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See detailRôle des psychologues spécialisés en neuropsychologie auprès des patients en état de conscience altérée : état des lieux et perspectives
Wauquiez, Grégoire; Radiguer, François; Stephan, Julie et al

Poster (2017, June 02)

Avec les progrès des techniques de soins intensifs et de réanimation, de nombreuses personnes survivent à des lésions cérébrales graves et peuvent notamment présenter dans les suites un état de conscience ... [more ▼]

Avec les progrès des techniques de soins intensifs et de réanimation, de nombreuses personnes survivent à des lésions cérébrales graves et peuvent notamment présenter dans les suites un état de conscience altérée. La création depuis les années 2000 d’unités spécialisées dites “Etats Végétatifs Chroniques / Etats Pauci-Relationnels” témoigne du développement de l’offre de soin dédiée à ces problématiques complexes. De plus en plus d’études scientifiques sont également publiées chaque année sur le sujet de l’évaluation et de la prise en charge de ces patients (ref1). La question du diagnostic d'état d'éveil non répondant ou d'état de conscience minimale constitue entre autres un enjeu majeur pour proposer à ces patients une stimulation adaptée (ref2). Néanmoins, ce domaine d’intervention paraît aujourd'hui encore modérément investi par les psychologues spécialisés en neuropsychologie, professionnels qui semblent pourtant à même d’y contribuer de manière pertinente de par leurs connaissances et leurs compétences (ref3). Où en sont les pratiques sur le terrain et quelles seraient les perspectives de développement à envisager ? Pour tenter de répondre à ces questions, nous avons diffusé une enquête en ligne à destination des neuropsychologues francophones (Belgique, France, Québec et Suisse) en vue de recueillir des données sur la formation, les activités et les attentes de nos collègues. En parallèle, nous avons réalisé une brève revue de la littérature scientifique sur le sujet et sollicité l’avis d’experts concernant les pratiques et spécificités des neuropsychologues auprès de ces patients. Nos premiers résultats mettent en avant 1°) qu’un nombre non négligeable de psychologues spécialisés en neuropsychologie travaillent auprès de patients en état de conscience altérée, 2°) qu'ils ont des connaissances et une pratique spécifique leur permettant d'apporter un réel bénéfice dans le diagnostic et la prise en charge interdisciplinaire de ces patients, et 3°) que le sujet des états de conscience altérée mériterait une place plus importante dans la formation initiale et continue des neuropsychologues afin de contribuer au développement d’une pratique de haut niveau auprès de ces patients tout à fait particuliers. Ces résultats nous feront discuter des questions de la formation initiale, des variétés de pratiques et de la perspective d’une enquête élargie aux pays non francophones. [less ▲]

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See detailAccessibilité/disposition au traitement et processus de désistance : articulation des principes théoriques du Good Lives Model à la réalité clinique
Devillers, Bérengère ULiege; Henrard, Noémie ULiege; Corneille, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

Le Good Lives Model (GLM) s’attèle au développement et à l’amélioration du bien-être et d’une identité personnelle positive en tenant compte des caractéristiques de l’environne- ment. Il s’agit notamment ... [more ▼]

Le Good Lives Model (GLM) s’attèle au développement et à l’amélioration du bien-être et d’une identité personnelle positive en tenant compte des caractéristiques de l’environne- ment. Il s’agit notamment de guider l'individu dans l’élaboration d’un plan de vie en prenant en compte ses besoins humains fondamentaux ainsi que les ressources et compétences nécessaires pour y arriver. Le G.L.M. va donc inciter l’acquisition de ressources et la réduc- tion de la récidive, en tant que celle-ci constitue un obstacle au bien-être et à l’accomplisse- ment personnel. Plus spécifiquement, le G.L.M. est efficace pour surmonter certaines limites inhé- rentes aux approches traditionnelles grâce, notamment, au soutien du processus de désis- tance, fruit d’interactions complexes entre des facteurs subjectifs, environnementaux et sociaux, et à l’amélioration de la disposition/accessibilité au traitement qui renvoie à la présence de caractéristiques (états et dispositions) dans le chef de l’usager, mais aussi de la situation thérapeutique. Il est donc de la responsabilité des intervenants d’adapter leurs traitements aux besoins des usagers plutôt que d’exiger des usagers qu’ils adaptent leurs besoins aux compétences limitées des intervenants. Lors de cette communication, nous souhaitons, d’une part, articuler ces différents repères théoriques à un suivi thérapeutique, d’un auteur d’infractions à caractère sexuel, réalisé en milieu pénitentiaire et, d’autre part, interroger et souligner les effets potentiels de la posture professionnelle sur les facteurs subjectifs impliqués dans la désistance. [less ▲]

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See detailViolence entre partenaires : Quel est le fonctionnement psychologique de l’homme auteur de violence sexuelle par rapport aux autres types de violence conjugale ?
Di Piazza, Laetitia ULiege; Blavier, Adelaïde ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

À l’heure actuelle, en dépit de nombreuses recherches entreprises à un niveau international, le rôle de plusieurs facteurs intervenant dans la violence conjugale demeure toujours mal compris. L’objectif ... [more ▼]

À l’heure actuelle, en dépit de nombreuses recherches entreprises à un niveau international, le rôle de plusieurs facteurs intervenant dans la violence conjugale demeure toujours mal compris. L’objectif principal de cette recherche est d’apprécier la présence ou l’absence, de caractéristiques psychologiques spécifiques ainsi que leurs liens afin de voir s’il existe une particularité qui différencierait les hommes auteurs de violence sexuelle par rapport aux autres types de passage à l’acte violent au sein du couple (psychologique et physique). Notre méthodologie repose sur l’administration de questionnaires d’auto-évaluation et du test de Rorschach auprès de 56 hommes auteurs de violence sur leur partenaire, et ce avant leur entrée dans un programme thérapeutique de groupe. L’alexithymie, ou difficulté à décrire et/ou à exprimer ses émotions, a été évaluée par la Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). Le niveau de dépression a, quant à lui, été mesuré par le Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Enfin, la Barratt Impulsivity Scale (BIS-11) a été utilisée pour estimer l’impulsivité. Comparés à la population générale, nous observons une augmentation des troubles alexithymique et dépressif chez les participants. En outre, il existe des corrélations significatives entre les différentes caractéristiques psychologiques étudiées. Ces premiers constats confirment l’existence d’un lien entre le trouble alexithymique et la violence conjugale tel que démontré dans une étude similaire. Notre discussion approfondira l’analyse précise des cas liés à de la violence sexuelle ainsi que les implications cliniques. [less ▲]

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See detailMass spectrometry imaging of small xenobiotics on Danio rerio : influence of molecular profiles modification as potential localization asset
Tiquet, Mathieu ULiege; Muller, Marc ULiege; De Pauw, Edwin ULiege

Poster (2017, June 02)

MALDI Mass spectrometry often fail to locate small xenobiotics present in low concentration in tissues due to ion suppression effect. This new method compare tissues of contaminated zebrafish to controles ... [more ▼]

MALDI Mass spectrometry often fail to locate small xenobiotics present in low concentration in tissues due to ion suppression effect. This new method compare tissues of contaminated zebrafish to controles with the statistical tool called receiver operating characteristic. Results cannot directly locate the xenobiotic but can indicate which tissues are affected by the contamination and thus give a hint on the biolocalization. [less ▲]

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See detailCellwise robust regularized discriminant analysis
Aerts, Stéphanie ULiege; Wilms, Ines

Conference (2017, June 02)

Quadratic and Linear Discriminant Analysis (QDA/LDA) are the most often applied classification rules under normality. In QDA, a separate covariance matrix is estimated for each group. If there are more ... [more ▼]

Quadratic and Linear Discriminant Analysis (QDA/LDA) are the most often applied classification rules under normality. In QDA, a separate covariance matrix is estimated for each group. If there are more variables than observations in the groups, the usual estimates are singular and cannot be used anymore. Assuming homoscedasticity, as in LDA, reduces the number of parameters to estimate. This rather strong assumption is however rarely verified in practice. Regularized discriminant techniques that are computable in high-dimension and cover the path between the two extremes QDA and LDA have been proposed in the literature. However, these procedures rely on sample covariance matrices. As such, they become inappropriate in presence of cellwise outliers, a type of outliers that is very likely to occur in high-dimensional datasets. We propose cellwise robust counterparts of these regularized discriminant techniques by inserting cellwise robust covariancematrices. Ourmethodologyresultsinafamilyofdiscriminantmethods that are robust against outlying cells, cover the gap between LDA and QDA and are computable in high-dimension. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat do Comics do to Graphic Novels? Remediating Old Comics
Crucifix, Benoît ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

A widely debated object, the graphic novel has catalyzed anxieties about changes within the comics world, postulating something of a radical break with its past. Albeit with great nuance, Jan Baetens and ... [more ▼]

A widely debated object, the graphic novel has catalyzed anxieties about changes within the comics world, postulating something of a radical break with its past. Albeit with great nuance, Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey put forward the bold argument that graphic novels constitute not only a “special type of comics” or a genre, but perhaps even a new medium. At the same time, they also repeatedly hint at how graphic novels are traversed by references to the past of comics, at times lapsing into a constraining retromania. This talk seeks out to dig into these questions by focusing on the remediation of the comic strip within two recent American graphic novels: Daniel Clowes’s "Ice Haven" and Cole Closser’s "Little Tommy Lost". Both works recuperate the medial body of the comic strip within their structure, demonstrating a self-reflexive historical awareness that redraws ‘old’ comics into its cultural make-up. Considering the remediation of the comic strip within the graphic novel, this talk analyzes how remediation might work ‘within’ a medium, reinvigorating the concept in a historical but medium-specific perspective that accounts for the dynamically changing identities of a medium. [less ▲]

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See detailPRP & arthrose
Kaux, Jean-François ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

Les injections de Plasma Riche en Plaquettes (PRP) dans le traitement de diverses pathologies arthrosiques semblent se développer comme un nouveau traitement de pointe. Sur base de ce constat, nous avons ... [more ▼]

Les injections de Plasma Riche en Plaquettes (PRP) dans le traitement de diverses pathologies arthrosiques semblent se développer comme un nouveau traitement de pointe. Sur base de ce constat, nous avons relevé dans la littérature, les conditions de protocoles d’optimisation du traitement du PRP dans les lésions cartilagineuses. [less ▲]

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See detailThéories implicites de personnalité et mécanismes de désengagement moral : Analyse différentielle des cognitions d’auteurs présumés selon la culpabilité auto-révélée et la qualification judiciaire des faits d’infractions sexuelles sur mineurs
Garcet, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

Les unités cognitivo-affectives qui sous-tendent l’adaptation à l’environnement, et particulièrement les mécanismes d’évaluation, de réflexion et de régulation des comportements et de leurs conséquences ... [more ▼]

Les unités cognitivo-affectives qui sous-tendent l’adaptation à l’environnement, et particulièrement les mécanismes d’évaluation, de réflexion et de régulation des comportements et de leurs conséquences, sont des variables à prendre en compte lorsque l’on aborde le passage à l’acte et la réitération des comportements d’agression sexuelle. Une meilleure compréhension de ces processus et de leurs contenus (catégorisations, théories implicites de personnalité, scripts, schémas) affine l’approche des comportements d’agression sexuelle. Elle améliore également l’intervention judiciaire, par une meilleure prise en compte des risques potentiels, et l’action thérapeutique par l’identification de leviers susceptibles d’initier le changement. Parmi ces mécanismes autorégulateurs, les processus de justification et de reconstruction cognitive qui inhibent les comportements perçus comme immoraux (Sykes et Matza ; Bandura & al. ; Barriga et Gibbs ), et regroupés sous le label de « mécanismes de neutralisation morale » sont particulièrement intéressants puisqu’ils ont pour fonction d’atténuer la dissonance cognitive chez l’auteur et rendre acceptable voire légitimer les comportements d’agressions sexuelles. Ces mécanismes de désengagement peuvent être identifiés au travers des théories implicites de personnalité (TIP) observables dans les discours des auteurs à l’égard de leurs victimes. La présente étude a consisté à analyser un ensemble de 470 corpus de justifications recueillis lors des premières auditions policières de 60 auteurs présumés d’infractions à caractère sexuel sur mineurs, en aveu ou non, afin d’identifier les différentes représentations (TIP) auxquelles ils ont eu recours dans le but d’envisager comment ces représentations implicites alimentent par leurs contenus les processus cognitifs de désengagement moral. La qualification présumée des faits et le moment judiciaire (information ou instruction) durant lequel se déroule l’audition ont aussi été pris en compte afin de mesurer l’éventuelle incidence de ces variables sur les modes préférentiels de justification et de neutralisation. Chacune des auditions a été analysée au moyen d’une grille d’interprétation construite sur la base des théories implicites de la personnalité consacrées aux agresseurs sexuels de Ward & Keenan (1999). 470 corpus ont été identifiés et regroupés selon les différentes théories implicites de personnalité du modèle de Ward & Keenan. Les différents corpus ont également été croisés avec les échelles des cognitions d’Abel & al. (1989) et les formes du déni (Facets of Sexual Offender Denial - FoSOD) de Schneider et Wright (2001). Dans un second temps, les différents contenus implicites associés aux corpus ont été mis en perspective avec les mécanismes de neutralisation morale mais aussi avec la nature des faits reprochés, le moment judiciaire et la présence d’aveu ou non afin de dégager d’éventuels modes préférentiels de désengagement. Les résultats obtenus mettent en évidence l’existence de différents processus de justification qui sont autant d’illustration des processus de désengagement moral des auteurs d’infraction à caractère sexuel que ce soit dans une perspective d’atténuation de la culpabilité face au système judiciaire ou de réduction de la dissonance cognitive. Il existe également des profils différentiels de théories implicites de personnalité et de processus de neutralisation morale entre les sujets selon qu’ils soient en aveux ou non et selon la qualification des faits incriminés. Le moment de la procédure durant lequel le sujet a été auditionné n’a par contre pas d’impact. L’étude contribue ainsi au développement d’outils psychométriques susceptibles de rendre compte de la façon dont les auteurs d’infractions sexuelles se représentent et justifient leurs comportements à l’égard des victimes mais elle ouvre également des perspectives par rapport à l’analyse que nous pouvons faire du discours de l’auteur, de son éventuelle crédibilité par la prise en compte des mécanismes préférentiels de désengagement de sa responsabilité. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt de la cryothérapie chez le sportif
Kaux, Jean-François ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

La thérapie par le froid est couramment utilisée comme une procédure pour soulager les symptômes douloureux, particulièrement dans les maladies inflammatoires. La cryothérapie corps entier consiste en une ... [more ▼]

La thérapie par le froid est couramment utilisée comme une procédure pour soulager les symptômes douloureux, particulièrement dans les maladies inflammatoires. La cryothérapie corps entier consiste en une exposition à l’air très froid (maintenue entre -110 °C et -140 °C) en cryochambre spéciale, généralement pendant 2 minutes. En médecine sportive, la cryothérapie corps entier a gagné en popularité comme méthode améliorant la récupération ou accélérant la guérison des blessures. Malheureusement, il n’y a peu de documents relatifs à l’application de ce traitement chez les athlètes. [less ▲]

