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See detailRecent advances in type 2 immunity: Damage-associated host DNA and Protective Immunoglobulin E.
Marichal, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2014, November 17)

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See detailGlutamate controls brain estrogen synthesis during sexual interactions
de Bournonville, Catherine ULg; Aourz, Najat; Van Eeckhaut, Ann et al

Poster (2014, November 17)

Besides their long-lasting effects mediated by a modulation of gene transcription, brain-derived estrogens can rapidly regulate (within minutes) reproductive behaviors. In vitro, the activity of aromatase ... [more ▼]

Besides their long-lasting effects mediated by a modulation of gene transcription, brain-derived estrogens can rapidly regulate (within minutes) reproductive behaviors. In vitro, the activity of aromatase (AA), the enzyme responsible for the conversion of androgens into estrogens, is also regulated on a similar short time-scale, via phosphorylation of the enzyme resulting from changes in neuronal activity or glutamate release. Acute changes in AA have been documented ex vivo in specific brain regions following exposure to social or stressful stimuli but the mechanism underlying these regulations is not known. To investigate whether glutamate is implicated in these rapid changes in AA, male quail received a unilateral injection of kainate in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM). The left and right preoptic areas were collected 20 min later and assayed separately by the tritiated water technique for AA. As shown previously in preoptic explants maintained in vitro, AA was downregulated in the kainate-injected hemisphere as compared to the non-injected side. To determine whether the decline in AA detected in the POM after a sexual interaction could be mediated by an increased release of glutamate in this region, extracellular glutamate concentration was measured by in vivo microdialysis with a probe implanted in the POM of sexually mature males. Dialysate was collected every 3 minutes over three periods of 15 min when the male was (1) alone, (2) allowed to freely copulate with a female and (3) alone again. A transient rise in extracellular glutamate concentration was observed specifically and immediately after the expression of cloacal contact movements, when semen is transferred to the female. Glutamate returned to a basal level after the female was removed. Together, these results indicate that the mechanism of acute regulation of aromatase activity by glutamate identified in vitro is potentially responsible for the acute regulation of the enzyme observed in vivo following copulation. As rapid changes in brain estrogen synthesis and its actions are apparently related to the control of sexual motivation rather than sexual performance, follow up experiments should now determine whether the release of glutamate in the POM occurs in parallel with an increase in motivation or follows the termination of the copulatory sequence. [less ▲]

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See detailContrasting the role of Ih and ICaT currents in post-inhibitory rebound mechanisms in reciprocal-inhibitory networks
Dethier, Julie ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe

Poster (2014, November 16)

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which ... [more ▼]

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which consist of two inhibitory neurons that are not endogenous oscillators, but produce rhythmic outputs when reciprocally connected (Marder & Calabrese 1996). Models of thalamocortical spindle oscillations also suggest that the rhythm originates from the thalamic reticular nucleus, which consists in interacting inhibitory nonoscillatory neurons (Wang & Rinzel 1992). [less ▲]

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See detail"Preußisch-deutsch" und "wallonisch". Zur Identitätsproblematik der Malmedyer Wallonie im Ersten Weltkrieg
Brüll, Christoph ULg

Conference (2014, November 15)

Durch die Artikel 32-34 des Versailler Vertrags wurden die beiden deutschen Grenzkreise Eupen und Malmedy nach einer umstrittenen Volksbefragung im Jahr 1920 Belgien zugeschlagen. Dabei wies der Kreis ... [more ▼]

