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See detailThe Neural Correlates of Re-cancellation Behaviors in Unilateral Neglect: A Neuropsychological Approach
Wansard, Murielle ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

Poster (2014, April)

The present study focused on re-cancellation behaviors in unilateral neglect (i.e., the tendency to search repeatedly items located on the right side in visual search tasks), and used a neuropsychological ... [more ▼]

The present study focused on re-cancellation behaviors in unilateral neglect (i.e., the tendency to search repeatedly items located on the right side in visual search tasks), and used a neuropsychological approach to identify the cerebral correlates of this deficit. Fourteen patients suffering from left neglect and 14 elderly age-matched controls performed a cancellation task without visual feedback. Neglect patients cancelled fewer targets than controls, and re-cancelled an abnormally high number of targets. Lesion maps were used to compare the location of brain damage in neglect patients with the highest versus the lowest percentage of re-cancellations. Anatomical data revealed that the right insula is commonly damaged in 5 out of 6 patients with the highest re-cancellation percentage, but is spared in the subgroup of patients with the lowest re-cancellation percentage. These results suggest that damage to the right insula may contribute to pathological visual search in spatial neglect, possibly by reducing interaction between the ventral and dorsal attention network (the latter being more directly involved in spatial processes). [less ▲]

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See detailSelective breeding of Arabian and Thoroughbred racehorses in Algeria: perceptions, objectives and practices of owners-breeders
Tennah, Safia ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Kafidi, Nacerredine et al

in Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia (2014), 43(4), 188-196

This survey, conducted with 461 racehorse owners-breeders in Algeria between 2009 and 2011, investigates their perceptions, objectives and practices regarding selective breeding. Racehorse breeding is a ... [more ▼]

This survey, conducted with 461 racehorse owners-breeders in Algeria between 2009 and 2011, investigates their perceptions, objectives and practices regarding selective breeding. Racehorse breeding is a full-time professional activity for a third of interviewees. The holdings are small-sized with 77% owning one or two mares. The regular practice of mating is here used to categorize breeders according to their degree of professionalization (38.4% professional vs. 61.6% occasional breeders). Experience in the sector was also used to classify breeders, considering as “junior” the breeders under 10 years experience (38.8%) and as “senior” those above 10 years (61.2%). More than professionalization, experience shows a significant impact on practices and objectives. Thus, experience influences breed choice (junior breeders tend to specialize while senior own both Arabian and Thoroughbreds), age at first foaling (sooner among senior breeders), information sources considered for selecting stallions (senior use more diversified sources), the importance granted to the price of mating (greater for junior breeders), the importance granted to the ranking compared to earnings (the ranking being more important to junior breeders), and the priority given to breeding (junior breeders give higher priority to a buy-race-resell activity). Finally, racehorse breeding is poorly professionalized, the only financial goal being cost coverage. Despite inappropriate practices, an interest for selection is noticed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of gamma-hydroxybutyrate on keratinocytes proliferation: a preliminary prospective controlled study in severe burn patients.
ROUSSEAU, Anne-Françoise ULg; BARGUES, Laurent; LE BEVER, Hervé et al

in International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science (2014), 4(2), 108-113

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See detailEARLY ALLOGRAFT DYSFUNCTION DECREASES PATIENT SURVIVAL AFTER LIVER TRANSPLANTATION
MEURISSE, Nicolas ULg; FIEUWS, S; JOCHMANS, I et al

Poster (2014, April)

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See detailFLUSHING PORCINE DCD LIVERS WITH CYCLO-DEXTRIN COMPLEXED CURCUMIN DOES NOT REDUCE ISCHEMIA REPERFUSION INJURY
MEURISSE, Nicolas ULg; PARKINNEN, J; CEULEMANS, L et al

Poster (2014, April)

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See detailEcomorphology of the vertebral column: preliminary study
Gillet, Amandine; Ninane, Catherine; Zaeytydt, Esther et al

Poster (2014, April)

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See detailExamining the Effect of Earnings Management on Bid-Ask Spread and Market Liquidity
Sougné, Danielle ULg; Ajina, Aymen ULg