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See detailViolences sexuelles dans les relations amoureuses des adolescents : quelles perspectives de prévention et d’intervention ?
Courtain, Audrey ULiege; Glowacz, Fabienne ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

La présente communication a pour objectif de faire un état des lieux des violences sexuelles (VS) que les adolescents et jeunes adultes peuvent agir ou subir dans leurs relations amoureuses, de mettre ... [more ▼]

La présente communication a pour objectif de faire un état des lieux des violences sexuelles (VS) que les adolescents et jeunes adultes peuvent agir ou subir dans leurs relations amoureuses, de mettre cette VS en perspective avec les attitudes que les jeunes ont vis-à-vis de celle-ci, et de questionner les manifestations traumatiques. Un questionnaire a été administré en passation groupale à des étudiants (N>1000, 15-25 ans) en Belgique francophone reprenant trois outils : le CADRI (Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory ; Wolfe et al., 2001), l’ATDVS (Attitudes Toward Dating Violence Scale ; Price & Byers, 1999) et l’échelle d’Horowitz sur l’impact des événements traumatisants (Horowitz et al, 1979 ; Brunet et al., 2003). Après un descriptif des prévalences de VS agies et subies, ainsi que des attitudes des participants, et des manifestations traumatiques, nous traiterons des liens entre les VS et les attitudes afférentes, en termes de perpétration et de victimisation. Aussi, nous questionnons les liens entre les attitudes relatives aux VS et les manifestations traumatiques. Tout au long de nos analyses, les différences de genre seront considérées. Les résultats permettront d’envisager de nouvelles perspectives préventives et cliniques ajoutant à l’approche des violences psychologiques et physiques celle des violences sexuelles dans les relations amoureuses des adolescentes analysées sous le prisme des attitudes et du trauma [less ▲]

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See detailThe diachrony of polysemy networks. Cognitive and cultural motivations for the semantic extension of time-related lexemes in Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian – Coptic
Georgakopoulos, Athanasios ULiege; Polis, Stéphane ULiege

Conference (2017, June 02)

This paper aims at contrasting the semantic extension of time-related lexemes in Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian – Coptic in order to identify shared cognitive motivations and to assess the potential ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at contrasting the semantic extension of time-related lexemes in Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian – Coptic in order to identify shared cognitive motivations and to assess the potential impact of cultural factors on the evolution of this lexical field in both languages. In doing so we first take as a point of departure semantic networks inferred from synchronic polysemy data in large language samples, such as Youn et al. (2016) and CLICS (List et al., 2014). In a second step, we identify the lexemes that lexicalize meanings associated with DAY/DAYTIME/TIME in Ancient Greek (8th – 1st c. BC) and Ancient Egyptian (26th c. BC – 10th c. AD), two languages with significant diachronic material. The data are extracted from dictionaries, grammars, and from the Perseus digital library (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/) for Ancient Greek, and from the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (http://aaew.bbaw.de/tla/), the Ramses corpus (http://ramses.ulg.ac.be), and Coptic etymological dictionaries for Ancient Egyptian. Based on this diachronic material we describe the semantic extensions of time-related lexemes and map them onto the synchronic polysemy networks. In a final step, our results are checked against The Catalogue of Semantic Shifts in the Languages of the World (http://semshifts.iling-ran.ru/). Fig. 1 exemplifies how meaning extension may be added to polysemy networks. A diachronic analysis reveals that, for the Ancient Greek lexical unit hṓra, the meaning ‘time’ is historically prior to the meaning ‘hour.’ Accordingly, we may add a directed arrow representing the directionality of change from ‘time’ to ‘hour.’ Similarly, Ancient Egyptian data points to an extension of the polysemy network of the lexical unit tr – originally meaning ‘time,’ ‘moment in time’ – to ‘season’ (cf. Coptic ⲧⲏ tê ‘time, season’). One can then describe the cognitive motivations (e.g., metaphor, metonymy, etc.) for meaning extensions and analyze the cultural factors underlying the observed evolutions. In the case of the Greek word hṓra, for instance, a metonymic motivation between TIME and HOUR could be established. Finally, the analysis can be refined by searching in the corpus bridging contexts that allow such extensions of the polysemy networks of content items. The approach adopted here is closely connected to the semantic map method, which has recently shifted its focus from the study of the polysemic patterns of grammatical morphemes (in this respect, see, e.g., Haspelmath, 2003) to the study of lexical items (e.g., François, 2008, Perrin, 2010, Wälchli and Cysouw 2012, and Georgakopoulos et al., 2016). As such, our paper has also a methodological bearing on the semantic map model, both because of its focus on content words and on diachrony (see van der Auwera, 2008; Narrog, 2010; Luraghi, 2014; Juvonen and Koptjevskaja-Tamm, 2016). All things considered, this diachronic take on the polysemic networks of lexemes belonging to a particular semantic domain offers a new perspective on dealing with the question of the directionality of meaning change. [less ▲]

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See detailPensées défaitistes chez les personnes atteintes d'une schizophrénie et présentant des symptômes négatifs persistants
Thonon, Bénédicte ULiege; Laroi, Frank ULiege

Poster (2017, June 02)

Intro : Les symptômes négatifs de la schizophrénie, particulièrement ceux concernant le dé ficit motivationnel, sont associés à un faible fonctionnement quotidien. Ces symptômes se sont montré liés à des ... [more ▼]

Intro : Les symptômes négatifs de la schizophrénie, particulièrement ceux concernant le dé ficit motivationnel, sont associés à un faible fonctionnement quotidien. Ces symptômes se sont montré liés à des attitudes dysfonctionnelles, telles que les pensées défaitistes concernant l’atteinte de buts. Ce lien a été observé dans divers types d’échantillons, tant au cours des premières décompensations que dans la maladie chronique, mais non chez les personnes présentant des symptômes négatifs persistants (SNP). La présente étude vise à é valuer le lien entre les pensées défaitistes et les symptômes négatifs chez des personnes diagnostiquées avec une schizophrénie et des SNP. Un autre objectif est d’évaluer le lien entre la modification des pensées défaitistes et la réduction des symptômes négatifs après une intervention psychosociale. Méthode : Cinquante-et-un participants ont suivi l’intervention « Motivation and Engagement Training » pendant 9 mois. Ils ont été évalués avant et après l’intervention sur base des échelles suivantes : Negative Symptom Assessment (NSA), Brief Negative Symptom Scale (BNSS), Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Symptom (CAINS), Defeatist Performance Beliefs. Résultats : En ligne de base, les pensées défaitistes n’étaient pas significativement corrélées aux symptômes négatifs, excepté au facteur Amotivation de la BNSS. La modification des pensées défaitistes s’est montrée cependant modérément et positivement corrélée au changement de l’amotivation mesurée par la BNSS (mais pas via les autres mesures). Discussion : Ces résultats soulignent la nécessité d’élargir les cibles des intervenions psychosociales à d’autres facteurs liés aux symptômes négatifs d’amotivation. [less ▲]

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See detailQuand l'enfant révèle un abus sexuel : le vécu du couple, ses fonctions et conséquences
Gallo, Alicia ULiege; Wertz, Céline ULiege; Blavier, Adelaïde ULiege

Conference (2017, June 01)

Cet exposé relate les difficultés du couple à l’annonce d’un abus sexuel d’un enfant. Ce vécu mérite d’être investigué car nous savons combien la souffrance des parents influence celle des enfants et peut ... [more ▼]

Cet exposé relate les difficultés du couple à l’annonce d’un abus sexuel d’un enfant. Ce vécu mérite d’être investigué car nous savons combien la souffrance des parents influence celle des enfants et peut alimenter voire maintenir leurs symptômes. Notre échantillon comprend 6 couples dont l’enfant a été victime. Nous avons réalisé un entretien semi-structuré récoltant les informations sur les circonstances de l’abus. De plus, nous avons administré 5 questionnaires évaluant une dimension spécifique du couple. Les résultats obtenus soulignent une détresse chez chaque couple. Cependant, celle-ci s’exprime différemment, aussi bien entre les couples qu’entre les partenaires conjugaux. Néanmoins, pour chacun d’eux, la dimension de la parentalité semble être une ressource permettant un investissement auprès de leur enfant par une focalisation ayant pour conséquence l’effacement du couple conjugal. Si certains couples manifestent néanmoins un rapprochement, celui-ci se fait autour de l’enfant et du problème. Cette capacité à faire équipe nous laisse penser que ces couples disposent de ressources pour faire face à l’abus. L’intérêt porté à la détresse conjugale et parentale semble primordial car si les parents tentent dans un premier temps de mettre en place des mécanismes assurant l’homéostasie et la sécurité, ceux-ci ne sont pas toujours adaptatifs à long terme (secret de famille, surprotection, étiolement du couple). Ainsi, il nous semble impératif de soutenir et contenir la conjugalité. D’autres études sont nécessaires pour approfondir les difficultés vécues par ces couples. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacité de la combinaison des méthodes explicite et implicite pour intervenir sur les difficultés morphosyntaxiques
Houben, Lauren; Maillart, Christelle ULiege; Leroy, Sandrine ULiege

Poster (2017, June 01)

Pour que la logopédie puisse s’appuyer sur une pratique basée sur les preuves (Evidence-Based Practice), il est nécessaire de disposer d’études traitant de l’efficacité des interventions. Dans la ... [more ▼]

Pour que la logopédie puisse s’appuyer sur une pratique basée sur les preuves (Evidence-Based Practice), il est nécessaire de disposer d’études traitant de l’efficacité des interventions. Dans la littérature scientifique, deux approches sont mises en avant pour pallier aux difficultés morphosyntaxiques: les méthodes implicites opposées aux méthodes explicites. Les méthodes implicites s’avèrent pertinentes chez les enfants d’âge préscolaire, en raison de leurs faibles habiletés métalinguistiques. Ces méthodes réfèrent aux méthodes de facilitation grammaticale (imitation, modelage, stimulation focalisée et reformulation) et à l’approche basée sur l’usage. Cette dernière tient compte de l’apprentissage progressif des différentes structures grammaticales chez les enfants ayant un développement typique (notamment Riches, 2013). Les méthodes explicites offrent un apprentissage explicite du langage. Elles reposent sur le constat selon lequel, en raison d’un déficit de la mémoire procédurale, les enfants ayant des troubles du langage ne parviendraient pas à apprendre implicitement le langage. Actuellement, les résultats obtenus quant à l’efficacité de ces méthodes semblent contradictoires. Dès lors, la combinaison des deux types d’approches pourrait être envisagée. Actuellement, une seule étude (Smith-Lock et al., 2013) s’est intéressée à cette combinaison des deux méthodes et a prouvé son efficacité. Bien que cette étude soit assez prometteuse quant aux bienfaits d’une rééducation s’appuyant sur plusieurs méthodes, des recherches complémentaires sont indispensables. [less ▲]

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See detailAgression sexuelle lors d’un conflit dans les relations amoureuses : Un statut spécifique
Courtain, Audrey ULiege; Glowacz, Fabienne ULiege

Poster (2017, June 01)

Le CADRI (Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory ; Wolfe et al., 2001) est un questionnaire portant sur les fréquences de violence dans les relations amoureuses (VRA), dont la dimension ... [more ▼]

Le CADRI (Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory ; Wolfe et al., 2001) est un questionnaire portant sur les fréquences de violence dans les relations amoureuses (VRA), dont la dimension sexuelle. Il s’inscrit dans la continuité du CTS-2 (Conflict Tactics Scale ; Strauss et al., 1996) utilisé dans le cadre des violences conjugales, ces deux outils ayant été conçus sur base de la théorie du conflit. Or, celle-ci postule que « conflict is an inevitable part of human association, whereas violence as a tactic to deal with conflict is not. » (Strauss et al., 1996, p.284). Ainsi, agresser sexuellement sa petite amie ou son petit ami, est-ce du ressort d’un contexte conflictuel, ou bien de la violence sexuelle : quelle en est la spécificité ? Méthodologie : Deux versions du CADRI ont été administrées en passation groupale à des étudiants (N>200, 15-23 ans) en Belgique francophone : la première étant une version modifiée où la consigne introductive ne circonscrivait pas les items de violence à du conflit, la seconde étant la version-type délimitant les items de violence à un contexte de conflit. Résultats : Les scores diffèrent selon la version-type et la version modifiée du CADRI, et selon que nous nous situons sur le versant de la perpétration ou de la victimisation sexuelle, ainsi que selon le sexe des répondants. Discussion : Alors que l’importance des consignes introductives est globalement reconnue, l’implication conceptuelle de certaines est loin d'être négligeable pour la description, la compréhension et la prévention de l'agression sexuelle comme VRA. [less ▲]

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Silhanek, Alejandro ULiege

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In this presentation, we explore in-situ controlled electromigration to fabricate superconducting weak links. We show evidence that in Al a transition from thermally assisted phase slips (TAPS) to quantum ... [more ▼]

In this presentation, we explore in-situ controlled electromigration to fabricate superconducting weak links. We show evidence that in Al a transition from thermally assisted phase slips (TAPS) to quantum phase slips may takes place when the effective cross section becomes smaller than ~150 nm^2. In the regime dominated by quantum phase slips the nanowire loses completely its capacity to carry current without dissipation, even at the lowest possible temperature. We also discuss the origin of negative magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields in the bow-tie shaped constrictions. Strikingly, the detrimental effect caused by the repeated electromigration can be healed by simply inverting the current direction. These findings reveal perspectives of the proposed fabrication method for exploring various fascinating superconducting phenomena in atomic size constrictions. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse des pratiques, des représentations et de la tolérance en matière de sexualité adolescente au regard de la consommation pornographique sur Internet
Garcet, Serge ULiege; Eloy, Noémie ULiege

Poster (2017, June 01)

L’hyper-sexualisation actuelle de l’espace public et la consommation de matériel pornographique semble avoir un impact sur le développement psycho-sexuel adolescent, la tolérance aux pratiques sexuelles ... [more ▼]