Durch die Artikel 32-34 des Versailler Vertrags wurden die beiden deutschen Grenzkreise Eupen und Malmedy nach einer umstrittenen Volksbefragung im Jahr 1920 Belgien zugeschlagen. Dabei wies der Kreis Malmedy eine Besonderheit auf: er war zwei- bzw. dreisprachig Deutsch-Wallonisch-Französisch. Tatsächlich waren rund 10.000 Wallonen seit den Entscheidungen des Wiener Kongresses von 1815 Bürger Preußens und später des Kaiserreichs gewesen. Der Beitrag fragt nach ihrer Identität im Kaiserreich, wo sie zu Kollateralopfern der gegen größere Minderheiten gerichteten Germanisierungspolitik wurden, woraus ein wallonischer Kulturpartikularismus an der deutsch-belgischen Grenze resultierte. Dabei wird auch deren Offenheit während des langen 19. Jahrhunderts deutlich, die durch intensive grenzüberschreitende soziale, wirtschaftliche und auch kulturelle Kontakte gekennzeichnet ist. Der Beginn des Ersten Weltkriegs wurde deshalb als umso dramatischer empfunden. Die Haltung der Bevölkerung in der so genannten Preußischen Wallonie während des Kriegs ist jedoch bisher von der Forschung kaum in den Blick genommen worden. Deutlich lässt sich jedoch der Einfluss eines sich nunmehr erheblich beschleunigenden Nationalisierungsprozesses an der Grenze zum besetzten Belgien ausmachen. Auf der Grundlage der im Staatsarchiv Eupen erhaltenen Bestände des Kreisarchivs Malmedy im Kreis sollen die Auswirkungen des Krieges auf die kleinste Minderheit im Westen dargestellt werden. Gefragt werden soll nach Misstrauensbekundungen „von oben“, nach potentiellen Loyalitätskonflikten, z.B. in Form von Desertionen, ggf. nach Nachkriegsvorstellungen der Betroffenen und nach einem Wandel von Zugehörigkeitsgefühlen. Besonderes Augenmerk wird dabei auf jene (überaus seltenen) Akteure gelegt, die schon vor 1914 einen Anschluss des Gebietes an Belgien gefordert hatten und die sich der besonderen Aufmerksamkeit der preußischen Behörden gewiss sein konnten. Kaum zu überschätzen ist auch die Bedeutung der Pfarrer, die in einer als streng katholisch geltenden Region erheblichen Einfluss auf das politisch-gesellschaftliche Leben und – selbstverständlich – auf die Trauerarbeit für gefallene Soldaten (deren Zahl sich auf einige Hundert beläuft) nahmen. Nicht zuletzt stellt sich die Frage nach der Erfahrung des Kriegsendes und der darauf folgenden Besatzungszeit durch britische Truppen, die im August 1919 von belgischen Soldaten abgelöst wurden. Diese Fragen sind bisher, so sie denn überhaupt gestellt worden sind, zumeist aus der Perspektive des Staatenwechsels von 1920 beantwortet worden. Der Kampf einiger Akteure für die Behauptung einer wallonischen Identität innerhalb des Kaiserreichs wurde in der belgisch-nationalen Historiographie zu einem Kampf für die Eingliederung durch Belgien umgedeutet, die Zugehörigkeit zu Preußen zum dark age der lokalen Vergangenheit erklärt – wobei die Zugehörigkeit zur französisch-wallonischen Sprachgemeinschaft hier eine andere Ausgangslage schaffte als für ebenfalls an Belgien abgetretenen deutschsprachigen Gemeinden um die Städte Eupen und St. Vith. Diese Narrative entfalteten ihre durchschlagende Wirkung jedoch erst nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und der 1940 erfolgten Wiedereingliederung Eupen-Malmedys durch das „Großdeutsche Reich“. Der Beitrag unternimmt den Versuch, die Entwicklung der Jahre 1914-1920 nicht von ihrem Ende her zu betrachten, wobei der – bisher vernachlässigten – erfahrungsgeschichtlichen Perspektive besondere Bedeutung zukommt. Insofern zielt er ebenfalls darauf ab, die Grenzgeschichte aus der Zentrum-Peripherie-Perspektive zu lösen und – auch sehr kleine – Grenzregionen als Akteur (und nicht als bloßes Objekt) zu fassen. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle réforme fiscale?
Richelle, Isabelle ULg