E-print/Working paper (2014)

The main purpose of this paper is to argue the extent that earnings management lowers liquidity. It should increase information asymmetry and impair trading liquidity. Using a sample of French firms from ... [more ▼]

The main purpose of this paper is to argue the extent that earnings management lowers liquidity. It should increase information asymmetry and impair trading liquidity. Using a sample of French firms from 2008 to 2011, we find that firms that manage earnings have wider bid-ask spreads. Our results are robust for both of two well established measures of market liquidity. Therefore the empirical results indicate that firms that exhibit greater earnings management are associated with lower market liquidity. These findings are in line with adverse selection and shed light on the role corporate governance devices can play in the consideration of shareholder interest’s protection, which leads to improved stock market liquidity levels. [less ▲]

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See detailSTI narratives in Wallonia: A complex interplay
Charlier, Nathan ULg

Conference (2014, April)

It is widely acknowledged that scientific research and science, technology and innovation (STI) policies within the US and the EU have gone through deep changes for about 30 years. Many scholars from ... [more ▼]

It is widely acknowledged that scientific research and science, technology and innovation (STI) policies within the US and the EU have gone through deep changes for about 30 years. Many scholars from science and technology studies and innovation studies have investigated these policy changes, and the publication of “The New Production of Knowledge” (Gibbons et al., 1994) paved the way for vigorous debates on regimes of knowledge production (Hessels & Van Lente, 2008). While different general models were proposed to describe a transition (see, e.g. “mode 2 production of knowledge”, “post normal science”, “strategic science”, “academic capitalism”), these models often posit a dichotomous history, stating that a new regime simply succeeded the previous one (Rip, 2000). In a nutshell, the old regime characterized by strong public intervention and a linear conception of innovation is replaced by a new regime where research and innovation are conceived in systemic terms, regarding their strategic interest for the economy and their societal relevance. This dichotomous conception of STI policy change has been criticized regarding its historical accuracy, e.g. with Pestre (2003), showing that the autonomy of research that characterizes the old regime, or “mode 1” is While the diagnosis of these various science and technology policy studies is not to be dispraised concerning the different effects they emphasize, These macro-perspectives are of little use when it comes to study a local situation they lack acuteness to properly describe and compare empirical observation of such policy changes. This issue is even more salient for empirical work to be conducted in states where multi-level policies are crafted on different, sometimes overlapping national and regional polities. In Belgium, the case in point in my PhD researches, the above-mentioned studies are of little use to characterize the actual state and interplay of Walloon and Flemish STI systems. Hence, there is a need to develop theoretical approaches paying greater attention to local specificities and nuances. My proposal builds on an analysis of STI policies based on coexisting, and sometimes competing “narratives”. In the vein of Stone (1989) and Radaelli (2000), this paper aims at comparing the different policy narratives that circulates as rationale for STI policies in Wallonia, to identify their variants and to study their interplay. Policy narratives give meaning to complex realities, they help making sense of things, but they also contain a plot; they are articulating elements in a logical sequence (with, e.g., causalities, cf. Stone, 1989). As such, they are resources for action: they are descriptive and prescriptive. The broad literature of innovation studies, and its diffusion through the EU or the OECD already provides the Walloon STI stakeholders with different master-narratives (Sum & Jessop, 2013). So far, I could distinguish four different master-narratives in the literature as well as in Walloon stakeholders ‘discourses: • “The Knowledge-based economy” (KBE). KBE seems to be the “dominant” master-narrative