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See detailUsing IPCAPS to identify fine-scale population structure
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Fentaw Abegaz, Yazew ULg; Tongsima, Sissades et al

Poster (2017, September 09)

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See detailSynthesis, characterization, and durability study of Pt-Co hollow nanoparticles deposited on carbon xerogel electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC)
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Asset, Tristan ULg; Olu, Pierre-Yves et al

Poster (2017, September)

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts are generally made of carbon black (CB)supported platinum-based nanoparticles. However, the properties of CBs, as described by RodríguezReinoso [1 ... [more ▼]

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts are generally made of carbon black (CB)supported platinum-based nanoparticles. However, the properties of CBs, as described by RodríguezReinoso [1], are not optimal for electrocatalysis. A possible solution to the drawbacks of CBs is the use of synthetic nanostructured materials with a controllable and reproducible texture and with a pure, known and constant chemical composition; carbon xerogels (CX) exhibit such properties [2]. Recently, various highly dispersed CX-supported Pt nanoparticles catalysts (Pt/CX) have been synthesized via several methods, such as the strong electrostatic adsorption (SEA) [3] or the charge-enhanced dry impregnation (CEDI) [4]. However, the decrease of the Pt mass contained in the PEMFC electrodes, in particular at the cathode where the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is processed, remains a major challenge. Improving the ORR mass activity is currently best achieved by alloying Pt with 3d-transition metal atoms such as cobalt (Co). These alloys perform better than the ORR because the substitution of some Pt atoms by 3d-metal atoms with smaller radius leads to a modified Pt electronic structure [5]. The synthesis and durability of Pt-Co hollow particles/CX (Fig. 1) is currently being studied in our groups. The results indicate that the specific and mass activity of the bimetallic hollow particles dispersed on CX is ca. 10 times higher than that of pure Pt/CB. The first durability results show good stability of the hollow particles structure. Performances and accelerated stress tests (ASTs) in PEMFCs were finally performed. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of voice disorders among teachers at the beginning of their career
Schiller, Isabel ULg

Poster (2017, August)

Due to the high vocal demands associated with their profession, teachers face an increased risk of developing voice disorders. Research suggests that up to 50 % of experienced teachers are affected. Even ... [more ▼]

Due to the high vocal demands associated with their profession, teachers face an increased risk of developing voice disorders. Research suggests that up to 50 % of experienced teachers are affected. Even student teachers, whose vocal load is still relatively low, report voice problems with a frequency of 20 % (Simberg, Laine, Sala, & Rönnemaa, 2000). Little is known about the prevalence of voice disorders among teachers at the very beginning of their career. In Germany, teachers must complete a two-year teaching practice as part of their professional training after they graduate from university, consisting of attending specialized courses and giving lessons. The aim of this symptom-based study was to determine the prevalence of voice problems among this population. A self-administered questionnaire was answered by 73 German teachers in teaching practice. The prevalence of a voice problem was defined based on the presence of two symptoms that persisted for a minimum of two weeks. Results revealed that 37 % of teachers had voice problems during their teaching practice. Among the most frequent symptoms were hoarseness, an urge to clear one’s throat and problems speaking at a loud voice. Considering that the participants had not even begun teaching full-time, the prevalence of reported voice problems is worrisome. It could be associated with their lacking experience in how to use their voice effectively. The findings highlight the necessity of early intervention programs focusing on vocal hygiene and effective voice use in classroom situations. [less ▲]

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See detailItem purification versus adjustments for multiple comparisons in DIF detection
Drabinova, Adela; Martinkova, Patricia; Magis, David ULg

Poster (2017, July 18)

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See detailDetermining fine population structure using iterative pruning
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Yazew, Fentaw Abegaz; Tongsima, Sissades et al

Poster (2017, July 10)

SNP-based information is used in several existing clustering methods to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure (Price et al. 2006, Raj et al. 2016). Here, we present an ... [more ▼]

SNP-based information is used in several existing clustering methods to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure (Price et al. 2006, Raj et al. 2016). Here, we present an unsupervised clustering algorithm called the iterative pruning method to capture population structure (IPCAPS). Our method supports ordinal data which can be applied directly to SNP data to identify fine-level population structure and it is built on the iterative pruning Principal Component Analysis (ipPCA) algorithm (Intarapanich et al. 2009). The IPCAPS involves an iterative process using multiple splits based on multivariate Gaussian mixture modeling of principal components and Clustering EM estimation as in Lebret et al. (2015). In each iteration, rough clusters and outliers are also identified using our own method called RubikClust. The fixation index (FST) is known to measure a distance between populations and FST = 0.001 may be said to be genetically distinct among the European populations (Tian et al. 2008, Huckins et al. 2014). To observe fine-level population structure using FST, we examined simulated scenarios of one population, 500-8,000 individuals, 5,000-10,000 independent SNPs in HWE (Balding and Nichols 1995), with 100 replicates for each scenario. The simulated SNPs were encoded as additive coding and there was no missing genotype generated. We introduced negative control by subjecting individuals to be separated into two groups using kmeans. We observed that FST values of divided groups were lower than 0.0008, which can be defined as the minimum FST to detect fine-level population structure. To evaluate the performance of our method, we tested different simulated data sets of 2-3 populations, 250 individuals per population, 10,000 independent SNPs in HWE, and FST=[0.0008,0.005], with 100 replicates for each data set. For real-life data sets, we applied the IPCAPS to Thai (Wangkumhang et al. 2013) and HapMap populations. Our method showed that a population classification accuracy was superior to the ipPCA in simulated scenarios of extremely subtle structure (FST=[0.0009,0.005]). In case of the Thai population, results to detect fine-level structure were obtained as well as in case of the HapMap populations. We are convinced that the IPCAPS has a potential to detect fine-level structure and it will be important in molecular reclassification studies of patients once underlying population structure has been removed. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of formulation and process parameters on near-infrared spectra: Application for water determination in biopharmaceuticals
Clavaud, Matthieu ULg; Roggo, Yves; Allmendinger, Andrea et al

Poster (2017, June 11)

Traditionally, the water content of freeze-dried biopharmaceuticals is determined by time-consuming methods such as Karl Fischer titration. As a fast and non-destructive method, many studies demonstrated ... [more ▼]

Traditionally, the water content of freeze-dried biopharmaceuticals is determined by time-consuming methods such as Karl Fischer titration. As a fast and non-destructive method, many studies demonstrated the efficiency of Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy for that purpose [1]. In this study, NIR was applied to different freeze-dried monoclonal antibody. The aim was to evaluate the robustness of a NIR model depending on formulation composition and process parameters of the lyophilization parameters, and the benefits of NIR when developing a freeze-drying cycle for a new pharmaceutical product. A full Design of experiments (DoE) was established in order to produce materials with various formulations and various process parameters. As a first step, a calibration model was created and validated. The model creation was based on 4 target lyophilized cycles which were manufactured to obtain samples with different water content concentration. Then, 20 lyophilized cycles were produced according to the DoE. Two levels of protein and sucrose concentration, and two levels of pressure / primary drying temperature and process time were investigated. Furthermore, several samples of each experiment stored at different temperature and relative humidity conditions were evaluated. Chemometrics using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Partial Least Squares (PLS) were used to evaluate the process variations and to determine the water content, respectively. NIR is capable to differentiate between different lyophilization process conditions, based on chemometrics. Robust calibration NIR model for water determination was generated against KF independent on lyophilization process parameters and formulation composition. NIR is suitable and robust method for drug product development of freeze-dried formulation. [less ▲]

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

Poster (2017, June)

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

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

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

Poster (2017, June)

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

Poster (2017, June)

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See detailLes limites de l’administration de la PCL - R à une population de sujets schizophrènes dans le contexte médico-légal
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Matteucci, Marie; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, May 31)

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See detailÉdition et étude de Gerard du Frattre, compilation épique du XVIe siècle
Lambert, Adélaïde ULg

Poster (2017, May 23)

Présentation du projet de thèse de doctorat.

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See detailSchizophrénie et psychopathie : Analyse des difficultés d’objectivation diagnostique à partir de la PCL-R
Matteucci, Marie; Englebert, Jérôme ULg; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, May 20)

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See detailL’impact de la réserve cognitive sur le fonctionnement exécutif au cours du vieillissement normal
Lesoinne, Alexia ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 20)

Il existe une forte variabilité interindividuelle quant aux effets du vieillissement sur la cognition. Selon Stern (2009), les individus qui ont développé un haut niveau de réserve cognitive résisteraient ... [more ▼]

Il existe une forte variabilité interindividuelle quant aux effets du vieillissement sur la cognition. Selon Stern (2009), les individus qui ont développé un haut niveau de réserve cognitive résisteraient mieux aux effets du vieillissement. Afin de déterminer les facteurs de réserve cognitive qui expliquent le déclin exécutif dans le vieillissement, nous avons recruté 165 participants âgés de 59 à 81 ans. Ils ont effectué sept tâches évaluant le fonctionnement exécutif : des épreuves d’inhibition (Stroop et Incompatibilité de la TAP), de flexibilité (Flexibilité de la TAP, épreuve d’alternance arithmétique « plus-moins ») et de mise à jour (subtest Lettre-Chiffre de la MEM III, mise à jour de consonnes et tâche de 2-back). De plus, les participants ont complété différents questionnaires évaluant quatre facteurs de réserve cognitive (niveau d’études, parcours professionnel, activité physique et activités de loisir). Nous avons réalisé des analyses de régression linaire hiérarchique. Après avoir contrôlé les facteurs démographiques, nous avons observé que la réalisation d’au moins une activité culturelle au cours de la vie impactait positivement les capacités d’inhibition, alors que la mise à jour était impactée négativement par un trop grand nombre de loisirs domestiques. Lorsqu’on considère les loisirs actuellement pratiqués, nous observons que la réalisation d’au moins un loisir social a un impact positif sur la flexibilité alors que deux activités à caractère social sont nécessaires pour avoir un impact positif sur la mise à jour. En conclusion, nous observons un effet mitigé et différencié de la réserve cognitive sur le déclin exécutif. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical pathway evaluation for left and sigmoid colectomy in abdominal surgery
Mattart, Laurine; Stevens, Marie; Magis, David ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 19)

