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See detailImportance of pigtailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina leonina) in seed dispersal: Impact on the ecological balance of the tropical rainforest at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Albert, Aurélie ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg

Conference (2008, October 22)

The tropical rain forest is maintained thanks to a precarious balance placed under the yoke of interactions between the various animal and plant species which compose it. Among them we can find those ... [more ▼]

The tropical rain forest is maintained thanks to a precarious balance placed under the yoke of interactions between the various animal and plant species which compose it. Among them we can find those implying plants and frugivores. Today, no study was still undertaken on the pigtailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina leonina) because they are considered seed predator. However, recent studies showed that it could actually be a key-species in the dispersion of many plant species. The study will take place in the Khao Yai National park (2,168 km²), Thailand. We will follow a troop of forty individuals habituated to humans and already well-known. Our goal will be to establish the importance of the pigtailed macaques in the maintenance and the regeneration of the tropical rain forest. Thus we will try to evaluate their capacity of being good seed dispersers. In this purpose we will study: 1) the spatiotemporal distribution, the productivity and the characteristics of the plant species present on the home range of the studied troop, 2) the ranging patterns of the macaques within their home range, 3) their feeding behaviour, notably the fruit selection and the various modes of processing seeds, and finally 4) their impact on the viability and the germination potential of seeds. The study of seed dispersal by these macaques would enable us to step further into the understanding of this environment and, perhaps, to improve the destiny of the pigtailed macaques, species now characterized as “vulnerable”, in recognizing them a paramount role in the conservation of their habitat. [less ▲]

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See detailHLA-driven convergence of HIV-1 viral subtypes B and F toward the adaptation to immune responses in human populations.
Dilernia, Dario Alberto; Jones, Leandro; Rodriguez, Sabrina ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2008), 3(10), 3429

BACKGROUND: Cytotoxic T-Lymphocyte (CTL) response drives the evolution of HIV-1 at a host-level by selecting HLA-restricted escape mutations. Dissecting the dynamics of these escape mutations at a ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Cytotoxic T-Lymphocyte (CTL) response drives the evolution of HIV-1 at a host-level by selecting HLA-restricted escape mutations. Dissecting the dynamics of these escape mutations at a population-level would help to understand how HLA-mediated selection drives the evolution of HIV-1. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We undertook a study of the dynamics of HIV-1 CTL-escape mutations by analyzing through statistical approaches and phylogenetic methods the viral gene gag sequenced in plasma samples collected between the years 1987 and 2006 from 302 drug-naive HIV-positive patients. By applying logistic regression models and after performing correction for multiple test, we identified 22 potential CTL-escape mutations (p-value<0.05; q-value<0.2); 10 of these associations were confirmed in samples biologically independent by a Bayesian Markov Chain Monte-Carlo method. Analyzing their prevalence back in time we found that escape mutations that are the consensus residue in samples collected after 2003 have actually significantly increased in time in one of either B or F subtype until becoming the most frequent residue, while dominating the other viral subtype. Their estimated prevalence in the viral subtype they did not dominate was lower than 30% for the majority of samples collected at the end of the 80's. In addition, when screening the entire viral region, we found that the 75% of positions significantly changing in time (p<0.05) were located within known CTL epitopes. CONCLUSIONS: Across HIV Gag protein, the rise of polymorphisms from independent origin during the last twenty years of epidemic in our setting was related to an association with an HLA allele. The fact that these mutations accumulated in one of either B or F subtypes have also dominated the other subtype shows how this selection might be causing a convergence of viral subtypes to variants which are more likely to evade the immune response of the population where they circulate. [less ▲]

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See detailPratique de la pharmacie clinique: Expérience en Gériatrie
Van Hees, Thierry ULg

Conference (2008, October 18)

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See detailUsing Diva on large datasets: applications and tips
Troupin, Charles ULg; Ouberdous, Mohamed ULg; Lenartz, Fabian et al

Scientific conference (2008, October 16)

