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See detailAn original solver for spillway flow
Goffin, Louis ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

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See detailStable isotope ratios reveal trophic niche partitioning among hermit crabs from tropical polyspecific seagrass meadows
Michel, Loïc ULg; Frederich, Bruno ULg; Lavitra, Thierry et al

Poster (2014, December 12)

Polyspecific seagrass meadows are ubiquitous features of tropical coastal zones. These ecosystems are of critical ecological importance, and provide a wide range of socio-economical services to local ... [more ▼]

Polyspecific seagrass meadows are ubiquitous features of tropical coastal zones. These ecosystems are of critical ecological importance, and provide a wide range of socio-economical services to local populations. Meadows however undergo multiple threats linked to human activities (increased nutrient input, overfishing, invertebrate overharvesting, etc.). It is currently hard to assess how seagrass meadows could respond to anthropogenic impacts due to poor knowledge of their functional ecology. In an effort to unravel trophic interactions ruling the food webs associated to seagrass beds of the Toliara Great Reef (SW Madagascar), we studied resource segregation between two common Diogenidae hermit crabs (Dardanus scutellatus and Ciliopagurus tricolor) using stable isotope ratios. Interspecific differences were noted in isotopic composition of carbon (δ13C = -12.22 ± 1.73 ‰ for D. scutellatus, δ13C = -14.55 ± 0.73 ‰ for C. tricolor), nitrogen (δ15N = 4.73 ± 0.53 ‰ for D. scutellatus, δ15N = 5.20 ± 0.61 ‰ for C. tricolor) and sulfur (δ34S = 14.08 ± 2.32 ‰ for D. scutellatus, δ34S = 16.73 ± 1.49 ‰ for C. tricolor), suggesting that the two species do not feed on the same items. In addition, SIBER (Stable Isotope Bayesian Ellipses in R) modeling based on C and N data clearly showed that no overlap was present in the core isotopic niches of the two species. It also indicated that the isotopic niche of D. scutellatus was greater than the one of C. tricolor, implying that the former feeds on a greater number of items than the latter. While hermit crabs are generally considered as omnivorous species, this study highlighted differences in the foraging ecology of D. scutellatus and C. tricolor. These differences could help to limit competition for food between these two species, and facilitate their coexistence in Malagasy seagrass beds. [less ▲]

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See detailMid-winter freeze experiment in the Arctic Ocean: Norwegian Young sea ICE cruise (N-ICE2015)
Nomura, Daiki; Granskog, Mats A.; Fransson, Agneta et al

Poster (2014, December 02)

In mid-January 2015, RV Lance will freeze into the ice north of Svalbard, Arctic Ocean at around 83.25°N 30°E, and passively drift with the ice as part of the Norwegian Young sea ICE cruise (N-ICE2015 ... [more ▼]

In mid-January 2015, RV Lance will freeze into the ice north of Svalbard, Arctic Ocean at around 83.25°N 30°E, and passively drift with the ice as part of the Norwegian Young sea ICE cruise (N-ICE2015). Judging from historic sea ice drift trajectories, it is likely that RV Lance will drift in a SW direction and the ship will probably be freed from the ice in mid spring after about two to three months of drift. Thereafter, RV Lance will return to her starting position and start a new drift. Under all circumstances, the ice drift project will end in late June 2015. Throughout the cruise the focus will be on the interaction of the atmosphere-ice-ocean system and the response of the marine ecosystem to the thinner ice regime. The overall goal of the project team is to improve our understanding of the role of the younger ice pack in the Arctic on greenhouse gas fluxes and to ultimately assess whether the Arctic Ocean is a sink or source of greenhouse gases. We plan to conduct long-term synchronous observations of Arctic snow and sea ice biogeochemistry and physics and fluxes of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and bromoform. This work targets at filling a crucial gap in our understanding of the role of Arctic sea ice in the climate system. This is done by conducting state of the art observations on Arctic sea ice in the polar night, when observations are basically non-existent. Further we are focusing on the new thinner ice regime, which is even less documented. We aim to understand how the thinner sea ice in the Arctic basin contributes (i) to important greenhouse gas exchange between the atmosphere and ocean and (ii) to aerosol formation, that contribute to the radiative balance of the planet. This work will increase direct collaboration between Japanese and European scientists in the Arctic, and combines complimentary expertise and experience from several international partners to carry out the interdisciplinary work proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailWood digestion in lower termites: multidisciplinary approaches based on differential feeding
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg et al

Poster (2014, December)

Termites digestive tract and hindgut especially still holds many secrets despites hundreds of years of research. The complexity of the symbiotic microbial community and the contrast of physio-chemical ... [more ▼]

Termites digestive tract and hindgut especially still holds many secrets despites hundreds of years of research. The complexity of the symbiotic microbial community and the contrast of physio-chemical environments found in lower termites paunch are potentially the key point to explain the efficiency of ligno-cellulose digestion. Contribution of advancing technologies accelerates the progress of our knowledge in this field. Here, we present multiple approaches combining old and recent techniques used to highlight the effect of ligno-cellulosic compounds on termite gut and the role of populations from the symbiotic microbial community. Termites Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) submitted to various artificial diets showed variations in flagellates populations profile and enzymatic activities. Differential protein expression was investigated using 2D-DIGE MALDI-TOF-TOF and 2D-LC-MS/MS using high resolution orbitrap analyzer. Results from both proteomic experiments tend to support each-other and bring complementary points of view. The gel-free analysis resulted in highly contrasted identification of enzymes involved in ligno-cellulose digestion and metabolism. Finally, differential feeding experiments leaded to in vivo selection of different symbiotic communities. These communities were characterized following some metabolism assays and allowed the cultivation of diverse microbial consortia using media closely related to the respective artificial diets. This work provides relevant data on termite and associated microbial community response to alimentary diets. [less ▲]

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See detailPerceptions culturelles dans un contexte de néoplasme pédiatrique: Considérations transculturelles entre l’Occident et le Japon
Vander Haegen, Marie ULg; Roskam, Isabelle

Poster (2014, November 29)

INTRODUCTION Toute société humaine construit son héritage collectif sur la transmission de valeurs et de rites permettant aux descendants de réguler leurs schèmes comportementaux, affectifs, sociaux et ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION Toute société humaine construit son héritage collectif sur la transmission de valeurs et de rites permettant aux descendants de réguler leurs schèmes comportementaux, affectifs, sociaux et moraux sur base des repères culturels alloués depuis des décennies. Investiguer les balises culturelles et l’appréhension sociétale du néoplasme pédiatrique reste peu développé dans la littérature. Ce champ « anthropo-clinique » prend initialement son essor dans la clinique oncologique adulte où des résultats significatifs montrent un lien entre la culture et la perception du cancer. OBJECTIFS Les objectifs de cette étude sont multiples: (a) étudier l’effet de la culture dans la représentation de la maladie cancéreuse de l’enfant, (b) analyser transculturellement les similitudes et les dissimilitudes entre la culture japonaise et occidentale, et (c) mettre en exergue les diverses implications cliniques pour les professionnels de la santé. METHODE Une revue de littérature est conduite afin de dégager les tendances culturelles dans la politique sanitaire, le service hospitalier, la relation médecin-malade, le concept de douleur, l’environnement familial et la perception de la mort au Japon et en Occident. Le choix s’est porté sur ce pays asiatique par la présence de certains repères culturels intéressants dans le domaine de l’oncologie pédiatrique. RESULTATS (a) Etudier l’effet de la culture dans la représentation de la maladie cancéreuse de l’enfant Les correspondances effectuées ont permis d’entrevoir la situation onco-pédiatrique comme relevant de faits biologiques et de faits culturels. Les paramètres culturels interviennent au sein des nombreuses conceptions et représentations sociales de la maladie cancéreuse d’un enfant. L’ensemble de ces perceptions sociales étant notamment influencées par les valeurs et les truismes véhiculés dans la culture. (b) Analyser transculturellement les similitudes et les dissimilitudes entre la culture japonaise et occidentale. Eléments de similitudes : Il a été noté l’universalité des mécanismes pathogéniques du cancer chez l’enfant et le développement de politiques sanitaires dans la lutte contre le cancer. Eléments de dissimilitudes : A. Le Japon Le système familial japonais et son organisation des soins en cancérologie de l’enfant varient et se teintent de nombreuses coutumes shintoïstes et bouddhistes. Il a été identifié le chaos régnant dans ses familles où des attitudes désengagées existent. L’organisation hospitalière japonaise est décrite comme carencée en réseaux de soutien psychologique pour la mère, très souvent seule face à la maladie de son enfant. Des risques majeurs de dépression, de traits anxieux et d’un stress post-traumatique sont observés. Le médecin japonais dispose d’un pouvoir de décision médicale et sociale, se manifestant notamment par un degré de variabilité dans la communication diagnostique et pronostique envers la famille et l’école d’origine. La situation de soin est variable avec l’inclusion en premier lieu d’une pharmacopée naturelle afin de traiter le cancer et ses effets iatrogènes. Enfin, il subsiste une inhibition du partage social des émotions où, des attitudes de retenue et de silence chez les parents se manifestent durant tout le processus thérapeutique mais aussi en cas de décès de l’enfant. B. L’Occident Les pays occidentaux présentent une appréhension sociale et médicale singulière du cancer pédiatrique. La variabilité observée concerne l’organisation hospitalière et la communication médicale. Le praticien occidental établit une communication médicale ouverte avec l’enfant et sa famille et ce, dès le départ du processus thérapeutique. Le contexte curatif est caractérisé par une forte médication d’opioïdes afin de pallier aux nombreuses douleurs et effets des traitements. L’aménagement hospitalier permet la création de réseaux de soutien psychologique pour l’enfant et sa famille et l’établissement d’activités ludiques.(c) Mettre en exergue les diverses implications cliniques pour les professionnels de la santé L’intention de cette étude est de sensibiliser les professionnels de la santé à la pléiade de facteurs psycho-sociaux intervenant dans un contexte de maladie néoplasique. Éléments qui doivent requérir d’une bienveillance clinique où tant l’enfant traité que son entourage familial, doivent être entendus dans toute leur spécificité d’être humain. DISCUSSION Une stratégie d’action intéressante concernerait une grille de lecture culturelle du patient et de sa famille. Cette grille peut offrir un entendement de la diversité culturelle en psycho-oncologie et peut permettre au professionnel de réajuster finement son travail clinique dans un contexte quotidien de multiculturalité. Cette grille de lecture doit rester simple et proposer un petit nombre de « repères culturels » (items culturels) pour professionnels, leurs permettant d’ajuster certains paramètres cliniques (communication médicale, gestion des émotions, rapport à la mort, etc.). Cette considération ethnologique du patient doit supposer au préalable une formation de compétences dans le domaine de la culture et de la santé/maladie. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the polyQ length and non-polyQ regions during the aggregation process into amyloid fibrils of model polyQ proteins
Huynen, Céline ULg; Willet, Nicolas ULg; Buell, Alexander K et al

