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See detailAre crop models able to efficiently simulate crop growth under shade?
Artru, Sidonie ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Lassois, Ludivine ULg et al

in Gosme, Marie (Ed.) 3rd European Agroforestry conference 2016 - Book of abstracts (2016, May)

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See detailGenetic predisposition to breast cancer occurring in a male-to-female transsexual patient
Potorac, Iulia ULg; CORMAN, Vinciane ULg; Manto, Florence et al

Poster (2016, May)

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See detailTowards an Novel Stiff String Model for the Torque and Drag Problem
Huynen, Alexandre ULg

Conference (2016, May)

The petroleum industry relies on several kilometer long drillstrings to transmit the axial force and torque necessary to drill the rock formations and reach deep hydrocarbon reservoirs. The assessment of ... [more ▼]

The petroleum industry relies on several kilometer long drillstrings to transmit the axial force and torque necessary to drill the rock formations and reach deep hydrocarbon reservoirs. The assessment of the energy loss along the drillstring, known as the torque and drag problem, plays an essential role in well planning and drilling as the friction appearing at the contacts between the drillstring and the borehole may dramatically increase the costs or, even, be a limiting factor in some configurations. The identification of the number of contacts as well as their positions and extents constitutes the central concern of this question. The nonlinearities associated with the large deflection of the drillstring and the non-penetration condition as well as the a priori unknown number of contacts, however, make the use of conventional numerical tools rather inefficient. To circumvent these difficulties, a simplified stiff string model is derived. Partitioning the global problem in segments of drillstring either in continuous contact with the borehole or free of contact between their extremities, the originality of the proposed formulation lies in the descripion of the drillstring deflection as perturbation of the well-path. [less ▲]

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See detailNeonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: a new view of an old problem
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; VIELLEVOYE, Renaud ULg; Gérard, Céline et al

in Références en Gynécologie Obstétrique (2016), 17(1-1),

Neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) remains a challenge of perinatal medicine. It is an important cause of long term morbidity, including motor and behavioral deficits, mental retardation ... [more ▼]

Neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) remains a challenge of perinatal medicine. It is an important cause of long term morbidity, including motor and behavioral deficits, mental retardation, seizures and cerebral palsy, and mortality in newborns. This paper reviews the pathophysiology and current concepts of the management of neonatal HIE as well as the future potential neuroprotective strategies for attenuation of this disease. [less ▲]

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See detailPlatelet Rich Plasma for Treating Chronic Tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

in Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal (2016), 4(1), 118-122

Tendinopathy is a major problem in medicine and sports traumatology. It is due, inter alia, to mechanical overload. It remains a challenge for the medical world to the extent that its frequent resistance ... [more ▼]

Tendinopathy is a major problem in medicine and sports traumatology. It is due, inter alia, to mechanical overload. It remains a challenge for the medical world to the extent that its frequent resistance to conventional treatments never promises the patient a favourable response following therapeutic management. The development of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a new hope when therapeutic treatments such as NSAIDs, corticosteroid injections, eccentric rehabilitation, shock waves, etc. have shown their limits. Furthermore, since January 2011, it is no longer included on the list of doping substances (http://www.wada-ama.org/). Indeed, platelets contain various growth factors (PDGF, TGF-β, FGF, VEGF, HGF, IGF-1) which participate to the tendon healing process. PRP is obtained by centrifugation of autologous blood to obtain a platelet concentration greater than that of the blood, which varies according to the production method. PRP also contains a variable amount of lymphocytes and erythrocytes that can have a detrimental effect on wound healing. Currently, there is no formal consensus regarding the production method or the biological composition of PRP. Many laboratory studies (in vitro and/or on animal) emphasize the acceleration of the healing tendon process after injection of PRP, each growth factor exerting a specific action during healing. PRP would cause the proliferation, migration and differentiation of cells derived from circulation, improving the initial phase of the tendon healing. This anabolic process initiates the type I collagen synthesis. Although currently the effectiveness of PRP on tendon healing in vitro or in animals seems to be confirmed, clinical studies are currently still controversial. In addition, there is still only a limited number of randomized and controlled studies reviewing PRP for treating tendinopathy. However, it seems that PRP can be efficient to treat lateral epicondylitis, patellar tendinopathies and plantar fasciitis, even if the level of proofs remains low. Up to now there is not enough proofs concerning the use of PRP to treat rotator cuff or Achilles tendinopathies. More randomized, controlled and blinded studies remain needed. In conclusion, experimentally, PRP, through the local release of various growth factors stimulates tendon healing. This therapy could optimize the healing of pathological human tendons. PRP should be analysed to see whether it improves tendon healing in both humans and animals through other randomized controlled trials. [less ▲]

