and I show the utility of these generalization ... [more ▼]

In this talk, I use the notion of wavelet to design multifractal formalisms. I present the theoritical results obtained on the generalized Snu spaces and I show the utility of these generalization. Besides, I also apply these formalisms on a practical example: the Mars topography. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de dermatophytes isolés dans les services de revalidation et physiothérapie d’une structure hospitalière en région Liégeoise (Belgique)
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; Utri, Tania ULg; Abdel-Sadick, Hidjab Abdoulaye ULg et al

Poster (2016, March 23)

Objectifs : Les dermatophytes sont responsables d’infections de la peau, des ongles et du cuir chevelu. Les espèces anthropophiles peuvent se transmettre d’une personne à une autre par un simple contact ... [more ▼]

Objectifs : Les dermatophytes sont responsables d’infections de la peau, des ongles et du cuir chevelu. Les espèces anthropophiles peuvent se transmettre d’une personne à une autre par un simple contact. Leur présence en milieu sportif (salles de sport, piscine, tatamis), douches collectives, vestiaires des écoles, a été largement décrite. Par contre il existe peu de littérature concernant les établissements de soins. C’est pourquoi, nous nous sommes intéressés au risque potentiel d’infection par des dermatophytes en milieu hospitalier et particulièrement dans les salles de kinésithérapie et de revalidation ainsi que dans une piscine du CHU de Liège. Matériel et méthodes : Trois sites du CHU de Liège ont été investigués: le site du Sart Tilman (ST), le site Ourthe Amblève (OA) et le site Notre-Dame des Bruyères (NDB). Les prélèvements ont été effectués en salle de revalidation et kinésithérapie ainsi qu’à la piscine de revalidation. Ces prélèvements ont été réalisés sur les surfaces à l’aide de géloses de contact (milieu de Sabouraud/chloramphénicol/actidione/gentamicine, Tritium Microbiologie, Pays-bas). L’identification des espèces fongiques a été réalisée par observation macro-microscopique des cultures, spectrométrie de masse (Maldi-Tof) et séquençage moléculaire. Résultats : Au total, 552 prélèvements ont été réalisés parmi lesquels 15 dermatophytes ont été recensés (2,72%). On retrouve: 7 T. rubrum, 7 T. interdigitale, 1 T. mentagrophytes var. mentagrophytes. Sur le site ST, 207 prélèvements ont été effectués parmi lesquels 4 T. rubrum, 1 T. interdigitale et 1 T. mentagrophytes var. mentagrophytes (zoophile). Sur le site OA, parmi les 226 prélèvements effectués, 4 Trichophyton interdigitale et 3 Trichophyton rubrum ont été retrouvés. Aucun dermatophyte n’a été isolé de l’eau de piscine ou pédiluve. Sur le site de NDB, sur 119 prélèvements, seuls 2 isolats de Trichophyton interdigitale ont été identifiés. Les prélèvements positifs pour les dermatophytes concernent des tapis de gymnastique, vélos, rameurs, balances, trampolines, demi-sphères d’équilibre, table de kinésithérapie, sols de douches et vestiaires de la piscine. Conclusion Grâce à ces investigations, nous avons pu mettre en évidence sur le matériel de revalidation et les sols des vestiaires, la présence de deux espèces anthropophiles, T. rubrum et T. interdigitale fréquemment impliquées dans les cas d’onychomycoses et atteintes cutanées. Une souche zoophile de T. mentagrophytes a également été mise en évidence. Cette étude démontre qu’un renforcement de la fréquence de nettoyage des sols et des instruments utilisés dans les salles de sport du CHU de Liège est nécessaire de façon à minimaliser les risques de contamination de patients et du personnel médical. [less ▲]

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See detailFeasibility study of repetitive diffusion MRI after Neoadjuvant radiotherapy for following tumor microenvironment.
LALLEMAND, François ULg; Leroi, Natacha ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Conference (2016, March 22)

Purpose/Objective. Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and tumor resection in many cancers. The timing between the end of the NeoRT and surgery is mostly driven by the occurrence ... [more ▼]