Poster (2014, November 26)

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated ... [more ▼]

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated proteins. This polyQ expansion is thought to be the major determinant in the development of neurotoxicity, triggering protein aggregation into amyloid fibrils. A large body of evidence however suggests that non-polyQ regions modulate the aggregation process triggered by polyQ expansions. The interplay between the polyQ tract and non-polyQ regions is complex and still not fully understood. In order to better understand it, we previously designed and characterized model polyQ proteins made of the beta-lactamase BlaP with 23, 30, 55 and 79Q inserted at position 197 or 216. Our first results had indicated that our model is relevant to study polyQ aggregation since it recapitulates the aggregation properties of polyQ disease-associated proteins: there is a Q-threshold for the spontaneous formation of amyloid fibrils in solution, and above the threshold, the longer the polyQ, the faster the aggregation. Moreover, the structure of BlaP and the position of insertion of the polyQ tract influence their aggregation properties in solution. This work aims to better understand, at the molecular level, (i) the precise role of the polyQ length (23, 30, 55, 61, 67, 73 and 79Q), (ii) the conformation of the host protein (native or unfolded BlaP), (iii) the location of the polyQ tract within BlaP (197 or 216), (iv) the flexibility of the polyQ flanking sequences, and (v) the origin of constraints applied by BlaP to the inserted polyQ tract (at its N- or C-terminal end) on the structural, thermodynamic and aggregation properties of BlaP-polyQ chimeras, using a wide range of biophysical techniques (e.g., spectroscopy methods, quartz crystal microbalance, atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering). The effect on the aggregation properties will be determined on the spontaneous aggregation into amyloid fibrils in solution, and on the nucleation and on the elongation steps of amyloid fibril formation. For this purpose, new chimeras containing 61, 67 and 73Q at position 197, or 55Q inserted at position 197 in between two different protease’s cleavage sites, that are relatively flexible, will be moreover created. Our results first demonstrate that the spontaneous aggregation into amyloid fibrils in solution is correlated to the polyQ length with an exponential growth function, and that the elongation rate is linearly correlated to the polyQ length, independently of the protein context (i.e., conformation of BlaP, and/or location of the polyQ tract, and/or polyQ peptides inserted or not within BlaP). However, the location of the polyQ tract inside BlaP, and/or its conformational state, and/or the flexibility of polyQ flanking sequences, and/or the origin of constraints applied to the polyQ tract drastically influence the ability of a polyQ tract to trigger the nucleation and/or the elongation step of amyloid fibrils (variation in the Q-threshold and in the absolute rate of both steps). Altogether, our results suggest that non-polyQ regions constitute an additional potential therapeutic target, more specific than drugs targeting the polyQ sequence, to interfere with the nucleation and/or the elongation of amyloid fibrils, associated to neurotoxicity. A possible drug could be constituted by a ligand specific to non-polyQ regions of disease-associated proteins, which further increases the constraints applied to the polyQ expansion to prevent the disease onset and/or progression. [less ▲]

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See detailGNSS observational bias in the frame of ionospheric studies
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Poster (2014, November 17)

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See detailSpecific properties of bone marrow mesenchymal and neural crest-derived stem cells: Relevance in spinal cord injury therapy.
Neirinckx, Virginie ULg; Agirman, Gulistan ULg; Marquet, Alice ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 17)

Spinal cord injury (SCI) treatment represents a critical issue in clinical research and patient care. Stem cell-based replacement therapies have already been proposed worldwide, especially studying stem ... [more ▼]

Spinal cord injury (SCI) treatment represents a critical issue in clinical research and patient care. Stem cell-based replacement therapies have already been proposed worldwide, especially studying stem cells from the adult bone marrow stroma. Previous studies focusing on those cells did not specifically consider their intrinsic embryonic heterogeneity, thus intermingling different stem cells subpopulations to treat experimental SCI or even injured patients. In this study, we decided to compare adult bone marrow neural crest-derived stem cells (NCSC) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), and highlight which of their specific properties could be relevant in therapeutic perspectives. In that purpose, we compared NCSC and MSC isolated from adult mouse bone marrow. We then compared the effects that both cell types could exert once grafted inside an injured spinal cord. Cells were injected into the spinal cord of mice that right after a spinal cord contusion at the T11-12 spinal level. Our results indicate that both MSC and NCSC-injected mice recovered locomotion abilities faster than control mice (as assessed by BMS scoring). Additionally, we observed that after 28 days post-injury, the lesion volume tended to decrease in mice that received cell graft compared to control group. Interestingly, it appeared that MSC seemed to be able to modulate inflammation inside the lesion, more than NCSC. Indeed, MSC-graft increased early neutrophil and macrophage recruitment in the bloodstream and inside the spinal cord, and increased the number of arginase-1-expressing cells remaining in the spinal cord after 28 days. In parallel, we compared the secretome of both NCSC and MSC, and noticed some interesting differences: MSC secreted several chemokines reflecting possible immunomodulating properties, while NCSC secreted products might be able to enhance neurite outgrowth. Indeed, preliminary data showed that NCSC induced neuritogenesis on primary neurons in vitro. Altogether, those results should help to improve and optimize cell-based therapies parameters and/or to define precise and efficient pharmacological treatments for SCI patients. [less ▲]

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See detailContrasting the role of Ih and ICaT currents in post-inhibitory rebound mechanisms in reciprocal-inhibitory networks
Dethier, Julie ULg; Drion, Guillaume; Sepulchre, Rodolphe

Poster (2014, November 16)

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which ... [more ▼]

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which consist of two inhibitory neurons that are not endogenous oscillators, but produce rhythmic outputs when reciprocally connected (Marder & Calabrese 1996). Models of thalamocortical spindle oscillations also suggest that the rhythm originates from the thalamic reticular nucleus, which consists in interacting inhibitory nonoscillatory neurons (Wang & Rinzel 1992). [less ▲]

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See detailIs there a global procedural learning deficit in children with Specific Language Impairment ?
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Lejoly, Kelly ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 13)

The study of procedural learning abilities in children with Specific Language Impairment (Procedural Deficit Hypothesis, PDH; Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) remains a relatively unexplored field of research ... [more ▼]

The study of procedural learning abilities in children with Specific Language Impairment (Procedural Deficit Hypothesis, PDH; Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) remains a relatively unexplored field of research. Since most evidence comes from studies using tasks which involve learning of sequenced patterns, research using other procedural learning paradigms (like motor adaptation tasks) is needed to further evaluate the PDH in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Therefore, in this study, we examined the ability of children with and without SLI to learn, consolidate and generalize a mirror-tracing task, a paradigm that does not involve sequence learning and had never been used in SLI. Children with SLI and typical developing (TD) matched children participated in the study. Children with SLI were included if they scored below -1.25 SD of the expected normative performance in at least 2 language areas. Both groups had to trace ten 5-pointed stars seen only in mirror-reversed view in two learning sessions separated by a one-week delay. The transfer phase consisted in tracing a new figure. The time required to complete the tracing, and the number of errors committed were recorded. Full results will be presented and discussed during the presentation of the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen food cultures meet. Ethnographic analysis of belongings and positionings.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Poster (2014, November 13)

The displacement of human beings is always accompanied by the movement of things and practices which travel with them. This is an obvious statement that indeed leads to interesting studies on the material ... [more ▼]

The displacement of human beings is always accompanied by the movement of things and practices which travel with them. This is an obvious statement that indeed leads to interesting studies on the material culture involved by people’s mobility. Within this culture are food habits, objects of numerous scholars’ researches often focusing on culinary changes (or resistances) linked to migration paths. Far for being the only issue at stake when studying migrant’s food practices – moreover frequently assumed as originally static prior to migration –, this matter is likely to overshadow other significant dynamics. Such as those which occur when supposedly different food cultures meet, thus leading to the mobilization of belongings by groups who want to take a specific position toward one another. My paper is aimed at analysing this encounter. The assumption is that it shapes a space which corresponds to a tertium quid, that is a dimension where not only the boundaries of food cultures fade, proving of an original indeterminacy and interchangeability of practices, but also where individuals constantly change their reciprocal position depending on the perspective of the gaze upon them. To show these dynamics, I will present the ethnographic data stemmed from my doctoral research about the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in Milan hinterland. I will support my presentation with visual materials collected during an eighteen month fieldwork which included observations and interviews inside homes as well as in public events such as an Arab cooking class. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of lipid probes as matrices for MALDI Imaging applications
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Alberts, Deborah ULg; Pottier, Charles et al

Poster (2014, November 07)

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See detailTh17 cells in melanoma microenvironment
Weatherspoon, Alodie ULg; Multon, Sylvie ULg; Defaweux, Valérie ULg et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailImpact of the dialysis membrane on the Vitamin D metabolims markers
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; DUBOIS, Bernard ULg; Urena, Pablo et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailIon mobility-mass spectrometry to perform structural classifications of disulfide-bridged-peptides
Massonnet, Philippe ULg; Upert, Gregory; Morsa, Denis ULg et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailSystematic Analysis of two cystatin C assays using samples of 2057 older adults - The Berlin initiative study
Ebert, natalie; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Martus, Peter et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailTMS can selectively activate and condition two different sets of excitatory synaptic inputs to corticospinal neurons in humans
Sommer, Martin; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Cioccia, Matteo et al

Poster (2014, November)

Background: Current protocols or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induce mixed facilitatory and inhibitory effects. More selective, quasi-monophasic high-frequency stimulators now ... [more ▼]