L’hyper-sexualisation actuelle de l’espace public et la consommation de matériel pornographique semble avoir un impact sur le développement psycho-sexuel adolescent, la tolérance aux pratiques sexuelles parallèles et l’expérimentation précoce et variée de ces pratiques. Différentes recherches ont été menées auprès d’un panel de plus de 300 adolescents. Les résultats, présentés en synthèses sous forme d’un poster, permettent de rendre une photographie actuelle des pratiques sexuelles adolescentes au regard de la littérature scientifique. Il apparait notamment que 80% des jeunes interrogés se disent consommateurs réguliers de contenus pornographiques. Cette consommation pornographique semble en lien avec le fait d’être plus ouvert aux questions en matière de sexualité, la diversification des pratiques sexuelles, le nombre de partenaires sexuels ou encore le recours à des relations alternatives de types « fuckfsriends » ou « sexting ». La mise en parallèle des pratiques adolescentes en matière de sexualité et de la consommation de pornographie internet a également permis de tenter de répondre à la double interrogation ; L’hyper-sexualisation de l’espace public augmente-t-il la tolérance des jeunes en matière de sexualité ? La pornographie internet influence-t-elle les représentations et pratiques des adolescents en matière de sexualité ? Par extension, cette compilation de résultats, nous a amené à envisager le lien existant entre la consommation précoce et accrue de pornographie chez les adolescents, leur seuil de tolérance aux différentes pratiques sexuelles mises en scène dans ces contenus et la propension que ces jeunes ont à expérimenter ces pratiques, parfois déviantes, au risque de s’inscrire dans la transgression. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l'errance individuelle à la reconnaissance collective: Récits de patients et de proches impliqués dans des associations de maladies rares en Belgique
Duysens, Fanny ULiege

Conference (2017, June 01)

Les maladies dites rares affectent moins d’une personne sur 2000 selon les chiffres de l'Union Européenne. Outre ce faible taux de prévalence, elles sont définies comme faisant généralement l'objet d'une ... [more ▼]

Les maladies dites rares affectent moins d’une personne sur 2000 selon les chiffres de l'Union Européenne. Outre ce faible taux de prévalence, elles sont définies comme faisant généralement l'objet d'une insuffisance de connaissance et de reconnaissance, qui conduit souvent à des situations d'errance diagnostique et thérapeutique pour les patients et leurs proches. Ainsi, ceux-ci sont nombreux à se regrouper dans des associations qui visent à guider quelque peu les personnes concernées dans leurs parcours et à améliorer leur qualité de vie. S'inscrivant dans le champ des sciences sociales, et plus particulièrement des Science & Technology Studies et de l'anthropologie de la santé et de la maladie, cette recherche doctorale (en cours) explore les activités d’associations de patients et de proches formées autour de maladies rares en Belgique. Elle se base sur une ethnographie multi-site qui implique notamment des entretiens biographiques avec des personnes engagées. Ce sont des récits de parcours et d'expériences, dans lesquels les personnes ont raconté les manières dont elles se sont trouvées concernées par certaines maladies, les raisons qui les ont conduit à fonder ou à rejoindre une association, ainsi que les enjeux de cet engagement tant sur les plans individuels que collectifs. L'étude des récits des patients et des proches engagés montre qu'ils constituent en eux-mêmes de véritables ressources mobilisées dans les activités des associations de maladies rares. De fait, celles-ci apparaissent comme des espaces de production et de mise en circulation de certains types de récits qui visent entre autres à caractériser la "rareté" d'une maladie et à construire une catégorie univoque de "maladie rare". Les associations travaillent à identifier des problématiques communes, puis élaborer des missions susceptibles de bénéficier à tous au-delà de la multiplicité des personnes, des situations, des conceptions et des expériences vécues. Dans une approche comparative des récits des parcours et des expériences individuelles de représentants de différentes associations, cette communication visait à étudier le fond et la forme de ces récits en vue de comprendre les logiques de leur mobilisation collective pour une catégorisation de la "maladie rare". Plus particulièrement, il s'agissait d'interroger l'articulation entre la singularité des récits et la certaine logique collective qu'ils reflètent. Comment les expériences sont-elles échangées au sein des associations ? Comment sont-elles alignées les unes par rapport aux autres pour en faire des ressources mobilisables collectivement ? Comment est ainsi construite la catégorie de "maladie rare" ? Quels sont les éléments qui font sens et qu’est-ce qui, à l’inverse, se perd dans ce passage de l’individuel au collectif ? Par ailleurs, quels sont les rapports entre les récits des patients et des proches engagés et les contextes sociaux, politiques et médicaux plus larges dans lesquels ils s'inscrivent ? [less ▲]

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See detailThe acquisition of nouns in children with Specific Language Impairment
Krzemien, Magali ULiege; Thibaut, Jean-Pierre; Zghonda, Hela ULiege et al

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Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the language development of children with a normal nonverbal intelligence and no history of neurological disorder nor ... [more ▼]

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the language development of children with a normal nonverbal intelligence and no history of neurological disorder nor auditory deficit (Leonard, 2014). A difficulty linked to SLI is the poor language productivity and the input dependency that children display compared with their peers: they tend to use a limited variety of verbal forms compared to younger siblings (Conti-Ramsden & Jones, 1997) and use a high proportions of the same verbs as their mothers (Jones & Conti-Ramsden, 1997). Recent studies suggested that these disorders could be linked to a deficit in generalizing constructions (constructions being units of language that vary in complexity and abstractness, Tomasello, 2009) from the input (Leroy et al., 2013). Specifically, some authors proposed that children with SLI would need more exemplars to abstract a given construction from the input and apply it to new instances (Leroy et al., 2013). In this study, we want to broaden this assumption to the acquisition of words: we evaluated the ability of children with SLI to generalize novel words, and in particular relational words. SLI seem indeed to be linked to an impairment in the processing of relations: children with SLI have poorer performance than their age-matched peers in linguistic or non-linguistic analogical tasks, which require to reason about relational structures (Leroy et al., 2014). We draw the hypothesis that children with SLI would need more exemplars in order to generalize words compared to age-matched but also to language-matched peers. We created a novel word extension task to improve this hypothesis: the first part is composed with nine test trials, each associated with a non-word. The child sees one, two, or three exemplars of a novel noun in short animations. The examiner tells him: “This is a /dyfɑ̃/”. Then, the child sees three other animations and the examiner says: “Show me which one of these is a /dyfɑ̃/”. The child has to choose the object that plays the same role as the exemplars among two distractors: an object that looks like one of the exemplar and a non-related distractor. The second part of the task is based on the same protocol but the exemplars are objects that have a specific spatial configuration (like symmetry). Here again, the child sees one, two, or three exemplars of a novel noun associated with the objects. The examiner tells him: “This is a /fegɑ̃/”. Then, the child sees three other objects and the examiner says: “Show me which one of these is a /fegɑ̃/”. The distractors are an object that has the same global form as one of the exemplar but without having the specific configuration required, and the non-related distractor. The participants are 20 children diagnosed with SLI aged from 6 to 12 years-old. Each child is match to a control child in age and non-verbal IQ on the one hand, and to a control child in linguistic age (based on a measure of vocabulary comprehension). Results show that children are better able to extend relational words when presented with several referents of these words, which confirms what has already been found in other experiments (Gentner, 2005). When the feature to be used is a spatial relation between the parts of the objects, children with SLI have more difficulties than age-matched controls extending new words, which confirms that SLI is linked to an impairment in the processing of relations and a greater dependance on perceptual information (Leroy et al., 2014). They also tend to benefit more than age-matched children from the presentation of several referents of a new word in order to extend it, what would mean that they greatly benefit from comparison and variability in order to identify relational similarities. It would be interesting to see if children can learn from several items that relational feature can be pertinent to define categories and extend words, as young children without SLI can do it with shape while children with SLI cannot (Collinson et al., 2015). [less ▲]

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See detailLa reconnaissance de la maladie mentale en psychopathologie légale
Englebert, Jérôme ULiege

Conference (2017, June 01)

De nombreux programmes thérapeutiques recommandent d’orienter la thérapie sur la reconnaissance du trouble ou de la maladie. Nous évoquerons cette problématique dans le cadre de la psychiatrie légale ... [more ▼]

De nombreux programmes thérapeutiques recommandent d’orienter la thérapie sur la reconnaissance du trouble ou de la maladie. Nous évoquerons cette problématique dans le cadre de la psychiatrie légale (particulièrement avec des patients présentant un diagnostic de schizophrénie et ayant commis des faits de délinquance sexuelle). Avoir pour objectif de réduire l’anosognosie pose la question des représentations du trouble et de la connaissance de ces phénomènes complexes. La distinction des perspectives en première et troisième personnes est un apport récent et décisif de la phénoménologie à la psychologie clinique et à la psychopathologie (Parnas, Sass & Zahavi, 2012). La perspective en troisième personne consiste en l’attribution, depuis une position externe, de signes cliniques repérés indépendamment du ressenti exprimé par le patient. L’exemple typique de ces signes est le délire et l’hallucination du schizophrène. Ces symptômes cristallisent précisément les difficultés qu’éprouve le sujet à se reconnaitre affecté du trouble. La perspective en première personne concentre, quant à elle, son attention sur l’expérience subjective exprimée par le patient. Si l’on reprend le cas de la schizophrénie, ce sont la « perte de l’évidence naturelle » des choses ou un « sentiment de diminution du soi » qui sont verbalisés. Ce pas de côté de la vision omnisciente du médical, assumant une remise en cause du pouvoir de domination qu’entraine la perspective en troisième personne, se révèle être un outil psychothérapeutique pertinent. Il désacralise le problème de l’anosognosie et ouvre la voie à une perspective intersubjective, à une « co-reconnaissance ». [less ▲]

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See detailA novel approach towards manipulation of vortex matter in a superconductor with micromagnetic structures
Shaw, Gorky ULiege

Conference (2017, June 01)

Though Superconductor/Ferromagnet hybrids is a widely studied system, application of hard magnetic materials as sources of vortex pinning remains relatively unexplored. They offer a number of advantages ... [more ▼]

Though Superconductor/Ferromagnet hybrids is a widely studied system, application of hard magnetic materials as sources of vortex pinning remains relatively unexplored. They offer a number of advantages over softer magnetic materials, like greater stability and larger magnetic field amplitudes. Recently, a promising technique, thermomagnetic patterning (TMP), has been developed to prepare micromagnets, which serve as micro flux sources to produce magnetic fields spatially modulated at the micron scale. Permanent magnetic structures prepared using TMP present an interesting and so far unexplored option for controlled artificial pinning. We have investigated the vortex matter in superconductor/TMP micromagnet heterostructures (Nb-NdFeB) using quantitative Magneto-Optical Imaging (MOI). Comprehensive protocols have been developed for calibrating and converting Faraday rotation data acquired by MOI to magnetic field maps. These protocols reveal the comparatively weaker magnetic response of the superconductor from the background of larger fields associated with the magnetic layer in its vicinity. Further, TMP micromagnet structures have been imprinted in a permalloy (Py) layer following a protocol reported earlier to obtain flexible magnetic landscapes for flux guidance in a Nb layer below it. Both smooth flux penetration and vortex avalanches in Nb are observed to be strongly influenced by the micromagnetic patterns. Our study offers new insights into the peculiarities of the vortex state in these superconductor-micromagnet heterostructures. [less ▲]

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See detailExploration des processus de recollection et de familiarité chez des patients présentant une plainte mnésique : Une étude longitudinale
Simon, Jessica ULiege; Collette, Fabienne ULiege; Salmon, Eric ULiege et al

Poster (2017, June 01)

Les données actuelles suggèrent une altération précoce de la recollection dans les premiers stades de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Par contre, aucun consensus n’a pu être dégagé concernant l’intégrité de la ... [more ▼]

Les données actuelles suggèrent une altération précoce de la recollection dans les premiers stades de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Par contre, aucun consensus n’a pu être dégagé concernant l’intégrité de la familiarité. En effet, certaines études suggèrent une altération précoce de ce processus, alors que d’autres montrent une préservation de celle-ci. Dans ce cadre, nous avons exploré l'impact du type de format de reconnaissance et du matériel sur la recollection et la familiarité chez des patients qui se plaignent de leur mémoire. Nous avons recruté 23 participants âgés contrôles, 9 patients présentant un trouble subjectif de la mémoire (SCI) et 23 patients présentant un trouble cognitif léger (TCL). Les participants ont réalisé une tâche de reconnaissance à choix forcé à deux alternatives et une tâche de reconnaissance Oui-Non incluant des images et des mots. Ces tâches étaient suivies d’une courte évaluation neuropsychologique. Quinze participants âgés contrôles et 23 patients ont participé au suivi, incluant une évaluation neuropsychologique, dans un délai moyen de 21 mois. Nos résultats montrent qu’à l’inclusion, les patients avec TCL avaient des performances moindres en reconnaissance que les deux autres groupes, qui ne différaient pas. De même, ces patients utilisaient moins efficacement la recollection et la familiarité par rapport aux contrôles et aux SCI, qui présentaient des performances similaires. Il n’y avait aucune interaction entre le groupe et le type de format ou le matériel. Lors du suivi, cinq patients avec TCL ont retrouvé un niveau d’efficience cognitive dans la norme et ont été considérés comme des SCI car les plaintes mnésiques étaient toujours présentes. Sur la base de l'adaptation française du test de rappel libre et indicé (RLRI-16), nous avons calculé une pente de déclin mnésique pour chacun de nos patients. Nous avons observé que les indices de recollection et de familiarité étaient expliqués par les pentes de déclin calculées sur le nombre total d’items rappelés librement. Ainsi, nous avons observé un déclin de la recollection et la familiarité dans le groupe de TCL mais pas dans celui des SCI, bien que les deux groupes se plaignent de leur mémoire. En outre, l'efficacité de la familiarité pourrait prédire un déclin cognitif futur. [less ▲]

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See detailVariable selection in proportional hazards cure model with time-varying covariates, application to bank failures
Beretta, Alessandro ULiege; Heuchenne, Cédric ULiege

Conference (2017, June)

In the last three decades, as a consequence of failures and corporate actions, the number of commercial banks in the United States has shrunk by two thirds. Empirical evidence in the analysis of bank ... [more ▼]

In the last three decades, as a consequence of failures and corporate actions, the number of commercial banks in the United States has shrunk by two thirds. Empirical evidence in the analysis of bank failures suggests the existence of banks which are not susceptible to default. For this reason, we use a semi-parametric proportional hazards cure model with time-varying covariates to study their effects either on the probability that a bank is susceptible to default and on the survival time of failed institutions. We propose a penalized maximum likelihood method for the selection of the most significant variables, using a Smoothly Clipped Absolute Deviation (SCAD) penalty. A simulation study shows that this procedure performs reasonably well. We apply this methodology to a quite large sample of United States commercial banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and with more than 50 million dollars of total assets during the last quarter of 2002. More in detail, we use bank-specific covariates observed on a quarterly basis until the end of 2015, that we use as proxies for capital adequacy, asset quality, earnings, management efficiency, liquidity, cost structure and size. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermodal transport: does a wider definition improve its competitiveness?
Mostert, Martine ULiege; Limbourg, Sabine ULiege; Caris, An

Conference (2017, June)

With the opening of borders and always greater decentralization of production, freight transport increased a lot in the last decades. Road remains the most used mode in Europe (Eurostat, 2016). Even if it ... [more ▼]