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See detailTransfrontalités. Figures de l'objet et du détail
Havelange, Carl ULg

Scientific conference (2008, October 16)

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See detailExemple d’un parcours de recherche
Muramatsu, Kenjiro ULg

Learning material (2008)

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See detailLa rappresentazione della stratificazione temporale in astronomia e in archeologia
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in Espressione/Contenuto : Rivista dell’Associazione Italiana di Studi Semiotici (2008)

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See detailPerché studiare il diritto romano oggi?
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2008, October 14)

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See detailAN IDENTIFICATION STUDY ON BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS (TURSIOPS TRUNCATUS) IN NORTHEAST PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
Vermeulen, Els ULg; Cammareri, Alejandro; Failla, Mauricio et al

Poster (2008, October 13)

In Argentina, bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) sightings decreased notably since the late 80s in regions where it used to be frequent to observe them. Nowadays, Northeast Patagonia is one of the ... [more ▼]

In Argentina, bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) sightings decreased notably since the late 80s in regions where it used to be frequent to observe them. Nowadays, Northeast Patagonia is one of the few regions where they still can be seen frequently, although local increasing human activities result in increasing need for information. In general, photo-identification has been established as a helpful tool in cetacean research. However, only few studies have applied this method to bottlenose dolphins in Argentina. This study is therefore aimed to obtain basic information concerning bottlenose dolphins through their identification, this way contributing to their conservation. Land-based observations were made in the northern Gulf of San Matías, Patagonia, Argentina, from August 2006 up to June 2008. Over 15.000 digital pictures of dorsal fins were analysed using the computer assisted identification systems FinEx and FinMatch. Dolphins re-identified during all four seasons in one year were defined as residents. The degree of residency was further estimated by the re-identification frequency (RF); non-resident (RF=1-3) - occasional (RF=4-7) - frequent (RF=8-11) - common (RF¿12). In total, 221 surveys were conducted with an average observation effort of 3.2h per survey, resulting in a total observation effort of 915h of which 124h were spent with 182 dolphin groups. A total of 50 dolphins were identified of which the vast majority (82%) was photographed only in the Natural Protected Area Bahía San Antonio (NPABSA), due to the higher observation effort in this region. Nevertheless, 12% of the catalogued dolphins could be photographed in both NPABSA and the Río Negro estuary, indicating that their home-range might include at least the whole northern region of the Gulf San Matias. Dolphins could be re-identified up to 13 days with 54% showing a degree of residency for NPABSA. This study shows the first data concerning bottlenose dolphins in Northeast Patagonia, but further investigation is highly necessary to improve their conservation. Therefore, the obtained photo-identification catalogue from the presented study is meant to serve as a primary tool for progressing research concerning this species in Argentina. [less ▲]

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See detailALADDIN performance model
Absil, Olivier ULg

Conference (2008, October 13)

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See detailFrom Bio to Nano: Learning From The Past to Shape the Future of Technology Assessment
Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Fallon, Catherine ULg; Thoreau, François ULg et al

Conference (2008, October 12)

In many Western countries over the last 35 years, the quest for more scientific governance on <br />crucial technological issues led to a broadening of the political world’s sphere of competences. <br ... [more ▼]