Background: Current protocols or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induce mixed facilitatory and inhibitory effects. More selective, quasi-monophasic high-frequency stimulators now become available. We sought to investigate the impact of current direction and pulse width on intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) effects on human motor cortex excitability. Also, we estimated strength-duration time constants from motor threshold and input-output (IO) curves for PA and AP orientations. Methods: We stimulated the dominant hand representation of the motor cortex in 15 healthy subjects, using “unidirectional biphasic” pulses generated by a controllable TMS machine (cTMS-3, Rogue Resolutions Ltd., Cardiff, UK), connected to a standard figure-8 coil. iTBS was applied conventionally, using 20 sequences of 2 seconds iTBS (10 bursts at 5 Hz burst repetition frequency, each burst consisting of 3 pulses of 80 % AMT intensity repeated at 50 Hz frequency). In separate sessions pulses differing in current direction and shape were applied: a) posterio-anterior (PA) current direction in the brain, 75 μs (iTBS_PA75). b) AP current direction, 45 μs (iTBS_AP45). Before and for 30 minutes after iTBS, we monitored the modulation of motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude from the dominant first dorsal interosseus using conventional, monophasic, suprathreshold pulses generated by a Magstim 2002 stimulator, inducing PA currents in the brain, at 0.2 Hz frequency. In an additional study on ten healthy subjects, we investigated the effect the two coil orientations with three different pulse widths (30, 60 and 120 μs) on the IO curve and the latency of the motor evoked potentials (MEPs). Results: iTBS_AP45 yielded a pronounced and slightly delayed inhibition of MEP amplitude in all but one subjects, it was unrelated to the MEP latency differences. iTBS_PA75 had a variable and inconsistent effect that was in part related to the latency differenceAP-LM , in that long latency differences were correlated with the induction of inhibition rather than facilitation. We found a longer time constant for AP than PA orientation. MEP latencies yielded an interaction between pulse width and orientation, due mainly to longer onset latencies following AP stimuli of short duration. Conclusions: Current direction influences the outcome of iTBS, with a preference for AP currents. PA and AP stimuli activate the axons of neurones with different time constants. Those activated by AP pulses excite corticospinal outputs with a longer latency than those activated by PA pulses. AP pulses of short duration recruit long latency inputs most selectively. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysing spatiotemporal changes in sediment contamination
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Pini, Jennifer; White, Shannon et al

Poster (2014, November)

Coastal environments are subjected to anthropogenic threats, of which pollution by trace elements (TEs). They remain chemicals of concern because of their toxicity, their ability to be concentrated in ... [more ▼]

Coastal environments are subjected to anthropogenic threats, of which pollution by trace elements (TEs). They remain chemicals of concern because of their toxicity, their ability to be concentrated in biota and their persistence in sediment. Aware of these threats, monitoring agencies perform large environmental surveys. However, the databases generated often remain underexploited, even though they represent an important source of information for scientists. As a case study, we focused on the highly industrialized and developed coastal area of the Solent, south coast of the UK, which is also a European Marine site with protected habitats and species. To date, no scientific-based spatiotemporal trend has been published regarding its pollution in TEs. But mining of existing databases requested from the Environmental Agency and the Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database showed that sediment from 32 sites were/are indeed monitored for that purpose, covering a 22 years period (1992-2013). Temporal trend analysis showed that sediment contamination significantly decreased during that time interval (45 % decrease in median). However, all TEs still show concentrations above Sediment Quality Guidelines. Important spatial variability is also present, presumably linked to the distribution of pollutant anthropogenic sources. Taken together, these data have been used to provide stakeholders with relevant scientific based tools, i.e. GIS maps of the contamination in TEs in the Solent. This regional-level assessment enables local stakeholders to create bridges between environmental scientists and local authorities and valorizes the existing databases, for future governance at the regional and national scales. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution and robustness of a distance-based multivariate coefficient of variation
Aerts, Stéphanie ULg

Poster (2014, November)

When one wants to compare the homogeneity of a characteristic in several popula- tions that have di erent means, the advocated statistic is the univariate coe cient of variation. However, in the ... [more ▼]

When one wants to compare the homogeneity of a characteristic in several popula- tions that have di erent means, the advocated statistic is the univariate coe cient of variation. However, in the multivariate setting, comparing marginal coe cients may be inconclusive. Therefore, several extensions that summarize multivariate relative dispersion in one single in- dex have been proposed in the literature (see Albert & Zhang, 2010, for a review). In this poster, focus is on a particular extension, due to Voinov & Nikulin (1996), based on the Mahalanobis distance between the mean and the origin of the design space. Some arguments are outlined for justifying this choice. Then, properties of its sample version under elliptical symmetry are discussed. Under normality, this estimator is shown to be biased at nite samples. In order to overcome this drawback, two bias corrections are proposed. Moreover, the empirical estimator also su ers from a lack of robustness, which is illustrated by means of in uence functions. A robust counterpart based on the Minimum Covariance Determinant estimator is advocated. [less ▲]

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See detailRecyclage des briques cassées pour améliorer les propriétés céramiques des argiles plastiques (Meknès, Maroc)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; El Boudour El Idrissi, Hicham ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 27)

Dans le Bassin de Saïs (nord ouest du Maroc), les argiles du Miocène de la région de Meknès sont utilisées dans l’industrie céramique locale pour la fabrication des briques. Ces argiles riches en smectite ... [more ▼]

Dans le Bassin de Saïs (nord ouest du Maroc), les argiles du Miocène de la région de Meknès sont utilisées dans l’industrie céramique locale pour la fabrication des briques. Ces argiles riches en smectite et en carbonates, ont une granulométrie très fine, marquée par la quasi absence de la fraction sableuse. Ces propriétés les rendent très plastiques, ce qui engendre des taux de retrait importants au séchage et à la cuisson et des problèmes de qualité du produit fini qui s’en suivent (fissurations, déformations et casses pendant les processus de séchage et de cuisson). Dans le but de palier à ce problème et d’améliorer la qualité du produit fini, nous proposons au cours de cette étude de recycler les déchets de briques cassées. Afin d'atteindre ces objectifs, 4 formulations ont été réalisées à base d’argiles plastiques, riches en smectite et des casses de briques broyées. Des quantités de 5, 10, 15 et 20% de briques broyées ont été ajoutées à la pâte destinée à la confection des briques. Des analyses minéralogiques par diffraction des rayons X (DRX), chimiques par spectrométrie de fluorescence (XRF), granulométrique par granulométrie laser, ainsi que les limites d’Atterberg ont été effectuées. Les résultats minéralogiques montrent une diminution de la teneur en carbonates (calcite) et en argile totale (principalement smectite), lors des ajouts successifs de briques broyées. La fraction sableuse augmente progressivement, jusqu’à atteindre 30% pour une formulation avec 20% de casses de briques. Cette granulométrie plus grossière diminue la plasticité de la pâte et permet d’éviter les déformations et les fissures pendant le processus du séchage. De plus, l’ajout des casses de briques dilue les carbonates, ce qui permet d’améliorer la qualité du produit cuit. Ces résultats indiquent que le recyclage des déchets de briques, présente un intérêt à la fois économique et écologique. Des essais de comportement au séchage et à la cuisson ainsi que des essais mécaniques complèteront cette étude. [less ▲]

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See detailReformage catalytique du toluène
Claude, Vincent ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Courson, Claire

Poster (2014, October 23)

This poster summarizes results obtained for the catalytic reforming of tar in the oultlet gas of a biomass gasifier. All samples were synthesized with aluminum nitrate and an organosilane (EDAS) in order ... [more ▼]

This poster summarizes results obtained for the catalytic reforming of tar in the oultlet gas of a biomass gasifier. All samples were synthesized with aluminum nitrate and an organosilane (EDAS) in order to enhance the metallic dispersion and surface area. Three different compositions have been studied (Al2O3-SiO2; Al2O3-SiO2+2%wt Ni; Al2O3-SiO2+10%wt Fe). The catalytic tests highlight the fact that the sample containing 2%Ni wt is the more appropriate in our conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the interactions of natural elicitor rhamnolipids with plant plasma membranes by in silico methods
Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 20)

Rhamnolipids are surface active molecules produced mainly by various strains of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These secondary metabolites are composed of one to three fatty acids with various ... [more ▼]

Rhamnolipids are surface active molecules produced mainly by various strains of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These secondary metabolites are composed of one to three fatty acids with various chain lengths linked through a glycosidic bond to one or two rhamnose moieties. The fatty acids are linked together through an ester bond. These molecules have shown several biological activities including plant defense stimulation. It has be suggested that this elicitor activity could be related to an interaction of rhamnolipids with the lipid bilayer of the plant plasma membrane (PPM) and lead to its destabilization, which can activate the plant defense signaling pathways. In this context, interactions of two rhamnolipids (Rha-C10-C10 and Rha-Rha-C10-C10) with membrane models and lipidic constituents of the PPM were investigated using in silico approaches. Most probable chemical structures of the rhamnolipids were determined using the STRUCTURE TREE procedure according to the molecule potential energy. The ability of these rhamnolipid structures to insert within the PPM was assessed using IMPALA simulations. IMPALA uses a membrane model in which phospholipids molecules are implicitly modeled by an empirical function and the membrane properties are modeled by energetic restraints. The ability of each rhamnolipid structure to form an assembly with several PPM constituents (phospholipid (PLPC), sterols (Sitosterol, Stigmasterol, Campesterol) and sphingolipids (GIPC, Glucosylceramide)) was calculated using the HYPERMATRIX procedure, which calculate and minimize the energies of interaction between all molecules of the complex until the lowest energy structure is reached. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of non-polyQ regions on the aggregation process by polyQ proteins into amyloid fibrils
Huynen, Céline ULg; Willet, Nicolas ULg; Buell, Alexander K et al

Poster (2014, October 18)

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated ... [more ▼]