Purpose/Objective. Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and tumor resection in many cancers. The timing between the end of the NeoRT and surgery is mostly driven by the occurrence of side effects or the tumor downsizing. We previously demonstrated in an in vivo model that the timing of surgery and the schedule of NeoRT influenced the tumor dissemination. Here, our aim is to evaluate with functional MRI (fMRI) the impact of the radiation treatment on the tumor microenvironment and subsequently to identify non-invasive markers helping to determine the best timing to perform surgery for avoiding tumor spreading. First, we needed to demonstrate the feasibility of repetitive MRI imaging after NeoRT in mice. Material/methods. We used two models of NeoRT we previously developed in mice: MDA-MB 231 and 4T1 cells implanted in the flank of mice. When tumors reached the planned volume, they are irradiated with 2x5 Gy and then surgically removed at different time points after RT. In the mean time between the end of RT and the surgical procedure, mice were imaged in a 9,4T Agilent® MRI. Diffusion Weighted (DW) -MRI was performed every 2 days between RT and surgery. For each tumors we acquired 8 slices of 1 mm thickness and 0.5 mm gap with an “in plane voxel resolution” of 0.5 mm. For DW-MRI, we performed FSEMS (Fast Spin Echo MultiSlice) sequences, with 9 different B-values (from 40 to 1000) and B0, in the 3 main directions. We also performed IVIM (IntraVoxel Incoherent Motion) analysis, in the aim to obtain information on intravascular diffusion, related to perfusion (F: perfusion factor) and subsequently tumor vessels perfusion. Results. As preliminary results, with the MBA-MB 231 we observed a significant increase of F at day 6 after irradiation than a decrease and stabilization until surgery. No other modifications of the MRI signal, ADC, D or D* were observed. We observed similar results with 4T1 cells, F increased at day 3 than returned to initial signal. The difference in the timing of the peak of F can be related to the difference in tumor growth between MBA-MB 231 and 4T1 (four weeks vs one week). Conclusion. For the first time, we demonstrate the feasibility of repetitive fMRI imaging in mice models after NeoRT. With these models, we show a significant peak of the perfusion factor (F) at day 6 or day 3. This change occurs between the two previous time points of surgery demonstrating a difference in the metastatic spreading. Indeed, after a NeoRT of 2X5Gy we observed more metastases in the lung when MDA-MB 231 tumor bearing mice are operated 4 days after RT compared to 11 days. These preliminary results are very promising for identifying noninvasive markers for determining the best timing for surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailOsteopontin predicts radiotherapy response of glioblastoma patients : new role in DNA damage repair
Henry, Aurélie ULg; Nokin, Marie-Julie; Leroi, Natacha ULg et al

Conference (2016, March 22)

- Introduction: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive and common solid human brain tumor. Because of GBM heterogeneity, location and aggressiveness, none of the available treatment is curative. These ... [more ▼]