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See detailRecollection versus familiarité dans le vieillissement normal et pathologique : Impact du format du test
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; SALMON, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 19)

If familiarity is better preserved than recollection in aging and in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (Koen & Yonelinas, 2014), the experimental conditions promoting its use should be beneficial to ... [more ▼]

If familiarity is better preserved than recollection in aging and in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (Koen & Yonelinas, 2014), the experimental conditions promoting its use should be beneficial to these populations. One condition influencing the relative contribution of recollection and familiarity during recognition is the format of the test. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of test format on recollection and familiarity in normal aging and in MCI in two tasks where the level of performance is equalized. Seventy young participants, 70 younger-old (55-69 years old), 69 older-old (70-85 years old), and 13 MCIs were presented with forced-choice and yes/no visual recognition memory tasks with the Remember/Know/ Guess paradigm. Young participants had better recognition memory performance than younger-old, who performed better than older-old and MCIs. Recollection and familiarity declined progressively in healthy aging. In MCI, recollection was more affected than familiarity, but patients demonstrated a more liberal use of familiarity. Finally, test format did not influence strongly the results. Young people used recollection more often in the forced-choice task compared to the yes/no task. [less ▲]

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See detailViolence psychologique dans les relations amoureuses – Quelle tolérance à la perpétration et à la victimisation ?
Courtain, Audrey ULg; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

Poster (2017, May 19)

Les relations amoureuses des jeunes adultes peuvent être empreintes de diverses formes de violences (psychologique, physique ou sexuelle). La recherche considère généralement que la violence psychologique ... [more ▼]

Les relations amoureuses des jeunes adultes peuvent être empreintes de diverses formes de violences (psychologique, physique ou sexuelle). La recherche considère généralement que la violence psychologique est moins grave que les formes physique ou sexuelle. Or, elle ne peut pas être négligée. Notre objectif de faire un état des lieux des violences psychologiques que ces jeunes peuvent agir ou subir dans leurs relations amoureuses, et d’explorer dans quelle mesure ils ont des attitudes qui tolèrent (ou pas) ces violences. Méthodologie : Un questionnaire papier a été administré à un large échantillon composé d’étudiants (N>1000, 18-25 ans) en Belgique francophone. Ce questionnaire reprend deux outils : l’un traitant de la violence dans les relations amoureuses (« Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory », Wolfe et al., 2001) et l’autre traitant des attitudes relatives à ces violences («Attitudes Toward Dating Violence Scale », Price & Byers, 1999). Résultats : Après un descriptif des prévalences de violences psychologiques agies et subies, ainsi que des attitudes des participants, nous traiterons des liens entre les violences psychologiques et les attitudes afférentes, en termes de perpétration et de victimisation. Tout au long de nos analyses, les différences de genre seront considérées. Discussion : Ces résultats nous montrent comment les violences psychologiques et leurs attitudes afférentes sont liés, tant en termes de perpétration que de victimisation. S’inscrivant dans la continuité des recherches américaines, nos résultats encouragent l’élaboration de programmes de prévention et de sensibilisation auprès des jeunes adultes par un travail sur les attitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailTraiter l’alexithymie en Hôpital de Jour Psychiatrique : Identification des modulateurs favorisant une meilleure prise en charge
Nasello, Julian ULg; Servais, Catherine; Close, Mireille et al

Poster (2017, May 19)

L’alexithymie (i.e., incapacité à exprimer ses émotions par des mots) serait-elle sensible aux traitements psychothérapeutiques dispensés en Hôpital de Jour (HPJ) ? Quelles en seraient les variables ... [more ▼]

L’alexithymie (i.e., incapacité à exprimer ses émotions par des mots) serait-elle sensible aux traitements psychothérapeutiques dispensés en Hôpital de Jour (HPJ) ? Quelles en seraient les variables prédictives ? Notre recherche a porté sur 73 participants sélectionnés en HPJ et présentant des troubles de l’humeur. En comparant les scores d’entrée et de sortie, des réductions significatives ont été observées sur tous les aspects d’alexithymie. De plus, certaines variables impactant significativement sur l’alexithymie ont été mises en avant : variables démographiques (i.e., genre ; âge ; durée de séjour) ; médication ; variables du MMPI-2 ; support social perçu (PSS). Il apparait que le PSS ainsi que cinq variables mesurées par le MMPI-2 (e.g., les pratiques antisociales ou les attitudes négatives face au traitement) tendaient à réduire ou augmenter les niveaux d’alexithymie. Dès lors, ces résultats tendent à favoriser une conception plus flexible des traits de personnalité, à mettre en évidence le rôle fondamental de la régulation exogène des émotions et à fournir aux thérapeutes les variables à prendre en considération pour optimiser la prise en charge de l’alexithymie. [less ▲]

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

Poster (2017, May 19)

Recollection refers to recall of details about past events, and familiarity is a feeling of oldness. In this study, we tested how recollection and familiarity are affected in patients with memory ... [more ▼]

Recollection refers to recall of details about past events, and familiarity is a feeling of oldness. In this study, we tested how recollection and familiarity are affected in patients with memory complaints compared to normal aging. We recruited 23 healthy older participants, 9 patients with subjective memory impairment (SCI) and 23 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Participants performed one 2-alternative forced-choice and one Yes-No recognition memory task including pictures and words, followed by a short neuropsychological evaluation. Fifteen healthy participants and 23 patients (9 SCI and 14 MCI) took part in a neuropsychological follow-up after a mean delay of 21 months. At inclusion, MCI patients had poorer performance in recognition than the other groups, which did not differ. MCI patients had worse performance regarding familiarity and recollection indexes compared to healthy controls and SCI, who exhibit similar performance. There was no interaction between groups and format or material. During the follow-up evaluation, five MCI returned to a normal level of efficiency and were considered as SCI. Based on the French adaptation of the free and cued selective reminding test (RLRI-16), we calculated cognitive decline curves in our patients. We observed that recollection and familiarity indexes were explained by the decline curves calculated on the number of freely recalled items. So, recollection and familiarity were used less efficiently in MCI than SCI although both groups complained about their memory. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian speleothem records Holocene cold events?
Allan, Mohammed ULg; Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 12)

Speleothem is now regarded as valuable archive of climatic conditions on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy recorders such as lake sediments and ... [more ▼]

Speleothem is now regarded as valuable archive of climatic conditions on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy recorders such as lake sediments and peat cores. High spatial resolution measurements of Mg, Al, Sr, Ba were realized by using laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry in the Belgian Pere Noel cave. A stalagmite from the Pere Noel (PN) cave representing 12000 years dated by U/Th method. Trace element variations in speleothem are a reflection of hydrochemical conditions. These changes were interpreted as indications of changes in climate in the Han-sur-Lesse region. The similar patterns found in δ 18O, δ 13C and chemical composition along the Pere Noel stalagmite suggests that trace elements in speleothems have the potential to provide high resolution insights into palaeoclimatic variability during the Holocene. A deeper analysis reveals several periods of significant rapid climate change during the Holocene (at 10.7-9.2 ka, 8.2-7.9 ka, 7.2-6.2 ka, 4.8-4.5 ka, and 3-2.4 ka BP), which are similar to the cold events detected from different natural paleoclimate archivers. A comparison between the geochemical analysis of Père Noël speleothem and solar activity (sunspot number) reveals a significant correlation. Spectral analysis methods reveal common solar periodicities (Gleissberg cycle, de Vries cycle, unnamed 500 year, Eddy cycles, and Hallstatt cycle). The geochemical analyses have the potential to prove that PN speleothem is sensitive to changes in solar activity on centennial and millennial timescales during the Holocene. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the regulation of the operon ftsW-psr-pbp5 in Enterococcus hirae
Raymackers, Alice ULg; Maréchal, Maxime; Verlaine, Olivier ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 11)

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See detailCrosstalk between VEGF and BMP9 pathway. Implications in HHT disease
Pollenus, Thomas ULg

Poster (2017, May 11)

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See detailMAGED2 function as cell cycle regulator after a genotoxic stress
Trussart, Charlotte ULg; Pirlot, Céline; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 11)

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See detailInnovative silage additives to reduce proteolysis in the silo
Herremans, Sophie ULg; Decruyenaere, Virginie; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 10)

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See detailLacustrine clay mineral assemblages as a proxy for land-use and climate changes over the last 4 kyr: The Amik Lake
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Allan, Mohammed ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 10)

Lake sediments are sensitive to landscape changes and most of these changes seem to be modulated by land-use (anthropogenic factors) coupled to palaeoenvironmental/palaeoclimatic changes. In its detrital ... [more ▼]

Lake sediments are sensitive to landscape changes and most of these changes seem to be modulated by land-use (anthropogenic factors) coupled to palaeoenvironmental/palaeoclimatic changes. In its detrital fraction, the lacustrine sediments record the history of soil erosion within its catchment via the inputs of clays and others detrital products. Within a Mediterranean context, the study investigates the upper sediments infilling the central part of the Amik basin in southern Turkey. This tectonic basin was occupied and exploited by modern human at least since 6000-7000 BC. We focus on the clay mineralogy (x-ray diffraction on oriented aggregates) and magnetic susceptibility measurements (Bartington) of the sedimentary record in the area over the last 4000 years, to assess environmental changes in relation with the different land uses and/or weathering during the successive Bronze, Iron, Roman, Islamic/Ottoman and Modern civilizations. The clay fraction of Amik Lake sediments comprises smectite, kaolinite, illite, chlorite and chlorite/smectite mixed layers that are the inherited clay phases. A relative change in abundance and crystallinity and chemistry of illite attests that environmental conditions evolved in the Amik Plain from the Bronze to Modern Age in relation with climates and/or land-use changes. The history of the Amik Lake reveals different soil erosion episode. The most intense erosion phase occurred during the Bronze/Iron Ages as indicated by the clay and magnetic susceptibility proxies. The Roman period was an exceptional period with soil erosion products arriving from the watershed, probably due the water channelization. A reduction of soil erosion occurred during the post Roman period until nowadays. Significant pedogenesis transformations are evidenced, especially during the Islamic/Ottoman periods suggesting intense chemical weathering conditions related to climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantifying coral colony morphology to assess their roles in ecosystem processes
Chen, Qi; Yang, Emma; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Colony morphology is among the best predictors of the scleractinian coral’s function in the reef ecosystem. However, morphological traits are categorical and to convert this information into a ... [more ▼]