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated proteins. This polyQ expansion is thought to be the major determinant in the development of neurotoxicity, triggering protein aggregation into amyloid fibrils. A large body of evidence however indicates that non-polyQ regions modulate the aggregation process triggered by polyQ expansions. The interplay between the polyQ tract and non-polyQ regions is complex and still not fully understood. In order to better understand it, we previously designed and characterized model polyQ proteins made of the beta-lactamase BlaP and a 23, 30, 55 or 79Q tract inserted in position 197 or 216. These chimeras recapitulate the aggregation properties of polyQ disease-associated proteins: there is a Q-threshold for the formation of amyloid fibrils, and above the threshold, the longer the polyQ, the faster the aggregation. Moreover, the structure of BlaP (native or unfolded) and the position of insertion of the polyQ tract (197 versus 216) influence their aggregation properties. In this work, (i) we discuss the role of the conformation of the host protein, BlaP, and of the location of the polyQ within BlaP on the different phases of amyloid fibril formation, the nucleation and elongation steps, using mainly quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), atomic force microscopy (AFM). Our results highlight a linear dependence of the polyQ length on the elongation rate whatever the insertion site and the conformation of BlaP. These two parameters however drastically influence the ability of a polyQ tract to trigger the nucleation and the elongation steps of amyloid fibril formation. (ii) Finally, we investigate the precise aggregation threshold and the modulating role of the N- and C-terminal polyQ flanking sequences in position 197 of BlaP by creating and characterizing new chimeras containing intermediate length polyQ tracts in position 197, or polyQ tracts inserted between two cleavage sites in position 197, respectively. We observe that the propensity to trigger the full process of amyloid fibril formation and its rate seems to be largely dependent on the polyQ length and on the polyQ flanking sequences. Altogether our results contribute to identify the important species and elements (polyQ or non-polyQ regions, monomers, oligomers or fibrils) during the aggregation process into amyloid fibrils to interfere with the latter associated with neurotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal goat in Kabylie (Chemini and Bouzeguene)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 17)

The livestock sector plays a dynamic role in the economic development of rural areas in Algeria. Due to its adaptation to harsh environments, goat breeding is practiced in many areas of the country. To ... [more ▼]

The livestock sector plays a dynamic role in the economic development of rural areas in Algeria. Due to its adaptation to harsh environments, goat breeding is practiced in many areas of the country. To the north, it is confined to mountainous areas, but the bulk of the workforce is left in the steppe and semi-desert areas. The goat population in Algeria reached 3.8 million heads, ranking second after sheep. The present work contributes to a better characterisation of local goat in Kabylie for production and reproduction traits. The study was conducted in the regions of Chemini (Bejaia province) and Bouzeguene (Tizi-Ouzou province). A survey was conducted in 29 herds. The results revealed that the overall mean of goats per households was 6.69 ± 2.97. The purposes of keeping goat in Chemini and Bouzguene was private consumption of milk (82.76%) and meat (68.97%) as well as for commercial exchange (62.07%). The Kabyle goat is small (male: 62.23 cm and female: 58.41 cm) with long hair. Its ears are drooping, its convex profile has a slightly pronounced nasal split and its coat colour ranges from dark brown to black. However, the crossbreeding with exotic breeds (mainly with Saanen goat), controlled or uncontrolled, increased the frequency of white coat. The average age at puberty in males was 6.93 ± 1.04 and 7.38 ± 0.94 months in females. The reported age at first kidding and kidding interval were 13.03 ± 0.87 months and 7.83 ± 1.29 months, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet de l'expertise musicale sur la perception de la justesse vocale
Gosselin, Laura; Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Larrouy, Pauline ULg

Poster (2014, October 17)

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See detailThe Effect of Urtica dioica Supplements on Egg Quality
Touazi, Leghel; Moula, Nassim ULg

Poster (2014, October 17)

Eggs are a rich source of lipids and proteins. Because of their low production cost, they represent a cheap source of animal proteins and lipids. recently, in Algeria, consumers’ interest are oriented of ... [more ▼]

Eggs are a rich source of lipids and proteins. Because of their low production cost, they represent a cheap source of animal proteins and lipids. recently, in Algeria, consumers’ interest are oriented of healthiness and dietetic values food. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects a dietary supplement of Urtica dioica on laying hen's performance and egg quality. The study was conducted from may to june 2014 in the area of Chemini (Algeria). Sixty, 25-wk-old Lohmann Brown layers were randomly divided into 3 groups with 20 hens in each group. Group 1 was the control group fed a standard commercial diet based on corn and soybean, whereas the groups 2 and 3 were fed the control diet supplemented with 1% and 1.5% of nettle respectively. The hens were housed in cages in the same local and fed ad libitum. Fifty five eggs were sampled 4 times in each group from 25 to 27 weeks. A total of 220 eggs were examined. A series of measurements were carried out on each egg, namely egg weight, form index (egg shape), yolk to albumen ratio (Y:A), Yolk color, egg shell thickness, Haugh’s units. Egg weight, yolk color and Haugh Units (HU) were affected by age. Significant differences (P<0.05) were recorded between feeding type in total egg weight, yolk color and Haugh Units. The egg from group 2 proved to have a higher egg weight (57.67g; group 1: 55.41g; group 3: 56.70g; P<0.05), (33.4%), intermediate Yolk color (8.53; group 1: 9.03 ; group 3: 9.38; P<0.05) and HU (79.81; group 1: 80.85; group 3: 76.92). The results showed that the use of 1% and 1.5% of Urtica dioica, had positive effects on the color of yolk of laying hens. Using different levels of Urtica dioica could change the characteristics of egg and could meet the preferences of consumers for the intense color of the yolk. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of the inclusion of Urtica dioica leaves meal in diets on growth performances and carcass characteristics of broiler
Moula, Nassim ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 17)

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of the inclusion of Urtica dioica leaves meal in diets on growth performances and carcass characteristics of broiler chicken. The study was ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of the inclusion of Urtica dioica leaves meal in diets on growth performances and carcass characteristics of broiler chicken. The study was conducted from May to June 2014 in the area of Chemini (Algeria). In a completely randomized design, a total of 100 one-day-old broilers (industrial strain) were divided into 2 groups and 2 repetitions with 25 chickens each. Group 1 was the control group fed a standard commercial diet based on corn and soybean purchased on the local market, whereas the birds in group 2 were fed the nettle diet (control diet with addition of 2% of nettle). The animals were housed inside in experimental pens and fed ad libitum. The results showed that nettle inclusion significantly promotes growth performance of broilers at 42 days of age (1644.8 ± 45.5 vs. 1565.1 ± 45.5g; P<0.05). The broilers fed the nettle diet had higher thigh yield (26.0 ± 0.3 vs. 25.2 ± 0.3%; P<0.05) but lower abdominal fat yield (4.39 ± 0.16 vs. 3.90 ± 0.16%; P<0.05). No significant effect of the diet was observed for carcass yield (around 71.1%) and breast percentage (around 32.40%). The overall mortality was not significantly different (P>0.05) for any of the dietary regimens (around 20%). Feed conversion ratio of the two groups were very close (around 2.17). This experiment showed that dietary inclusion of Urtica dioica has positive effects on growth performance and carcass quality of broilers. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotyping Belgian Blue cattle for their susceptibility to psoroptic mange
Abos, Romain ULg; Coussé, Annelies; Sarre, Charlotte et al

Poster (2014, October 17)

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See detailVascular endothelial growth factor: a blood biomarker in canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Roels, Elodie ULg; Krafft, Emilie ULg; Laurila, HP et al

Poster (2014, October 17)

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See detailMélancolie et dépression : étude phénoménologique
Ramackers, Amélia; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2014, October 17)

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See detailL'intolérance environnementale idiopathique attribuée aux champs électromagnétiques (IEI-EMF)
Demaret, Isabelle ULg

Poster (2014, October 16)

Depuis le début des années '80, des chercheurs étudient les plaintes des personnes se disant hypersensibles aux champs électromagnétiques (EMF), sous les normes recommandées. Les recherches n'ont ... [more ▼]

Depuis le début des années '80, des chercheurs étudient les plaintes des personnes se disant hypersensibles aux champs électromagnétiques (EMF), sous les normes recommandées. Les recherches n'ont cependant pas démontré que ces personnes étaient capables de détecter les EMF ni qu'elles présentaient des changements physiologiques en étant exposées aux EMF . L'OMS a regroupé ces plaintes sous le nom d'Intolérance Environnementale Idiopathique attribuée aux Champs Electromagnétiques (IEI-EMF). Au niveau médical, l'IEI-EMF est classée parmi les syndromes fonctionnels somatiques comme d'autres syndromes sans bases physiologiques démontrées. [less ▲]

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See detailIncrease in northern hemisphere stratospheric hydrogen chloride over recent years
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Chipperfield, MP; Notholt, J et al

Poster (2014, October 07)

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See detailSolar irradiance modelling over Belgium using Regional Climate Models within the frame of a day-ahead photovoltaic production forecasting system
Beaumet, Julien ULg; Doutreloup, Sébastien ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 06)

WRF-ARW and MAR climate models performances for the modelling of solar irradiances over Belgium are evaluated using in-situ measurements at Sart-Tilman and Daussoulx. Different WRF-ARW settings are tested ... [more ▼]

WRF-ARW and MAR climate models performances for the modelling of solar irradiances over Belgium are evaluated using in-situ measurements at Sart-Tilman and Daussoulx. Different WRF-ARW settings are tested. Sigmoid model proposed by Ruis-Ariaz etal. (2010) is used to decompose solar irradiance into direct and diffuse fraction. The performance of this model using measured and modelled global irradiances is also evaluated. [less ▲]

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See detailNEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES IN PATIENTS WITH LOCKED-IN SYNDROME
Charland-Verville, Vanessa ULg; Lugo Ramirez, Zulay del Rosario ULg; Jourdan, Jean-Pierre et al

Poster (2014, October 04)

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) are classically associated with positive emotions like peacefulness, happiness and joy [1-3]. To date, few negative NDEs reports have been documented [4]. Although NDEs ... [more ▼]

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) are classically associated with positive emotions like peacefulness, happiness and joy [1-3]. To date, few negative NDEs reports have been documented [4]. Although NDEs classically arise in the context of an acute severe brain damage, their associated memories are reported as being phenomenologically very rich and detailed [5]. To date, no satisfactory explanatory model exits to fully account for the rich phenomenology of NDEs following a severe acute brain injury [6]. Neurobiological hypotheses include cerebral hypoxia [7, 8] and temporal lobe dysfunctions [9] to account for some of the features occurring during NDEs. However, it has been recently shown that anoxic/hypoxic, traumatic and other supratentorial brain lesions do not seem to influence the content of a NDE when assessed with a standardized tool (i.e., Greyson NDE scale; [1]). Due to their particular brain lesion (i.e., pontine brainstem), locked-in syndrome (LIS) patients provide a unique opportunity to further investigate the neural correlates of NDEs. We here aimed at retrospectively characterizing the content of NDEs in patients with LIS having suffered from an acute brainstem lesion (cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or trauma; i.e., “LIS NDEs”) and to compare these experiences to those collected in a cohort of matched NDE experiencers after coma with supratentorial lesions (CVA or trauma; i.e., “classical NDEs”). [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonia axyridis population study in agroecosystems
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