With the opening of borders and always greater decentralization of production, freight transport increased a lot in the last decades. Road remains the most used mode in Europe (Eurostat, 2016). Even if it is appreciated for its responsiveness, flexibility, and quickness, road transport is however responsible for negative impacts on its environment like air pollution or climate change. Intermodal freight transport i.e. the transportation of goods using two or more modes of transport, in the same loading unit, without handling of the goods themselves (United Nations, 2001) is identified by the European Commission (2011) as an interesting solution for limiting the negative impacts of transport. In the classical conception of intermodal transport, pre- and post-haulage travels are supposed to be short, and to be performed by road transport, whereas the long-haul travel is done using rail or IWW. The combination of these modes allows reducing the negative externalities of the whole travel, i.e. the negative impacts that are generated by transport operators, but which are not directly supported by them. These externalities in particular consist in air pollution and climate change, provoked by the release of emissions which lead to air pollution and human health problems. The objective of this study is to determine the impact on intermodal attractiveness of allowing other combinations of modes than the classical road-rail/IWW-road combination, during an intermodal travel. The research is based on tools of the operations research domain and proposes the development of an allocation model for freight transport at the strategic level of decision. The goal is to determine the flow distribution of goods between direct transportation by road, rail or inland waterways, and any combination of these modes using intermodal transport. The novelty consists in taking into account three modes of transport in a mixed integer programming model, and to allow the transfer from any mode to any other at intermodal terminals where these modes coexist. [less ▲]

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See detailChallenges of Trace Mineral Diagnosis
Guyot, Hugues ULiege

in ACVIM Forum Proceedings (2017, June)

Trace elements deficiencies are commonly seen in cattle herds in Europe and in some parts of the USA. Many reasons are involved: economics of the cattle industry, nutrients formulation and legislation ... [more ▼]

Trace elements deficiencies are commonly seen in cattle herds in Europe and in some parts of the USA. Many reasons are involved: economics of the cattle industry, nutrients formulation and legislation, depletion of soil and roughages quality. The clinical signs of the deficiencies are rarely pathognomonic but loss of production, impaired reproduction performances or increased morbidity/mortality rates are mostly observed. In a European critical economic context, especially for milk production, it is not easy to convince the farmer to invest in diagnosis and/or trace mineral supplementation. Nevertheless, it is important to investigate the nutritional status of the herd to improve global herd health. This presentation aims to present the interest of the diagnosis of trace mineral deficiencies as well as the different manners to investigate this nutrition trouble at a herd level. Trace mineral supplementation solutions will be briefly discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailUntargeted serum metabolite profiling of colorectal cancer using GC-Orbitrap technology
Di Giovanni, Nicolas ULiege; Cojocariu, C; Silcock, P et al

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See detailDocumenting the parameters of effective SoTL counselling
Jérôme, Françoise ULiege; Verpoorten, Dominique ULiege; Detroz, Pascal ULiege

in Andersson, Roy; Martensson, Katarina; Roxa, Torgny (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd EuroSoTL Conference (2017, June)

The Specialized Master in Higher Education Pedagogy (Formasup) organized at the University of Liège (Belgium) aims at the professional development of teachers involved in Higher Education. The training ... [more ▼]

The Specialized Master in Higher Education Pedagogy (Formasup) organized at the University of Liège (Belgium) aims at the professional development of teachers involved in Higher Education. The training programme gives participants the opportunity to make a full-scale SoTL study (from the implementation of a well-circumscribed course regulation to the assessment of its pedagogical effectiveness by means of the analysis of collected data) of one prominent aspect of their teaching practice. The process of trying out some new pedagogical approach and of discussing its effects on student learning has also to be reported in the form of a scientific paper (including a short review of the relevant pedagogical literature) and presented to a small audience of teacher colleagues. In order to meet the many requirements of such a complex task, each participant benefits from individualized pedagogical counselling. Besides a brief description of the Formasup context, the present contribution proposes brief case studies of three SoTL projects carried out in 2016. The case studies focus mainly on the dynamics of the interaction between teacher and pedagogical counsellor at each constitutive step of the SoTL project with the intention of making out the specificities of counselling applied to first time SoTL experience (time dedicated to and types of counselling activities in relation to the particularities of individual projects). The case studies are then integrated into a bigger picture drawing upon a larger number of counselling experiences over the last four years (from 2013 to 2016). On the basis of the main characteristics of 21 counselling experiences we propose a typology of teacher profiles according to their strategic approach to SoTL and the corresponding input of counselling. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification of serum androstanediol glucuronide
LE GOFF, Caroline ULiege

in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (2017, June)

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See detailEnhancing the sweetener erythritol productivity in Yarrowia lipolytica using metabolic engineering
Carly, Frédéric; Vandermies, Marie ULiege; Nicaud, Jean-Marc et al

Conference (2017, June)

Erythritol (1,2,3,4-butanetetrol) is a four-carbon sugar alcohol used as sweeteners in food and beverage industry. It is most commonly generated from glucose via fermentation using osmophilic yeasts ... [more ▼]

Erythritol (1,2,3,4-butanetetrol) is a four-carbon sugar alcohol used as sweeteners in food and beverage industry. It is most commonly generated from glucose via fermentation using osmophilic yeasts. Yarrowia lipolytica is highly proficient at producing erythritol and can use raw glycerol instead of glucose as its main carbon source. Raw glycerol is a byproduct of the biodiesel industry, and it is a cheaper and more efficient carbon source than glucose when it comes to producing erythritol. To date, most studies seeking to improve erythritol production have used wild type strains or randomly generated mutants and have focused on optimizing the culture medium or culturing conditions. In this study, we demonstrated that metabolic engineering can be used to enhance the production of erythritol from glycerol. To this end, we constructed a set of eleven strains that overexpressed genes encoding key enzymes of either glycerol catabolism and erythritol synthesis pathway. For the best of our engineered strains, erythritol productivity in bioreactor was increased 78% relative to the wild type strain and maximum concentrations were obtained in 40% less time. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the transition between symmetric ans asymmetric flow in rectangular shallow reservoirs - a case of maximum energy dissipation?
Westhoff, M.C.; Erpicum, Sébastien ULiege; Archambeau, Pierre ULiege et al

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Shallow reservoirs are often used in hydraulic engineering as sediment traps or storage basins. For short rectangular reservoirs, the main jet flows straight from the inlet to the outlet with on both sides ... [more ▼]

Shallow reservoirs are often used in hydraulic engineering as sediment traps or storage basins. For short rectangular reservoirs, the main jet flows straight from the inlet to the outlet with on both sides symmetric recirculation zones. In longer reservoirs, however, the main jet reattaches to the side of the reservoir leading to a small and a large recirculation zone. Previous studies have found an empirical geometric relation describing the switch between these two flow pattems. In this study, we demonstrate with a simple analytical model, that this switch in flow pattem coincides with a maximization of energy dissipation in the shear layer between the main jet and the recirculation zones. We show that for short reservoir lengths, energy dissipation is higher in the case of a symmetric fiow pattern, while for longer reservoir the energy dissipation is higher for asymmetric flow pattems. The simulated switch between the two flow patterns appears to be very close to the empirical relation. The strength of this approach lies in the fact that no detailed knowledge of small scale processes is needed, which may prove useful at an early stage of reservoir design. [less ▲]

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See detailFATIGUE CRACK PROPAGATION IN HSS S690QL WELDED CONNECTIONS IN BRIDGES
Bouffioux, Chantal ULiege; Canales Cardenas, Cristian ULiege; Duchene, Laurent ULiege et al

Conference (2017, June)

The fatigue and crack study of HSS S690QL steel welded pieces is first experimentally analyzed by fatigue tests on small samples of Base Material (BM), Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) and Weld Metal (WM ... [more ▼]

The fatigue and crack study of HSS S690QL steel welded pieces is first experimentally analyzed by fatigue tests on small samples of Base Material (BM), Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) and Weld Metal (WM) separately for several stress ratios, stress levels, on smooth and notched samples. The Lemaître-Chaboche fatigue model combined with the stress gradient method and the three sets of parameters are found to accurately describe the behavior of each material. Another experimental campaign with larger pieces (closer to the scale of the bridge connections) called "small scale samples", with/without welded stiffeners, with several geometries and with/without post-treatment has shown each effect separately: the scale and machining effects, residual stresses due to the welding, geometrical and post-treatments effects. Numerical simulations of these experiments are used to improve and validate the material data, with a study in real context and size. Then, the characterized fatigue damage model is coupled with the element deletion method to model the propagation of cracks along the welded samples and the numerical predictions are compared with experimental results in order to validate the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time capture of the folding-unfolding transitions in a single oligorotaxane foldamer
Sluysmans, Damien ULiege; Hubert, Sandrine ULiege; Bruns, Carson et al

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See detailHeritage mining landscapes as rural capital: the case of two heavy metals minings wastelands in Wallonia
Dubois, Charline ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Poster (2017, June)

For a long time and due to the socio-economic trauma caused by the closure of the mines, the hazards of abandoned sites and soil pollution, the newness of vestiges, or the symbol of the failure of an ... [more ▼]

For a long time and due to the socio-economic trauma caused by the closure of the mines, the hazards of abandoned sites and soil pollution, the newness of vestiges, or the symbol of the failure of an industrial development model, on-field industrial remains were not considered as valuable heritage, particularly in rural spaces. Indeed, in the dominant imagery of rural areas, industry and countryside do not fit together (Cloke et al., 1996; Edelblutte & Legrand, 2012). Yet, such industrial activities have a long history in some areas such as in rural East-Belgium. The past deindustrialization resulted in wastelands on which stakeholders have nowadays various interests. Some of these industrial wastelands try to become places of heritage preservation and valorisation (Fagnoni, 2003; Kitchen et al., 2006; Roth, 2007; Mitchell & O’Neill, 2016). In this paper, we consider industrial wastelands with the aim to develop and enhance rural development and heritage landscapes. The mining wastelands are defined as abandoned areas where old traces of mining (e.g. factories and buildings, cuts and fills material, other marks in the landscapes, polluted soils) are still present. These areas are waiting for a new evaluation in order to create rural development strategies and local projects. We study how to preserve and protect these authentic high value landscapes and what can be proposed as type of rural strategy and rural landscape management. How to reallocate the space of wastelands according to the valorisation of cultural and natural heritage? Through qualitative document analysis and stakeholders interviews, we are discussing on the basis of two case studies concerning heavy metals mines in Easten Belgium within an hour’s drive from Liège. The first case is the “Haldes calaminaires” area in Plombières (former lead and zinc mine) and the second one is the “Rouge-Thier” area in Stoumont (former manganese mine), both industrial wastelands in rural area with a real potential for rural development in some touristic, recreational, scientific, and pedagogical frameworks (Rosengarten, 2008; Dussart & Dussart, 1991). Different scenarios are possible to allow both sites to be recognized, saved, protected, enhanced, and developed for tourists and inhabitants, but they must confront the divergent heritage, cultural, biological, urban and socio-economic interests and issues of local and regional actors. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Split-Band Interferometry Approach to Determine the Phase Unwrapping Offset
Libert, Ludivine ULiege; De Rauw, Dominique ULiege; d'Oreye, Nicolas et al

Poster (2017, June)

This poster presents an approach based on the Split-Band Interferometry to solve the ambiguities introduced during the phase unwrapping of separate regions.

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See detailShallow water model with anisotropic porosity for flood modelling on Cartesian grids
Bruwier, Martin ULiege; Archambeau, Pierre ULiege; Erpicum, Sébastien ULiege et al

Conference (2017, June)

Detailed topographic data have become widely available for inundation mapping. While the use of such high-resolution data enables the computation of flow variables at a fine scale, the computation time ... [more ▼]

Detailed topographic data have become widely available for inundation mapping. While the use of such high-resolution data enables the computation of flow variables at a fine scale, the computation time remains too high for many practical applications. In contrast, models solving the shallow-water equations with porosity provide a useful tool to improve the computational efficiency, while preserving to some extent the detailed topographic information through porosity parameters. In this study, we present a new model solving the fully dynamic shallow water equations with anisotropic porosity based on Cartesian grids. Using a Cartesian grid leads to specific challenges, particularly as regards the definition of the conveyance porosities at the cell edges. Moreover, the presented model is further improved by a merging method so as to increase the computational efficiency without affecting the overall accuracy. The performance of the model has been evaluated based on a wide range of test cases, which confirm the validity of the model and the benefits of such a modelling framework. [less ▲]

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See detailGene Entity Recognition of Full Text Articles
Noll, Manuel ULiege; Lété, Jonathan ULiege; Meyer, Patrick ULiege

in ICBBS '17 Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science (2017, June)

Biomedical scientific literature is an unexploited treasure. Due to the staggering number of publications it is literally intractable to gather manually all information. Automatized information extraction ... [more ▼]

Biomedical scientific literature is an unexploited treasure. Due to the staggering number of publications it is literally intractable to gather manually all information. Automatized information extraction (IE) is therefore key. An important subtask is the recognition of names in the text as specific entities ( named entity recognition, NER). NER for genes in biomedical literature is a challenging task. This paper reports preliminary results for the identification of gene names in full text with the naive Bayes, support vector machine and the random forest algorithm, showing that there is no loss on performance compared to the gene NER restricted to abstracts. [less ▲]

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See detailMindfulness in Cyber-Security: The Case of a Government Agency
Tapanainen, Tommi ULiege; Lisein, Olivier ULiege

Conference (2017, June)

Cyber-security requires not only technical preparations but also organizational practices that reduce the likelihood and severity of damage to the organization. Although user compliance to security ... [more ▼]

Cyber-security requires not only technical preparations but also organizational practices that reduce the likelihood and severity of damage to the organization. Although user compliance to security policies has been examined in prior literature, user behaviour is only one facet of an organization’s cyber-security; the actions of the IT staff, crisis team, and the management are just as critical. Consequently, organizational practices in cyber-security are not understood very well. To address this gap, this research applied the concept of mindfulness, which has recently received attention also in the IT field. We collected data from a revelatory case – that of a government agency that was targeted by a large-scale cyber-attack – and applied the concept of mindfulness in analyzing the data. Our analysis uncovered a number of mindful practices related to cyber-security. These practices can serve as a building block to theorize on the activities to be taken by IT workers in promoting cyber-security. Our paper also suggests avenues for further research in the emerging topic, for instance, through the concept of cyber-security capability. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient management of a connected microgrid in Belgium
Cornélusse, Bertrand ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege; Warichet, Luc et al

in Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Electricity Distribution, Glasgow, 12-15 June 2017 (2017, June)

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See detailAccuracy improvement in digital holographic-based speckle correlation for three-dimensional (3D) displacement measurement
Zhao, Yuchen ULiege; Zemmamouche, Redouane; Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULiege et al

in Digital Holography and Three-Dimensional Imaging (2017, June)

Combination of digital holography and speckle correlation for three-dimensional displacement measurement suffers from inaccuracy. Speckle size adjustment and phase error correction during the digital ... [more ▼]

Combination of digital holography and speckle correlation for three-dimensional displacement measurement suffers from inaccuracy. Speckle size adjustment and phase error correction during the digital holography process can improve the accuracy of in-plane displacement measurement. [less ▲]