today. In a nutshell, this narrative runs as follow (see OECD, 1996): knowledge is the source of economic growth. Since innovation and market success are better encountered through network management and the intertwinement of industry and university, STI institutions must be organized accordingly, in order to achieve a sustained growth and a “better competitiveness” o Variants of this narrative are, e.g. the triple-helix model (Etzkowitz & Leydesdorff, 2000), or National innovation system (Freeman, 1987, Lundvall, 1988). • Grand societal challenges: This recent master-narrative is being promoted by the OECD and the EU (see, e.g., Lund Declaration, 2009). It states that scientific research should benefit of high (public) funding in certain areas, or regarding certain issues. High means for strategic research should help to solve major problems such as climate change, ageing population, energy supply and consumption, cancer, etc. This narrative calls for mission oriented STI policy, so the concern here is not (solely/primarily) economic (Kallerud et al 2013). • “Science, the endless frontier” - continued: famously reported by V. Bush (1945), this master-narrative is still of common use among STI stakeholders. With this narrative, science is considered a public good, the state has to fund it because the linear conception of innovation and serendipity assure technological and economic progress in the end – the rationale is based on economic aspects (the state must fund research because it is a special kind of good and the market efficiency will not work, and basic research is the source of marketable innovation). • “Science for the sake of science”: in this narrative, science is considered as common good regardless of the potential economic impacts (and usefulness to address other societal issues) – we can make a parallel with the idea that artistic creation is worth it: for the beauty, for the critique, science here is considered as a superior activity that brings rationality and knowledge to the society as long as it is independent from “external influences” (Bonneuil & Joly, 2013) – cf. “mertonian Ethos” of Communalism, Universalism, Disinterestedness, Originality and Skepticism. Other examples / variants of this narrative include the idea that science contributes to the greatness of Nation, that science fights obscurantism, and so on and so forth. (examples : peer review, excellence, Copernican revolution are compatible storylines with science for the sake of science : a self-supporting system) While these master-narratives are present in international, academic literature, this paper focuses on their local manifestations. This study compares three critical moments: in different situations, various STI stakeholders (government, researchers, administrative staff, journalists, academic authorities, etc.) publicly expressed their views on the organization and funding of scientific research and innovation activities, and the role of STI within the region. I analyzed the discourses in press articles, policy documents, public statements, allocutions and opinion paper, blogs, etc. I intentionally sampled for heterogeneity since I’m looking for variations and multiple use of narratives. The analysis of the Walloon case permits to overcome the double dichotomy of dominant vs. counter narrative and old vs. new regime. The different narratives, in context, are concurrent but they are not mutually exclusive: while the narratives purport different ideologies, different visions of the role of science and of the state intervention, one is not being erased by the advent of another. Rather, I could find out that narratives “overlap”, and one narrative does not constitute the only resource of a (group of) actors. In situation, the actors use one or multiple narratives, regarding the context, the public, the goal of a policy, etc., in a dynamic of conflict or compromise. This description of the transition is more accurate than the one provided with a sequence of two regimes, since the flexible use of multiple narratives accounts for the continuity of certain institutions (justified by, e.g., a version of “science for the sake of science”) as well as for certain reforms in STI policy (that are inspired by the KBE narrative, for example). [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of vocal loading parameters in kindergarten and elementary school teachers
Remacle, Angélique ULg; Morsomme, Dominique ULg; FINCK, Camille ULg