In many Western countries over the last 35 years, the quest for more scientific governance on <br />crucial technological issues led to a broadening of the political world’s sphere of competences. <br />Indeed, various countries decided that dealing with global, invisible, irreversible and irreparable <br />risks had to be handled by an appropriate tool of management of technological innovations. So the <br />usefulness to institutionalize parliamentary Technology Assessment (PTA) offices emerged. <br />Nowadays, PTA is an instrument particularly suitable to study the new shape of science and <br />society’s interface and it represents a remarkable attempt to reform the institutional settings of <br />innovation. <br />However, while the overall uncertainty surrounding science and technology has been used by public <br />actors like parliamentarians or ministers in the past to legitimize a first generation of PTAs, the <br />emergence of a second generation in the 1990’s – centred on the constructive, interactive or <br />participatory TA approches – emphazises the co-evolution of technology and society rather than the <br />former linear determinist rationale. In this context, the STS community of scholars is increasingly <br />called upon by the public authorities to provide a “professional service role” (RIP, 1994), that is to <br />say to take a step into action out of the border of their intellectual engagement. <br />Then, we suggest to compare two successive periods by looking at the institutional management of <br />two distinct-but-complementary technological issues: biotechnology and nanotechnology. The <br />former has been taken into account by public actors at a time when the second generation of PTAs <br />was not yet rooted in the political practices. Thus, the management of the public debate related to <br />biotechnology has been characterized by a lack of sensitive, fruitful and interactive communication <br />between the stakeholders involved in the TA process, while the first applications were already being <br />commercialized. On the other hand, the latter is currently being tackled at a moment when the social <br />shaping of technology is widely acknowledged as well as the STS community may be invited to <br />pass from observation to participation in the political sphere. Given the uncertainty and complexity <br />encircling nanotechnology as well as its huge potential in many interconnected disciplinary fields, <br />the need to avoid the pitfall of the biotechnology’s experience is commonly accepted. <br />We offer to take nanotechnology as one of the most challenging technological issue to look beyond <br />the biotechnology’s roadblock and to show in which proportion the same scenario is reasonably <br />thinkable today, in order to spotlight whether we have learnt from the past in considering what is <br />1 <br />sometimes called “a new industrial revolution”. <br />We will raise some research questions like: how different are current TA practices as compared to <br />former ones? Are there new regimes emerging? Given the current technological convergence, how <br />complicated would it be to deal with NBIC technologies if we missed the point with biotechnology <br />alone? How suitable is PTA to engage in such interdisciplinary issues? Are we assisting the <br />emergence of a third PTA generation around the growing role of the STS community? How does <br />this scientific community dialogue with the historians of science who analyzed the earlier industrial <br />revolutions? [less ▲]

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See detailTransplantation hépatique à partir de donneurs cadavériques à coeur arrêté: expérience multicentrique belge de 58 cas sur 5 ans
Detry, Olivier ULg; Rahmel, Axel; Donckier, Vincent et al

Conference (2008, October 11)

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See detailLife and motion configuration: a basis for spatio-temporal generalised reasoning model
Hallot, Pierre ULg; Billen, Roland ULg

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2008), 5232/2008

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See detailLes situations de violence sur le lieu de travail
Mormont, Christian ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2008)

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See detailLe pilotage de la performance dans les entreprises publiques : une approche par le "Tableau de bord équilibré" (BSC)
Van Caillie, Didier ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2008)

This seminar discusses the principles of a performance monitoring approach based upon the Balanced ScoreCard Model and applied to public enterprises operating in the water industry.

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See detailPrélèvement d'organes après euthanasie: expérience belge
Ysebaert, Dirk; Detry, Olivier ULg; Squifflet, Jean-Paul ULg et al

Conference (2008, October 10)

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See detailThe blue man: an anusual happy end of a spontaneous rupture of a coronary artery
Moonen, Marie ULg; Hanssen, Michel ULg; Radermecker, Marc ULg et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2008), 34(6), 1265-1267

We reported the case of spontaneous rupture of a coronary artery. It was a 56-year-old man admitted for dyspnoea and anterior thoracic pain. The most striking feature on physical examination was the ... [more ▼]

We reported the case of spontaneous rupture of a coronary artery. It was a 56-year-old man admitted for dyspnoea and anterior thoracic pain. The most striking feature on physical examination was the marked cyanosis of his face, upper part of the thorax and the upper limb. The patient was haemodynamically unstable with tachycardia and hypotension. Cardiac tamponade was confirmed by echocardiography and computed tomography of the thorax. The patient was transferred for surgery. Emergency sternotomy revealed pericardial bloody effusion and a continuous bleeding around the posterior interventricular artery. No other per-operative findings could explain the haemopericardium. Haemostasis was obtained by a suture of the bleeding coronary artery. [less ▲]

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