- Introduction: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive and common solid human brain tumor. Because of GBM heterogeneity, location and aggressiveness, none of the available treatment is curative. These treatments include maximal surgical resection, radiotherapy and concomitant or adjuvant chemotherapy with Temozolomide. However, the prognosis of adult patients with GBM remains poor and the survival outcome after treatment does not exceed 15 months. GBM-composing cells have developed many strategies to counteract these current therapies. Among the wide hallmarks acquired to survive, high osteopontin (OPN) expression correlates with lower overall and disease-free/relapse-free survival in all tumors combined, as well in brain cancer. Our recent study (Lamour V and Henry A, IJC 2015) has demonstrated the role of OPN in the tumorigenicity of glioblastoma cells and its importance in the maintenance of the stem characters. In the continuation of this work, our recent studies focused on the potential role of OPN in the resistance of GBM cells to radiotherapy and its potential implication in the initiation of Double Strand Breaks (DSBs) repair mechanisms. - Aims: In the context of this study, different GBM cell lines (U251-MG, U87-MG and U87 Viii) were used to assess the role of OPN in the initiation of the DSBs repair mechanism after an exposure to gamma-irradiation. - Methods and results: We performed the transient transfection of different GBM cell lines (U251-MG, U87-MG and U87-MG overexpressing EGFR VIII) with siRNAs specifically directed against OPN. After irradiation, all these OPN-depleted cells consistently showed a lower induction of γ–H2AX compared to control (irrelevant siRNA) as evidenced by western blot and immunofluorescence techniques. Thereafter, clonogenic assays allowed to prove that the survival of OPN-depleted cells was affected after an exposure to irradiation. To assess the importance of OPN expression in the response to radiotherapy, an heterotopic xenograft model was used. In brief, IPTG-inducible U87 shOPN clones were injected subcutaneously in NOD-SCID mice and were allowed to form a tumor. When average tumor volume reached a predetermined size range, mice were treated (or not) with IPTG by intraperitoneal injection during five days. At the end of the treatment, tumors were selectively exposed to gamma-irradiation by using a small animal irradiator X-RAD 225Cx (Precision X-Ray Inc., North Branford, CT). One week later, mice were sacrificed and tumors were measured. In this pilot study, we observed that mice in which the tumor was depleted in OPN displayed a slight regression in the tumor growth compared to mice that received radiotherapy alone (no IPTG), where the tumor volume remained constant. - Conclusions: Taken together, these preliminary data meet the fact that OPN is important in the response of GBM to radiotherapy. The in vitro results converge to the fact that OPN might be implicated in the initiation of the DSBs repair following irradiation. Currently, we would like to investigate this hypothesis in vivo but also to check the effect of OPN depletion combined to radiotherapy on the survival of mice in an orthotopic xenograft model. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced biomass production of a novel Acetobacter strain isolated from Moroccan biotopes using response surface methodology approach
Mounir, Majid ULg; Hamas, Khadija; Tamraoui, Khadija et al

Conference (2016, March 21)

The objective of this work was first the isolation of novel acetic acid bacteria strains from natural Moroccan habitats, and then, the evaluation of their ability to produce microbial starters for vinegar ... [more ▼]

The objective of this work was first the isolation of novel acetic acid bacteria strains from natural Moroccan habitats, and then, the evaluation of their ability to produce microbial starters for vinegar production in large-scale. The isolation was made from figs, dates, cactus, and traditional fruit vinegars. Four strains, selected from a total of 63 isolates were confirmed to be belonged to Acetobacter species according to biochemical tests and molecular study based on 16s rDNA sequence analysis. Acetic acid fermentation tests, performed on date and apple fermented juices by the selected Acetobacter strains, showed high capacity of acidification. The most efficient strain, isolated from cactus vinegar, yielded an acidity of about 42.5 g/L on apple juice. A cell growth optimization was carried out on the most efficient strain using the response surface methodology (RSM). The linear, quadratic and interaction effects of four factors; ethanol, acetic acid, glucose and pH were studied by the application of a central composite design. 30 experiments were designed to predict the maximum concentration of cell biomass. The optimal calculated values of ethanol, acetic acid, glucose and pH allowing the prediction of the maximum biomass production (2.2 g/L) were 28.18 g/L, 10.12 g/L, 15.15 g/L and 5.33, respectively. Subsequently, further batch fermentations were carried out in a 6 L lab-bioreactor using the optimased culture medium. The results were in line with the predict values. It was concluded that the studied strain is well suited to be used as parental strain to prepare a starter for vinegar fruit production. [less ▲]

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See detail“Rhythm and Repetition in Caryl Phillips’s Dancing in the Dark”
Mascoli, Giulia ULg

Conference (2016, March 20)

My proposal is to deal with Dancing in the Dark (London: Vintage, 2005), a novel by Caryl Phillips, a contemporary British author of Caribbean descent. This narrative is devoted to the Caribbean American ... [more ▼]