Colony morphology is among the best predictors of the scleractinian coral’s function in the reef ecosystem. However, morphological traits are categorical and to convert this information into a quantitative value remains a real challenge to quantify the influence of this parameter on ecosystem processes. Recently, the ratio between colony mass and surface area (CMA) has been proposed to represent a suitable proxy of species morphologies and their growth. Hypothetically, CMA could be used to assess a broad range of biological, ecological, and evolutionary processes in coral reef ecosystem. Here, we propose to test CMA as a predictor of coral morphology and focus on the intraspecific variation of this parameter. We used historical coral collection from the Museum of Zoology (National Taiwan University) and our own specimens collected from contrasting environments to establish a database of coral models using a high-resolution David 3D scanner. From these models, we extracted surface area and volume of the coral colonies. Colony mass was measured on a Mark S Bel balance. CMA was compared for its power in predicting species morphology with other traits such as skeleton density. Eventually, we tested the use of CMA at an intraspecific level to detect plasticity in growth rate. Our 3D models are available online (http://www.dipintothereef.com/corals.html) and constitute a valuable resource for estimating the roles of corals in the ecosystem. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of cross-linked poly(HEMA) microparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide for sustained delivery
Caprasse, Jérémie ULg; Parilti, Rahmet ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Microgels are micro-sized polymer networks able to swell or shrink depending on the environment. They find applications in many fields such as for environmental purpose or especially in the biomedical ... [more ▼]

Microgels are micro-sized polymer networks able to swell or shrink depending on the environment. They find applications in many fields such as for environmental purpose or especially in the biomedical field for tissue engineering or controlled drug-delivery applications. Indeed, the use of microgels allows a controlled and sustained release of an encapsulated active ingredient (AI), avoiding Burst release. This work aims at reporting on the solvent-free synthesis of well-defined hydrogel microparticles according to a free radical dispersion polymerization of hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) which confers environmentally benign features to the process2. For that purpose, a dedicated polymer surfactant has been designed by RAFT polymerization, i.e. poly(ethylene oxide-b-heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate) diblock copolymer with a photocleavable group at the junction of both blocks and used as stabilizer for the HEMA dispersion polymerization in scCO2. The synthesis conditions (stabilizer concentration, temperature and CO2 pressure,…) adapted for the in situ encapsulation of an active ingredient have been studied. Then, the photocleavage of the fluorinated block of the polymer stabilizer allows the further swelling of the polyHEMA particles in water and the sustained release of the encapsulated active ingredient through the microgels. This eco-friendly process allowing the formation of well-defined hydrogel particles, showing a sustain release of their content is quite promising for a high scale microparticles production. Microgels are micro-sized polymer networks able to swell or shrink depending on the environment. They find applications in many fields such as for environmental purpose or especially in the biomedical field for tissue engineering or controlled drug-delivery applications. Indeed, the use of microgels allows a controlled and sustained release of an encapsulated active ingredient (AI), avoiding Burst release. [less ▲]

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See detailPhoto-crosslinkable hydrogel for guided periodontal tissue regeneration
Chichiricco, Pauline Marie ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease resulting from the presence of oral bacteria biofilm in periodontal tissue, which destroys the tooth-supporting attachment apparatus. Untreated inflammation can ... [more ▼]

Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease resulting from the presence of oral bacteria biofilm in periodontal tissue, which destroys the tooth-supporting attachment apparatus. Untreated inflammation can spread to the gum tissue and lead, ultimately, to the loosening of the supporting tooth bone, with the risk that the tooth eventually falls. Guided Tissue Regeneration is a technique based on the application of a barrier membrane designed to prevent colonization of the wound space by epithelial cells from soft tissues. Indeed, these cells, characterized by a faster migration and proliferation rate compared to bone and periodontal ligament cells, could interfere with the regeneration process. In previously work Struillou et al. demonstrated the benefit effect of silated hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (Si HMPC)-based hydrogel can act as an efficient physical barrier in periodontal defect. Typically, this material is able to form a 3D network through the condensation of silanoate groups at physiological pH. However, a decrease of gelation time is necessary to assure the stability in peripheral part of the wound. In this project, we developed an injectable photo-crosslinkable membrane based on methacrylated carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCs) and Si HPMC that can be applied as a viscous solution and cured in situ in presence of a photoinitiator system made of riboflavin and triethanolamine. A visible light lamp (λ 420-480 nm), already used in dentistry, was preferred over a UV lamp. The addition of methacrylated polymer increase the stability of the material and increase the mass loss, in order to improve the bioresorption of the membrane. The chemical grafting of methacrylated carboxymethyl chitosan was characterized by 1H NMR and Infrared Spectroscopy. The gel point of the solution was determined by rheology and remained compatible with a clinical application. Moreover, the biocompatibility of this biomaterials was tested using murine cells using two assay: Neutral Red assay and MTT Cell Proliferation Assay. The in vitro tests validate the chemical synthesis in a biological point of view. The irradiation on cells and the direct contact with hydrogel doesn’t have an impact on cells viability. The capability of this material to act as a physical barrier was also evaluated using human gingival fibroblast. The cells were isolated from human gum explant before being put in contact with the hydrogel. After four days of contact no cells invasion was observed in the hydrogel using confocal microscopy. These preliminary results are quite promising for the development of novel injectable systems for Guided Periodontal Regeneration. In the future work, in vivo assays will be performed in Periodontal defect in a canine model. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of polyphosphoester coplymers as scaffolds for tissue engineering applications
Shah, Urmil ULg; Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Poster (2017, May 04)

Polymers with repeating phosphoester linkages in the backbone are biodegradable and emerged as a promising class of novel biomaterials. In contrast to polyesters, the pentavalency of the phosphorus atom ... [more ▼]

Polymers with repeating phosphoester linkages in the backbone are biodegradable and emerged as a promising class of novel biomaterials. In contrast to polyesters, the pentavalency of the phosphorus atom offers a large diversity of structures and as a consequence a wide range of properties for these materials. This study aims at taking profit of this easy functionalization to synthesize a series of degradable polymers of precisely tailored properties especially elasticity, hydrophilicity and functionality. We aim at developing a set of degradable materials in which only elasticity is varied keeping unchanged other parameters such as hydrophilicity, which remains quite a challenge. For that purpose, we have synthesized by organocatalyzed ring-opening polymerization,random di- and terpolymers between various cyclic phosphoesters bearing a short side-chain (hydrophilic), a longer side-chain (hydrophobic) and an unsaturated side-chain (butenyl)able to cross-link under UV irradiation. Playing on the composition of these copolymers, the cross-linking density and the hydrophilicity can be tuned quite independently. In the future, these materials will be used as model scaffolds to study the growth and differentiation of stem cells. [less ▲]

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See detailAll poly(ionic) liquid-based block copolymers incorporating fluorinated and triethyleneglycol units: direct synthesis in water and investigation as single-ion conductive solids
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Cordella, Daniela; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) have attracted a considerable attention as innovative single-ion solid polyelectrolytes (SPEs) in substitution to the more conventional electrolytes for a variety of ... [more ▼]

Poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) have attracted a considerable attention as innovative single-ion solid polyelectrolytes (SPEs) in substitution to the more conventional electrolytes for a variety of electrochemical devices. Imidazolium-based PILs are amongst the most investigated, because they are easy to synthesize and some of them have shown a good combination between high ionic conductivity, wide chemical and electrochemical stability, and good mechanical properties. Herein, we report the precise synthesis, characterization, and use as single-ion SPE of a novel double PIL-based amphiphilic diblock copolymer (BCP), i.e. where all monomer units are of N-vinyl-imidazolium-type, with triethylene glycol pendant groups in the first block, and a statistical distribution of N-vinyl-3-ethyl- and N-vinyl-3-perfluorooctyl-imidazolium bromides in the second block. BCP synthesis is achieved directly in water by a one-pot process, following the principle of the cobalt-mediated radical polymerization-induced self-assembly (CMR-PISA). A subsequent anion exchange reaction substituting bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Tf2N-) for bromide (Br-) counter-anions leads to the targeted PIL BCPs with two different lengths of the first block. They demonstrate ionic conductivity σDC = 1-3 10-7 S cm-1, as determined by broadband dielectric spectroscopy at 30 °C (under anhydrous conditions), and form free standing films with mechanical properties suited for SPE applications with Young’s modulus of 3.8 MPa and elongation at break of 250 % as determined by stress/strain experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailReinforced poly(hydroxyurethane) coatings and high performance adhesive
Panchireddy, Satyannarayana ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Polyurethane (PU) is one of the most widely used polymeric materials and largely valorised in coating applications as paints or as adhesives. Because toxicity issues of isocyanates and changes in the ... [more ▼]

Polyurethane (PU) is one of the most widely used polymeric materials and largely valorised in coating applications as paints or as adhesives. Because toxicity issues of isocyanates and changes in the environmental and REACH regulations, there is a need today to develop new greener and safer alternatives to produce PU. One of the most promising way relies on the synthesis of polyurethane by a non-isocyanate route (NIPU) by copolymerization between a bicyclic carbonate monomers and a diamine. This study reports on the synthesis of new sustainable NIPU coatings for Al anti-corrosion protection and for metal adhesion. In a first step, (bio- and) CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates will be synthesized by coupling of multifunctional epoxides with CO2 using a new efficient bicomponent organocatalyst. In a second step, various cyclic carbonates/amines formulations were developed and cured in presence of fillers to produce reinforced NIPUs thermosets which anti-corrosion and adhesive properties are evaluated and benchmarked with existing formulations. Some formulations present outstanding adhesions to various substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to exploit bio- and CO2-based isocyanates-free polyurethanes for environmental and biomedical applications?
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Alves, Margot et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Polyurethane (PU) is one of the most important family of polymers that is largely used in coatings, foams, elastomers, sealants/adhesives in the building, automotive, household and biomedical sectors ... [more ▼]