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See detailBeyond the Adenoma Valley : from FIPA to gigantism and back
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2016, May)

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See detailDevelopment of a national EUCAST challenge panel for antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Desmet, Stefanie; Verhagen, Jan; Glupczynski, Youri et al

in Clinical Microbiology and Infection (2016)

A challenge panel of bacterial strains useful for clinical laboratories to validate their European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) system ... [more ▼]

A challenge panel of bacterial strains useful for clinical laboratories to validate their European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) system was established. A total of 117 strains, obtained from Belgian Reference Centers (n=57) and from routine clinical samples (n=60) was selected based on resistance pattern. These strains were analyzed in 7 different laboratories by 3 different automated AST systems (Vitek (n=2), Phoenix (n=2) and Microscan (n=2)) and by disk diffusion from 5 different manufacturers (Rosco (n=2), Becton-Dickinson (n=2), Biomérieux (n=1), Bio-rad (n=1) and i2a (n=1)). To select the challenge panel, selection criteria were set for categorical agreement (CA) between the different systems and the number of very major errors (VME), major errors (ME) and minor errors (MI). VMEs or MEs for at least 2 antibiotics were observed in 43% of all strains, leading to the exclusion of these strains to be selected in the panel. In only 10% of all tested strains there was a 100% CA for all antibiotics. Finally, 28 strains (14 Gram-positive and 14 Gram-negative) covering a wide spectrum of resistance mechanisms were selected. Pilot-testing of this challenge panel in 20 laboratories mainly confirmed the results of the validation study. Only 6 strains withheld for the pilot-study could not be used as challenge strain due to an overall (very) major error rate of more than 5% for a particular antibiotic (n=5) or for two antibiotics (n=1). To conclude, this challenge panel should facilitate the implementation and use of EUCAST breakpoints in laboratories. [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction entre la zone endommagée autour d’un tunnel et son soutènement – Simulation numérique
Charlier, Robert ULg; Sillen, Xavier; Li, Xiangling et al

Conference (2016, May)

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See detailConsidérations finales
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

in Caestecker, Franck; Renauld, Bernadette; Perrin, Nicolas (Eds.) et al Devenir belge. Histoire de l'acquisition de la nationalité belge depuis 1830 (2016)

Ce texte constitue une postface offrant quelques commentaires sur les textes rassemblés dans l'ouvrage.

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See detailEn quoi l'ajout d'un élément de gamification (badges) impacte la réalisation des tests d'entraînement ?
Marique, Pierre-Xavier ULg; Van de Poël, Jean-François ULg; Hoebeke, Maryse ULg

Conference (2016, May)

Le département de physique de l’Université de Liège a développé un outil de soutien à l’apprentissage pour le cours de physique à destination des étudiants inscrits en première année de médecine. Le choix ... [more ▼]