Poster (2014, October)

The Multicoloured Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), is one of these species which was intentionally introduced for biological control and has spread from its native ... [more ▼]

The Multicoloured Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), is one of these species which was intentionally introduced for biological control and has spread from its native range in Central and Eastern Asia to large parts of North and South America, Europe, and Africa. The decline of native species is linked to the spread and the aggressive behaviour of H. axyridis. From 2009, we evaluated the population densities of aphids predator and predator diversities, with a special focus on H. axyridis in agroecosystems of Wallonia (South of Belgium). First, field crops preferences of H. axyridis were determined. Later, changes linked to aphid’s predator populations over time were evaluated. Finally, H. axyridis population changes between two crop farming methods were also evaluated. Samplings performed in agroecosystems highlighted that the community of aphid's predator is composed of few dominant species: three coccinellids (Coccinella septempunctata L., P. quatuordecimpunctata L., and H. axyridis), one syrphid (Episyrphus balteatus De Geer), and one chrysopid (Chrysoperla carnea Stephens). We demonstrated that H. axyridis do not invade all crops at the same rate, maize and broad bean being more infested than wheat and potato at both larval and adult stages. Moreover, H. axyridis populations in maize have strongly increased from 2009 to 2011. Finally, we showed that organic farming do not contribute to increase the abundance of H. axyridis but leads to increase the total abundance of aphid’s natural enemies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of deforestation rate on land tenure in Central AFrica
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Feintrenie, Laurène

Poster (2014, October)

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See detailAdherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
Deflandre, Eric ULg; Degey, Stéphanie; BONHOMME, Vincent ULg et al

Poster (2014, October)

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See detailTemplating calcium carbonate drug delivery carriers based on polyphosphoester copolymers
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Calvignac, Brice et al

Poster (2014, October)

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See detailDesigning large-scale CO2 capture units with assessment of solvent degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Crosset, Cyril; Dumont, Marie-Noëlle ULg et al

Poster (2014, October)

Solvent degradation is a major drawback for the large-scale implementation of post-combustion CO2 capture due to amine consumption and emission of degradation products. In the present work, we refine a ... [more ▼]

Solvent degradation is a major drawback for the large-scale implementation of post-combustion CO2 capture due to amine consumption and emission of degradation products. In the present work, we refine a previous kinetic model for describing solvent oxidative and thermal degradation based on experimental results. The CO2 capture process is then modeled in Aspen Plus with assessment of solvent degradation. As a result, this work provides a useful tool for the identification of optimal operating conditions that minimize both the energy and environmental impacts of the process. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of sex ratio and morphotypes of the Multicoloured Asian Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas in Belgian maize
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Barsics, Fanny ULg et al

Poster (2014, October)

Several insect species are known to have different morphotypes, an adaptation to heterogeneities in changing environments. This phenotypic plasticity could be a factor used by the Multicoloured Asian ... [more ▼]

Several insect species are known to have different morphotypes, an adaptation to heterogeneities in changing environments. This phenotypic plasticity could be a factor used by the Multicoloured Asian Ladybird, which is considered as an invasive species in Europe since its introduction in the 80’s. Harmonia axyridis has four major morphotypes: 2 melanic forms, conspicua and spectabilis; and 2 non-melanic, succinea and axyridis. In Belgium, only the three first are observed. Literature reports variations in morphotype frequencies, across native and introduced strains. These variations seem to be linked to climate (geographical and seasonal variation), with non-melanic forms being the most abundant in hot and arid climate. This study focused on the variation of morphotype abundance in H. axyridis according to season, field and gender. Adult ladybirds were caught from mid-July to mid-October 2012 into 5 maize fields. The proportions of observed morphotypes were compared according to the sampling season. The abundance of morphotypes was not significantly different through the fields; the observed ratios were 81.6%, 15% and 3.4% for succinea, spectabilis and conspicua respectively. Succinea was the most observed morphotype (χ2=755.8; P<0.001). The total number of collected males and females was the same with ratios of 48.2% and 51.8%: (χ2=0.93; P=0.33). The sex ratio was also not significantly different for each morphotype. There was no evolution of melanic and non-melanic form ratio according to the season, with 25.6% of melanic form in summer and 20.6% in autumn (χ2=1.22; P=0.27). Our results seem to show that morphotype adaptation according to the climate is not observed for Belgian ladybirds. [less ▲]

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See detailAdherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
Deflandre, Eric ULg; Degey, Stéphanie; BONHOMME, Vincent ULg et al

Poster (2014, October)

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See detailSinuso-nasal adenocarcinoma in a roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
Volpe, Rosario ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg; Neukermans, Axel et al

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See detailFrench good practice guidelines for the management of the low back pain risk among workers exposed to manual handling
Petit, Audrey; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg; FASSIER, Jean-Baptiste et al

Poster (2014, September 29)

Background Manual handling of loads (MHL) is a widespread practice in the workplace and is the leading cause of work accidents. In particular, MHL is associated with a risk of low back injuries which can ... [more ▼]

Background Manual handling of loads (MHL) is a widespread practice in the workplace and is the leading cause of work accidents. In particular, MHL is associated with a risk of low back injuries which can compromise staying at work and worker's career in the case of recurrence or chronicity. This communication aims to set forth the French occupational Guidelines for the management of the low back pain (LBP) risk among workers exposed to MHL, published in October 2013. Methods These Good Practice Guidelines were written according to the Clinical Practice Guidelines method proposed by the French National Authority for Health. They emanated from a synthesis of the literature by a multidisciplinary working party of 24 experts and were peer reviewed by a committee of 50 experts. These Guidelines are designed to define the components of an appropriate surveillance program for all workers exposed to MHL activities at the workplace and especially suffering from LBP and still at work, or suffering LBP and on sick leave. Results Because of the potential impact on workers’ fears and beliefs, the information provided by the various actors must be consistent, or even reassuring in relation to the prognosis of LBP. Among LBP workers, it is recommended to look for signs of severity or an underlying disease at the acute, subacute and chronic stages of LBP; to encourage continuation or resumption of physical activity; situate the current episode of LBP in the worker’s work history (recent changes of working conditions) and evaluate the impact of LBP on the worker’s job. In the case of persistent or recurrent LBP, it is recommended to evaluate biopsychosocial and socioeconomic risk factors likely to influence chronicity, prolonged incapacity and delay return to work. If workers are on prolonged and/or repeated sick leave for LBP, a pre-return-to-work visit is recommended to evaluate the pain and functional disability and their repercussions, as well as the main factors of prolonged work incapacity; encourage and help the worker to develop a return to work dynamic; identify the main difficulties related to work and possible job adjustments and evaluate the need to initiate a job staying at work approach. Conclusions Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention are necessary for the management of low back pain at work. [less ▲]

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See detailFITNESS EVALUATION OF A RECOMBINANT MURINE NOROVIRUS DURING SERIAL PASSAGES IN CELL CULTURE
Oliveira-Filho, Edmilson; Di Felice, Elisabetta; Toffoli, Barbara et al

Poster (2014, September 28)

Noroviruses are single stranded positive sense RNA viruses which can infect human and different animal species. Human norovirus (NoV) infections are among the most important causes of gastroenteritis in ... [more ▼]

Noroviruses are single stranded positive sense RNA viruses which can infect human and different animal species. Human norovirus (NoV) infections are among the most important causes of gastroenteritis in both children and adults. Infections often occur as outbreaks which may be foodborne. Due to the lack of an efficient cell culture system as well as a workable animal model, many aspects of the NoV infection in human are still poorly understood. The murine norovirus (MuNoV) grows easily in cell culture in contrast to the Human NoV, and constitutes an excellent animal model. Recombination can dramatically change virulence properties of the viruses and has been evidenced in silico for different human NoV strains isolated from clinical cases. Recently, after in vitro coinfection of RAW264.7 cells with parental MuNoV strains CW1 and Wu20, we obtained a recombinant Wu20/CW1 strain. This recombinant strain showed reduced plaque size compared to the parental strains. The aim of the study was to observe and molecularly characterize the natural genetic evolution of the recombinant MuNoV strain across in vitro replications. Viral fitness is a complex concept. Here we defined this fitness as the ability of a viral population to adapt to the cell culture system. Thus, the recombinant strain was serially replicated in vitro in RAW264.7 cells (up to 14 passages). Viral plaque sizes of early and late progenies were compared with the Image J software. A significant difference was shown between them with the Mann and Whitney non parametric statistical test. Afterwards, viruses from different cell passages were cloned and sequenced. The average plaque size increased from the earlier to the later progenies (from 0.1 mm2 to around 0.5 mm2). Molecular investigations are currently performed in order to specify in which genetic region mutations occur and whether or not this could explain fitness modifications during in vitro evolution. In addition, two other parameters of in vitro virulence modification will be investigated: (i) virus production and (ii) one step growth kinetics. The data should provide interesting information about genetic evolution in the genus Norovirus, especially regarding recombination events and explain how a recombinant strain, first disadvantaged compared to its parental strains, could regain fitness by genetic evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailLe secret des crèmes foisonnées
Petrut, Raul Flaviu ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg

Poster (2014, September 26)

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See detailSeasonal and inter-annual variability of photosynthetic capacity in a temperate forest
Hurdebise, Quentin ULg; Vincke, Caroline; Soubie, Rémy et al

Poster (2014, September 23)

In temperate forests, the relation between vegetation phenology and carbon sequestration variability remains to be explored. To study phenology impact on CO2 fluxes, two photosynthetic capacity indicators ... [more ▼]

In temperate forests, the relation between vegetation phenology and carbon sequestration variability remains to be explored. To study phenology impact on CO2 fluxes, two photosynthetic capacity indicators were used : NEE at light saturation (NEEsat) and green proportion in canopy pictures (gcc). Correlations between these indicators were investigated at seasonal and inter-annual scale. [less ▲]

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See detailIRGA GAS SAMPLING SYSTEM DIMENSIONING: LABORATORY AND FIELD EXPERIMENTS
De Ligne, Anne ULg; Joly, Lilian; Cousin, Julien et al

Poster (2014, September 23)

The gas sampling system (GSS), which carries air from the sampling point to the IRGA, is an essential component of the eddy covariance system. It has to meet several constraints, among which minimizing ... [more ▼]