Polyurethane (PU) is one of the most important family of polymers that is largely used in coatings, foams, elastomers, sealants/adhesives in the building, automotive, household and biomedical sectors. Classically, PU is produced by a step-growth polymerization between di- or polyols and di- or polyisocyanates. However, isocyanates are toxic and produced from even more toxic phosgene. To avoid the use of isocyanates, different synthetic alternatives for PUs have been developed. One of the most studied approaches relies on the step-growth polymerization between di- or polyamines and CO2-sourced di- or polycyclic carbonates, affording poly(β-hydroxyurethane)s (PHUs) that showed improved thermal, chemical and mechanical properties compared to conventional PUs. In this study, we would like to show how PHUs can be exploited to design (bio- and) CO2-based foams for thermal insulation as well as novel reinforced hydrogels for potential biomedical applications. First, we developed a highly efficient binary organocatalyst for the fast and selective synthesis of cyclic carbonates under very mild conditions from CO2 and various epoxides, including bio-based ones. Secondly, these cyclic carbonates were valorised as monomers for the preparation of foams and hydrogels based on PHUs. In this poster, we will describe the preparation and characterization of these PHU foams and hydrogels, and highlight their huge potential as thermal insulating materials (PHU foams) or as biomaterials for shock absorption properties (PHU hydrogels). [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of hierarchical N-doped porous carbon structure/nanospheres Fe2O3 composites and its application in lithium-ion battery as lithium-ion anodes
Alkarmo, Walid ULg; Ouhib, Farid ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Nitrogen-doped porous carbons are of special interest, because their unique physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, and ... [more ▼]

Nitrogen-doped porous carbons are of special interest, because their unique physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, and are thus very important for applications in the fields of catalysis, environment techniques and energy generation and storage. Moreover, nitrogen-doping can be further amplified in a porous structure that bears a high surface area to increases their materials performance in electrochemical devices, such as double layer capacitors and lithium-ion batteries. In addition, nitrogen-doping can enhance the lithium insertion, between the nitrogen-doped carbon material and lithium. And it can create a large number of defects in the porous configuration and offer more active sites for lithium insertion. Toward this goal, a hierarchically structured macro- and mesoporous N-doped carbon with dispersed Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NDC@Fe2O3) is prepared by thermal treatment of a novel composite composed by PMMA particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO), PPy and iron salts. The NDC@Fe2O3 composite exhibited high surface area with a hierarchical pores structure. Integrated as a lithium ion battery anode, NDC@Fe2O3 exhibited high reversible capacity of 930 mA h/g over 200 cycles. The combination of Fe2O3 nanoparticles with nitrogen-doped porous carbons to form hybrid anode has been an efficient way to maintain the electronic integrity of the whole electrode since the carbon acts as a buffer layer to accommodate the volume variation and to provide multidimensional electron transport pathways during the charge/discharge process. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of well-defined polyvinylamine-containing copolymers via organometallic-mediated radical polymerization
Stiernet, Pierre ULg; Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Polyvinylamine (PVAm) is a useful polymer involved in a large range of applications including paper coating, surface engineering, membrane separation, etc. It is commonly produced via free radical ... [more ▼]

Polyvinylamine (PVAm) is a useful polymer involved in a large range of applications including paper coating, surface engineering, membrane separation, etc. It is commonly produced via free radical polymerization of N-vinylformamide (NVF) or N-vinylacetamide (NVA) followed by hydrolysis of the pendent amides of the resulting polymers. Due to the lack of stabilizing group on the double bond of N-vinylamides, the controlled radical polymerization of these monomers remained a challenge for a long time, preventing the preparation of well-defined PVAms. Recently, our group reported the controlled polymerization of NVA via reversible deactivation of the growing radical chains with cobalt complexes. Moreover, the use of well-defined PVAms as efficient carriers for gene transfection was demonstrated. This communication aims at reporting the synthesis of novel well-defined polyvinylamine-based copolymers. First, we explored the organometallic-mediated radical copolymerization of NVA and vinyl acetate. The optimized polymerization conditions and the comonomer reactivity ratios will be presented. Further conversion of the pendent amides and esters moieties into amino and hydroxy groups, respectively, was also considered for the preparation of unprecedented hydrophilic polyvinylamine-based copolymers. [less ▲]

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See detailThiol-ene reaction: an efficient tool to design polyphosphoester-based drug delivery systems
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie; Ergül, Zeynep ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Thanks to their biocompatibility, biodegradability and their structure similar to natural biomacromolecules, polyphosphoesters (PPE) are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their biocompatibility, biodegradability and their structure similar to natural biomacromolecules, polyphosphoesters (PPE) are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to polyesters, PPE properties and functionality are easily tuned via the chemical nature of the lateral chains. To enhance the drug loading capacity of PPE-based micelles used as carriers for the delivery of poorly soluble drugs, an efficient strategy to increase the lipophilicity of the PPE block of polyethylene oxide (PEO)-b-PPE amphiphilic copolymers has been investigated. A PEO-b-PPE copolymer bearing pendant vinyl groups along the PPE block was synthesized and then modified by thiol-ene click reaction with thiols bearing either a long linear alkyl chain (dodecyl) or a tocopherol moiety. Ketoconazole was used as model for hydrophobic drugs. Comparison of the loading contents and release profiles with PEO-b-PPE bearing shorter pendant groups is presented evidencing the key role of the structure of the pendant group on the PPE backbone. Finally, the low cytotoxicity of these novel PEO-b-PPE copolymers was also demonstrated. The tocopherol derivative was evidenced as particularly promising for drug delivery systems. [less ▲]

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See detailSAFIR: a software for modeling structures in fire
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg

Poster (2017, May 02)

SAFIR is a computer program developed at University of Liege to model the behavior of building structures subjected to fire.

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See detailHybrid Fire Testing: A new approach for fire labs
Sauca, Ana ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Mergny, Elke ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 02)

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See detailEcomorphology of the axial skeleton in Odontocetes and Mysticetes
Gillet, Amandine ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg

Poster (2017, May)

Ecomorphology concerns the study of the relationships between functional design and the environmental constraints acting on organisms. It aims to understand how the morphological variations among species ... [more ▼]

Ecomorphology concerns the study of the relationships between functional design and the environmental constraints acting on organisms. It aims to understand how the morphological variations among species can be related to environmental factors and impact fitness. Having a large diversity both in their morphology and ecology, the cetacean taxa appears to be the ideal taxa to tackle the relationships between the locomotor system and way of life. Different studies have already showed that the number and shape of vertebrae in different cetaceans can reflect the stiffness of the body and consequently can impact their swimming mode. The aim of this study is to establish relationships between characteristics of the vertebral column of different cetaceans and their ecology. Meristic and morphometric data were collected on the vertebrae (centrum lengths, heights and widths, neural spine heights and transverse processes lengths) of species of odontocetes housed in different Natural History Museums in the world (AM-ULg, RBINS, MNHN, SMNS, NRM, Queensland, PEM, Iziko). Preliminary results show clear morphological variations between species at the level of the number and sizes of vertebrae. There is a clear relationship between body size and number of vertebrae except in Delphinidae. This family has an important higher vertebral count. These differences should be related to different swimming modes and reflect the different ecological behaviours of the studied cetaceans. [less ▲]

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See detailL’hospitalisation sous contrainte : Urgences psychiatriques et mises en observation.
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Evrard, Maude; Valassopoulou, Eftychia et al

Poster (2017, May)

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See detailSalmonella thyphimirium early onset neonatal sepsis
Thirion, Sophie ULg; RIGO, Vincent ULg; Snyers, Diane ULg et al

Poster (2017, May)

Background: Early onset neonatal sepsis due to salmonella spp is rare in developed countries. Vertical and horizontal transmissions were described, including faecal contamination of the birth canal. After ... [more ▼]

Background: Early onset neonatal sepsis due to salmonella spp is rare in developed countries. Vertical and horizontal transmissions were described, including faecal contamination of the birth canal. After a short incubation period, newborns may remain asymptomatic or present with sepsis or meningitis. Mortality rate as high as 58% were reported. Case Presentation Summary: We report a case of transplacental Salmonella Typhimurium infection in a premature infant. A mother with a one day history of fever and diarrhoea spontaneously delivered a premature boy at 35 weeks of gestation. On day 3, the infant presented with symptoms suggesting necrotizing enterocolitis: apnea, respiratory distress, feeding intolerance, bloody diarrhea and fever. Feeding were suspended and intravenous antibiotic therapy (ampicillin, amikacine and metronidazole) initiated. Laboratory data showed an inflammatory syndrome with elevated C-reactive proteine (71 mg/l), leukocytopenia (7270/mm3) and severe lymphopenia (580/mm3). Enterocolitis stage 1 (Bell classification) was diagnosed based on clinical and radiological evaluation. Salmonella spp were grown from the baby’s blood and stools and from the mother’s stools; the National Reference Center identified a Salmonella Typhimurium. Cerebrospinal fluid culture remained sterile. Clinical and biological evolutions were rapidly favourable with 14-days of cefotaxim IV. Maternal history revealed consumption of raw meat 3 days before delivery.Learning Points/Discussion: Salmonella spp should be considered in the differential diagnosis of early onset sepsis, particularly when mother presents gastrointestinal symptoms. Food safety education is crucial. The consumption of raw or uncooked meat during pregnancy should be avoided regardless toxoplasmosis immunization status. To avoid outbreaks in the neonatal ward (as reported in the literature), rapid detection and prompt institution of isolation and clustering measures are important. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Young Adolescents’ Self-Esteem Predicted by Peer Acceptance? A Gender Perspective
Gaudet, Olivier; Vollet, Justin; Véronneau, Marie-Hélène et al

Poster (2017, May)

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See detailL'enseignement-apprentissage du français dans le qualifiant : regards croisés
Scheepers, Caroline ULg; Outers, Pierre ULg; Werner, Anne-Catherine ULg

Poster (2017, April 29)

La présentation donne à voir les résultats partiels d'une recherche exploratoire qui a consisté à questionner les élèves et les professeurs de l'enseignement secondaire de transition et du qualifiant à ... [more ▼]

La présentation donne à voir les résultats partiels d'une recherche exploratoire qui a consisté à questionner les élèves et les professeurs de l'enseignement secondaire de transition et du qualifiant à propos de leurs représentations relatives à l'enseignement-apprentissage du français dans le qualifiant. Pour l'heure, nous disposons des réponses apportées par 30 enseignants et par 450 élèves. A terme, cinquante enseignants et 1000 élèves sont concernés. [less ▲]

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See detailN2O eddy covariance fluxes : from field measurements to flux analysis
Lognoul, Margaux ULg; Debacq, Alain ULg; Heinesch, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 28)

N2O eddy covariance data were collected for a complete season of sugar beet crop (from first fertilization to harvest). Data treatment and preliminary results are presented.