Le département de physique de l’Université de Liège a développé un outil de soutien à l’apprentissage pour le cours de physique à destination des étudiants inscrits en première année de médecine. Le choix s’est porté sur une plateforme en ligne afin qu’elle soit accessible à chaque instant et de n’importe quel endroit, moyennant une connexion internet. L’étudiant, interrogé sous forme de questions à choix multiples, peut notamment utiliser un simulateur d’examens. Il peut à tout moment générer un test selon trois paramètres : la ou les matières qu’il souhaite travailler, le temps qu’il désire y consacrer et le niveau de maitrise qu’il souhaite atteindre. Dès lors, un test d’entrainement est généré automatiquement selon les critères choisis. L’étudiant peut visualiser son état d’avancement dans la matière grâce à une série de badges qu’il est invité à collecter. Une fois certains badges acquis, l’apprenant a la possibilité de télécharger un « pass » personnel lui donnant accès à une séance de simulation d’examen organisée en amphithéâtre. Cette étude présentera les premiers résultats de cette expérimentation. La corrélation avec les notes obtenues à l’examen ainsi que l’impact de la mise en place des badges dans le dispositif d’un point de vue motivationnel seront étudiés. [less ▲]

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See detailINFLUENCE OF LOCAL BUCKLING ON THE SHEAR RESISTANCE OF BOLTED CONNECTIONS FOR TUBULAR RACKING STRUCTURES
D'Antimo, Marina ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in THE INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON STABILITY AND DUCTILITY OF STEEL STRUCTURES, Timisoara 30 May-01 June 2016 (2016, May)

The competition in the field of storage racking structures is so that companies are always look-ing for new structural solutions aiming at containing construction time and expenses. This pa-per focuses ... [more ▼]

The competition in the field of storage racking structures is so that companies are always look-ing for new structural solutions aiming at containing construction time and expenses. This pa-per focuses the bearing failure of shear joint using long bolts through thin tubular members with the purpose to check the reliability of Eurocode 3 formulation. The used hollow sections are free to buckle inward leading to a bearing resistance lower than the one predicted using EC3. In fact EC3 does not account for the possible occurrence of out-of-plane deformations in shear connection assuming that the connected plates are restrained by the bolt head and the nut. In order to investigate this phenomenon, an experimental campaign has been developed, a FE model Abaqus/CAE has been validated and a parametric study has been performed. The present paper introduces the conducted investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailANALYTICAL PREDICTION OF THE BEARING RESISTANCE OF BOLTED CONNECTIONS FOR TUBULAR RACKING STRUCTURES
Armenante, Vittorio; D'Antimo, Marina ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg et al

in THE INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON STABILITY AND DUCTILITY OF STEEL STRUCTURES, Timisoara 30 May-01 June 2016 (2016, May)

The aim of this paper is to provide a formulation able to predict the resistance of simple shear connections realized by fastening a plate to a hollow square section by means of long bolts. The research ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to provide a formulation able to predict the resistance of simple shear connections realized by fastening a plate to a hollow square section by means of long bolts. The research is motivated by the fact that the rules currently provided by EC3 for defining the bearing resistance of steel connections are limited to the case of stacks of plates, where every plate composing the connection is always restrained out of plane by the adjoining plate or by the bolt head or nut. This is a condition not verified in case of connections realized with long bolts fastening hollow sections. The work is organized in two sections. First, the results of an experimental campaign are presented and successively, the results of a parametric analysis carried out by means of a Finite Element model calibrated on the experimental data are reported. Afterwards, an analytical approach able to include the local buckling effects arising in these kinds of connections is presented, proposing a coefficient for the reduction of the resistance, to be included in the EC3 formulation. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-Medication Practice among Amateur Runners: Prevalence and Associated Factors
Locquet, Médéa ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; LARBUISSON, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (2016), 15(2), 387-8

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See detailComparison of 3 Diffractive IOLs in 3 Wavelengths Bifocal/ EDOF/Trifocal.
Gatinel, Damien; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

Conference (2016, May)

Purpose To describe the optical performances of 3 types of diffractive hydrophobic intraocular lenses (IOLs): monofocal achromatic, bifocal and trifocal, using various visible wavelengths. Methods 3 IOLs ... [more ▼]