The gas sampling system (GSS), which carries air from the sampling point to the IRGA, is an essential component of the eddy covariance system. It has to meet several constraints, among which minimizing high frequency attenuation of concentration measurement and keeping pressure drop in the measurement cell in an acceptable range. Rain cup, filters, tubes and pumps are key elements of this system and need proper dimensioning. The elaboration of the ICOS protocol for IRGA required such dimensioning and optimization. Laboratory and field measurements were carried out with this aim. In the laboratory, a dynamic calibration bench was developed to investigate experimentally the pressure drop and the concentration fluctuation attenuation caused by different filters. In the field, three LI-7200 equipped with different GSS were installed and run at the Dorinne Terrestrial Observatory (ICOS-Belgium). Main experiment conclusions were that: • The shape and size of the rain cup has a critical impact on cut off frequencies • The filter porosity and size has a critical impact on pressure drop • Filter heating is necessary in order to avoid condensation and filter blocking These experiments led to the definition of the GSS functioning range that is finally proposed in the ICOS IRGA protocol. [less ▲]

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See detailBehavior of Listeria monocytogenes in sheep raw milk cheeses: a study at different stages of production and shelf-life"
N'Guessan, Elise; Amara, N.; Godrie, Thérèse ULg et al

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See detailAutomatic artifact detection for whole-night polysomnographic sleep recordings
Coppieters't Wallant, Dorothée ULg; Chellappa, Sarah Laxhmi ULg; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 17)

Detecting of bad channels and artifacts for whole-night polysomnographic recordings is very time consuming and tedious. We therefore developed an automatic procedure to automatize this job.

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See detailMémoire épisodique et vieillissement normal : L'effet de la manipulation de la facilité de traitement perceptif en reconnaissance
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, September 16)

Etant donné que le vieillissement normal s’accompagne d’un déclin de la recollection tandis que la familiarité reste préservée, les tâches mnésiques facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité ... [more ▼]

Etant donné que le vieillissement normal s’accompagne d’un déclin de la recollection tandis que la familiarité reste préservée, les tâches mnésiques facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité permettraient de réduire les différences liées à l’âge en mémoire épisodique. Cette étude a évalué deux questions : 1) L’utilisation de la familiarité en reconnaissance peut-elle être favorisée en augmentant la différence de facilité de traitement perceptif (fluence) entre les items étudiés et les nouveaux items ? ; 2) Cette manipulation permet-elle de réduire l’effet de l’âge ? Deux tâches de reconnaissance ont été proposées à 24 participants jeunes et 24 participants âgés. Dans une tâche « sans recouvrement », les mots cibles et les mots nouveaux ne possédaient aucune lettre commune. L’exposition préalable aux mots cibles induisait donc une fluence sur les mots, mais également sur les lettres de sorte que la différence de fluence devenait un indice saillant et fiable pour distinguer cibles et distracteurs. Dans une tâche « avec recouvrement », les mots cibles et les mots nouveaux contenaient des lettres communes. Les résultats ont répliqué l’effet de l’âge sur la recollection (réponses Remember), avec préservation de la familiarité (réponses Know). Par ailleurs, nous observons 1) une amélioration de la discrimination dans la tâche « sans recouvrement », avec un plus grand nombre de reconnaissances correctes et moins de fausses reconnaissances (les deux basés sur la familiarité). De plus, 2) les différences liées à l’âge dans la capacité à discriminer cibles et distracteurs (reconnaissances correctes - fausses reconnaissances) étaient significativement réduites dans la tâche sans recouvrement par rapport à la tâche avec recouvrement. Ces données suggèrent que minimiser la similarité perceptive entre les mots cibles et les mots distracteurs, et donc augmenter la fluence, permet de réduire les différences liées à l’âge en reconnaissance en facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-death experiences in non-life-threatening events and coma of different etiologies.
Charland-Verville, Vanessa ULg; Jourdan, Jean-Pierre; Thonnard, Marie ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 16)

Near death experiences (NDEs) are increasingly being reported as a clearly identifiable physiological and psychological reality of clinical significance. Empirical studies of NDEs have mostly been ... [more ▼]

Near death experiences (NDEs) are increasingly being reported as a clearly identifiable physiological and psychological reality of clinical significance. Empirical studies of NDEs have mostly been conducted in patients with life threatening situations such as cardiac arrest [1-5] or (albeit more rarely) in patients with severe traumatic brain injury[6]. To the best of our knowledge, no study has formally compared the influence of the cause of coma to the intensity or content of the NDE. Using the Greyson NDE scale [7], the present retrospective study aimed at: (1) exploring the NDE intensity and content in “NDE-like” accounts following non-life-threatening events versus “real NDE” following coma; (2) comparing the “real NDE” characteristics according to the etiology of the brain damage (anoxic, traumatic or other) and; (3) comparing our retrospectively obtained data in anoxic coma to historical previously published prospectively collected post-anoxic NDEs. [less ▲]

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See detailRoughness evolution of sol-gel optical coatings by ion beam sputtering
Gailly, Patrick ULg; Dubreuil, Olivier ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg

Poster (2014, September 16)

The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol-gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol-gel solutions had been applied on silicon substrates ... [more ▼]

The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol-gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol-gel solutions had been applied on silicon substrates using the dip coating technique and then thermally cured to obtain solid thin films. Their thickness had then been controlled over the samples surface using spectroscopic ellipsometry. The surface roughness of the sol-gel films has been measured using both interferometric profilometry and atomic force microscopy at different sputtering depths. Roughness increases significantly faster with sputtering depth in sol-gel layers than on bulk fused silica. Interestingly, the sputtering rates of the sol-gel layers are also observed to be much higher that of bulk fused silica. The development of micron scale holes with relatively stable interstices rules the surface roughness evolution. AFM measurements revealed a regular submicron scale lateral structure which nanometric amplitude is amplified under sputtering. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of traps on the electrical characteristics of GeSn/Ge diodes
Baert, Bruno ULg; Gupta, Somya; Gencarelli, Federica et al

Poster (2014, September 15)

Germanium-tin alloys are currently receiving a lot of attention as materials for high performance MOSFET devices. Much interest is focused on the direct band gap for Sn concentrations above 8-10% and the ... [more ▼]

Germanium-tin alloys are currently receiving a lot of attention as materials for high performance MOSFET devices. Much interest is focused on the direct band gap for Sn concentrations above 8-10% and the achievement of high mobility values, which can be further increased by the strain due to the lattice mismatch with Ge or Si. GeSn is therefore expected to play a key role in the development of either source and drain stressors for Ge p-MOSFETs or for GeSn channel MOSFETs. However, despite recent tremendous progress in the growth of such materials, the impact of defects at the interface between Ge and GeSn has not been completely characterized. As the processing of diodes contains many of the steps necessary to the fabrication of MOSFET devices, we have investigated the effect of traps on the electrical characteristics of p-GeSn/n-Ge diodes, made from GeSn layers grown by CVD on Ge and in-situ doped with Boron. Using temperature-dependent current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance- voltage (C-V) measurements, we have calculated the ideality factor of the diodes, the activation energy of the reverse saturation current and the carrier concentration of the Ge substrate. In this work, based on the comparison with results obtained from numerical simulations, we discuss these characteristics in view of assessing the extent to which electronic trap states in these heterostructures affect their electrical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscriptomic characterization of pancreatic duct cells in adult zebrafish
Manfroid, Isabelle ULg

Poster (2014, September 13)

Transcriptomic characterization of pancreatic duct cells in adult zebrafish David Bergemann, Estefañia Tarifeño, Aurélie Ghaye, Marianne Voz, Bernard Peers and Isabelle Manfroid* Zebrafish Development and ... [more ▼]

Transcriptomic characterization of pancreatic duct cells in adult zebrafish David Bergemann, Estefañia Tarifeño, Aurélie Ghaye, Marianne Voz, Bernard Peers and Isabelle Manfroid* Zebrafish Development and Disease Models laboratory, Giga-Research, University of Liège, Belgium Loss of pancreatic beta cells is a hallmark of diabetes. To compensate the resulting deficit of insulin and maintain glucose homeostasis, beta cell replacement by transplantation or regeneration constitute promising strategies. Studies have shown beta cell neogenesis, though by mechanisms not fully understood. These beta cells can derive from replication of pre-existing beta cells1 or from conversion of alpha cells2. Besides these mechanisms, pancreatic ducts have also been hypothesized to contain progenitors/precursors for beta cell regeneration. However, the existence of such adult progenitors remains controversial. Zebrafish has been extensively used as a model for embryogenesis and regeneration. Their beta cells are very similar in development and function to their mammalian counterpart. Indeed, as in mammals, beta cells control glucose homeostasis in adult zebrafish. But, in contrast to mammals, adult zebrafish display the remarkable capacity to spontaneously, efficiently and rapidly regenerate their beta cells after ablation. The origin of these new beta cells is unknown but strong evidences collected in larvae argue in favour of a ductal origin. First, larval pancreatic ducts give rise to endocrine cells in normal condition and in response to the absence of beta cells4. Second, mutant larvae of the ductal marker sox9b harbour defects specifically in duct formation, and beta cell regeneration is impaired5. Here we show that adult pancreatic duct cells can give rise to beta cells. To get insight into this process, we established the transcriptome of adult duct cells by RNA-Seq. Comparison with the transcriptome of the other pancreatic cells identified known and novel ductal markers. Adult duct cells are also characterized by strong expression of embryonic pancreatic progenitor markers (sox9b, pdx1, nkx6.1 and components of the Notch pathway...). Future comparative analyses with ductal cells isolated from zebrafish in different conditions of beta cell (neo)genesis will help identify novel important players in beta cell formation from the ducts as well as regulators of beta cell regeneration. 1. Dor Y et al.(2004) Adult pancreatic beta-cells are formed by self-duplication rather than stem-cell differentiation. Nature 2. Thorel F et al. (2010) Conversion of adult pancreatic alpha-cells to beta-cells after extreme beta-cell loss. Nature 3. Moss JB et al. (2009) Regeneration of the pancreas in adult zebrafish. Diabetes 4. Ninov N et al. (2013) Metabolic regulation of cellular plasticity in the pancreas. Curr. Biol. 5. Manfroid I et al. (2012) Zebrafish sox9b is crucial for hepatopancreatic duct development and pancreatic endocrine cell regeneration. Dev. Biol. [less ▲]