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See detailImportin-8 could cause CAE/JME by delaying early neuroblast migration
Nganou, Gerry ULg; Tanaka, Miyabi; Coumans, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

Abstract : Childhood Absence Evolving to Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (CAE/JME) is an uncommon form of genetic generalized epilepsy that appears as absence in childhood and evolves into generalized ... [more ▼]

Abstract : Childhood Absence Evolving to Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (CAE/JME) is an uncommon form of genetic generalized epilepsy that appears as absence in childhood and evolves into generalized tonic–clonic seizures with myoclonic jerks during adolescence. In some family of patients affected by CAE/JME, mutations have been observed in the gene encoding for the transport protein importin-8 (IPO8). IPO8 could be at the origin of CAE/JME via its role in the transport of its targets (like Ago-2, Smad4, c-Jun). RT-qPCR has shown that IPO8 mRNA is expressed at all ages with no big difference in expression level. Using ISH, a clear expression of mIPO8 mRNA was observed in the sub-ventricular/ventricular zone (SVZ/VZ), the cortical plate (CP) and the ganglionic eminences (GE) of developing brain at E14. Both SVZ/VZ and GE are the “neurogenic niches” that generate glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons respectively. The implication of IPO8 in the generation of “glutamatergic neurons” was investigated by In Utero electroporation (IUE) and MGE Electroporation. Using shRNA, we observed that after 3 days, “glutamatergic neuroblasts” do not reach the CP in contrast to the control condition. This effect can be rescued by the co-expression of a form of IPO8 that is resistant to the shRNA. When overexpressing the pathological forms of hIPO8, but not a variant, migration of “glutamatergic neuroblasts” was also impaired. However, when the observation is made later, i.e. at P5, we observed that the neuroblasts finally reach their correct layer in the cortex, suggesting IPO8 only delayed but not blocked migration. Moreover, shRNA against IPO8 mRNA lead to alteration of interneurons (GABAergic neurons) migration same to overexpression of one mutated form of IPO8. Conclusion : IPO8 is expressed in mouse brain during development. It shows a clear expression during embryogenesis in the “neurogenic niches”. Moreover, IPO8 modulates neuroblasts (radial and tangential) migration in the developing brain. So, abnormal brain development due to IPO8 mutations could be at the origin of CAE/JME. [less ▲]

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See detailHighlights from two years of remote sensing at Mars with MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph
Chaffin; Schneider; Deighan et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observes Mars in the far and mid ultraviolet (110-340 nm), investigating lower and upper atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observes Mars in the far and mid ultraviolet (110-340 nm), investigating lower and upper atmospheric structure and indirectly probing neutral atmospheric escape. After two Earth years in orbit (one Mars year), IUVS has assembled a large quantity of data and made many discoveries, some of which we report here. Among the key results obtained by IUVS are: (1) discovery of the widespread occurrence of a diffuse proton aurora, representing a newly discovered means of energy deposition into the atmospheres of unmagnetized planets; (2) continued investigation of time-variability in H and O escape, which have dessicated the planet over its history; and (3) synoptic characterization of thermospheric variability and response to solar input. We will present an overview of these results and a discussion of their implications for the state of the atmosphere and its evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailProfil d'acides gras et acides aminés essentiels de la vainde ovine de la race Beni-Guil conduite en élevage semi-extensif dans l'est du Maroc
Belhaj, Kamal; Mansouri, Farid; Sindic, Marianne ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

Les viandes sont commercialisées sous forme de muscles prêts à découper ou de portions « pièces »prêtes à cuire. La couleur de la viande est le premier paramètre de qualité perçue par le consommateur ... [more ▼]

Les viandes sont commercialisées sous forme de muscles prêts à découper ou de portions « pièces »prêtes à cuire. La couleur de la viande est le premier paramètre de qualité perçue par le consommateur, ensuite les paramètres de qualité organoleptiques, hygiénique et nutritionnelle deviennent déterminants et le guide dans son choix. La viande ovine de la race Béni-Guil, qui bénéficie de l’Indication géographique protégée est réputée pour sa qualité gustative et nutritionnelle mais uniquement sur la base de tests hédonique. De ce fait, vient cette étude sur l’analyse de la couleur et des profils lipidiques et protéiques du muscle long dorsal (LDM), un muscle de référence et morceau de viande apprécié par le consommateur. L’analyse de la couleur a montré que LDM de la race béni-guil a une couleur rouge vif très recherché par le consommateur avec un indice de rouge de 14,74. Les résultats d’analyse par GC-FID a permis l’identification de 27 d’acide gras (AG). Comme il a été signalé dans d’autres études (1,2). On observe, qu’un apport de suppléments alimentaires à base d’orge et de son en période critique (sécheresse, ou période de soudure), engendrerait des variations assez importantes par rapport à une conduite au pâturage. En effet, au niveau du profil lipidique le taux d’AG saturés augmente de 40% à 49% au dépend du taux d’AG insaturés qui chute de 60 à 51%. Pour les AG majoritaires, les plus importantes variations ont été enregistrées pour la teneur en acide oléique (C18:1n9) qui chute de 38% à 35%, en faveur de l’acide palmitique (C16:0) qui augmente de 20 à 24%. L’analyse de la composition en acides aminés par HPLC a permis l’identification de 17 acides aminés dont 8 essentiels (His, Mét, Ile, Leu, Lys, Thr, Val, Phe). [less ▲]

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See detailCARACTERISATION BIOCHIMIQUE DES AMANDES DE QUELQUES VARIETES D’AMANDIER EN CULTURE DANS LA REGION ORIENTALE DU MAROC
Melhaoui, Reda; Houmy, Nadia; Ben Moumen, A et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

Le Plan Maroc Vert (PMV) accorde une grande importance à l’agriculture solidaire en faveur des zones agro écologiques fragiles. Dans ce cadre on assiste dans la région orientale du Maroc à l’extension des ... [more ▼]

Le Plan Maroc Vert (PMV) accorde une grande importance à l’agriculture solidaire en faveur des zones agro écologiques fragiles. Dans ce cadre on assiste dans la région orientale du Maroc à l’extension des plantations d’amandier, au dépend des cultures annuelles, jugées non rentable et étroitement lié à la pluviométrie. Ainsi le projet*PROFAO porte sur la plantation de 6000 ha de nouveaux vergers d’amandier, avec principalement les variétés Ferragnes et Ferraduel (F/F) en raison de leur floraison tardive en Mars, qui leur permet d’échapper aux effets néfastes des gelées de Janvier et Février. Dans un but de la diversité des cultures et de la sauvegarde de la biodiversité et également dans un but de valorisation en post récolte des amandes et produits dérivés. Cette étude porte sur la caractérisation de variété(s) locale(s), nommée «Amandier Beldi (Be)» à floraison précoce et qui semble être une variété population. La comparaison aux variétés F/F, porte sur des caractères botaniques et la période de floraison et surtout sur la composition chimique des amandes comme produits final de la récolte. A ce propos «Be» fleurissent dès le début février alors que pour F/F la floraison est pour Mars. Les analyses des huiles et tourteaux d’amandes des récoltes antécédentes, montent un rendement moyen en huile, de l’ordre de 50% pour «Be» et de 57% pour «F/F» avec des profils d’acide gras comparables. L’analyse des tourteaux ne montre pas de différences significatives ainsi on observe, pour« Be » des teneurs en protéines de 47% et en sucres de 14,2% et pour l’association F/F ces teneurs sont respectivement de 45% et 13% [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the evolution of the osteoarthritis pathology and the mechanical properties of cartilage in a spontaneous osteoarthritis model in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs.
Legrand, Catherine ULg; Centonze, Prescilia ULg; Comblain, Fanny ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan content, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes ... [more ▼]

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan content, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes. In parallel to these histological analyzes, we studied the mechanical properties of cartilage at different stages of disease progression in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs. We also correlated the severity of histological lesions with the mechanical properties of cartilage. [less ▲]

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See detailInterviews on Residential Building Stock Deep Renovation in Belgium
Ruellan, Guirec ULg

Poster (2017, April 26)

Belgium should increase the deep renovation rate of existing residential building stock at least to 3% a year to achieve the EU objectives of decreasing by 80% the Green House Gas Emissions before 2050 ... [more ▼]

Belgium should increase the deep renovation rate of existing residential building stock at least to 3% a year to achieve the EU objectives of decreasing by 80% the Green House Gas Emissions before 2050. Since the first thermal legislations (between 1985 and 2000, depending on the Region), efficiency and comfort of newly built houses have met higher standards. But the renovation rate of residential buildings remained stable in the last 20 years. Only 25000 renovation permits are issued each year, in which a small amount of them are highly energy efficient. Literature review has showed that drivers and barriers of deep renovation are many and varied, sometimes contradictory and often underestimated. Conducted interviews with experts who study different facet of renovation present some others viewpoints on this subject. According to their own specific experience, each interviewee thinks differently on possible solutions. The poster set out the interview analysis. Some points are very close to the literature review, such as the environmental and economic issues of the residential renovation, while other results are solely extracted based on the interviews’ results. Amongst others, the necessity to maintain and improve the existing building stock to new standards takes an important place. The regulation appears to be a good driver as much as a barrier, depending on the local legislations and buildings context particularly in Belgium where the diversity of the building stock is very important. Public policies seem to be the first tools to unlock the renovation rate even if the development of new financial model and the information of stakeholders are also highlighted. This analysis increases the comprehension of the renovation topic on a new level, including some adjacent ideas that lead to better understanding of the existing barriers and possible strategies to overtake them, so that to involve everyone in the renovation strategy definition to promote the most efficient one. [less ▲]