Purpose To describe the optical performances of 3 types of diffractive hydrophobic intraocular lenses (IOLs): monofocal achromatic, bifocal and trifocal, using various visible wavelengths. Methods 3 IOLs were measured with an optical bench (PMTF,LambdaX,Nivelles, Belgium) to determine modulation transfer function (MTF) and point spread function (PSF). Measurements were performed at 480 nm,546 nm,650 nm using an aberration free cornea and aspheric artificial cornea generating +0.28µm positive spherical aberration by ISO11979-2 guidelines. Through-focus MTF was recorded for various pupil apertures. Evaluation of halos was performed from PSF measurements obtained at each focal spot location. Images of USAF targets were recorded with simulated distances from 1m to 25cm. Amplitude of off-axis peaks of radial profile of PSF enabled to quantify percentage of energy within the halos. Results The monofocal and the bifocal IOLs presented 2 peaks on the through-focus MTF in green light: intermediate vision (at +1.75D) for the monofocal achromatic lens, and far and near vision (at +4D) for the bifocal IOL of the same material. Three peaks (Distance, Intermediate at +1.75D, Near at +3.5D) were recorded with the trifocal IOL at any wavelength. The achromatic monofocal IOL was monofocal for far vision with red light and monofocal for near vision with blue light. The influence of the cornea models was limited. The amount of halos were comparable between lenses (3 to 5 % of the enclosed central light energy). Conclusion The achromatic diffractive IOL behaved like a bifocal IOL with an intermediate addition foci in green light. The bifocal and trifocal IOL induced similar chromatic effects for the near (bifocal, trifocal) and intermediate (trifocal) foci. [less ▲]

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See detailNo evidence for genetic differentiation between French and Belgian populations of the exotic tree Robinia pseudoacacia
Bouteiller, Xavier; Aikio, E; Raimbault, A et al

Poster (2016, May)

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See detailStructuration of Robinia pseudoacacia L. genetic diversity in the American natural range and derived Belgian populations
Verdu, Cindy; Daïnou, Kasso; De Thier, Olivier et al

Poster (2016, May)

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See detailLe régime de la rétention des ressortissants de pays tiers en séjour irrégulier à l'aune des droits fondamentaux, Interprétation des articles 15 et 16 de la directive retour par la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne
Vandenbosch, Sofia ULg

in Vandenbosch, Sofia; Hoc, Arnaud; Wattier, Stéphanie (Eds.) et al Human Rights as a Basis for Reevaluating and Reconstructing the Law (2016)

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See detailEndométriose minime et légère: quel impact sur la fertilité?
BRICHANT, Géraldine ULg; AUDEBERT, Alain; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(5), 236-241

L’endométriose minime ou légère (stades I/II) est fréquemment identifiée chez les femmes hypofertiles, surtout en cas de stérilité inexpliquée. L’impact de ces lésions sur la fertilité est controversé ... [more ▼]

L’endométriose minime ou légère (stades I/II) est fréquemment identifiée chez les femmes hypofertiles, surtout en cas de stérilité inexpliquée. L’impact de ces lésions sur la fertilité est controversé, certains les considérant comme paraphysiologiques. Elles sont hétérogènes dans leur étendue, leur activité biologique, l’inflammation qui les caractérise ou les adhérences qu’elles peuvent induire. La diminution de la qualité ovocytaire, et de la mobilité des spermatozoïdes ainsi que les altérations endométriales apparaissent comme les mécanismes les plus pertinents pour expliquer l’hypofertilité. La fécondité spontanée des femmes présentant une endométriose minime ou légère est diminuée en comparaison avec celle des femmes pour lesquelles le diagnostic de stérilité inexpliquée a été posé. L’insémination intra-utérine avec stimulation de l’ovulation améliore la fertilité des femmes traitées. L’ablation coelioscopique des lésions endométriosiques améliore de façon modeste la fécondité, conduisant à recommander cette pratique compte tenu de ses faibles risques. La fécondation in vitro (FIV) est le moyen le plus efficace permettant d’obtenir des résultats similaires ou légèrement inférieurs à ceux observés chez les femmes témoins présentant une infertilité tubaire. L’impact des endométrioses minimes et légères sur la fertilité apparaît très probable, au moins pour certaines lésions qui demandent à être identifiées. [less ▲]

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