My proposal is to deal with Dancing in the Dark (London: Vintage, 2005), a novel by Caryl Phillips, a contemporary British author of Caribbean descent. This narrative is devoted to the Caribbean American entertainer Bert Williams (1874–1922) who was the first black performer in the Ziegfield Follies and it traces his frustrating life as a black performer who had to blackface. Like most of Phillips’s literary production, Dancing in the Dark is shaped by music, both thematically –there are scenes involving musical performances, lyrics interspersed throughout the novel– and formally through the recurrent and creative use of repetitions and meaningful variations in rhythm, and sonic effects. Indeed, various elements of sound are present through poetic language and forms to emphasize elements of rhythm: repetitive devices such as rhymes, meters and alliterations. My contention is that these rhythmic devices partake in the emotional impact of Phillips’s writing; sonic elements emphasize the musical properties of language, strike the reader and prevent them from forgetting the traumatic experience of Bert. Through repetition, they transfer the character’s traumatic experience into the writing and create a sense of sympathy with the reader which privileges immediate empathy. If Bert Williams has been largely forgotten until recently, I believe that Phillips’s rhythmic prose will enable Bert’s story to resonate in the reader’s mind long after closing the book. [less ▲]

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See detailThérapeutiques conservatrices des tendinopathies : quoi de neuf ?
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

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See detailLes PCSK9 : la mort des statines ?
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

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Miesse, Hélène ULg

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See detailThe Islamic coinage of Barqa from the conquest up to the advent of the Fatimids
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

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See detail“Everything was losing definition and outline”: Re-membering Trauma Fiction in Gail Jones’s Sorry
Belleflamme, Valérie-Anne ULg

Conference (2016, March 18)

In an article, Australian novelist and essayist Gail Jones confesses of her novel Sorry that it has “a political-allegorical aspect – as one would expect, claiming such a title” (2008, 79). Published in ... [more ▼]

In an article, Australian novelist and essayist Gail Jones confesses of her novel Sorry that it has “a political-allegorical aspect – as one would expect, claiming such a title” (2008, 79). Published in 2007, that is, one year prior to the formal apology delivered by the Australian government to the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, Sorry engages in a reflection on the ethics of reconciliation. Written in response to Jones’s wish to acknowledge the debt to the Stolen Generations, the novel also offers new possibilities of ethical mourning, allowing the dead to return and the voiceless to speak. My paper will seek to explore the ways in which Jones draws on trauma fiction to bypass not only the unsayable dimension of Australia’s history and what she elsewhere criticises as the trauma model’s “transferential gesture of victim surrogacy” symptomatic of postcolonising settler cultures (2004, 162) but also the representational difficulties inherent in trauma. Moreover, it is by introducing into her novel the concept of traumatic time, “a time that is broken, and […] recursive” (qtd. in Block 2008) and which mirrors on the level of form and structure the effects that trauma exerts on its victims, that Jones she recreates a narrative model that echoes an Australian discourse pre-dating the Bringing Them Home report – that is tinged with amnesia, fragmented memories, and silence –, against which she will assert her own counter-discourse. Works Cited: - Block, Summer. 09 May 2008. “Interview: Gail Jones.” Interview. January Magazine. Web. 16 Jan. 2013. - Jones, Gail. 2004. “Sorry-in-the-Sky: Empathetic Unsettlement, Mourning, and the Stolen Generations.” In Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New New World, edited by Judith Ryan and Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 159-171. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. - Jones, Gail. 2007. Sorry. London: Harvill Secker. - Jones, Gail. 2008. “Speaking Shadows: Justice and the Poetic.” In Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice, edited by Bernadette Brennan, 76-86. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press. [less ▲]

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See detailMarker et mémoire
Pieron, Julien ULg

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See detailLes libéraux belges et le national-socialisme (1933-1945)
Brüll, Christoph ULg

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See detailÉcrire (malgré) l'espace aéré. Yves Berger et Edward Abbey au seuil du parc national américain
Di Gregorio, Luca ULg

Conference (2016, March 18)

Edward Abbey et Yves Berger ont nourri l’essentiel de leurs œuvres de leur fascination commune pour l’Ouest américain : plus spécifiquement pour la région du Grand Bassin et le pays des canyons – pays de ... [more ▼]