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See detailHow phosphorus limitation can control climatic gas sources and sinks
Gypens, N; Borges, Alberto ULg; Ghyoot, C

Poster (2017, April 25)

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See detailThaw pond dynamics and carbon emissions in a Siberian lowland tundra landscape
Van Huissteden, J.; Heijmans, M.M.P.D.; Dean, J. et al

Poster (2017, April 25)

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See detailDetermining fine population structure using iterative pruning
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Yazew, Fentaw Abegaz; Tongsima, Sissades et al

Poster (2017, April 25)

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See detailSalinity impact on seed yield, polyphenols composition and antioxidant activity of Fennel (Foeniculum vulgarae Mill) extracts
Bettaieb Rebey, Ines; Bourgou, S.; Msaada, K. et al

Poster (2017, April 24)

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See detailDose-dependent effect of Estetrol on Angiogenesis and Tumor Growth
Gallez, Anne ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Lenfant, Françoise et al

Poster (2017, April 24)

Hormone replacement therapies (HRT) based on estrogen preparations are the most powerful treatments to prevent menopause symptoms. However, they are associated to an increased risk of breast cancer and ... [more ▼]

Hormone replacement therapies (HRT) based on estrogen preparations are the most powerful treatments to prevent menopause symptoms. However, they are associated to an increased risk of breast cancer and they sustain the development of Estrogen Receptor α-positive tumors (ERα+). In addition, we have previously observed that estradiol (E2) can promote the growth of ERα-negative (ERα-) tumors, by increasing tumor angiogenesis that subsequently improves oxygen and nutrients delivery, thereby preventing hypoxia and necrosis. To identify new and safe drugs for the development of HRT presenting a better benefit/risk ratio, it is therefore necessary to evaluate the potential impact of new candidates on both ERα+ and ERα- tumors. In this context, estetrol (E4), a natural estrogen exclusively produced by the fetal liver, is a promising candidate. [less ▲]

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See detailClay minerals behaviour in thin sandy clay-rich lacustrine turbidites (Lake Hazar, Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lamair, Laura ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 23)

Turbidites have been extensively studied in many different areas using cores or outcrop, which represent only an integrated snapshot of a dynamic evolving flow. Laboratory experiments provide the missing ... [more ▼]

Turbidites have been extensively studied in many different areas using cores or outcrop, which represent only an integrated snapshot of a dynamic evolving flow. Laboratory experiments provide the missing relationships between the flow characteristics and their deposits. In particular, flume experiments emphasize that the presence of clay plays a key role in turbidity current dynamics. Clay fraction, in small amount, provides cohesive strength to sediment mixtures and can damp turbulence. However, the degree of flocculation is dependent on factors such as the amount and size of clay particles, the surface of clay particles, chemistry and pH conditions in which the clay particles are dispersed. The present study focuses on thin clayey sand turbidites found in Lake Hazar (Turkey) occurring in stacked thin beds. Depositional processes and sources have been previously studied and three types were deciphered, including laminar flows dominated by cohesion, transitional, and turbulence flow regimes (Hage et al., in revision). For the purpose of determine the clay behavior in the three flow regimes, clay mineralogical, geochemical measurements on the cores allow characterising the turbidites. SEM observations provide further information regarding the morphology of clay minerals and other clasts. The study is particularly relevant given the highly alkaline and saline water of the Hazar Lake. Clay minerals in Hazar Lake sediments include kaolinite (1:1-type), illite and chlorite (2:1-type). Hazar lake water is alkaline having pH around 9.3, in such alkaline environment, a cation-exchange reaction takes place. Furthermore, in saline water (16‰), salts can act as a shield and decrease the repulsive forces between clay particle surfaces. So, pH and salt content jointly impact the behaviour of clays differently. Since the Al-faces of clay structures have a negative charge in basic solutions. At high pH, all kaolinite surfaces become negative-charged, and then kaolinite particles are dispersed, and the suspension is stabilized supported by our SEM observations. In alkaline water, kaolinite reveals a lower degree of consolidation. While, alkaline water has no measurable effect on illite and chlorite surface properties due to the absence of modifications in charge. Illite and chlorite form with other clasts clusters or aggregate structures in suspension when the particle interactions are dominated by attractive energies were formed. The aggregate structure plays a major part in the flow behavior of clay suspensions. Flocs will immobilize the suspending medium, and give rise to increasing viscosity and yield strength of the suspension. [less ▲]

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See detailMises en observation au départ d’un service d’urgences psychiatriques : Procédure, population et orientation.
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Evrard, Maude; Valassopoulou, Eftychia et al

Poster (2017, April 20)

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See detailEvaluation des traits psychopathiques dans une population de sujets schizophrènes : Les limites de la PCL-R
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Matteucci, Marie; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, April 19)

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués ... [more ▼]

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués schizophrènes. Notre hypothèse principale est que plusieurs items de l’échelle peuvent être côtés avec le même score et pourtant exprimer une manière d’être et d’agir différente si le sujet est réellement psychopathe ou s’il est schizophrène. Afin d’éprouver notre hypothèse, nous avons sélectionné sept patients présentant soit une schizophrénie, soit une personnalité psychopathiques, soit considérés comme potentiels « héboïdophrènes » (schizophrénie pseudo-psychopathique) à qui nous avons administré la PCL-R. À partir d’analyses qualitatives, nous avons ensuite établi une liste d’items de la PCL-R sensibles à la psychose. Nous observons que 45% des items se révèlent positivement ou négativement influencés par la psychose au-delà de tout trait psychopathique. Sémiologiquement, c’est la présence de la dynamique paranoïde de la schizophrénie qui influence principalement les scores attribués aux items de la PCL-R. Cette recherche suggère des hypothèses concernant l’interaction psychose-psychopathie et son rapport avec des actes de violence. La conclusion de l’étude est que la PCL-R connait des limitations importantes en ce qui concerne son application à une population de sujets schizophrènes. [less ▲]

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See detailTraits psychopathiques dans une population infra-clinique et traitement émotionnel
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Bral, Laura; Dehon, Hedwige ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 19)

L’intérêt pour la psychopathie infra-clinique n’est pas neuf. Toutefois, les études sur le sujet sont encore peu nombreuses. Notre recherche a consisté à mettre à l’épreuve deux hypothèses. La première ... [more ▼]

L’intérêt pour la psychopathie infra-clinique n’est pas neuf. Toutefois, les études sur le sujet sont encore peu nombreuses. Notre recherche a consisté à mettre à l’épreuve deux hypothèses. La première, concerne la présence de « traits psychopathiques » dans la population tout-venant et la seconde tend à évaluer dans quelle mesure la présence de ces traits influence le traitement émotionnel. Pour tester ces hypothèses, nous avons créé une version « online » du SRP-III (Self Report Psychopathy). Aux soixante-quatre items initialement présents dans cette échelle nous avons ajouté dix-sept items afin d’être en mesure d’également coter la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised). Deux groupes de chacun treize participants ont été créés sur base de leur score au SRP-III (un groupe « faibles caractéristiques psychopathique » et un groupe « fortes caractéristiques psychopathiques »). La seconde partie de l’étude consistait en une entrevue durant laquelle nous avons procédé à des mises en situation d’induction émotionnelle. Pour mesurer l’influence de cette induction, trois tâches cognitives étaient administrées aux sujets des deux groupes. La première hypothèse s’est vue confirmée à travers la récolte des données du questionnaire en ligne. Quant à la seconde hypothèse, les résultats statistiques n’indiquent aucune différence significative entre les groupes en ce qui concerne leur score aux tâches cognitives. Il est donc suggéré que la présence de traits psychopathiques n’influence pas le traitement émotionnel. Cette recherche confirme la présence de la psychopathie dans la population tout-venant et semble infirmer, parmi cette population, l’hypothèse d’un déficit du traitement émotionnel. [less ▲]

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See detailDes complots partout? Epistémologie du discours conspirationniste
Debras, François ULg

Poster (2017, April 03)

Il n’existe pas d’un côté des « farfelus » qui voient des complots partout et de l’autre, des scientifiques rationnels qui considèrent que les complots sont des divagations. L’adhésion aux théories du ... [more ▼]

Il n’existe pas d’un côté des « farfelus » qui voient des complots partout et de l’autre, des scientifiques rationnels qui considèrent que les complots sont des divagations. L’adhésion aux théories du complot n’est pas un simple oui ou non. C’est un curseur qui indique que chacun se pose des questions et émet des doutes. De plus, l’histoire témoigne de l’existence de multiples complots bien réels que nous ne nions pas (incident de Mukden, incident du golf de Tonkin, affaire des couveuses au Koweit,…). Les théories du complot nous invitent à ne pas croire aveuglément tout ce que nous racontent les médias. Mais, à l’inverse, il ne faut pas non plus déceler des complots partout et analyser un monde « lu à l’envers » où tout ce qui est présenté comme vrai est faux et inversement. [less ▲]

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See detailExploitation et instrumentation des mémoires
Nossent, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2017, April 03)

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See detailSaisir les reconfigurations des pratiques d'engagement de "publics" en science et technologie
Macq, Hadrien ULg

Poster (2017, April 03)

La gouvernance des sciences et des technologies se trouve actuellement dans une situation de tension entre deux dynamiques : un agenda néo-libéral promouvant l’innovation technologique, d’une part, et un ... [more ▼]