in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing research (2014), (406-415),

Purpose: Although a global picture exists of teachers’ voice demands in general, few studies have compared specific groups of teachers to determine whether some are more at risk than others. This study ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Although a global picture exists of teachers’ voice demands in general, few studies have compared specific groups of teachers to determine whether some are more at risk than others. This study compared vocal loading of kindergarten and elementary school teachers; professional and non-professional vocal load was determined for both groups. Method: Twelve kindergarten and twenty elementary school female teachers without voice problems were monitored during one workweek using the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor. Vocal loading parameters analyzed were F0, SPL, time dose, distance dose and cycle dose. Results: Comparisons between the groups showed significantly higher cycle dose and distance dose for kindergarten teachers than for elementary school teachers, in both professional and non-professional environments. Professional and non-professional voice use comparisons showed significant differences for all parameters, indicating that vocal load was higher in the professional environment for both groups. Conclusions: The higher vocal doses measured in kindergarten teachers suggest that particular attention should be paid to this specific group of teachers. Although non-professional vocal load is lower than professional vocal load, it is important to take both into account because of their cumulative effects. [less ▲]

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See detailVictimization in Childhood of Male Sex Offenders: Relationship between Violence Experienced and Subsequent Offenses through Discourse Analysis
Abbiati, Milena; Mezzo, Belinda; Waeny- Desponds, Jessica et al

in Victims and Offenders (2014), 9(2), 234-254

This study aims a better understanding how the form of childhood violence experienced and the type of offense subsequently committed affect how sex offenders recall punishments ans difficult events. Fifty ... [more ▼]

This study aims a better understanding how the form of childhood violence experienced and the type of offense subsequently committed affect how sex offenders recall punishments ans difficult events. Fifty-four male perpetrators convicted of sexuel offenses against children or against adults were interviewed in France, Belgium, and Switzerland using the Lausanne Clinical Interview (LCI). Almost three-quarters of the sex offenders reported having been victimized during childhood. The correspondence analysis identified several factors that differentiated them.Their appraisal of the distressing event, method of coping with and distancing themselves from it, and how they dealt with emotions varied markedly depending on whether they recognized having experienced various forms of violence during childhood and on what type of offense they subsequently committed. Victimization can be identified as much by the events experienced as by their effect on the sex offender's discourse. Identification of these discursive indicators may lead to an improved therapeutic approach for potentially traumatic childhood experiences. [less ▲]

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See detailINFLUENCE OF WHEY PROTEIN DENATURATION ON ADHERENCE
Toure, Yetioman ULg; Rouxhet, G. Paul; Dupont-Gillain, C. Christine et al

in Dr Wilson, I.; Chew, Y.M.J. (Eds.) Fouling and Cleaning in Food Processing (2014, April)

This work reports on the influence of -lactoglobulin (β-LGB) and of its denaturation on the adherence of quartz particles, taken as a model of particulate soil, on stainless steel AISI 304 with mirror ... [more ▼]

This work reports on the influence of -lactoglobulin (β-LGB) and of its denaturation on the adherence of quartz particles, taken as a model of particulate soil, on stainless steel AISI 304 with mirror finish. The substrate was soiled with quartz suspensions in water or in β-LGB solutions as such or previously heated at 75°C, and dried at room temperature or in an oven at 75°C. Cleanability was evaluated after exposure to water in a radial flow chamber. Auxiliary characterizations were the surface tension and protein concentration of the solution, surface analysis of the substrate by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle measurements. The contact of stainless steel with -LGB led to adsorption of the protein, which dominated the composition of the organic layer with respect to contaminants initially present, and was not markedly desorbed upon rinsing. The presence of β-LGB at the quartz particle/substrate interface slightly increased the adherence, which was further increased when the protein was denatured. On the other hand, denaturation of -LGB enhanced its surfactant effect at the water/air interface. Comparison with systems investigated before suggests that the influence of protein via droplet spreading and soiling particles aggregation may be of minor importance compared to direct effects on the substrate/quartz interface. Stainless steel does not behave as a hydrophilic substrate owing to its surface contamination with organic compounds. It appears suitable to examine the influence of the initial surface state of stainless steel on its behavior regarding soiling and cleaning. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle du tradipraticien dans l’offre des soins de sante de proximité en zones de sante semi-rurales : résultats d’une étude menée dans la commune périphérique de Kisenso à Kinshasa, Congo.
Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULg

in Journal d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique (2014), XIII

Cette étude examine la perception du tradipraticien par les populations et les services publics de Kisenso, afin d’envisager son intégration dans le système de santé, par des focus groupes en 2013. Selon ... [more ▼]