Edward Abbey et Yves Berger ont nourri l’essentiel de leurs œuvres de leur fascination commune pour l’Ouest américain : plus spécifiquement pour la région du Grand Bassin et le pays des canyons – pays de sable et de grès, pays minéral, sidéral, qui concentre plusieurs des plus fameux parcs naturels des États-Unis. Mais si leur passion s’attache au même objet d’élection – les paysages sublimes du Sud-Ouest –, l’un et l’autre divergent par les voies qu’ils empruntent et les points de vue d’où ils se postent pour le goûter, et surtout pour en rendre compte par l’écriture. En effet, un Océan entier sépare leurs positions vis-à-vis de la nature américaine – mais pas uniquement : chacun représente aussi, pour son pays respectif, une bonne part de l’ethos et de l’habitus qui y valorise d’ordinaire l’écrivain. Ancien ranger saisonnier, Abbey est un écrivain activiste et baroudeur, s’affichant en prise directe avec le terrain, tandis que Berger, protagoniste influent du milieu littéraro-éditorial parisien, rêve d’Amérique en même temps qu’il siège parmi les jurés du Goncourt. En première analyse donc, rien, hormis une vague parenté de génération et un goût du Nouveau Monde, ne justifierait l’association de deux écrivains aussi éloignés l’un de l’autre. Mais nonobstant ce gouffre sociogéographique, ce qui, en dernière analyse, rapproche nos deux auteurs, réside dans l’obstacle commun qui perturbe leur abord de l’Amérique sauvage: le National Park Service et son immense réseau d’espaces aérés naturels, quadrillant, pour les protéger (et les promouvoir), les plus fameux paysages de l’Ouest. Là où Abbey rejoint Berger, et réciproquement, c’est dans cette façon de mal assumer l’importun isolant phénoménologique qu’est le parc, d’éprouver une nette complication à écrire et ressentir la Nature au travers de son interférence. Phénomène non-naturel par excellence, ce seuil que pose le parcage leur pose, à eux, un lourd problème, puisqu’il leur renvoie la part d’impossible du rapport qu’ils désirent cultiver avec le Grand Ouest. Là encore cependant, même cet « impossible » se manifeste différemment à chacun. Comment, pour le ranger Abbey, évoquer une intimité native avec le cosmos en dépit du cadenassage institutionnel dont il est partie prenante? Comment, pour le Français Berger, passer dignement en Amérique à la façon d’un vrai voyageur, en évitant de rendre l’effet d’un touriste anonyme, téléguidé par le balisage et la signalétique du parc naturel ? Heurtant le désir d’immanence à la wilderness de l’un, le parc compromet aussi l’aspiration au voyage authentique de l’autre : tel est le « problème » du parc, dont on analysera ici quelques symptômes et solutions poétiques au sein de deux œuvres ayant pour cadre la région des Four Corners1 : l’incontournable Desert Solitaire (1968) d’Abbey, véritable bible du Nature Writing en Amérique, dialoguera ainsi avec La Pierre et le Saguaro (Prix de la langue française, 1990) d’Yves Berger. Mais préalablement, et alors que le National Park Service fête cette année son centenaire, il convient de faire un rapide point théorique et phénoménologique sur ce qu’implique et recouvre l’objet culturel « parc américain ». [less ▲]

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

Poster (2016, March 18)

Objectives. Memory retrieval typically involves a combination of recollection and familiarity. However, test format can promote one or the other process (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). The aim of this study ... [more ▼]

Objectives. Memory retrieval typically involves a combination of recollection and familiarity. However, test format can promote one or the other process (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of test format on recollection and familiarity in normal aging and in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Methods. Seventy young participants (18-30 years), 65 “younger-old” (55- 69 years), 53 “older-old” (70-85 years), and 13 MCIs (55-82 years) were enrolled. In the “forced-choice” task, they had to recognize which picture, among three, was presented during the encoding stage. In the “yes/no” task, they had to judge whether each item, successively presented, was previously seen or not. In each task, they had to give a “Remember/Know/Guess” judgment. Results. Group × Format repeated measures ANOVAs revealed that young people had better recognition performance (d’) than “younger-old”, which were better than “older-old” and MCIs. Moreover, young people used familiarity more accurately than both groups of old participants and MCIs, with MCIs being equivalent to “younger-old” and “older-old”. However, MCIs displayed a high rate of familiarity-based false alarms. The resort to recollection decreased with age and in MCIs. Finally, Group × Format interaction revealed that young people (but not the other groups) could use recollection more often in the “forcedchoice” task compared to the “yes/no” task. Conclusions. Recollection and familiarity decline progressively in healthy aging. In MCI, recollection is more affected than familiarity, but patients demonstrated a more liberal use of familiarity. Finally, test format did not influence strongly the results. [less ▲]