Article for general public (2014)

Bruxelles, Palais des Académies, 6 novembre 2014. Première journée belge des professeurs de Droit fiscal. Un grand débat sur le thème : "Quelle réforme fiscale pour la Belgique en 2015?". Depuis quelques ... [more ▼]

Bruxelles, Palais des Académies, 6 novembre 2014. Première journée belge des professeurs de Droit fiscal. Un grand débat sur le thème : "Quelle réforme fiscale pour la Belgique en 2015?". Depuis quelques années déjà, le débat est engagé sur le besoin d'une réforme en profondeur de notre système fiscal. Notre système fiscal a vieilli; il s'est notamment complexifié par l'introduction de nombreuses niches fiscales et apparaît désormais comme source d'injustices. Comment le réformer? Faut-il revoir ses fondements? Des systèmes issus d'autres pays peuvent-ils nous inspirer? [less ▲]

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See detailBorréliose: mythe ou réalité ?
Amory, Hélène ULg; Houben, Rosa ULg; Pitel, Pierre Hugues et al

Conference (2014, November 15)

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See detailConférence-débat sur le film "Les nouveaux chiens de garde"
Geuens, Geoffrey ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailEtude phytochimique de plantes d'intérêt cosmétique à Mayotte
Saive, Matthew ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailAllelopathic and autotoxicity effects of barley (Hordeum vulgare L. ssp. vulgare) root exudates
Bouhaouel, Imen; Gfeller, Aurélie; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in BioControl (2014), Online First

The allelopathic activity of barley (Hordeum vulgare L. ssp. vulgare) root exudates was studied by comparing their effects on seedling establishment in barley itself and in two weed species, Bromus ... [more ▼]

The allelopathic activity of barley (Hordeum vulgare L. ssp. vulgare) root exudates was studied by comparing their effects on seedling establishment in barley itself and in two weed species, Bromus diandrus Roth. and Lolium rigidum Gaudin, using an original laboratory protocol, named ‘seed-after-seed’. In this protocol, the donor and the receiver species of watersoluble allelochemicals are grown one after the other in the same dishes, in conditions reducing resource competition between both species. Growth of all receptive species (weeds and barley) was inhibited in a dose-dependent manner, when using increasing barley seed densities (0, 8, 19 and 25 seeds per Petri dish). In our conditions, the barley varieties and landraces exhibited different allelopathic activities against weeds or barley. The allelopathic potential of the barley root exudates was also dependent on the receiver species. Indeed, the released allelochemicals proved to be more toxic against the weed plants than on barley itself. Furthermore, the toxicity of the allelochemicals increased after their release by roots, between day 0 and day 6. These allelochemicals might contribute to the plant community dynamics and their usefulness as bio-herbicides deserves further consideration. [less ▲]

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See detailRé-Créations Familiales: ruptures, pertes et nouvelles appartenances
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

Conference (2014, November 14)

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See detailRé-créations familiales entre ruptures, pertes et nouvelles appartenances
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

Conference (2014, November 14)

Les familles recomposées font face à de multiples transitions.Au cœur de ces transitions, différents processus de redéfinition interactionnelle et mythique sont attendus. Parmi ceux-ci, la construction ... [more ▼]

Les familles recomposées font face à de multiples transitions.Au cœur de ces transitions, différents processus de redéfinition interactionnelle et mythique sont attendus. Parmi ceux-ci, la construction des nouvelles appartenances qui prévoit la gestion des ruptures ainsi que la construction de nouveaux repères affectifs et sociaux. Dans la pratique psychothérapeutique, nous rencontrons souvent des couples et des familles qui ont « mal » aux transitions et qui se proposent comme « suspendues » entre un passé non reproductible et un futur imperceptible. A travers des situations cliniques et de recherche avec des familles recomposées, l’intervention portera sur l’intérêt d’aborder ces transitions complexes à travers le concept de perte ambiguë. Ce travail prévoit, non pas tant une élaboration définitive des précédentes appartenances mais bien une co-création de ponts affectifs entre le passé et le présent, l’écriture de nouveaux scripts pour le futur ainsi que la gestion d’appartenances multiples et ce, également à travers la re-dynamisation de ressources et de potentialités évolutives chez les couples, familles et leurs réseaux. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic efficiency of milk production farms in Hanoi Suburbs, Vietnam
Le Dinh, Khan; Phan Dang, Thang ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 14)

