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See detailCerebral FDG uptake changes with supraorbital transcutaneous electrical stimulation for episodic migraine prevention
D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Thibaut, Aurore ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg et al

Conference (2015, May)

Background: A recent multicentre RCT has shown that supraorbital transcutaneous stimulation (STS) targeting branches of the ophtalmic nerve with the Cefaly® device is effective as a preventive therapy for ... [more ▼]

Background: A recent multicentre RCT has shown that supraorbital transcutaneous stimulation (STS) targeting branches of the ophtalmic nerve with the Cefaly® device is effective as a preventive therapy for migraine (Schoenen et al., Neurology 2013). However, the mechanisms of action in the central nervous system remain unknown. Here, we conducted voxel-based analyses of [18]FDG-PET to evaluate metabolic changes immediately after the first STS session and after 3 months of treatment in patients with migraine. Methods: Twenty-eight subjects participated in the experiment: 14 patients with episodic migraine (ICHD3 beta criteria) and 14 age-matched controls. Healthy volunteers underwent only one [18]FDG-PET scan whereas patients were scanned at baseline, directly after a first session of STS and after 3 months of daily treatment. Results: Compliant patients showed a significant decrease in the number of attacks (p = 0.03). When compared to controls, patients (n = 14) at baseline were hypometabolic in the fronto-temporal regions (p < 0.001), especially in the orbitofrontal (OFC) and perigenual anterior cingulate cortex. OFC hypometabolism was not correlated with medication intake. In compliant patients, daily STS for 3 months was followed by a normalization of the fronto-temporal hypometabolism (p< 0.001; OFC: pFWE<0.01). Conclusion: Our study suggests that the OFC is hypoactive in episodic migraine. STS with the Cefaly° device is able to normalize this hypoactivity. This indicates that STS exerts its beneficial effect via slow neuromodulatory mechanisms, as also previously shown for percutaneous occipital nerve stimulation in refractory cluster headache (Magis et al., BMC Neurology 2011). [less ▲]

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See detailThe Kambarata 2 blast-fill dam, Kyrgyz Republic: blast event, geophysical monitoring and dam structure modelling
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Torgoev, Isakbek; Torgoev, Almazbek ULg et al

in Geoenvironmental Disasters (2015), 2(1), 1-15

Abstract Background The blast-and earth-fill dam of the Kambarata 2 hydropower station is situated in the seismically active Central Tien Shan region of the Kyrgyz Republic. More than 70% of the dam ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background The blast-and earth-fill dam of the Kambarata 2 hydropower station is situated in the seismically active Central Tien Shan region of the Kyrgyz Republic. More than 70% of the dam volume was produced during a blast event on December 22, 2009. In 2010– 2011, dam construction was completed after earth filling on top of the blasted material and installing concrete and clay screens together with bentonite grouts. A geophysical survey had been completed in 2012–2013, mainly to monitor the resistivities inside the dam. ... [less ▲]

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See detailValid inequalities for the single arc design problem with set-ups
Agra, Agostinho; Doostmohammadi, Mahdi; Louveaux, Quentin ULg

in Discrete Optimization (2015), 16

We consider a mixed integer set which generalizes two well-known sets: the single node fixed- charge network set and the single arc design set. Such set arises as a relaxation of feasible sets of general ... [more ▼]

We consider a mixed integer set which generalizes two well-known sets: the single node fixed- charge network set and the single arc design set. Such set arises as a relaxation of feasible sets of general mixed integer problems such as lot-sizing and network design problems. We derive several families of valid inequalities that, in particular, generalize the arc resid- ual capacity inequalities and the flow cover inequalities. For the constant capacitated case we provide an extended compact formulation and give a partial description of the convex hull in the original space which is exact under a certain condition. By lifting some basic inequalities we provide some insight on the difficulty of obtaining such a full polyhedral description for the constant capacitated case. Preliminary computational results are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailTesting of a Spacecraft Structure with Non-Smooth Nonlinearities
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Conference (2015, May)

The dynamics of the SmallSat, a real-life spacecraft possessing a complex isolation device with multiple nonsmooth nonlinearities is investigated. Experiments show that nonlinearities induce modal ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of the SmallSat, a real-life spacecraft possessing a complex isolation device with multiple nonsmooth nonlinearities is investigated. Experiments show that nonlinearities induce modal interactions between modes with non-commensurate linear frequencies. A model of the structure with a simplified description of the nonlinear connections is first built using techniques available in industry. Numerical continuation is then exploited to compute nonlinear normal modes and uncover interaction phenomena that can jeopardize the structural integrity. [less ▲]