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See detailDecoding the disciplines – A pilot study at the University of Liège (Belgium)
Verpoorten, Dominique ULiege; Devyver, Julie ULiege; Duchâteau, Dominique ULiege et al

in Andersson, Roy; Martensson, Katarina; Roxa, Torgny (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd EuroSoTL Conference - Transforming patterns through the scholarship of teaching and learning (2017, June)

This paper reports on a first attempt to apply the two first stages of the “Decoding the disciplines” framework (Pace, 2017) at the University of Liège (Belgium). In this context, 7 professors volunteered ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on a first attempt to apply the two first stages of the “Decoding the disciplines” framework (Pace, 2017) at the University of Liège (Belgium). In this context, 7 professors volunteered to reflect, through a structured process, upon “bottlenecks” in their courses, with the help of IFRES’ (Institute for Training and Research in Higher Education) pedagogical advisers. This pilot delivered contrasted observations: while participants granted value to their exposure to this approach, especially in terms of enhanced awareness of possible discrepancies between what experts and newcomers in the field might consider as obvious, none of them activated the possibility offered to tackle the identified bottlenecks, according to the systematic approach (stages 3-7) suggested by the framework. The paper presents the pedagogical setting, analyses the interviews of participants and the outcomes of the project, outlines explanations for its results, and shares some lessons learnt. [less ▲]

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See detailReference interval determination for serum and urine aldosterone for healthy Belgian population
LE GOFF, Caroline ULiege; Fabregat Cabello, Neus ULiege; Huyghebaert, Loreen ULiege et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2017, June)

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See detailMicroplastics found in the stomach contents of Squalius cephalus from the Seine River
Collard, France ULiege; Gilbert, Bernard ULiege; Eppe, Gauthier ULiege et al

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Microplastics (plastics < 5 mm) are emerging pollutants of growing concern. Since the 2000s their abundance, degradation and impacts on wildlife are more and more studied and understood. However, few data ... [more ▼]

Microplastics (plastics < 5 mm) are emerging pollutants of growing concern. Since the 2000s their abundance, degradation and impacts on wildlife are more and more studied and understood. However, few data are available particularly in freshwater ecosystems. Some fish species have plastic in their stomach contents such as: Gobio gobio, Alburnus alburnus, Leuciscus leuciscus while other species have not. In controlled conditions, microplastics were found to cause negative impacts in fish: leaching of micropollutants, endocrine disruption, hatching inhibition and decrease of growth rate of larvae. The first step in the understanding of these impacts is the quantification and the characterisation of ingested plastics by organisms in the field. Plastics and other anthropogenic particles (textile fibres) were isolated from 40 stomachs of Squalius cephalus (the European chub) collected in the Seine River (Paris) in August 2016. One station is upstream and the three others are downstream of the Paris Megacity conurbation. This megacity exerts a great pressure on the Seine River. Plastics were isolated thanks to a method using sodium hypochlorite and all particles were then analysed by Raman spectroscopy. The method consists in a degradation overnight of the organic matter in the stomach contents by sodium hypochlorite. This mixture is then filtrated and particles longer than 5 µm are resuspended into an ethanol (99%) solution for centrifugation. The precipitate, containing all particles denser than ethanol, is collected (1.3 ml) and spread on a mount for Raman spectroscopy. Several lasers were used, depending on the particle’s colour. Spectra were recorded with an accumulation ranging from 5 to 50s. Preliminary results showed that 7 individuals out of 25 already analysed (28%) had ingested at least one anthropogenic particle (AP). Eight APs were found and characterized, the majority of them (7) being dyed fibres. One of these fibres was made of a plastic polymer, the polyethylene terephthalate. The others were made of an undetermined material as Raman analyses gave only information on the dye. The eighth particle was a fragment of polypropylene. It is the first time that fish are studied as a part of plastic pollution in the Seine River. All isolated particles have been analysed leading to precise results. The percentage of occurrence is in the common range of other studies while much lower than the European flounder coming from the River Thames and higher than fish coming from Geneva Lake. It is not surprising that the majority of APs were fibres as another study in the river Seine found that the fibres concentration in water is far greater than the fragments concentration, as well as in urban runoff. It is also possible that the retention time of fibres in the gut is longer than fragments. Toxicological impacts of fibre ingestion is still unknown despite their ubiquity in many freshwater environments. [less ▲]

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See detailCoulombic driven multi-conformational aspects of oligorotaxane switches studied by ion mobility mass spectrometry and molecular dynamics
Hanozin, Emeline ULiege; Mignolet, Benoît ULiege; Morsa, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2017, June)

Introduction Artificial Molecular Machines (AMMs), such as Mechanically Interlocked Molecules (MIMs) and foldamers, have recently raised tremendous interest due to their unique properties. Under the ... [more ▼]

Introduction Artificial Molecular Machines (AMMs), such as Mechanically Interlocked Molecules (MIMs) and foldamers, have recently raised tremendous interest due to their unique properties. Under the influence of an appropriate stimuli (pH, redox potential, light…), such molecules are able to reversibly switch between distinct conformational states. Scientists may capitalize on such exclusive properties to get a better understanding of the biomacromolecular level or to design innovative “smart” materials. At the interface between foldamers and MIMs, oligorotaxanes exhibit a spring-like folded secondary structure with remarkable mechanical and physicochemical properties. In the present study, we use ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry (IM-MS) to probe the conformational states of differentially charged oligorotaxanes in the gas phase. Method Oligorotaxanes are donor-acceptor polymers composed of a π electron-donating dumbbell over which a discrete number of π electron-accepting tetracationic cyclophanes are threaded. The numerous intra-molecular interactions provide them a highly-stabilized rigid rod-like structure in solution. We use IM-MS as implemented in the Synapt G2 HDMS (Waters, Manchester, UK) to investigate the structure of the ionized oligorotaxanes. Our purposes are to probe (i) the different populations of stable conformers generated according to the charge state z and (ii) the reversibility of an electron-driven or thermal-driven conformational change in the gas phase implemented via an electron transfer or collisional activation process prior to the mobility separation. Our experimental observations are supported by electronic structure optimizations at the PM6 and DFT levels coupled with Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics simulations. Preliminary data Our results highlight a progressive elongation of the oligorotaxane structure with increasing charge numbers until it reaches a maximum extension state. Matching the experimental data with theoretical simulations, we find that the oligorotaxanes adopt an entropically-favored globular shape at low z. As z increases, coulombic repulsions occurring between the cyclophanes gradually outweigh the stabilizing π-stacking interactions and force the structure to elongate. This process occurs in a multistep fashion, each corresponding to a distinct group of helical-shaped conformers, before it eventually results in a fully stretched structure. On the other hand, our results also highlight that a charge reduction driven by a non-dissociative electron transfer process leads to a refolding of the structure so that it adopts a size similar to its electrospray-generated counterpart when the appropriate number of electrons is added. This observation may be imparted to the gradual decrease of the Coulomb repulsions between the cyclophanes mediated through increasing numbers of transferred electrons. These results suggests that the transition from one conformer to another is reversible so that the electrostatic balance between the cyclophanes may be used to further tune the structural state adopted by this artificial molecular switch. The second stimulus relied on collisional activation whose inelastic component provides a way to build up energy into the accessible vibrational degrees of freedom. The conformational landscapes of such-activated oligorotaxanes ions were found unchanged in term of collision cross section position but the repartition of population was altered with a promotion of the most elongated conformer, provided the absence of selective fragmentation. Altogether, these results highlight the feasibility of handling the elongation state of oligorotaxanes in the gas phase through appropriate inputs and underline its conformational reversibility properties. Novel aspect Stimuli-induced reversible conformational rearrangements of innovative AMMs studied by IM-MS and molecular dynamics in the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailNGOs and female circumcision in Egypt. An anthropological enquiry
Mescoli, Elsa ULiege

in The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (2017, June)

In 1994, during the International Conference on Population and Development convened by the United Nations in Cairo, a shocking video was shown, realized by an operator of CNN and depicting the ... [more ▼]

In 1994, during the International Conference on Population and Development convened by the United Nations in Cairo, a shocking video was shown, realized by an operator of CNN and depicting the circumcision of a ten-year-old child living in this very same city. Discourses around female circumcision were not new in Egypt and in the international community, but what was considered as a new episode of a recurrent scandal (not the last one indeed) led to enhance the “war against bad government” (Foucault 2003: 38). A war fought by means of ideological weapons produced by various forms of expert knowledge among which the medical and the feminist ones. The assignment of a value to the state of integrity of the female body and to the women freedom of choice, both designed according to Western canons, led to different actions to “save” Egyptian women. In this context, development agencies foster a widespread representation of the victim, constituted by the woman mutilated body. Such representation is functional to put in place programs which do not guarantee a freedom of choice, but rather require adherence to another female model, one that defines the "modern" woman. My article, based on ethnographic experience, aims at highlighting the complexity of such dynamics and the role played by humanitarianism within them. Female body becomes the arena where local and international economic powers operate, disregarding a real understanding of the practice, its meanings and its eventual change. [less ▲]

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See detailStaggered strong coupling between existing fluid and solid solvers through a Python interface for fluid-structure interaction problems
Thomas, David ULiege; Variyar, Anil; Boman, Romain ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the VII International Conference on Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (2017, June)

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See detailQuantification of roots by the use of NIR hyperspectral imaging and chemometrics
Eylenbosch, Damien ULiege; Baeten, Vincent; Bodson, Bernard ULiege et al

Conference (2017, June)

Estimation of root system development is often based on the soil coring method which allows repeated measurements during the growing season in the field as well as in different soil horizons. However ... [more ▼]

Estimation of root system development is often based on the soil coring method which allows repeated measurements during the growing season in the field as well as in different soil horizons. However, this method is limited due to the time needed to extract roots from soil cores and to manually sort them from crop residues before quantification. To avoid this tedious sorting step and remove operator subjectivity, a procedure based on NIR Hyperspectral Imaging (NIR-HSI) has been developed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe BCCM/ULC collection to conserve the biodiversity and study the secondary metabolites of Antarctic cyanobacteria
Lara, Yannick ULiege; Durieu, Benoit ULiege; Renard, Marine et al

in Van de Putte, Anton (Ed.) Book of abstracts: XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 10-14 July 2017. (2017, June)

The BCCM/ULC public collection is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office since 2011. A Quality Management System ensures that the services of deposits (both public and safe) and distribution are well ... [more ▼]

The BCCM/ULC public collection is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office since 2011. A Quality Management System ensures that the services of deposits (both public and safe) and distribution are well documented and efficient for the clients’ satisfaction. It has obtained the ISO 9001 certification for deposition and distribution of strains, as part of the multi-site certification for the BCCM consortium. This collection aims to gather a representative portion of the Antarctic cyanobacterial diversity with different ecological origins (limnetic mats, soil crusts, cryoconites, endoliths…) and make it available for researchers to study the taxonomy, evolution, adaptations to harsh environmental conditions, pigments, and genomic make-up. It presently includes 216 cyanobacterial strains, of which 119 are of Antarctic origin (catalogue: http://bccm.belspo.be/catalogues/ulc-catalogue-search). In addition, cyanobacteria are known to produce a wide range of secondary metabolites (e.g. alkaloids, cyclic and linear peptides, polyketides) with bioactive potential. Genome sequencing of 11 strains has been started to enable genome mining for biosynthetic clusters. Pair-read data from illumina MiSeq runs were obtained and submitted to a bioinformatic pipeline dedicated to the assembly of genomes and search of sequences involved in the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites. Gene cluster prediction analysis allowed to characterize 20 clusters of NRPS, PKS and hybrid NRPS-PKS from 2 to 66kb. Surprisingly, none of the characterized operons had previously been described in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic phase identification of smart meter measurement data
Olivier, Frédéric ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULiege

in Proc. of CIRED 2017 (2017, June)

This paper highlights the importance of the knowledge of the phase identification for the different measurement points inside a low-voltage distribution network. Besides considering existing solutions, we ... [more ▼]

This paper highlights the importance of the knowledge of the phase identification for the different measurement points inside a low-voltage distribution network. Besides considering existing solutions, we propose a novel method for identifying the phases of the measurement devices, based exclusively on voltage measurement correlation. It relies on graph theory and the notion of maximum spanning tree. It has been tested on a real Belgian LV network, first with simulated unbalanced voltage for which it managed to correctly identify the phases of all measurement points, second, on preliminary data from a real measurement campaign for which it shows encouraging results. [less ▲]

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See detailResilience of the DSO network near to 50.2Hz
Vangulick, David ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULiege

in Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Electricity Distribution (2017, June)

In an electrical system where decentralized and embedded productions are becoming more and more important, it is essential to ensure there is a good understanding of their behaviour at their operating ... [more ▼]

In an electrical system where decentralized and embedded productions are becoming more and more important, it is essential to ensure there is a good understanding of their behaviour at their operating limits. One the most important operating limits is when the system frequency approaches 50.2 Hz. At this frequency, following the old requirements, many existing European PV inverters have to be disconnected. In such situations, we will demonstrate that the variance of the frequency measurement taken at every PV inverter plays a key role. It will be demonstrated that this variance is actually a good thing from the system’s point of view as it allows for a gradual disconnection, leading to a controlled variation of the frequency. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodal imaging analysis in Charles Bonnet Syndrome: a case report
Martial, Charlotte ULiege; Di Perri, Carol ULiege; Larroque, Stephen ULiege et al

Poster (2017, June)

Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) is a rare condition characterized by visual impairment associated with complex visual hallucinations in psychologically normal elderly people. Previous studies have suggested ... [more ▼]

Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) is a rare condition characterized by visual impairment associated with complex visual hallucinations in psychologically normal elderly people. Previous studies have suggested that visual hallucinations may be caused by brain damage in the visual system. However, in the case of CBS, specific brain regions in the occipital cortex have not been clearly determined and functional neuroimaging remains relatively unexplored. To our knowledge, functional connectivity by means of resting-state magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has never been investigated in patients with CBS. We here aimed to investigate structural imaging, brain metabolism and functional connectivity in a patient with CBS. Resting-state functional and structural MRI were acquired in an 85-year-old patient with CBS and 12 age- and gender-matched normally sighted controls. Cognitive functioning was measured by behavioral assessment. A seed-based resting state fMRI was performed to investigate the default mode network (DMN), the executive control network and the visual networks connectivity. A voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis was employed to investigate the grey matter volume. Cortical and subcortical grey matter thickness were further investigated. Finally, 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) was also acquired to observe regional glucose uptake by comparing standard uptake values (SUVs). Increased functional connectivity was found between the DMN and the temporo-occipital fusiform cortex, as well as between the secondary visual cortex and the left frontal cortex, in the CBS patient compared to controls. The patient also demonstrated increased functional connectivity between the primary visual cortex and the left supramarginal gyrus and between the associative visual cortex and the superior temporal gyrus/angular gyrus, as compared to controls. Decreased grey matter volume was observed in the lateral occipital cortex/angular gyrus in our patient as compared to controls. Diminished grey matter thickness values were observed in the lateral geniculate nucleus compared to healthy controls. FDG-PET results confirmed previous work and showed bilateral hypometabolism in the occipital cortex (mean SUV reduction of 5.36%, p<0.001). Our results suggest that structural alterations in visual system in CBS are associated with compensatory/adaptive changes in functional connectivity that involve regions known to support hallucinations of faces in CBS patients. We suggest that this functional connectivity reorganization following visual structural damage may contribute to visual hallucinations. These findings might shed light on the pathophysiology underlining this rare condition. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversity and biogeography of microorganisms in microbial mats of Antarctic lakes
Durieu, Benoit ULiege; Lara, Yannick ULiege; Obbels, Dagmar et al

in Van de Putte, Anton (Ed.) Book of abstracts: XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 10-14 July 2017. (2017, June)