Dairy production has presented in Vietnam since 50 years, but these dairy farms really developed from 2001. In the period 2001 – 2010, the average growth rate of dairy herds was up to 30% per year ... [more ▼]

Dairy production has presented in Vietnam since 50 years, but these dairy farms really developed from 2001. In the period 2001 – 2010, the average growth rate of dairy herds was up to 30% per year. However, fresh milk production satisfies about 20-25% of milk consumption. The rural areas of Hanoi Province are large for dairy production. This province builds the 7 agro-ecological sub-regions for the development of dairy farming, in which Ba Vi District is a most of sub-regions for dairy production development. But the average size is about 2.5 cows per farm. This research aims to better understand how the factors in milk sector adapt to current economic conditions in Hanoi suburbs through analyzing farming systems. These studies were conducted from January to August 2012 on 43 dairy farms with different production scales at Ba Vi District to characteristic of dairy farming systems. The data were collected by interviewing and keeping records at the farms that have milk production. The results showed that three dairy production systems in these zones: (1) Dairy small farming system has from 1 to 3 cows per farm; (2) The medium farming system has from 4 to 5 cows per farm; and (3) The dairy intensive farming system has more 5 cows per farm. The economic activities were really diversified with landless per household farm such as rice production, gardens, grass production and sylviculture. Land resources per farm of intensive farming system were largest including 9,239 m² for garden around the household; 2,574 m² for rice land; 563 m² of grass area and 3,325 m² for sylviculture. While the small farming system has the lowest potential land, each household has only 2,815 m² of garden; 1,795 m² of rice land; 2,095 m² of grazing land. The medium farming system has about 3,150 m² of garden; 2,220 m² of rice land and 3,891 m² of grazing land. Milk production cycle was quite long with intensive farming system, up to 324 days comparing with 299 days per cycle with medium farming system and to 306 days per cycle with small-scale farmers. This difference was not statistically signification (P> 0.05). Average milk production yield per cow was high with medium farming system (16 kg per cow per day) in comparison with 15 kg per day at intensive and small farming systems (P> 0.05). Milk production yield has been improved in the past years with crossbreed cows such as Holstein-Friesian 50% and 75%. But this productivity was still considered to be lower than the milk production yield with dairy cows raised in Moc Chau District under Son La Province with 20.5 kg per cow per day and 6,250 kg of milk per cow per cycle). In addition, in the period from 2006 to 2012, fresh milk prices at farm gate have continued to rise for the farmers, while feed prices increased in the period from 2006 to 2010 and these feed prices were stable between 2011 and 2012. In the period of 2006 to 2012, fresh milk prices at farm gate increased from 0.17 USD per kg in 2006 to 0.60 USD per kg in 2012 and feed prices were from 0.15 USD per kg in 2006 increasing to 0.39 USD per kg in 2012. The net incomes were calculated per a cow per year reached 1,274 USD with the small-scale farming households to 1,476 USD with medium farming system. The net income per kg of fresh milk at farm gate obtained from 0.28 USD with small farming system to 0.31 USD with medium farming system. The net household income was high from dairy production, from 2,437 USD per farm per year with small farming system to 5,487 USD per farm per year with intensive farming system. The net labor family income gained from 997 USD per active per year with small farming system to 2,757 USD per active per year with intensive farming system. Thus, dairy production farms in recent years in Hanoi Suburbs provide very high economic efficiency for farmers in comparison with other agricultural activities at the farms. This explains why the rate of dairy family farming has grown very fast in the studied zones in the period from 2009 to 2012. This trend will continue to grow in the future. This research was also showed that the price of fresh milk plays a crucial role for profitable at farm level. But medium farming system with the size from 4 to 5 dairy cows per farm is more profitable with current economic conditions at farms. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of “diagnosis threat” in clinical setting
Fresson, Megan ULg; Dardenne, Benoît ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