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See detailRebuilding the educational system in post-conflict context in Kosovo - Survival of the Unmik’s provisions to support the living together through primary education
Pierre, Alexia ULg

Poster (2014, September 12)

In the aftermaths of the Cold War, the International Community adopts the objective of Education for All. Indeed, Education appears as a tool of social and economical development worldwide and supports ... [more ▼]

In the aftermaths of the Cold War, the International Community adopts the objective of Education for All. Indeed, Education appears as a tool of social and economical development worldwide and supports global development. Education allows individuals to take part effectively and actively in the collective life of the society they belong to. Soon after the adoption of this objective, the war is identified as the major obstacle in the fulfillment of this objective of Education for All. The international stakeholders takes their stand in favor of the continuation of the schooling during protracted crisis and wars, what lead to the education in emergency. This education has to spread values, behaviors and attitudes that attack the roots of the conflict. An objective of peace building and conflict prevention is since added to education. In a same temporality, the Kosovo Albanians were submitted to a segregationist policy headed by the Government of Milosevic, the Republika Srpska. This Government aims to make the Kosovo an unmixed territory, inhabited only by Serbs. Kosovo Albanians are rejected from all the state positions and state-owned entreprises. Education appears as a convergent point of the communities antagonisms and a critical issue between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo. The freedom of being educated in their mother tongue is denied to the Kosovo Albanians through the policy of the Republika Srpska. The Kosovo Albanians react in setting up a parallel education system, in which virtually all the Albanian children intend school from 1992 to 1998. This parallel education system can be seen as a strong element of the pacific resistance of the Kosovo Albanians and a factor of social strength. This parallel educational system collapsed in 1998 due to the war situation in Kosovo. During this internal armed conflict, violations of the Law of war and of the International humanitarian Law are so huge that Nato intervenes through a military air campaign. This military intervention is immediately followed by a civil administration mission, the Unmik, whose mandate is to normalize the life of the inhabitants of Kosovo. Unmik is a restorative model not dedicated to the war victims. The restorative aspects for victims can be seen in the reinstallation of the Kosovo Albanians as full-right citizens. When arriving in Kosovo, Unmik faces two systems of education. Unmik’s first objective is to rebuild a unified education system in Kosovo. Along with objectives of democratization and modernization of a system inherited from a communist model. This intervention is an opportunity to promote and support peace education and conflict prevention through education, in echo with the latest international provisions on education. To achieve this objective of peace building and conflict prevention through education, the pedagogical methods, the contents of teaching and the structure of the education system has to be reformed and restructured. My work aims to explore the reconstruction process of the education system in Kosovo and the operationalization of the provisions that turn education as a tool of peace and conflict prevention, in the primaries schools of Prishtina. My approach is qualitative, inspired by the systemic perspective. The aim of this research is not to evaluate the results of the new Kosovo education system. This work is designed to explore the process of this post-war reconstruction, and to understand how international provisions come within this process and are effectively implemented in the primaries schools. The research question is on the present survival and effectiveness of these provisions in the primaries schools of Prishtina. This work was done first by a confrontation between a corpus of international normative texts on education and a legislative and normative corpus of local texts on education. This first step was dedicated to the selection of the special provisions relative to education as a tool of peace building. It appears that Civic Education and History are the two main teachings in the broadcasting of elements that helps to create a social cohesion. The tools for the data collection were based on the elements selected through this bibliographical research, as the analysis table of the empirical datas. Standardized questionnaires has been completed by teachers in History and Civic Education, and by Directors of the primaries school of Prishtina. Interviews with Kosovo people who were involved in the rebuilding process of the education system were carried out. The results highlights that International Community massively imposed this new model of education, what is visible through the identical profiles of all the schools that participated to the research. It appears that such an intervention is limited by the specificities and the reality of the Kosovo, which were not taken into consideration enough to make this new education system fit well to the very specific aspects of Kosovo. The question of the adaptability of such a model, created out of the Kosovo and without sufficient rely on the local population, is raised through this study. Indeed, the actual education system in Prishtina faces huge challenges in terms of equipment, funding and space. These challenges were not met by the Unmik’s work and are still existing, when the legislative and normative frame is continually developed in respect of the international developments in the matter. Indeed, fundamental education has to be a way to get competencies leading to a democratic citizenship, instead of a way to acquire only school basic knowledge. The potential in peace building and conflict prevention of the present education system in Kosovo is not able to be fully developed. If all the international provisions are well translated into the local provisions and operationalized in the primaries schools, the system has reached its limits and is not able to overcome its numerous challenges. Moreover, there is still two independent systems of education in Kosovo, and the education dedicated to the peace building and conflict prevention reaches only children intended schools of the official system. Serbs children are still educated in the same perspective than during the war. In a long terme perspective, the Kosovo education system will not be able to produce the expected outcomes. This contains risks of resurgence of the conflict. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychological processes mediating the link between depression severity and the level of behavioural activation: Assessment of a conceputal model
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, September 12)

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between depression and BA is well-established in the scientific literature. According to theoretical models of depression, psychopathology is also characterized by biases in five sets of psychological processes (PP): self-image (e.g. self-esteem), negative repetitive thoughts (e.g. ruminative thoughts), experiential avoidance (e.g. mindfulness), environmental satisfaction (e.g. environmental reward observation) and emotional regulation (e.g. distress tolerance). Therefore, the present study aims to identify PP mediating the relationship between depression and the level of BA. In order to reach this objective, a conceptual model is tested. METHOD. 361 adults (x ̅ age=36, σ=15), from clinical and non-clinical settings, fulfilled a series of questionnaires assessing several variables: sociodemographic data, depression, anxiety, level of BA and the above-cited five sets of PP. Covariance structure analysis will be conducted in order to test the conceptual model mentioned above. RESULTS. Some preliminary results are presented. As expected, a negative significant correlation between depression and BA (r=-.66, p<.01) have been highlighted. Negative significant correlation appeared between BA and the measured PP: self-esteem (r=-.27, p<.01), ruminative thinking (r=-.53, p<.01), environmental reward observation (=-.13, p<.05). Positive significant correlations appeared between BA and mindfulness (r=.49, p<.01) and distress tolerance (r=.26, p<.01). DISCUSSION. The preliminary results are in line with our hypotheses. Indeed, the level of BA is negatively linked to PP usually biased in depression such as self-esteem. The mediating role of these PP between depression and the level of BA will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for Holocene bottom-currents erosion in the Western Gulf of Corinth, Greece
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Beck, Christian; Hubert, Aurelia ULg

Poster (2014, September 10)

The Gulf of Corinth, Greece, is connected to the Ionian Sea through a 62 m deep sill. Strong tidal currents have been measured above this sill, what could potentially induce bottom-current erosion in the ... [more ▼]

The Gulf of Corinth, Greece, is connected to the Ionian Sea through a 62 m deep sill. Strong tidal currents have been measured above this sill, what could potentially induce bottom-current erosion in the Gulf. Seismic reflexion data allowed us to identify this present-day expected seafloor erosion in a wide area, as well as erosional unconformities and a wide channel between 100 and 300 m below sea level. These features highlight the possible occurrence of strong bottom-currents since the last sea level rise. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of mild heat stress periods on milk production, milking frequency and rumination time of grazing cows milked by an automatic milking system
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

Poster (2014, September 10)

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than ... [more ▼]

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than 72. Milk production, as well as milking frequency, rumination time and milk fat to protein ratio (F/P) during these periods were compared to adjacent periods with mean THI of 61. The daily milking frequency, the total number of visits to AS and the milk production were significantly higher in HS periods (2.12 vs 1.97, 2.99 vs 2.69, and 19.7 vs 18.5 kg milk per cow, respectively). There were significant interactions between times and periods for milking frequency and number of visits, while the daily rumination time was significantly lower (339 vs 419 min) and the F/P in milk tended to be decreased (1.17 vs 1.23). These results could be explained by changes in cow behaviour during HS periods. [less ▲]

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See detailCFD Comparison of hydrodynamics between BIOSTAT® Cultibag STR and standard Stirred Cell Culture Bioreactors
Calvo, Sébastien ULg; Delafosse, Angélique ULg; Crine, Michel ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 10)

Single-use bioreactors have been increasingly used for animal cell cultures on microcarriers in screening experiments. Because of their manufacturing process, the shape of these kinds of vessels such as ... [more ▼]

Single-use bioreactors have been increasingly used for animal cell cultures on microcarriers in screening experiments. Because of their manufacturing process, the shape of these kinds of vessels such as the BIOSTAT® Cultibag STR one, is limited. For example, technical constraints on weld seams limit angles to 30° and no baffle may be installed. The shape of standard re-usable vessels may thus not be exactly reproduced and the flow structure may thus significantly differs from the flow structure in standard bioreactors. [less ▲]

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See detailAGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD): FROM METABOLOMICS APPROACH TO THE INHIBITION OF PDK AS A NEW THERAPEUTIC TARGET
Arslan, Deniz ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 09)

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the western world among people aged 50 or older. 90% of all vision loss due to AMD results from the exudative form, which is ... [more ▼]

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the western world among people aged 50 or older. 90% of all vision loss due to AMD results from the exudative form, which is characterized by choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Age-related changes that induce pathologic CNV are incompletely understood. A successful application of anti-VEGF approaches in the clinic is obviously a turning point in AMD treatment. Nevertheless, despite such important advances, critical issues remain to be addressed. To better understand the aetiology of this pathology, we used and improved a murine model of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization and applied a 1H NMR metabolomics study. This approach leads to the emergence of different putative biomarkers and to the validation of the CNV model for an experimental study of AMD. Among these “biomarkers”, lactate appears to be clearly involved in the development of AMD. The modulation of their plasma concentration by treatment of the animals with synthetic compounds and more specifically Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase inhibitors (PDK) significantly decrease the impact of laser induced CNV. Starting from these results, the development of new PDHK inhibitors could open the way to innovative treatment opportunities in AMD disease [less ▲]

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See detailBioRefine Project: Detection of bioavailability of Metallic Trace Elements in soils by the use of microbial biosensors
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Hurdebise, Quentin ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 09)

Zinc, lead and cadmium are the main Metallic Trace Elements (MTEs) found in soils contaminated by the mining industry in Europe. MTEs are spread in the environment because of the disruption of ... [more ▼]