The BelSPO project CCAMBIO aims to study the biogeographical distribution of microorganisms (bacteria, cyanobacteria, microeukaryotes) in lacustrine microbial mats using a combination of techniques ... [more ▼]

The BelSPO project CCAMBIO aims to study the biogeographical distribution of microorganisms (bacteria, cyanobacteria, microeukaryotes) in lacustrine microbial mats using a combination of techniques including microscopic observations, strain isolation and genetic characterisation, and molecular diversity assessments using Next Generation Sequencing of environmental DNA. The samples were collected in different Antarctic and sub-Antarctic biogeographical regions. [less ▲]

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See detailA strategy to protect reference sites for future microbiology research in Antarctica
Wilmotte, Annick ULiege; Willems, Anne; Verleyen, Elie et al

in Van de Putte, Anton (Ed.) Book of abstracts: XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 10-14 July 2017. (2017, June)

In addition to iconic animals and birds, Antarctica harbours surprisingly diverse microbial communities that drive important biogeochemical processes in virtually all habitats, including ice-free regions ... [more ▼]

In addition to iconic animals and birds, Antarctica harbours surprisingly diverse microbial communities that drive important biogeochemical processes in virtually all habitats, including ice-free regions, ice sheets and subglacial habitats. Recent studies have shown that Antarctic microbiomes may have unique compositions and functions, exhibit biogeographic patterns, and include endemic taxa that have survived in refugia since the continent started to glaciate. Microbial habitats are under constant pressure due to anthropogenic activities, which may introduce non-indigenous microorganisms, via human bodies, clothing, food, cargo, or construction material. New ‘entry points‘ for microbial contamination are a consequence of the increase and diversification of tourism and research stations. Climatic changes might increase the probability of establishment of non-native taxa. The impacts of such introductions are still unknown, but might lead to a loss of the native microbial biodiversity, or its modification. The technical progress in molecular methodologies has generated very sensitive high-throughput methods. They have the potential to describe the microbial communities with unprecedented detail. However, due to the anthropogenic pressure described above, we may be losing the pristine Antarctic areas that would enable scientists to study the native microbial flora, its functions and properties. One tool of the Protocol on Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty that could be specifically used to protect microbial habitats is the creation of inviolate areas where a special entry permit is required (inside ASPAs, for example) and quarantine equipment needs to be used. These zones could be set aside for future research and become extremely valuable as after a few decades, they would be unique examples of pristine habitats, representative of the native microbial diversity and processes. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights into the microbiome of apple fruit surface “cv Pinova” through metagenomics
Dario, Angeli; Massart, Sébastien ULiege; Sare, Abdoul Razack ULiege et al

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See detailReprésentation du vieillissement chez les enfants et les adolescents
Flamion, Allison ULiege

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See detailThe question of the methane increase though the retrieval of its isotopologues from FTIR ground-based observations
Bader, Whitney ULiege; Strong, Kimberley; Walker, Kaley et al

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Beltramo, Agnese; Julea, Andreea; Refa, Nazir et al

in Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the European Energy Market (2017, June)

The European Union (EU) is actively encouraging member countries to phase out traditional oil-fuelled cars in cities in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV) as a solution for increasing efficiency ... [more ▼]

The European Union (EU) is actively encouraging member countries to phase out traditional oil-fuelled cars in cities in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV) as a solution for increasing efficiency, contributing to ensure security of supply, decrease CO2 emission and decrease local (especially urban) air pollution coming from the transport sector. With the increasing associated charging infrastructure deployment all over European countries, the demand coming from these technologies might impact the power system and potentially offer a source of flexibility through variable charging profiles and battery storage capacity options. In the recent years, the Dutch government has adopted several policy support mechanisms for EVs uptake, which made the Netherlands the country with the highest market share of electric cars in 2015 in the EU, and the second-highest share worldwide after Norway. This country is therefore a unique case study for the analysis of EVs charging demand and impact of the power sector. The recent uptake of EVs provides a significant amount of historical data regarding charging profiles, connection times or utilisation patterns pertaining this technology. This paper aims at exploiting such data to evaluate the current and future impact of electric vehicle deployment on the power system. To that end, historical data from 2015 are used in conjunction with the Dispa-SET model, a unit commitment and power dispatch model developed at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. This aims at investigating the impact of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging demand on the current Dutch power system, under different hypotheses for BEV technology penetration and renewable energy deployment (i.e. wind and solar) in the country. In addition, looking at the entire connection periods when vehicles are plugged to the grid, the battery capacity connected to the system is estimated, based on commercial BEV battery characteristics. This total capacity is finally used as variable storage unit in the model, in order to investigate the impact that Vehicle to Grid (V2G) strategies could have on the optimal use of power resources available, with particular attention to Variable Renewable Energy (VRE). [less ▲]

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See detailSafety update on dapagliflozin (DAPA) across the phase 2b/3 clinical trial program
Jabbour, Serge; Seufert, Jochen; SCHEEN, André ULiege et al

Poster (2017, June)

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See detailVoltage Profile Correction in Distribution Grids Combining Single- and Two-level Controllers
Soleimani Bidgoli, Hamid ULiege; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULiege

in IEEE PES 2017 PowerTech conference proceedings (2017, June)

A real-time control scheme is proposed to correct undesired voltages in distribution networks by adjusting the reactive powers produced by Dispersed Generation Units (DGUs). This is performed at two ... [more ▼]

A real-time control scheme is proposed to correct undesired voltages in distribution networks by adjusting the reactive powers produced by Dispersed Generation Units (DGUs). This is performed at two levels: locally, in DGU controllers, and centrally by a supervisory controller acting on some of the DGUs only. The centralized, discrete controller solves a multi-time-step constrained optimization inspired of Model Predictive Control. Unacceptable voltage deviations are partially but rapidly corrected by the local controls. Further but slower corrections are applied by the upper level, taking advantage of the coordination between DGUs. This hybrid control is of practical interest where the deployment of the upper level control is not feasible or affordable over all DGUs. The proposed method effectiveness is demonstrated on a 75-bus test system. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the secret of the resistance of desert strains of Chroococcidiopsis to desiccation and radiation
Billi, Daniela; Fagliarone; Verseux, Cyprien et al

in Van de Putte, Anton (Ed.) Book of abstracts: XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 10-14 July 2017. (2017, June)

Chroococcidiopsis is a unicellular cyanobacterial genus that is growing in extreme dry conditions, either in low or high temperatures. At the lower end of the spectrum, they live as cryptoendoliths in ... [more ▼]

Chroococcidiopsis is a unicellular cyanobacterial genus that is growing in extreme dry conditions, either in low or high temperatures. At the lower end of the spectrum, they live as cryptoendoliths in rocks of the Mc Murdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica where they were discovered by Imre Friedmann, while at the higher end, they grow as hypoliths/endoliths in hot deserts, e.g. Negev, Gobi, Atacama. The capacity of desert strains of Chroococcidiopsis to stabilize their sub-cellular organization is so efficient that, when dried, they can cope with simulated space and Martian conditionsas well as with high doses of ionizing and UV radiations . [less ▲]

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See detailE-CLOUD, the open microgrid in existing network infrastructure
Vangulick, David ULiege; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULiege; Vanherck, Thierry et al

in Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Electricity Distribution (2017, June)

The main goal of the E-Cloud, as with every microgrid, is to maximize the consumption of energy produced locally. To reach this goal, based on consumption profiles of customers willing to participate in ... [more ▼]

The main goal of the E-Cloud, as with every microgrid, is to maximize the consumption of energy produced locally. To reach this goal, based on consumption profiles of customers willing to participate in the E-cloud and given some local restrictions (e.g. wind turbines cannot be put everywhere), an optimal mix of green generation sources (in kW) and local storage (in kWh) needs to be computed. Then according to this computation, the required generating units and storage device are installed. A repartition mechanism grants the customer a share of the generated electricity and storage capacity. These shares are either computed offline, or dynamically adapted on line. The project will test two models: either the DSO or a producer owns and operates the storage device. Two flows of information (real-time for operation of the storage facility and ex-post for its settlement) are needed to correctly manage the E-Cloud and to ensure correct information exchange with the wholesale market. These information flows are completed thanks to a forecast that provides members of the E-Cloud the full capability to anticipate and obtain the maximum benefits of the local generation. The expected benefits for the customer are a reduction of their electricity bill by a minimum of 10%. Societal benefits should also arise: 1) easing the technical integration of renewables’ generation embedded in the distribution network, and 2) avoids extra investment on the DSO network. The E-Cloud may also ensure new revenue for the DSO thanks to new services provided to the E-Cloud community. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Use of Inflammatory Markers in Field Cattle Medicine
Guyot, Hugues ULiege

in ACVIM Forum Proceedings (2017, June)

Numerous cow-side diagnostic tests are available for bovine practitioners. Many of these tests serve etiologic purposes such as quick test for diarrhea or measures of metabolites directly linked to ... [more ▼]

Numerous cow-side diagnostic tests are available for bovine practitioners. Many of these tests serve etiologic purposes such as quick test for diarrhea or measures of metabolites directly linked to pathologies (BOH or ions Ca++, Na+, K+, etc.). Beside these interesting elements, inflammation, which is either a cause or a consequence of a specific disease, is often forgotten. This presentation will refresh the practitioner’s knowledge on the assessment of inflammation in cattle by using inflammatory markers assayed with laboratory and cow-side tests. The interpretation of these markers can be sometimes delicate (bias) and might not necessarily lead to a prognosis. Depending on the age of the animal, some inflammatory markers can also serve as diagnosis for other purposes such as the evaluation of passive immunity transfer in calves. [less ▲]

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See detailGelfand duality for compact pospaces
De Rudder, Laurent ULiege

Conference (2017, June)

It is well known that the category of compact Hausdorff spaces is dually equivalent to the category of commutative C^\star-algebras. More generally, this duality can be seen as a part of a square of ... [more ▼]

It is well known that the category of compact Hausdorff spaces is dually equivalent to the category of commutative C^\star-algebras. More generally, this duality can be seen as a part of a square of dualities between compact Hausdorff spaces, C^\star-algebras, compact regular frames and de Vries algebras. Three of these dualities have been extended to dualities between compact pospaces, stably compact frames and proximity frames, the fourth part of the square being lacking. We propose the category of bounded Archimedean l-semi-algebra to complete what will be the outside square of dualities and to extend to category of C^\star-algebras. [less ▲]

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See detailNet neutrality: Paid prioritization vs Zero-rating
Gautier, Axel ULiege

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See detailLocal Control of AC/DC Converters for Frequency Support Between Asynchronous AC Areas
Papangelis, Lampros ULiege; Debry, Marie-Sophie; Panciatici, Patrick et al

in IEEE PES 2017 PowerTech conference proceedings (2017, June)

This paper proposes a novel control scheme for frequency support among asynchronous AC areas through HVDC grids. It is based on local controllers, each acting on a voltage source converter, using locally ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a novel control scheme for frequency support among asynchronous AC areas through HVDC grids. It is based on local controllers, each acting on a voltage source converter, using locally available measurements only, and supporting frequency of the adjacent AC area after a significant disturbance. The controller is combined with the existing DC voltage droop technique and is inspired of Model Predictive Control, taking into account various constraints. The coordination of the proposed control scheme with the existing secondary frequency control of an AC area is also discussed. Examples obtained from a test system with a five-terminal DC network connecting two asynchronous areas demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed control scheme. [less ▲]

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See detailEmpathie et culpabilité : les émotions au coeur du lien social
Devillers, Bérengère ULiege

in Actes des 17èmes journées de valorisation de la recherche « La place des émotions dans le travail socio-éducatif » (2017, June)

Bonjour à tous, et merci aux organisateurs de m’avoir invitée. C’est un plaisir pour moi d’être là aujourd’hui parmi vous. Je vais tout d’abord revenir sur la traduction du « Good Lives Model ». Plusieurs ... [more ▼]