La gouvernance des sciences et des technologies se trouve actuellement dans une situation de tension entre deux dynamiques : un agenda néo-libéral promouvant l’innovation technologique, d’une part, et un mouvement de démocratisation et d’expérimentation collective, d’autre part. Cette recherche vise à analyser les effets de cette tension sur les différentes pratiques d’engagement de « publics » promues par les autorités publiques. Elle poursuit dès lors une double ambition : caractériser les formes émergentes d’engagement de « publics » et les comparer aux précédentes afin de saisir ce que ce changement de pratiques implique pour la gouvernance des sciences et des technologies. [less ▲]

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See detailStable GPR101 over-Expressing Cell Lines As an Invaluable Tool for Functional Studies, Ligand Screening, and the Identification of Deregulated Genes/Pathways in Patients with X-Linked Acrogigantism
Trivellin, Giampaolo; Janjic, Maria; Larco, Darwin et al

Poster (2017, April 02)

Background: GPR101 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is duplicated in patients with X-linked acrogigantism (X-LAG) and over-expressed in their GH- and PRL-secreting tumors. GPR101 is a ... [more ▼]

Background: GPR101 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is duplicated in patients with X-linked acrogigantism (X-LAG) and over-expressed in their GH- and PRL-secreting tumors. GPR101 is a constitutively active GPCR that strongly activates the cAMP pathway. To elucidate the mechanisms through which GPR101 causes GH over-secretion we generated HEK293 and GH/PRL-secreting (GH3) cells with stable GPR101 expression. Methods: Both cell lines were created via direct integration of a human GPR101-coding sequence into their genome. In HEK293 cells this was achieved by transient transfection of a GPR101-expressing plasmid, while GH3 were transduced with GPR101 lentiviral particles. Cells were selected with appropriate antibiotics and the surviving clones expanded. GPR101 expression was quantified by RT-qPCR and immunofluorescence/western blotting. Cell proliferation (MTT assay), cAMP levels (125I-labeled cAMP tracer), and calcium signaling (FURA 2 AM) were determined. RNA was extracted from both cell lines and subjected to RNA-seq. Differential gene expression between control and GPR101-expressing cells and pathway analysis was carried out with the Stirplate and MetaCore softwares, respectively. De-regulated genes were validated by RT-qPCR. Results: High GPR101 expression was achieved in both cell lines and confirmed at the mRNA and protein level. GPR101-expressing cells proliferated at different rates from the respective controls: GPR101-HEK293 cells were slow-dividing, while GPR101-GH3 divided faster. cAMP production was enhanced in GPR101-GH3 and accompained by increased excitability of cells. Differential expression analysis in HEK293 cells revealed several up-regulated and few down-regulated genes. Among the genes with high expression, several were linked to the cAMP pathway: CGA, PCK1, LINC00473 and PDE3A. Enrichment analysis ranked cytoskeleton remodeling and cell cycle regulation (inhibition of G1/S transition) as the most relevant pathways. In GH3 cells most of the genes with a significantly different expression encoded for membrane-localized proteins, among which were ion channels (Trpm8, Kcnj1), GPCRs (Trhr), and calcium sensors (Syt4, Anxa1). Biological processes associated with these genes are: vesicle transport and fusion, cytoskeleton organization, and energy homeostasis. Conclusions: These results show that the intrinsic activity of GPR101 strongly stimulates cAMP production and this in turn facilitates voltage-gated calcium influx. Changes in cAMP/calcium signaling are accompanied with faster/slower cell division depending on the cell type. Accordingly, several genes associated with these and related pathways are differentially expressed. The establishment of these cell lines will be of paramount importance to validate putative GPR101 ligands and to conduct functional studies. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic flood modelling to support flood-proof urban design
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Mustafa, Ahmed; Aliaga, Daniel et al

Poster (2017, April)

Urban flood risk is influenced by many factors such as hydro-meteorological drivers, existing drainage systems as well as vulnerability of population and assets. The urban fabric itself has also a complex ... [more ▼]

Urban flood risk is influenced by many factors such as hydro-meteorological drivers, existing drainage systems as well as vulnerability of population and assets. The urban fabric itself has also a complex influence on inundation flows. In this research, we performed a systematic analysis on how various characteristics of urban patterns control inundation flow within the urban area and upstream of it. An urban generator tool was used to generate over 2,250 synthetic urban networks of 1 km². This tool is based on the procedural modelling presented by Parish and Müller (2001) which was adapted to generate a broader variety of urban networks. Nine input parameters were used to control the urban geometry. Three of them define the average length, orientation and curvature of the streets. Two orthogonal major roads, for which the width constitutes the fourth input parameter, work as constraints to generate the urban network. The width of secondary streets is given by the fifth input parameter. Each parcel generated by the street network based on a parcel mean area parameter can be either a park or a building parcel depending on the park ratio parameter. Three setback parameters constraint the exact location of the building whithin a building parcel. For each of synthetic urban network, detailed two-dimensional inundation maps were computed with a hydraulic model. The computational efficiency was enhanced by means of a porosity model. This enables the use of a coarser computational grid , while preserving information on the detailed geometry of the urban network (Sanders et al. 2008). These porosity parameters reflect not only the void fraction, which influences the storage capacity of the urban area, but also the influence of buildings on flow conveyance (dynamic effects). A sensitivity analysis was performed based on the inundation maps to highlight the respective impact of each input parameter characteristizing the urban networks. The findings of the study pinpoint which properties of urban networks have a major influence on urban inundation flow, enabling better informed flood-proof urban design. [less ▲]

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See detailTectonic, human and climate signal over the last 4000 years in the Lake Amik record (southern Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg et al

Poster (2017, April)

This study investigates the upper sediments infilling the central part of the Amik Basin in Southern Turkey. The Amik Basin is located in a tectonically active area: it is crossed by the Dead Sea Fault, a ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the upper sediments infilling the central part of the Amik Basin in Southern Turkey. The Amik Basin is located in a tectonically active area: it is crossed by the Dead Sea Fault, a major neotectonic structure in the Middle East extending from the Red Sea in the South to the East Anatolian Fault Zone in the North. Continuous human occupation is attested since 6000-7000 BC in the Amik Basin. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Lake Amik occupying the central part of the Basin. Our objective is to constrain major paleo-environmental changes over the last 4000 years. The lake has been drained and progressively dried up since the mid-50s. The absence of water column during the summer season allows to collect lacustrine samples along a 5 meter depth trench with a sampling resolution of 1 to 2 cm. Diverse complementary methods were applied to characterize the sedimentary record: i.e. magnetic susceptibility, grain size, organic and inorganic matter by loss-of-ignition, mineralogy by X-ray diffraction and core scanner X-ray fluorescence (XRF) geochemistry. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon datings. Structural disturbances observed in the lacustrine sediments record are linked with major historical earthquakes from the 6th to the 9th century AD due to the Hasipasa Fault rupture. In addition to the tectonic influence, the sedimentary record clearly shows two periods indicating strong soil erosion in the lake catchment: (1) the most recent erosion phase occurs over the Roman period to Present; (2) the oldest one would have occurred during the Late Bronze period. Such changes are most probably related to change in land use. In term of climate influences, the mineralogical and geochemical results allow to evidence variations in chemical weathering conditions in the watershed and lake water level fluctuations, respectively. The clay mineral assemblages attest for significant pedogenesis transformations, especially during the Islamic/Ottoman period. Based on XRF results, an increase in potassium is attributed to a lake development phase during a wet phase An overflow of the Orontes River would be responsible for clay deposition. By contrast, increased calcium and strontium rather correspond to a low lacustrine level and a drier period. The Bronze and Iron/Hellenistic periods are both characterized by low lake level with limited contribution from the watershed. To conclude, our multiproxy study of the Lake Amik allows to decipher between tectonic, human and climate influences over the last 4000 years. Further step would be to compare the Amik record with other regional archives to evidence local and regional events. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety behaviors: the moderating role of trust and support
Laurent, Julie ULg; Chmiel, Nik; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

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See detailWork environment and work-to-family conflict: Mediating role of work investment.
Babic, Audrey ULg; Stinglhamber, Florence; Barbier, Marie ULg et al

Poster (2017, April)

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See detailXenogeneic graft-versus-host disease : Impact of Th17 cells
Delens, Loïc ULg; SERVAIS, Sophie ULg; Vrancken, Louise ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 27)

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See detailAnosognosia for behavioral disorder is related to confidence for false self-related memories in Alzheimer’s disease
Mélon, Marlène; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 24)

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and ... [more ▼]

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and memory cognitive systems in AD, reducing cognitive advantages of self-related memories (i.e. decreasing self reference effect, SRE) in these patients. However, how anosognosia relates to impaired metacognitive monitoring in AD, particularly for self-related memories, is still an open question. To investigate this question, an ecological memory task based on face-name associations was administrated to 20 healthy older controls (HC) and 20 mild AD patients. The influence of self-reference at encoding was assessed on subsequent name recall and recollective experience, as well as on predictive (feeling-of-knowing, FOK) and postretrieval (judgments-of-confidence, JOC) metacognitive judgments on name recognition in all participants. Furthermore relationships between metacognitive outcomes and awareness of daily cognitive and behavioral impairment was examined in AD. Altered SRE was evidenced in name recall and recollective experience in AD. Patients also showed impaired FOK and JOC, as well as lower awareness of their daily functioning impairment (anosognosia). Nevertheless, differential effect of self on metacognitive judgment in AD and HC was only observed on JOC for false memories. Importantly, anosognosia for behavioral disorders was related to post-retrieval confidence for false recognition of self-related items in AD patients. Thus, anosognosia concerning behavioral disorder and altered post-retrieval monitoring of self-related memories appear to be related in AD. We hypothesized that impaired monitoring of personal false memories may lead AD patients to rely on distorted recent reality when providing judgment about their everyday behavioral functioning. [less ▲]

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

Poster (2017, March 24)

If familiarity is better preserved than recollection in aging and in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (Koen & Yonelinas, 2014), the experimental conditions promoting its use should be beneficial to ... [more ▼]