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See detailWill Big Data Deliver Its Promised Productivity Growth?
Artige, Lionel ULg

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See detailThe impact of cognitive reserve on recognition memory performance is dependent of the task format in healthy aging
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

Poster (2016, March 17)

Objective: According to the cognitive reserve hypothesis (Stern, 2009), individuals who have developed a high level of reserve should resist better to the effects of aging than individuals with lower ... [more ▼]

Objective: According to the cognitive reserve hypothesis (Stern, 2009), individuals who have developed a high level of reserve should resist better to the effects of aging than individuals with lower cognitive reserve. In this study, we identified the factors of cognitive reserve that impact most memory performance in aging. Methods: 118 healthy older participants performed one yes/no recognition task and one 3-alternative forced-choice recognition task. For each recognized item, participants provided a Remember/Know/Guess judgment. Furthermore, participants completed a questionnaire assessing different aspects of cognitive reserve (level of education, occupation, physical, social, cultural and intellectual activities). We determined the moderators of cognitive reserve that explain a significant proportion of variance for each memory index through stepwise regression analyzes (p<0.05). Results: In the forced-choice test, the level of education explained positively the use of recollection and negatively the level of false alarms associated with familiarity. In the yes/no recognition task, the precision of recognition was explained positively by the physical activities. Recollection was positively explained by the physical activities and the level of education. Finally, the level of false alarms associated with familiarity was explained negatively by the level of education although the precision of the use of the familiarity is explained positively by physical activities. Conclusion: The more older adults were educated and/or were practicing physical activities, the better their recollection was. The impact of the moderators of the cognitive reserve is dependent on the format of the recognition task. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Province au défi de la Sixième réforme de l'État
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

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See detailEnhancing the salience of perceptual fluency improves familiarity-based recognition memory in aging
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

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Objective. Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences ... [more ▼]

Objective. Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory. The study tested two hypotheses: (1) can the reliance on familiarity during recognition memory be promoted by increasing the difference in perceptual processing fluency between old and new items; (2) can this manipulation reduce age-related difficulties in episodic memory? Methods. Twenty-four young and 24 older adults performed two verbal recognition memory tasks. In the No-Overlap task, target words and new words did not share any letter. Prior exposition to the target words thus induced increased processing fluency of the words and letters, so that fluency difference was a salient and reliable cue to discriminate between old and new words. In the Overlap task, target and new words had letters in common, so fluency cues were less useful. Recollection and familiarity was assessed with the Remember/Know/Guess paradigm. Results. There was an age effect on recollection but intact familiarity. Moreover, (1) memory performance was better in the No Overlap than the Overlap task, with a greater hit rate and a smaller false alarm rate associated with familiarity. (2) Age-related differences in recognition accuracy (hits – false alarms) were significantly attenuated in the No Overlap task compared to the Overlap task. Conclusion. These findings suggest that minimizing the perceptual similarity between targets and distractors, and thus increasing processing fluency differences, allowed to reduce the effect of age on recognition memory performance by facilitating the use of familiarity. [less ▲]

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See detail"Parcours fléchés. Seuils et traversées dans l'œuvre de Marc-Antoine Mathieu"
Belloi, Livio ULg

Conference (2016, March 17)

Cette communication se propose d'étudier "Sens" (2014), le dernier album du dessinateur français Marc-Antoine Mathieu. Plus spécifiquement, il s'agissait, conformément au thème directeur du Congrès de St ... [more ▼]