Poster (2014, November 14)

Objective. When reminded of their neurological history, mild traumatic brain injured (TBI) students underperform on neuropsychological tests (Suhr & Gunstad, 2002). To date, this “diagnosis threat” (DT ... [more ▼]

Objective. When reminded of their neurological history, mild traumatic brain injured (TBI) students underperform on neuropsychological tests (Suhr & Gunstad, 2002). To date, this “diagnosis threat” (DT) phenomenon has mainly been studied with a non-clinical and high-functioning population (university students). The aim of this study was twofold: to study this phenomenon with neurological patients and to examine the mechanisms responsible for underperformance. Method. Patients (18-55 years-old) who had sustained a TBI or a stroke were recruited from ambulatory and hospitalized cares, and then assigned to one of three conditions : Patients attention was drawn on (1) their neurological disease and the neuropsychological components of the upcoming tasks (DT group) ; (2) their intact sensory capacities and the sensorial components of the tasks (Neutral group); or (3) their better cognitive abilities compared to Alzheimer disease patients (Stereotype boost group). After these instructions, patients carried out cognitive tasks and completed questionnaires. Results. Preliminary analyses (n=18) showed that, on the z-score of executive functioning, the DT group performed worse than both the neutral group (p=.03) and the stereotype boost group (p=.05), but did not differ for the attentional and memory scores. Instructions also had an impact on cognitive self-efficacy, with the neutral group demonstrating greater score than the negative one (p=.08). Furthermore, the self-efficacy score tended to correlate with the score of executive functioning (r=.37). Conclusions. Results show that the DT phenomenon has an impact on cognitive performances in clinical setting, at least on executive functions, which are usually demonstrated to be the most sensitive to stereotype effects. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle de l'altérité dans la conscience malheureuse hégélienne
Petteni, Oriane ULg

Conference (2014, November 14)

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See detailIs there a global procedural learning deficit in children with Specific Language Impairment ?
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Lejoly, Kelly ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 13)

The study of procedural learning abilities in children with Specific Language Impairment (Procedural Deficit Hypothesis, PDH; Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) remains a relatively unexplored field of research ... [more ▼]

The study of procedural learning abilities in children with Specific Language Impairment (Procedural Deficit Hypothesis, PDH; Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) remains a relatively unexplored field of research. Since most evidence comes from studies using tasks which involve learning of sequenced patterns, research using other procedural learning paradigms (like motor adaptation tasks) is needed to further evaluate the PDH in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Therefore, in this study, we examined the ability of children with and without SLI to learn, consolidate and generalize a mirror-tracing task, a paradigm that does not involve sequence learning and had never been used in SLI. Children with SLI and typical developing (TD) matched children participated in the study. Children with SLI were included if they scored below -1.25 SD of the expected normative performance in at least 2 language areas. Both groups had to trace ten 5-pointed stars seen only in mirror-reversed view in two learning sessions separated by a one-week delay. The transfer phase consisted in tracing a new figure. The time required to complete the tracing, and the number of errors committed were recorded. Full results will be presented and discussed during the presentation of the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailUne photographie peut-elle dialoguer avec d’autres images ? Du texte à l’intertexte.
Hamers, Jérémy ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailElectrical modelling of interface traps in GeSn MOS structures
Baert, Bruno ULg; Cerica, Delphine ULg; Schmeits, Marcel ULg et al

Conference (2014, November 13)

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See detailSanté mentale et travail - les enjeux sociétaux
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, November 13)

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