If familiarity is better preserved than recollection in aging and in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (Koen & Yonelinas, 2014), the experimental conditions promoting its use should be beneficial to these populations. One condition influencing the relative contribution of recollection and familiarity during recognition is the format of the test. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of test format on recollection and familiarity in normal aging and in MCI in two tasks where the level of performance is equalized. Seventy young participants, 70 younger-old (55-69 years old), 69 older-old (70-85 years old), and 13 MCIs were presented with forced-choice and yes/no visual recognition memory tasks with the Remember/Know/ Guess paradigm. Young participants had better recognition memory performance than younger-old, who performed better than older-old and MCIs. Recollection and familiarity declined progressively in healthy aging. In MCI, recollection was more affected than familiarity, but patients demonstrated a more liberal use of familiarity. Finally, test format did not influence strongly the results. Young people used recollection more often in the forced-choice task compared to the yes/no task. [less ▲]

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See detailDepression is a heterogeneous condition: A cluster-analysis approach
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

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The heterogeneity of depression (i.e., symptomatology profiles, treatment responsiveness) is more and more evidenced. From a clinical perspective, having a clearer overview of the symptoms’ heterogeneity ... [more ▼]

The heterogeneity of depression (i.e., symptomatology profiles, treatment responsiveness) is more and more evidenced. From a clinical perspective, having a clearer overview of the symptoms’ heterogeneity of depression will help (1) to deeper understand its underlined psychological processes and (2) to tailor clinical treatments (i.e., psychological interventions and/or antidepressant medications). In order to so, an effort to determine subtypes of depression has been developed through a cluster-analysis approach. Andreasen et al. (1980) identified three clusters of depressed patients based on the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia; Schacht et al. (2014) evidenced five clusters based on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (i.e., lack of insight, sleep/sexual/somatic, typical MDD, gastrointestinal/weight loss, mild MDD); Hybels et al. (2012) found three clusters of depressive patients based on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale in community seniors; and Guidi et al. (2011) found two clusters of depressives in medically ill patients based on the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (i.e., depressed somatizers, irritable/anxious depression). The current study aims at replicating and extending these previous findings in adults presenting depressive symptoms through a cluster-analysis approach. Unlike previous studies, the highlighting of the clusters will be based on the most frequently used assessment of depression, the Beck Depression Inventory-Second Edition (BDI-II). Further, the definition of the clusters will be based on the presence of the depressive symptoms rather than on their severity because symptoms’ severity on the BDI-II can be misrepresentative of the phenomenology of depressive symptoms’ clusters. A sample of 619 adults from community and mental healthcare centers has been recruited. Inclusion criteria were as follows: being a French-speaking adult aged between 18 and 60 years and presenting at least five symptoms on the BDI-II, irrespective of their severity. Data grouping was achieved through a combination of hierarchical (Ward’s method with squared Euclidian distance measurement) and nonhierarchical procedures (K-means cluster analysis), as recommended by recent theoretical trends. A six-cluster solution was evidenced: heavy sleepers (high levels of tiredness, loss of energy and increase of sleep), cognitive depressives (high levels of pessimism, past failures, guilty feelings, self-dislike and worthlessness), affective-somatic depressives (high levels of affective symptoms - loss of interest and pleasure - and somatic symptoms - increase of appetite and sleep, irritability), mild depressives (mild levels of all symptoms), sleepless depressives (high levels of decrease of sleep and tiredness), typical depressives (high levels of all symptoms). Results evidenced the heterogeneity of depressive symptoms, as six different clusters of depressive adults have been found. Two of the clusters identified in the current study are similar to two clusters identified by Schacht et al. (2014) (sleepless depressives are similar to the cluster “sleep/sexual/somatic” because their profile are highly characterized by symptoms related to insomnia and tiredness; mild depressives are similar to the cluster “mild MDD/symptoms” because their profile are characterized by low to average levels on all symptoms). The take-home message of this study is that depression is a heterogeneous condition. Consequently, it is necessary to consider this heterogeneity in order to tailor the psychological intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailRelating pessimistic memory predictions to Alzheimer’s disease brain structure
Genon, Sarah ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 23)

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory ... [more ▼]

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory retrieval and investigated the neural correlates of pessimistic predictions for successfully retrieved memories in AD patients. AD patients and healthy older participants provided predictive judgements on their recognition performance before retrieval of famous (semantic) and recently learned (episodic) names. Correlations between grey matter volume (GMV) in T1 images and behavioural scores were examined with multivariate (PLS) and univariate (GLM) analyses in AD patients. AD patients showed a significant proportion of successful name recognition preceded by pessimistic prediction (Prediction_low_hits) in episodic memory. PLS revealed that behavioural pattern in AD patients was related with a mainly right lateralized pattern of GMV decrease including medial temporal lobe and posterior cingulate cortex, but also right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC). GLM further confirmed that pessimistic prediction negatively correlated with GMV in VLPFC. Thus, impaired monitoring processes (possibly influenced by inaccurate beliefs) allowing inferences about one’s own memory performance are primarily related to decrease GMV in VLPFC in AD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailRecognition memory is associated with hippocampal volume in aging population: new evidence from brain imaging study
Narbutas, Justinas ULg; Blanpain, Manon ULg; Van Egroo, Maxime ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 23)

Introduction. The hippocampus is crucial for episodic memory, especially for recollection and pattern separation (i.e., the ability to store similar episodes as distinct memory traces). Episodic memory ... [more ▼]

Introduction. The hippocampus is crucial for episodic memory, especially for recollection and pattern separation (i.e., the ability to store similar episodes as distinct memory traces). Episodic memory declines with aging and this has been associated with hippocampal dysfunction. The main objective of our study was to explore how performance on a recognition memory task designed to assess pattern separation is associated with hippocampal volume in aging population. Methods. Fourteen healthy late middle-aged participants (52-69 years-old) were evaluated on a Mnemonic Similarity Task (MST). In this task, participants study pictures and then have to discriminate between targets, similar lures, and unrelated foil objects. Recognition memory (RM) is assessed as the difference between hits and false alarms to unrelated foils, while pattern separation Bias metric (BPS) is the difference between the rate of ‘‘Similar’’ responses given to the lure items minus ‘‘Similar’’ responses given to the foils. Hippocampal volume was calculated using ASHS software, which uses T1-weighted and T2-weighted MRI to obtain optimal segmentation of hippocampal subfields. Results. Correlation analysis of preliminary data revealed that RM was significantly positively associated with the volume of the left subiculum and left perirhinal area 35, while there were no significant correlations in the right hemisphere. BPS was positively correlated with the volume of right CA2 region, but negatively associated with the volume of right CA3 region, what is more contradictory according to the current literature. No significant link was found between BPS and the volume of hippocampal subfields in the left hemisphere. Conclusion. In a middle-aged population, better visual recognition memory is associated with larger volume of the left subiculum and perirhinal area 35, two regions supporting representation of objects [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the number of alternatives during a forced-choice recognition task on recollection and familiarity in normal aging
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

Poster (2017, March 23)

Forced-choice recognition tasks are often used to evaluate recognition memory. However, no study have specifically investigate the impact of the number of alternatives on memory performance. Here, we ... [more ▼]

Forced-choice recognition tasks are often used to evaluate recognition memory. However, no study have specifically investigate the impact of the number of alternatives on memory performance. Here, we wanted to determine, on the one hand, if the number of alternatives - two or three - and on the other hand if the degree of similarity between targets and foils have an impact on recognition strategies. Moreover, we investigated how aging interacted with these variables. We recruited 20 young and 20 older participants. During the reconnaissance task, they had to choose, among two or three photographs of faces, the one that was presented previously. Some couples of targets and foils were more similar than others (sharing 60% of common characteristics versus 40%). For each selected item, the participants had to explain what guided their choice via verbal reports. We observed similar performance between the groups for the two-alternative recognition memory task, while young participants had better performance than the older participants in the three-alternative task. Young participants used more often recollection when the similarity between targets and foils was higher, unlike older participants whose rate of recollection was not influenced by target-foil similarity. Both groups used more often familiarity in the two-alternative task, but older participants demonstrated a more liberal bias. Finally, our participants used more often elimination strategies when the similarity is low or when they had to select one item out of three. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic functionalisation of starch and amylose using plant oils: towards polymeric materials and composites
Scholten, Philip ULg; Söyler, Zafer; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 19)

Fossil fuels have been the main source of starting materials for the chemical industry over the last century. Especially synthetic polymers rely on this feedstock and are indispensible for mankind’s ... [more ▼]

Fossil fuels have been the main source of starting materials for the chemical industry over the last century. Especially synthetic polymers rely on this feedstock and are indispensible for mankind’s technological advances and status quo. However, a shift to renewable and sustainable resources is needed, as the end of the fossil fuel era is in sight. Biomass presents one possible alternative to fossil fuels, as it consists of a large pool of different chemicals and is inexhaustible. Cellulose, and the closely related starch and amylose, are available cheaply from plants and have favourable properties, such as high strength, thermal stability and biodegradability. However, such poly(saccharides) have been difficult to use directly as materials because of the lack of thermoplasticity, low solubility and high hydrophilicity. Modifications are thus necessary to be able to exploit their advantageous properties. Recently, our group published the catalytic transesterification of maize starch with different plant oils to obtain fully renewable fatty acid starch esters in a sustainable fashion. Polymeric materials with glass transition temperatures (Tgs), soluble in common organic solvents and an increased hydrophobicity were obtained. Compatibilisation tests of the modified starch and amylose with low-density poly(ethylene) (LDPE) and cellulose are being investigated to obtain composites of commodity plastics with improved mechanical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of Igf2 inhibition in thymic epithelial cells infected with CVB4 E2
Michaux, Hélène ULg; Charlet-Renard, Chantal; Martens, Henri ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 12)

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See detailPolitiques Architecturales en Belgique
De Visscher, Lisa ULg

Poster (2017, March 10)

The procedures for tenders proposed by the different government architects or the Cellule Architecture in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia have an important influence on the quality of the process of the ... [more ▼]

The procedures for tenders proposed by the different government architects or the Cellule Architecture in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia have an important influence on the quality of the process of the project and therefore on its physical result. Comparison and analysis of the different existing procedures. [less ▲]

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