Cette communication se propose d'étudier "Sens" (2014), le dernier album du dessinateur français Marc-Antoine Mathieu. Plus spécifiquement, il s'agissait, conformément au thème directeur du Congrès de St. Louis, d'examiner l'œuvre de Mathieu sous l'angle de son dispositif péritextuel (première de couverture, prologue, couverture intérieure). [less ▲]

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See detail“From another angle”: the Australian Reconciliation in Gail Jones’s Sorry and Five Bells
Belleflamme, Valérie-Anne ULg

Conference (2016, March 17)

On 26 May 2000, an estimated 250,000 people – Australian novelist and essayist Gail Jones included – walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in support of the Australian Reconciliation process. More ... [more ▼]

On 26 May 2000, an estimated 250,000 people – Australian novelist and essayist Gail Jones included – walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in support of the Australian Reconciliation process. More importantly, eight years later, Jones claimed that “in writing [her novel Sorry] [she] rehearsed [her] own concern that the reconciliation process not be forgotten – since it has certainly faded from the political agenda since the bridge walk of 2000[” (2008: 84). This and her claim that “the heartwarming Sorry Books [...] ought seriously to be considered within the genre of the poetics of political dissent, and not as casual or sentimental acts of mere signature” (2008: 164) are indicative of Jones’s writing and of her wish to subvert the stereotypical and ambiguous discursive manifestations of the Australian Reconciliation. By the same token, her novels Sorry (2007) and Five Bells (2011) offer a complex picture of the ethics of reconciliation, namely one that includes “an admission of uncertainty, a calculation of difficulty, and an awareness that justice – and human relations – is rarely written in black and white” (Jones 2008: 86). My paper will thus seek to explore how Jones, by drawing on forms of narrative indirections in both, Sorry and Five Bells, distances herself from white Australian writers who deal with the Stolen Generations in a way that seems to appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences. Sorry and Five Bells, then, offer an alternative to standard reconciliation practices, with a view to bridging the gap between white Australia’s history and the history of the Aborigines. References: - Jones, Gail. 2008a. Sorry. London: Vintage. - Jones, Gail. 2008b. Speaking shadows: Justice and the poetic. In Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice, Bernadette Brennan (ed.). St Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland, 76-86. - Jones, Gail. 2012. Five Bells. London: Vintage. [less ▲]

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See detailComment lire les textes informatifs au début du secondaire?
De Croix, Séverine ULg

Conference (2016, March 17)

Pourquoi et comment apprendre à lire les textes informatifs dans les différentes disciplines au début de l'enseignement secondaire ? Pour tenter de répondre à cette double question, l'auteure s'efforce ... [more ▼]

Pourquoi et comment apprendre à lire les textes informatifs dans les différentes disciplines au début de l'enseignement secondaire ? Pour tenter de répondre à cette double question, l'auteure s'efforce tout d'abord d'identifier les spécificités de ces textes et des modes de lecture qu'ils impliquent. Elle propose ensuite quelques repères, fondés sur différents travaux de recherche récents, quant aux pratiques et dispositifs didactiques qui y sont adaptés. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Bullshit Abstract: From Critique to Reflexive Practice
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Charlier, Nathan ULg; Claisse, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2016, March 17)

Academics use the abstract to summarize and communicate a research paper’s focus, methods, findings, and conclusions. However, not all abstracts are convincing. Many are bland, uninspired, or outright ... [more ▼]

Academics use the abstract to summarize and communicate a research paper’s focus, methods, findings, and conclusions. However, not all abstracts are convincing. Many are bland, uninspired, or outright stupid, as authors do not always know what they want to say or how to communicate complex research in the space of a few hundred words. They hence often convey the kind of “intelligent stupidity,” which Robert Musil (1937) said could hardly be “distinguished from talent, progress, hope or improvement.” By implication, abstracts are prone to contain and perpetuate “academic bullshit” (Frankfurt 2005), broadly understood as forms of academic expression that meet the stylistic academic standards but generate content that is deceptive, doubtful, or irrelevant. Taking this inherent disposition towards bullshit in the academic abstract as its entry point, this paper presents ten self-authored “bullshit abstracts,” which draw inspiration from various academic fields. Far from denouncing bullshit outright, it acknowledges the inevitable character of bullshit in academic writing (Eubanks and Schaeffer 2008). It urges academics to reflexively consider, and perform, their roles as researchers and writers in view of the challenges they face today, such as reputation management and the pressure in academia to publish or perish; and their complete lack of sensitivity to the odorous aspects of writing. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation results of ECHAM-HAMMOZ
Schultz, Martin; Taraborrelli, Domenico; Franco, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2016, March 16)