Zinc, lead and cadmium are the main Metallic Trace Elements (MTEs) found in soils contaminated by the mining industry in Europe. MTEs are spread in the environment because of the disruption of biogeochemical cycles caused by human activities. Due to their low mobility and biodegradability, they accumulate in soils where they are strongly bound to particles. It has become necessary to understand interactions between MTEs and the environment and to implement remediation actions. This work is focused on remediation monitoring techniques by using whole cell microbial biosensors able to detect zinc, lead and cadmium. Biosensors provide a signal in response to the bio-available concentration in MTEs, which are valuable for the design of efficient techniques involving bioremediation. Whole cell biosensors used in this work are based on Escherichia coli strains carrying a fluorescent reporter system. The reporter element contains a promoter sensitive to MTEs and a gene coding for the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). MTEs activate the synthesis of GFP, which is a very stable protein, causing the accumulation of GFP inside the cells. Then, fluorescence can be measured by flow cytometry. In this study, two biosensors were investigated: E. coli pPzraPgfp and E. coli pPzntAgfp. The last strain provided a linear response to zinc up to 20 mg/l and a curvilinear response to cadmium up to 0.15 mg/l. No detection was highlighted regarding lead. In practical cases, soils and wastes are contaminated by several types of MTEs. Consequently, combined contaminations were also tested. This work allowed highlighting that the strain E. coli pPzntAgfp can be used to assess the bioavailability of cadmium in soils, although the experimental procedure must be improved. This work is supported by the BioRefine Project, a European project in which various member states focus on recovery of inorganics from organic wastestreams. We gratefully acknowledge the INTERREG IVB NWE programme, which financed the BioRefine Project (ref. 320J-BIOREFINE). [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of a fungal biofilm reactor for recombinant protein production from Aspergillus oryzae
Zune, Quentin ULg; Delepierre, Anissa ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 07)

Fungi are microorganisms exhibiting high secretive power of various metabolites and have the ability to perform post-translational modifications during protein synthesis. In the field of fermentation ... [more ▼]

Fungi are microorganisms exhibiting high secretive power of various metabolites and have the ability to perform post-translational modifications during protein synthesis. In the field of fermentation industry, they are ideal hosts for secondary metabolites and recombinant protein production. At the industrial-scale, equipments usually required for solid-state or submerged fermentation of filamentous fungi have demonstrated their limitations in terms of productivity, mass transfers or products recovery (1, 2). Recently, fungal biofilm reactors were designed to combine advantages from submerged and solid-state culture and reveal their usefulness for greater secondary metabolites production relative to submerged culture conditions (3). In our work, we propose the design of a fungal biofilm reactor for a recombinant protein production from an Aspergillus oryzae strain containing a GFP reporter gene system under the control of a promoter specifically induced in solid-state conditions. The fungal biofilm reactor is composed of a metal structured packing, having the function of inert support for biofilm growth, immerged or aspersed by a liquid medium. Whereas recombinant protein production is not significantly different at the flask-scale between submerged and biofilm conditions, productivity is higher in the submerged conditions at the bioreactor-scale. Presence of recombinant proteins entrapped in the biofilm matrix highlights a diffusion constraint and a lower mass transfer in our fungal biofilm reactor. However, persistence of a free liquid biomass of low viscosity and fungal biomass retention on the support are attractive for the implementation of a continuous process in our fungal biofilm reactor. Further studies will consider a 2-D proteomic comparison of the extracellular medium from fungal biofilm reactor and submerged culture conditions in order to better understand proteins secretion and identify over-expressed proteins in biofilm conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the conditions of conidiation for the bio-fungicide Pseudozyma flocculosa
ZAKI, Omran

Poster (2014, September 07)

Pseudozyma flocculosa is a useful fungus and is used in biological control of mildew. The reproduction of this fungus seems to be exclusively asexual by conidia’s production. The latter physiological form ... [more ▼]

Pseudozyma flocculosa is a useful fungus and is used in biological control of mildew. The reproduction of this fungus seems to be exclusively asexual by conidia’s production. The latter physiological form seems to be resistant to downstream process and storage conditions. Therefore, it represents the most commonly form used in agriculture as Fungicide. However, production of conidia in submerged culture is usually uncertain, often with very low yield. Despite the advantages that P. flocculosa offers in biological control, its use remains largely limited compared with that of chemical fungicides. This is probably due to the difficulty to produce mature conidia with high yields. In this work, our aim is to decipher developmental phases of conidia by this useful strain. We start by conidia production in submerged and semisolid fermentation. We then focus on comparative study of different kinds of obtained conidia. [less ▲]

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See detailObservational signatures of past mass-exchange episodes in massive binaries
Raucq, Françoise ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 05)

Mass and momentum exchanges in massive binaries can produce several observational signatures, such as asynchronous rotation and altered chemical compositions, which remain once the stars detach again. We ... [more ▼]

Mass and momentum exchanges in massive binaries can produce several observational signatures, such as asynchronous rotation and altered chemical compositions, which remain once the stars detach again. We have started to investigate these effects for a sample of detached massive O-star binaries that are thought to have previously experienced a Case A Roche lobe overflow. Using phase-resolved spectroscopy, we perform the disentangling of the spectra of the two stars. The reconstructed primary and secondary spectra are then analyzed to determine a range of stellar effective temperatures and gravity, as well as rotational velocities. Using model atmosphere codes we also constrain the chemical composition of the components. In this contribution, we present the first results of our analyses of HD149404 (O7.5If + ON9.5I, P = 9.81 days). [less ▲]

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See detailI know what you did last summer - High resolution mapping of wild boar damages with drones
Michez, Adrien ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lehaire, François ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 01)

Wild boar ability to cause important damages to agricultural lands is not anymore to be demonstrated. These damages often raise conflicts between farmers and hunters due to the associated economic losses ... [more ▼]

Wild boar ability to cause important damages to agricultural lands is not anymore to be demonstrated. These damages often raise conflicts between farmers and hunters due to the associated economic losses. Objective and accurate method for real impact assessment of losses suffered by farmers is thus needed. Currently,in Wallonia damage assessment is performed from the ground by experts, asked to evaluate precisely the area impacted. This task is time and man power consuming. Moreover, damaged areas are often large and consequently, sampling is mandatory and can induce accuracy issues. Recent development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV / drone) toghether with lower cost and better accessibility for civil society and scientific community, makes now possible the use of this technology for wildlife researches. Through photogrammetric 3D reconstruction of the field crop, UAV can allow to objectively and precisely measure the area impacted by wild boar damages. In a context of increasing issues caused by wild boar to agriculture, and the need for stakeholders for accurate impact assessment, we tested an innovative approach to estimate more effectively the area impacted by wild boar. [less ▲]

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See detailPredictive microbiology combined with metagenomic analysis targeted on the 16S rDNA : A new approach for food quality
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Ellouze, Mariem; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 01)

The food spoilage process is mainly caused by alteration micro-organisms and classical culture-based methods may not be relevant to understand the modifications of the microbial ecology in food products ... [more ▼]

The food spoilage process is mainly caused by alteration micro-organisms and classical culture-based methods may not be relevant to understand the modifications of the microbial ecology in food products. Metagenomic analysis targeted on 16S ribosomal DNA can elucidate microbial community structures at a muche higher resolution than was previously possible. Combined with predictive microbiological models, a new approach was investigated to take into account bacterial populations dynamics in perishable foods under different environmental conditions. White pudding samples, a typical Belgian pork meat product, were packed under food wrap (atmospheric air condition). Durability studies were conducted at 4°C, 12°C and a dynamic temperature profile according to the NF V01-003 standards (4°C (1/3 of the shelf life) - 8°C (2/3 of the shelf life)) during 15 days. The effect of organic acids was also investigated using a lactic acid (1.8% w/w) treatment. At each day of the trials, classical microbiological (total flora) and 16S rDNA metagenomic analysis were carried out on all these samples. For the metagenomic analysis, a sequencing library was generated, targeting the V1-V3 region of the 16S rDNA. The two major bacterial populations were thus identified (Psychrobacter sp and Brochotrix thermosphacta) and predictive microbiology models used to assess the growth parameters. Cardinal parameters for temperature were collected on the two main bacterial species. The model was validated using the data obtained at a dynamic temperature profile. The results of the simulations for Psychrobacter sp and Brochotrix thermosphacta show a good compliance between predicted and observed data. Compared to culture based methods on selective media and previous independent culture techniques, metagenomic analysis combined with predictive microbiology gives more valuable information, and could be considered as a technological breakthrough to control the quality or for accurately determining shelf life. [less ▲]

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See detailCortical excitability dynamics of during sleep deprivation set PVT performance
Borsu, Chloé; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Ly, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailSELF BROADENING COEFFICIENTS AND IMPROVED LINE INTENSITIES FOR THE v7 BAND OF C2H4 NEAR 10.5 µm, AND IMPACT ON ETHYLENE RETRIEVALS FROM JUNGFRAUJOCH SOLAR SPECTRA
Vander Auwera, Jean; Fayt, André; Tudorie, Marcella et al

Poster (2014, September)

Relying on high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, the present work involved extensive measurements of individual line intensities and self-broadening coefficients for the ν7 band of ... [more ▼]

Relying on high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, the present work involved extensive measurements of individual line intensities and self-broadening coefficients for the ν7 band of 12C2H4. The measured self-broadening coefficients exhibit a dependence on both J and Ka. Compared to the corresponding information available in the latest edition of the HITRAN spectroscopic database, the measured line intensities were found to be higher by about 10 % for high J lines in the P branch and lower by about 5 % for high J lines of the R branch, varying between these two limits roughly linearly with the line positions. The impact of the presently measured line intensities on retrievals of atmospheric ethylene in the 949.0–952.0cm 1 microwindow was evaluated using a subset of ground-based high-resolution FTIR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station. The use of HITRAN 2012 with line intensities modified to match the present measurements led to a systematic reduction of the measured total columns of ethylene by -4.1 +/- 0.1 %. [less ▲]

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See detailBatch enzymatic interesterification of fat blends using microwave
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Simon, C.; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailIntroducing the Belgian Science and Technology Studies Network (BSTS)
Meyers, Gert; Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Thoreau, François ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailEffect of AMF enrichment with 13C-­‐triacylglycerol tracers on its thermal and structural behavior
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Vors, C.; Michalski, M-C

Poster (2014, September)

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