Bonjour à tous, et merci aux organisateurs de m’avoir invitée. C’est un plaisir pour moi d’être là aujourd’hui parmi vous. Je vais tout d’abord revenir sur la traduction du « Good Lives Model ». Plusieurs traductions sont communément admises, les plus connues étant celles de « modèle de bonne vie » ou « modèle de vie satisfaisante » ou encore « modèle de vies saines ». Il faut savoir que le groupe Antigone, dans lequel je travaille, n’adhère pas vraiment à ces définitions. En effet, nous trouvons que les traductions françaises proposées enferment le sujet dans une vision prescriptive de ce que devraient être les besoins, qu’elles laissent entendre qu’il y aurait des besoins universels auxquels tous les individus devraient répondre. Or nous ne nous y retrouvons pas et cela ne correspond pas à l’intention de Ward qui veut faire référence à une manière de vivre qui est bénéfique pour le sujet lui-même. Je vous propose donc de garder l’appellation anglophone, « Good Lives Model ». Je vais revenir à l’émergence de ce modèle : il s’agit d’un modèle de réhabilitation qui a vu le jour au début des années 2000 sous l’impulsion de Tony Ward, tout d’abord pour le public des auteurs d’infractions à caractère sexuel. Cependant, il s’est rapidement étendu à d’autres populations, notamment les auteurs de violences domestiques, le public psychiatrique, et ce pour le public aussi bien adolescent qu’adulte. D’autres adaptations ont depuis vu le jour, notamment à l’initiative d’un service français, l’ARCA, qui est spécialisé en recherche et en intervention en délinquance sexuelle, et où le directeur, Erwan Dieu, a adapté le Good Lives Model au public radicalisé. Plusieurs expériences ont également été menées en Belgique, notamment une à l’hôpital des Marronniers, à Tournai, dans une unité de défense sociale qui accueille des délinquants sexuels. L’équipe a décidé, suite à une formation, de reprendre les outils du Good Lives Model et de les adapter avec les patients, afin qu’ils correspondent à leur langage, à leur niveau de compréhension et donc à leurs besoins. Le GLM se veut avant tout humaniste, positiviste et tout à fait écologiste, parce qu’il tient compte des différents systèmes qui gravitent autour de la personne. Il a pour première cible de traitement le développement des besoins humains fondamentaux. Sa deuxième cible est la réduction du risque de récidive, mais qui se veut être un effet de la poursuite du bien-être et des besoins des personnes. Le Good Lives Model comprend des principes théoriques et des implications cliniques. Selon un principe prioritaire au niveau théorique, nous considérons que le délinquant est animé par les mêmes besoins humains que tout un chacun, mais que les voies qu’il emprunte ne sont pas pro-sociales. Nous mettrons donc la notion de besoin au centre de la prise en charge, bien plus que le passage à l’acte délinquant. Le principe clinique qui me paraît être le plus en lien avec le thème qui nous occupe aujourd’hui est peut-être la notion de responsabilité à substituer à celle de culpabilité. Je ne connais pas précisément votre cadre légal protectionnel de la jeunesse. En Belgique, dans les mesures qui sont privilégiées par le magistrat de la jeunesse dès lors qu’un jeune a commis un fait qualifié d’infraction, nous retrouvons les mesures réparatrices, mais dans une visée de responsabilisation du jeune, de prise en compte des conséquences dommageables pour les victimes. Tel est le mandat qui est confié aux équipes chargées du suivi du jeune. Dans le cadre de la philosophie du modèle GLM, nous verrons s’opérer un glissement de la notion de responsabilité, qui reposait avant tout sur les épaules du jeune, vers celles de l’intervenant psychosocial et de son environnement proche : les familiers, mais aussi tous les intervenants gravitant autour du jeune. Par quoi cela passe-t-il concrètement ? Tout d’abord le GLM est attentif à la définition du problème. Bien souvent, le problème est libellé soit dans les rapports qui ont été rédigés par au sujet du jeune, soit dans l’ordonnance qui précise notamment la qualification des faits. Nous laisserons cela de côté, et nous repartirons avec le jeune de la définition du problème tel qu’elle se pose pour lui, dans l’ici et maintenant. Nous ne repartirons donc pas du passé, mais nous nous centrerons sur les conséquences pour lui et pour son environnement dans le présent, ce qui suppose que nous devrons nous accorder sur les buts et objectifs de la prise en charge. Le jeune et les intervenants seront donc associés aux différentes phases du plan de traitement, où les intervenants psychosociaux auront également une responsabilité. Par conséquent, ils s’engageront à réaliser des démarches avec le jeune. Par quoi passe encore cette responsabilité ? L’intervenant psychosocial devra créer les conditions propices à un engagement et à un maintien du jeune dans la prise en charge. La notion de disposition au traitement (Treatment Readiness, Ward et al., 2004) nous éclaire ici sur cette question de l’engagement tant de l’usager que de l’intervenant dans le processus de changement. En effet, la disposition au traitement est définie comme étant « la présence de caractéristiques (états et dispositions) dans le chef du délinquant mais aussi de la situation thérapeutique qui sont susceptibles de promouvoir l’engagement dans la thérapie et donc l’amélioration des aptitudes au changement thérapeutique » (Ward et al., 2004). Il existe également un langage assez particulier qui devra être adapté aux besoins et au niveau de développement du jeune. Tony Ward avait initialement énoncé onze besoins fondamentaux, et le GMAP, qui est le service en Nouvelle-Zélande ayant adapté le GLM pour les adolescents, a réduit le nombre de besoins à huit. Les besoins couvriront surtout la santé (émotionnelle, en général et sexuelle) ainsi que les besoins de réalisation, d’amusement, de trouver un sens à sa vie et de développer des relations. Nous travaillerons donc beaucoup tout ce qui est du registre des émotions, soit tout d’abord pouvoir identifier ses émotions avant de pouvoir les gérer. Dans les questions en lien avec le modèle de réhabilitation, il est vrai que nous travaillons le lien social. Or, dans l’optique GLM, nous ferons d’abord passer le lien social par un lien à restaurer du jeune vis-à-vis de lui-même. Dans l’optique GLM, nous considérerons que travailler le lien social et la réparation d’un dommage vis-à-vis de la société sans se soucier d’abord d’une réparation à l’encontre du jeune est anticipé, par rapport au fait de vouloir d’emblée se lancer dans une logique de réparation. Par conséquent, un accent est mis sur une alliance thérapeutique, et le jeune se sentira beaucoup plus concerné puisque nous partirons de sa définition à lui du problème, telle qu’elle se pose pour lui avant tout. Il pourra alors retrouver un sens, et quelque part, sortir un peu de cette stigmatisation, de cet étiquetage qui lui pèse et qui est souvent lié à tout son parcours, ou qui transparaît au travers des différents rapports, des diverses rencontres avec le magistrat ou les intervenants. Cette optique de travail pourra permettre également au jeune de sortir de ses mécanismes de défense, de faciliter une distanciation par rapport aux mécanismes habituels de minimisation, de déni, d’opposition, et nous verrons que les équipes ou les intervenants qui s’imprègnent de principes liés au GLM pourront s’inscrire davantage dans des rapports relationnels s’éloignant de rapports d’opposition, de recadrage (tels que souvent vécus par les équipes). Pour revenir sur l’expérience menée aux Marronniers, il a été constaté, dans les effets au premier plan, une amélioration de la qualité relationnelle avec les patients. Ceux-ci étaient tout à fait étonnés que l’équipe se détache du travail centré exclusivement sur les passages à l’acte, la récidive, les perspectives de réhabilitation, pour s’intéresser à leurs besoins. Le deuxième effet observé concerne le bien-être des travailleurs, qui s’est traduit par une réduction significative du taux d’absentéisme. L’équipe psycho-sociale ressentant en effet davantage de plaisir à travailler les forces plutôt que les déficits de leurs patients. Avec le jeune, nous travaillons aussi la question de la responsabilité active : toujours dans la notion d’ici et maintenant, que pourra engager le jeune, par exemple si un membre de la famille est toujours très préoccupé, s’il s’agit d’un abus intrafamilial, par la réalité du risque au quotidien ? Que peut dire le jeune de son rapport à la sexualité, mais vraiment dans l’ici et maintenant et dans des perspectives futures, dans ce qu’il peut mettre en place pour rassurer sa famille ? Nous travaillons donc le projet du jeune centré sur ses besoins et son avenir, et beaucoup moins le passé. Cela ne veut pas dire qu’il n’y a pas de place pour le travail sur l’empathie, sur les habilités relationnelles, personnelles et sociales, mais nous nous recentrons d’abord sur le jeune, sur les situations d’adversité qu’il a pu rencontrer durant sa trajectoire de vie afin de favoriser une expression libre de ses émotions. Comme nous l’avons vu avec notre collègue Nadine Lanctôt, bien souvent, nous pointons du doigt tous les éléments de victimisation, maltraitance sexuelle, négligence, mais nous oublions tout l’effet des violences plus émotionnelles, plus insidieuses, qui ont également des effets tout à fait délétères sur le développement du jeune. Ainsi, nous trouvons important de travailler toute cette reconnexion du jeune à ses différents états émotionnels, afin qu’il puisse distinguer le registre des idées, des émotions, des sensations physiologiques, pour ensuite pouvoir refaire ce travail vis-à-vis du passage à l’acte. Le GLM offre un cadre conceptuel et opérationnel utile aux professionnels pour intégrer une gamme d’évaluations et d’informations, de supports théoriques et d’outils d’intervention, dans la perspective d’une compréhension riche, cohérente et complémentaire des (et avec leurs) usagers. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Delivery of Bad News to Customers in Service Encounters: An Employee Perspective
Delcourt, Cécile ULiege; Gremler, Dwayne; Greer, Dominique

Conference (2017, June)

During service encounters, customer contact employees often need to deliver bad news: unexpected information contrary to the customer’s wellbeing. For example, technicians regularly tell customers that ... [more ▼]

During service encounters, customer contact employees often need to deliver bad news: unexpected information contrary to the customer’s wellbeing. For example, technicians regularly tell customers that none of the data on their computer hard drive can be retrieved, veterinarians often inform owners that a beloved pet has cancer and cannot be cured, and airline staff regularly tell travelers that their flights have been cancelled due to bad weather. For some customer-contact employees, delivering bad news is an unavoidable, delicate, and emotionally-charged task that occurs regularly. Disclosing bad news can be highly stressful and perhaps detrimental for (1) customers, (2) customer- contact employees, and (3) service firms in general. Accordingly, it is crucial for service organizations to better understand bad news encounters (i.e., situations during which customer contact employees must deliver negative information) to better equip their managers and employees to deliver such news to customers. The topic of how to best deliver bad news has been broached in various disciplines, including the medical literature (e.g., Baile et al. 2000, 2002; Rosenbaum et al. 2004), the management literature (e.g., Bies 2013; Kothari, Shu, and Wysocki 2009), and the sociology literature (e.g., Clark and LaBeff 1986). These literatures have (1) examined the attitudes and emotions of the discloser of extreme bad news in very specific contexts, (2) identified the tactics used by disclosers, and (3) developed protocols for delivering extremely negative information. Surprisingly, studies of bad news delivered by contact employees are scarce in service research. Service failure and service recovery have received much attention, but this literature has two major gaps when it comes to understanding the delivery of negative information. First, service recovery research generally skips over the initial part of the process where employees first communicate bad news to customers, and instead focuses primarily on the process involved to resolve the situation. Second, there are many situations in which employees must deliver negative information to customers where it is clear that a service failure has not occurred (e.g., informing a customer that his 30-year old dishwasher is beyond repair). We use the critical incident technique (CIT) (Flanagan 1954; Gremler 2004) to analyze 200 incidents where service employees from a wide range of service sectors had to deliver bad news to a customer. [less ▲]

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See detail[18F]BPAM121: An AMPAR Modulator with Potential as a PET Probe
Manos-Turvey, Alexandra ULiege; Lemaire, Christian ULiege; Deverdenne, François et al

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

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"Turtles" (Testudines) form a successful group of reptiles with several terrestrial, marine and fresh-water species. Their peculiar and somewhat constrained morphology (i. e. : carapace incorporating ribs ... [more ▼]

"Turtles" (Testudines) form a successful group of reptiles with several terrestrial, marine and fresh-water species. Their peculiar and somewhat constrained morphology (i. e. : carapace incorporating ribs, curved limbs, anapsid skull exempt of temporal fenestrae) and ecology has often obscured their relationships and, hence, their evolutionary history, notably in marine turtles (chelonioids). Modern chelonioids are divided in two clades (i. e. : shoft-shelled turtles and hard-shelled turtles) supported by distinct morphological and embryological characters. Their origin is traced back up to the Cretaceous, along with a series of extinct forms, many of which being collectively known as Protostegidae. Fossil evidence show that at least five clades of marine turtles were roaming the seas at the end of the Cretaceous. In fact, chelonioids appeared during the first stages of the Early Cretaceous and quickly exploded to reach a high level of disparity at the lowermost part of the late Cretaceous. Therefore, the Mesozoic radiation of chelonioids must have happened during the "middle" Cretaceous (especially the Aptian-Albian interval). However this radiation is poorly understood as the phylogenetic relationships of marine turtles are not resolved yet. Bringing new data may help resolve these issues, and it is the exact reason why the genus Rhinochelys is being investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a Renewed Alias Resolution with Space Search Reduction and IP Fingerprinting
Grailet, Jean-François ULiege; Donnet, Benoît ULiege

in Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA) (2017, June)

Since the early 2000's, the Internet Topology has been frequently described and modeled from the perspective of routers. To this end, alias resolution mechanisms have been developed in order to aggregate ... [more ▼]

Since the early 2000's, the Internet Topology has been frequently described and modeled from the perspective of routers. To this end, alias resolution mechanisms have been developed in order to aggregate all IP interfaces of a router, collected with traceroute, into a single identifier. So far, many active measurement techniques have been considered, often taking advantage of specific features from network protocols. However, a lot of these methods have seen their efficiency decrease over time due to security reinforcements across the Internet. In this paper, we introduce a generic methodology to conduct efficient and scalable alias resolution. It combines the space search reduction of TreeNET (a tool for efficiently discovering subnets) with a fingerprinting process used to assess the feasibility of several state-of-the-art alias resolution methods, using a small, fixed amount of probes. We validate our method along MIDAR on an academic groundtruth and demonstrate that our methodology can achieve similar accuracy while using less probes and discovering subnets in the process. We further evaluate our method with measurements made on PlanetLab towards several distinct ASes of varying sizes and roles in the Internet. The collected data shows that some properties of our fingerprints correlate with each other, hinting some observed profiles could be linked with equipment vendors. Both TreeNET (which implements our methodology) and our dataset are freely available. [less ▲]

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See detailUnifying lesion masking and tissue probability maps for improved segmentation and normalization
Phillips, Christophe ULiege; LOMMERS, Emilie ULiege; Pernet, Cyril

Poster (2017, June)

Nowadays “Unified Segmentation” (US) is the usual approach to warp brain images into a standard reference space, i.e. perform spatial normalization, and derive posterior probability maps of the brain ... [more ▼]

Nowadays “Unified Segmentation” (US) is the usual approach to warp brain images into a standard reference space, i.e. perform spatial normalization, and derive posterior probability maps of the brain tissues, typically grey and white matter (GM, WM) and CSF [1]. US only relies on a spatial deformation model and prior ‘tissue probability maps’ (TPM) of the head tissues. When dealing with data from patients with focal brain lesions, e.g. tumors or multiple sclerosis (MS) lesion, the standard US approach does not work as it cannot account for the abnormal tissue distribution. A common work around is “cost function masking” (CFM) [2,3] where the abnormal tissues are masked out using a binary mask of the lesion [6,8]. Here we extend the US approach to provide a more principled solution for brain images with focal lesions. The aim is twofold: a more accurate warping into the reference space of the healthy tissues and a more precise delineation of the lesion(s). We modify the standard TPM adding a subject-specific ‘lesion probability map’ [5,7], by 1/ estimating a preliminary spatial warping from subject to the reference space with the CFM approach, then 2/ carefully updating the TPM with a new tissue class, the lesion, defined from the smoothed warped lesion mask and deciding which healthy tissue class can be affected by the lesion. The TPM-with-lesion is then fed into the US with the patients images, see Fig. 1. This “US-with-Lesion” (USwL) approach thus accounts for the presence of focal abnormal tissues in a probabilistic way, providing posterior probability maps of the tissues, including the lesion, and spatial deformation, accounting for the lesion. We tested and evaluated our USwL approach on 2 publicly available datasets: the BRATS [4] and the ‘MS lesion segmentation challenge’ (MSchal)[8]. The BRATS data include T1 and FLAIR images of 30 patients with gliomas and their annotated tumor mask (further considered as the ground truth). A rough lesion mask was manually built from the FLAIR image using MRIcron. USwL was used to segment T1 and FLAIR images along with this approximate mask. The GM, WM and CSF tissue classes could be affected by the lesion. The posterior probability map for the lesion tissue was cleaned up (preserving the bigger clusters) and thresholded. Overall the USwL improved (p<.05) the similarity of the lesion mask to the annotated tumor, in term of voxel matching (sensitivity, specificity & Jaccard coefficient). Synthetic lesioned brains were also generated to assess the quality of the deformation for the healthy tissues, indicating the superiority (p<.05) of the USwL compared to the standard approach. The MSchal data include T1, T2 and FLAIR images of 20 patients with MS as well as the manually annotated lesion (considered as only approximate here). USwL is applied on the 3 structural images with the lesion mask provided and with the constraint that only the WM is potentially affected by the lesion (as is plausible with MS). The thresholded posterior probability map for the lesion tissue was compared to the provided lesion mask. The USwL lead to more biologically plausible lesion volumes (p<.05), in term of volume compactness [10], see Fig. 2. The similarity of the warped posterior GM maps across the 20 subjects (expressed as the root-mean square difference to the mean of the 20 subjects) was also examined. The improvement, from using CFM-US to USwL, in the between-subject GM-matching is proportional (p<.05) to the actual WM lesion volume. We provide a new tool for US that allows to include focal lesions. Over the 2 dataset considered, USwL demonstrated improved performances compared to the standard US: 1/ a more accurate warping into the reference space of the healthy tissues and 2/ simply using an approximate mask, a more precise delineation of the lesion(s). The whole code will be made available as an SPM add-on toolbox (with a batch interface) on https://github.com/CyclotronResearchCentre/USwithLesion. [less ▲]