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See detailCharacterization of the impact of tillage and nitrogen fertilization on the root development of a winter wheat crop by use of NIR hyperspectral imaging combined to chemometrics
Fraipont, Guillaume ULg; Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Fernández Pierna, Juan Antonio et al

Poster (2016, March 16)

The objective of this study is to characterize the impact of tillage management and nitrogen fertilization on the root system development of a winter wheat crop. To reach this objective, an innovative ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study is to characterize the impact of tillage management and nitrogen fertilization on the root system development of a winter wheat crop. To reach this objective, an innovative root quantification method that combines NIR hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HSI) and chemometric tools will be applied. [less ▲]

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See detailFoot identification from digital 3D models of lion tracks and paws
Marchal, Antoine ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; De Bruyn, Nico

Conference (2016, March 15)

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See detailOpening risk gouvernance with a vigilance system: lessons learned from the Blue Tongue Virus outbreak in 2006
Fallon, Catherine ULg

Conference (2016, March 14)

This contribution results from a field research by a multidisciplinary group of veterinary and political scientists and gives an analyses of the transformations of an epidemiosurveillance governance ... [more ▼]

This contribution results from a field research by a multidisciplinary group of veterinary and political scientists and gives an analyses of the transformations of an epidemiosurveillance governance system dedicated to animal diseases, when confronted to new emerging threats in the wake of global changes (Fallon et al., in Vertigo 12(3) 2012) . The research field refers to the emergence of bluetongue virus serotype 8 in 2006 in Belgium and it mobilises the results of a survey based on Delphi method involving relevant public servants and scientists, which showed that most of the means proposed by the authorities are based on the logic of known risk management. However we can identify attempts for renewal and organisational learning, especially with the proposal of a new vigilance system, which allows open discussion and reporting through the decision process. In terms of prevention and anticipation of the adverse event), these changes are intended to accommodate the surveillance system reactivity against uncertain and unforeseen events. We question the problems faced by this transformation and its potential for enriching and reconfiguring the conceptualisation of risk management which is currently dominant in the sector. Finally the article identifies two drivers for change in the governance network : by admitting the persistence of unavoidable cognitive uncertainty and by recognizing the importance for opening up arenas of expert knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailGetting on Board but How? Conflicting Perspectives on the Role of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Radiation Protection
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Perko, Tanja et al

Conference (2016, March 14)

In Europe, science research policy is predicated on the understanding that science and technology (S&T) serve societal needs. Accordingly, European Framework Programs urge scientists and technologists to ... [more ▼]

In Europe, science research policy is predicated on the understanding that science and technology (S&T) serve societal needs. Accordingly, European Framework Programs urge scientists and technologists to give due attention to societal and ethical aspects of S&T, and to engage with social scientists and humanists when doing research and reaching out to society. Starting from these policy prescriptions and from invitations from befriended life scientists to "get on board," we explore the terms of our involvement as social scientists and humanists in a European Joint Program on radiation protection research (EJP-CONCERT). We illuminate recurring tensions between instrumental, normative, and substantive perspectives on the role of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in radioprotection research and nuclear S&T. Our aim is to shed light on the controversial and contingent nature of integrating SSH into nuclear S&T, as actors articulate divergent assumptions and expectations about SSH and society. These expectations pertain to the value of SSH research for S&T, issues of trust and legitmacy, and different perspectives on risk and uncertainty. By rendering these tensions explicit we seek to probe the implications for SSH of developing a separate SSH Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) within radiation protection research. [less ▲]

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