Cette étude examine la perception du tradipraticien par les populations et les services publics de Kisenso, afin d’envisager son intégration dans le système de santé, par des focus groupes en 2013. Selon les principaux résultats de cette étude, 100% de participants reconnaissent l’existence des tradipraticiens auxquels tous ont déjà eu recours. 80% déclarent efficaces les soins offerts par les tradipraticiens, mais reprochent à ces derniers le manque d’hygiène dans la manipulation des produits. Le recours aux tradipraticiens est justifié notamment par l’efficacité des soins, le type de maladie dont souffre le patient, la possibilité de paiement à crédit et la proximité. Les acteurs publics reconnaissent tant l’existence des tradipraticiens que leur efficacité et déplorent leur fonctionnement dans la clandestinité. Les tradipraticiens, qui se déclarent généralistes (60%) ou spécialistes (40%), disent fonctionner dans l’illégalité à cause du coût d’actes administratifs et de la méfiance envers les intellectuels et les praticiens de la biomédecine. les tradipraticiens déplorent l’insolvabilité des patients qui n’honorent pas leurs engagements. Pour intégrer efficacement les tradipraticiens dans le système de santé, il sera utile de supprimer les barrières administratives qui leur sont imposées , leur donner accès à des formations et les considérer comme acteurs à part entière du système sanitaire, et étudier les possibilités d’une contractualisation. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Syndrome auto-immun thyrogastrique
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

The thyrogastric autoimmune syndrome (TAS) was described in patients in whom the serum cross-reacted both with gastric parietal cells antigens and thyroid antigens. We describe several cases illustrating ... [more ▼]

The thyrogastric autoimmune syndrome (TAS) was described in patients in whom the serum cross-reacted both with gastric parietal cells antigens and thyroid antigens. We describe several cases illustrating the spectrum of pathogical features of TAS. Autoimmune thyroiditis include Hahimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves Disease. Autoimmune gastritis may present at first only micronutrients deficiency (B12, iron) whereas Biermer anemia with gastric atrophy and gastrin cell hyperplasia is the consequence of long standing disease. One possible presentation of gastric autoimmunity is the association with Helicobacter pylori infection. Gastric autoimmunity is potentially reversible if Helicobacter is erradicated. When gastric autoimmunity is irreversible, this condition leads to gastric severe atrophy, hypochlorhydria and hypergastrinemia. Hypergastrinemia stimulates enterochromaffin cell hyperplasia, progressing eventually to neuroendocrine tumors. The thyrogastric syndrome should be considered a risk factor to develop a neuuroendocrine tumor. We propose a diagnostic approach to improve the characterization of TAS. We review the literature on the subject and discuss some interesting animal models of infectious gastric autoimmunity [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of spatial and temporal trends in nitrate concentrations at the regional scale in the Upper Dyle basin, Belgium
César, Emilie; Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

in Hydrogeology Journal (2014), 22

Models are the only tools capable of predicting the evolution of groundwater systems at a regional scale in taking into account a large amount of information. This study presents the association of a ... [more ▼]

Models are the only tools capable of predicting the evolution of groundwater systems at a regional scale in taking into account a large amount of information. This study presents the association of a water balance model (WetSpass) with a groundwater flow and solute transport model (SUFT3D, « Saturated and Unsaturated Flow and Transport in 3D ») in order to simulate the present and future groundwater quality in terms of nitrate in the Upper Dyle basin (439 km², Belgium). The HFEMC (« Hybrid Finite Element Mixing Cell ») method implemented in the SUFT3D code is used to model groundwater flow and nitrate transport. A spatially-distributed recharge modelled with WetSpass is considered for prescribing the recharge to the groundwater flow model. The feasibility of linking WetSpass model with the finite-elements SUFT3D code is demonstrated. Time evolution and distribution of nitrate concentration are then simulated using the calibrated model. Nitrate inputs are spatially-distributed according to land use. The spatial simulations and temporal trends are compared with previously published data on this aquifer and show good results. [less ▲]

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See detailDefinition of vocal pitch accuracy in a melodic context
Larrouy, Pauline ULg

Scientific conference (2014, March 28)

If we easily categorize sung performances as “in tune” or “out of tune”, it is not so evident to explicitly describe on which criteria our evaluation is based. This presentation reports recent work on ... [more ▼]

If we easily categorize sung performances as “in tune” or “out of tune”, it is not so evident to explicitly describe on which criteria our evaluation is based. This presentation reports recent work on pitch accuracy perception in a melodic context. The results allow to refine the notion of pitch accuracy and therefore to design objective tools for the evaluation of singer quality. [less ▲]

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