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See detailLeibniz and the Polyp, or the Metaphysical Puzzle of Life
Dony, Arthur ULiege

in Scienza e Philosophia (2017, June), 17

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See detailA Model Reduction Approach for Simulation of Long-term Voltage and Frequency Dynamics
Weckesser, Johannes ULiege; Franz, Valeri; Grebe, Eckhard et al

in 12th IEEE PES PowerTech Conference 2017 (2017, June)

This paper presents a novel approach, which identifies a buffer zone around a given study system and replaces the external system with an equivalent. The aim is to obtain a reduced system, which is ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a novel approach, which identifies a buffer zone around a given study system and replaces the external system with an equivalent. The aim is to obtain a reduced system, which is suitable for assessment of long-term voltage and frequency dynamics in the study system. First, the proposed methodology ensures that all components, which are impacting the voltage profile of the study system, are included in the buffer zone. For that purpose, the propagation of reactive power changes from the boundary of the study system into the external system are used in a modified depth-first search algorithm to identify the buffer zone. Second, the external system is replaced with equivalents accounting for inertia and primary frequency control effects. The proposed method was successfully tested on a modified version of the ENTSO-E Dynamic Study Model. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification of roots by the use of NIR hyperspectral imaging and chemometrics
Eylenbosch, Damien ULiege; Baeten, Vincent; Bodson, Bernard ULiege et al

Poster (2017, June)

Roots, the belowground part of plants, play a major role in plant development. Their study in field conditions is important to identify suitable soil management practices for suitable crop production but ... [more ▼]

Roots, the belowground part of plants, play a major role in plant development. Their study in field conditions is important to identify suitable soil management practices for suitable crop production but roots are hidden by soil and their study is therefore difficult. Estimation of root system development is often based on the soil coring method which allows repeated measurements during the growing season in the field as well as in different soil horizons. However, this method is limited due to the time needed to extract roots from soil cores and to manually sort them from crop residues before quantification. To avoid this tedious sorting step and remove operator subjectivity, a faster sorting method was developed. Near infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HIS) was tested as a rapid method to quantify the amount of roots in soil samples. [less ▲]

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See detailTree Ensemble Methods and Parcelling to Identify Brain Areas Related to Alzheimer’s Disease
Wehenkel, Marie ULiege; Bastin, Christine ULiege; Phillips, Christophe ULiege et al

in 2017 International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging (PRNI), proceedings (2017, June)

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See detailEvaluation of Non-negative matrix Factorization of grey matter in age prediction
Varikuti, Deepthi; Genon, Sarah ULiege; Sotiras, Aristeidis et al

Poster (2017, June)

Introduction: It has been shown that machine-learning methods applied to voxel-based morphometry (VBM) data allows the prediction of brain age [1]. Dimensionality reduction is a critical aspect of such ... [more ▼]

Introduction: It has been shown that machine-learning methods applied to voxel-based morphometry (VBM) data allows the prediction of brain age [1]. Dimensionality reduction is a critical aspect of such brain-based prediction of phenotypical characteristics to counter the curse of dimensionality associated with voxel-wise analysis. While previous age-predictions have employed PCA based compression, non-negative matrix factorization (NNMF) has recently been suggested as a plausible factorization of high-dimensional VBM data [4]. Non-negativity and sparsity of the components obtained from NNMF facilitate relatively more optimal solution than the PCA based compression [4]. Here, we evaluate, i) whether NNMF compression allows predictions of biological age that reproduce those from previously reported analyses [2], ii) the impact of the NNMF’s granularity on the prediction accuracy, iii) the possible effect of the factorizations derived from different datasets on the prediction, and iv) whether explicit adjustment can address the model bias inherent to many brain-based predictions. Methods: VBM8 preprocessing (using only non-linear modulation and 8 mm FWHM smoothing [3]) was used to compute voxel-wise GM volumes for two datasets, 1) 693 healthy older adults (age: 55-75 years) scanned at a single site (“1000BRAINS) [1], 2) 1084 healthy adults (age: 18-81 years), scanned at multiple sites (“Mixed”) (Fig 1A). NNMF solutions for both groups were derived at different levels of granularity. Age prediction was performed by fitting LASSO regression models either on the coefficient matrix from the respective NNMF or by those that were derived from projecting a group’s data on the respective other groups components. Model generalization was evaluated by 10-fold cross-validation replicated 25 times. To address the known bias towards the mean, i.e., overestimation of young and underestimation of older subjects, we additionally tested models that explicitly fitted the regression-slope between the real and predicted training set and used this to adjust the expected slope of the test set to 45 degrees. Results: In both datasets, NNMF components resembled neurobiologically reasonable patterning of the brain (Fig 1B). Prediction accuracy based on the projection of data on the components from either group was virtually identical (Fig 2A). For both datasets, mean absolute errors (MAE) declined with higher granularity of the components and reached values well comparable to previous approaches even when using components derived from an independent sample (MAE: 3.6 years for 1000BRAINS; 6.4 years for Mixed). Plotting the prediction error relative to the biological age of the subjects revealed the bias towards the mean across both datasets (Fig 2B). Adjusting for the slope estimated in the training set allows removing this bias, though it needs to be noted that this comes at the cost of reduced precision, i.e., unbiased estimates yield a slightly higher MAE. Conclusion: NNMF allows the definition of co-variation patterns in VBM data. Due to the non- negativity and sparseness, NNMF enable substantially easier and higher biological interpretation than other methods for data compression such as PCA [4]. We showed that NNMF compression of VBM data over the lifespan allows predicting previously unseen subjects’ age with a precision that is comparable to earlier reports using PCA for data compression [2], while offering the potential for neurobiological interpretation. Importantly, accuracy seems to be independent of whether the components were derived from the same dataset or from a dataset that is not only independent but also different in age distribution. We note that accuracies tend to continuously decrease with higher granularity, although performance tends to plateau at about 300 components. Finally, adjusting the inherent bias of sparse regression models yields unbiased out-of-sample predictions but comes at the expense of slightly higher mean errors. [less ▲]

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See detailNondestructive inspection of aerospace composites by a fiber-coupled laser ultrasonics system
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULiege; Languy, Fabian ULiege; Thizy, Cédric ULiege et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2017, June)

Laser ultrasonics is a technique currently studied for nondestructive inspection of aerospace composite structures based on carbon fibers. It combines a pulsed laser impacting the surface generates an ... [more ▼]

Laser ultrasonics is a technique currently studied for nondestructive inspection of aerospace composite structures based on carbon fibers. It combines a pulsed laser impacting the surface generates an ultrasound inside the material, through the nondestructive thermoelastic effect. Second a detection interferometer probes the impacted point in order to measure the displacement of the surface resulting from the emitted ultrasound wave and the echo coming back from the different interfaces of the structure. Laser ultrasonics is of interest for inspecting complex shaped composites. We have studied the possibility of using frequency doubled YAG laser for the generation and which is fiber-coupled, together with a fiber-coupled interferometric probe using a YAG laser in the NIR. Our final system is a lightweight probe attached to a robot arm and which is able to scan complex shapes. The performances of the system are compared for different wavelengths of generations. Also we have studied some experimental parameters of interest such as tolerance to angle and focus distance, and different geometries of generation beams. We show some examples of inspection of reference parts with known defects. In particular C-scans of curved composites structures are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailSeparation of FLEC diastereomers by CE vs. LC approaches in the context of neurometabolomics
Moldovan, Radu-Cristian ULiege; Bodoki, Ede; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULiege et al

Poster (2017, June)

Some of the D-amino acids (D-Ser, D-Asp, D-Glu) have gained an increasing attention during the last decades, due to the discovery of their role as neurotransmitters and their implication in different ... [more ▼]

Some of the D-amino acids (D-Ser, D-Asp, D-Glu) have gained an increasing attention during the last decades, due to the discovery of their role as neurotransmitters and their implication in different neurological pathologies (Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia etc.). Nevertheless, their use as biomarkers is particularly relevant when correlated with the levels of other neurotransmitters. In order to develop a fast and efficient separation method widely accessible for the quantitation of these molecules, we used only common separation tools such as RP-18 stationary phases for reversed phase liquid chromatography (RP-LC) or bare fused capillaries for capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). For achieving chiral resolution, a derivatization procedure was implemented. (-)-FLEC was the chiral derivatization agent of choice due to its fast and quantitative reaction with primary and secondary amines and the ability of performing in-capillary derivatization. Moreover, the derivatization process implies only a simple mix of the sample and reagent, at room temperature. The separation of the FLEC derivatives of several biologically relevant D- and L- amino acids (Asp, Glu, Ser, Tyr, Trp, Phe, His) together with certain neurotransmitter molecules have been optimized using CZE or RP-LC, chiral resolution being achievable for all amino acids of interest. By the CZE approach the running buffer’s pH turned out to be critical in achieving baseline separation of the targeted analytes. The derivatives of most amino acids could be separated using 60mM acetate buffer at pH 5, while for Asp derivatives the separation could be achieved only at pH 4. Being stronger bases, a third run at a more alkaline pH was needed for the separation of the remainder neurotransmitters. Moreover, the implemented in-capillary derivatization allows a fast and fully automated separation procedure. As for the RP-LC approach 50 mM acetate buffer in combination with an organic modifier (methanol, acetonitrile or tetrahydrofuran (THF)) was tested as mobile phase using gradient elution. Once again, the strong influence of pH on the resolution was observed. The organic modifier nature was of critical importance, where only THF enabled baseline resolution for all amino acid derivatives. [less ▲]

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

Poster (2017, June)

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See detailImpact of 3’-­‐sialyllactose and Bifidobacterium crudilactis on infant feces microbial composition and virulence modulation of Escherichia coli O157:H7, using the SHIME® gastrointes6nal model
Bondue, Pauline ULiege; Lebrun, Sarah ULiege; Crevecoeur, Sébastien ULiege et al

Poster (2017, June)

Bifidobacterium crudilactis, a bacterial species from bovine origin, growths on bovine milk oligosaccharides (BMO). Cell free spent media (CFSM) from B. crudilactis and 3’-sialyllactose (3’SL), a major ... [more ▼]

Bifidobacterium crudilactis, a bacterial species from bovine origin, growths on bovine milk oligosaccharides (BMO). Cell free spent media (CFSM) from B. crudilactis and 3’-sialyllactose (3’SL), a major BMO, modulated Escherichia coli O157:H7 virulence gene expressiona. In this study, the SHIME® gastrointestinal model was inoculated with 4 different treatments: 3’SL (ttm1), B. crudilactis (ttm2), 3’SL and B. crudilactis (ttm3) and CFSM from 3’SL and B. crudilactis culture (ttm4). In each section of the colon, samples were collected and analysed for short chain fatty acid (SCFA) concentration using HPLC, microbial populations using 16S rDNA metagenetic analysis and correlated with E. coli O157:H7 virulence gene expression. The results showed that SCFA levels were stable during the experiments. Metagenetic analysis showed a microbial diversity in transverse (TC) and descending colon (DC) close to feces, dominated by Bacteroides, Prevotella and Fusobacterium, while the ascending colon (AC) showed a different microbial diversity dominated by Veillonella. Ttm4 and ttm2 induced mainly a down-regulation of virulence genes: fliC in DC with ttm4, and luxS, stx1, qseA in AC, DC or TC with ttm2. Ttm1 also showed a down-regulation of fliC in DC, similar to the one observed with ttm4, but this was associated with an up-regulation of fliC and stx1 in AC or TC. Finally, ttm3 showed slight upregulation of ler, fliC and qseA in AC. These results show that ttm4 and ttm2 might have a positive effect against virulence expression of E. coli O157:H7. However, this trend has to be validated with the further replicates on the SHIME® system. [less ▲]

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See detailEstablishment of reference values for 6 six steroids in serum
LE GOFF, Caroline ULiege; Fabregat Cabello, Neus ULiege; Huyghebaert, Loreen ULiege et al

in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (2017, June)

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See detailDraw me a sheep: a pedagogical tool to discover the complexity of rural planning
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, June)

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See detailComparison of cardiac biomarker fluctuation in runners of marathons, semi-marathons and untrained runners
LE GOFF, Caroline ULiege; VRANKEN, Laura ULiege; van Nueten, Jan et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2017, June)

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See detailSuperconducting weak links created by electromigration
Silhanek, Alejandro ULiege

Conference (2017, June)

In this presentation, we explore in-situ controlled electromigration to fabricate superconducting weak links. We show evidence that in Al a transition from thermally assisted phase slips (TAPS) to quantum ... [more ▼]

In this presentation, we explore in-situ controlled electromigration to fabricate superconducting weak links. We show evidence that in Al a transition from thermally assisted phase slips (TAPS) to quantum phase slips may takes place when the effective cross section becomes smaller than ~150 nm2. In the regime dominated by quantum phase slips the nanowire loses completely its capacity to carry current without dissipation, even at the lowest possible temperature. We also discuss the origin of negative magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields in the bow-tie shaped constrictions. Strikingly, the detrimental effect caused by the repeated electromigration can be healed by simply inverting the current direction. These findings reveal perspectives of the proposed fabrication method for exploring various fascinating superconducting phenomena in atomic size constrictions. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of an ultra-trail of 330 km on plasma levels
LE GOFF, Caroline ULiege; Kaux, Jean-François ULiege; Gergelé, Laurent et al

in Clinical Chemistry and laboratory medicine (2017, June)

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See detailNumerical simulations of a non-charring ablator in high enthalpy flows by means of a unified flow-material solver
Schrooyen, Pierre; Coheur, Joffrey ULiege; Turchi, Alessandro et al

in 47th AIAA Thermophysics Conference : AIAA Aviation Forum, 5-9 June, Denver, CO (2017, June)

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