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See detailL’âgisme et ses conséquences en oncologie
Schroyen, Sarah ULg

in Onco-Hémato' (2015), 3

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See detailPerformance-Based Aid: Why it will probably not meet promises
Paul, Elisabeth ULg

in Development Policy Review (2015), 33(3),

Performance-based aid (PBA) is increasingly advocated as a way to improve development aid effectiveness through resolving incentive issues inherent in aid relationships. Some donors use PBA together with ... [more ▼]

Performance-based aid (PBA) is increasingly advocated as a way to improve development aid effectiveness through resolving incentive issues inherent in aid relationships. Some donors use PBA together with performance-based financing arrangements within partner countries. Expectations from PBA are high – yet, while its rationale may look appealing, it is grounded on a restrictive model and flawed when taking account of real-world context. A number of problems associated to PBA have already been advanced as jeopardising its success. More fundamentally, one may question the mere appropriateness of PBA to provide incentives all along the chain from recipient governments to those who are supposed to produce results. Thus believing that PBA can have a mechanistic trickle-down incentive effect seems an illusion. [less ▲]

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See detailL'affirmation de soi par le jeu de l'acteur : Un adjuvant utile pour la pratique de l'affirmation de soi ? Une étude évaluative pilote
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Delvaux, Muriel ULg; Sarto, Danielle et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2015), XX(1), 6-14

En psychothérapie, les patients rapportent fréquemment des difficultés d’affirmation de soi, difficultés pour lesquelles les procédures thérapeutiques cognitives et comportementales ont démontré leur ... [more ▼]

En psychothérapie, les patients rapportent fréquemment des difficultés d’affirmation de soi, difficultés pour lesquelles les procédures thérapeutiques cognitives et comportementales ont démontré leur efficacité. L’objectif de cette recherche est de vérifier qu’une nouvelle combinaison de techniques (« jeu de l’acteur » et programme classique d’affirmation de soi) améliore le bien-être des patients. Ce programme est constitué de 10 séances alternativement animées par une actrice-metteuse en scène et par une psychologue-psychothérapeute. Les participants (N = 20) ont rempli des évaluations en pré et en post-test : questionnaire d’auto-efficacité sociale, échelles d’affirmation de soi, échelle d’estime de soi, échelle des aptitudes à la communication, échelles d’anxiété et de dépression. Des améliorations statistiquement significatives ont été mises en évidence pour chaque variable dépendante étudiée, sauf pour l’échelle de communication. La combinaison proposée permet bien une amélioration des différentes variables dépendantes mesurées même si les participants n’atteignent pas les scores d’un groupe contrôle exempt de difficultés d’affirmation de soi. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling of Antimicrobial Lipopeptides in interaction with lipidic membranes
Loison, Claire; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Besson, Françoise et al

Conference (2015, May)

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See detailDynamiques d’occupation et de valorisation des espaces pastoraux : État de lieu, enjeux et perspectives (cas du département de Madaoua au Niger)
Sambo, Bodé; kabou, Moussa; Andres, Ludovic ULg et al

Scientific conference (2015, May)

Les espaces pastoraux subissent des empiétements partout dans le monde. Au Niger, ils sont menacés dans la partie nord par l’avancée du désert et les installations minières, au sud par la mise en culture ... [more ▼]

Les espaces pastoraux subissent des empiétements partout dans le monde. Au Niger, ils sont menacés dans la partie nord par l’avancée du désert et les installations minières, au sud par la mise en culture et les habitations. Le département de Madaoua est localisé en zone agricole avec un système de production à dominante agropastorale. Le présent travail a été réalisé selon une démarche méthodologique qui combine à la fois la capitalisation des données existantes et les enquêtes de terrain. Les résultats montrent que les acteurs développent des stratégies d’adaptation souvent divergentes dans un environnement de rareté des ressources de terres exploitables. Les organes de régulation du foncier quoique peu dynamiques travaillent dans un contexte de dénuement total. Ainsi, la pratique de mise en valeur pastorale devient un problème crucial. Plusieurs variables concourent à expliquer ces phénomènes. Ainsi, on note entre autres, la combinaison des facteurs dont la pression démographique dans un contexte de saturation foncière. Les systèmes de production qui restent dominés par des pratiques encore extensives lourdement affectés par la variabilité et changement climatique. La gouvernance des ressources naturelles aujourd’hui qui est mal appropriée avec la décentralisation. L’enjeu à long terme reste de trouver une solution durable pour nourrir une population en perpétuelle croissance dans un espace invariant. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical polarization from AGN
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

Conference (2015, May)

I review the optical polarization properties of both low- and high-luminosity AGN, focusing on the origin of the polarization and its relation to AGN properties, in particular the geometry of the ... [more ▼]

I review the optical polarization properties of both low- and high-luminosity AGN, focusing on the origin of the polarization and its relation to AGN properties, in particular the geometry of the scattering regions. The use of polarization to follow AGN orientations along the large-scale structures will also be discussed. [less ▲]

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