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See detailPoésie et cosmologie
Delville, Michel ULiege; Bertrand, Jean-Pierre ULiege

Conference (2017, October 25)

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See detailIndexing grey multilingual literature in General Practice in the era of Semantic Web
Jamoulle, Marc ULiege; Resnick, Melissa; Ittoo, Ashwin ULiege et al

in The Grey Journal (2017, October 23)

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See detailUpscaling winter wheat above-ground biomass measurements using multispectral imagery and 3D data from unmanned aerial vehicle
Michez, Adrien ULiege; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Heinesch, Bernard ULiege et al

Poster (2017, October 20)

Field measurements in the ICOS program are spatially limited whereas the monitored gas fluxes may have a large footprint. Aerial remote sensing has the advantage to monitor large areas. The main goal of ... [more ▼]

Field measurements in the ICOS program are spatially limited whereas the monitored gas fluxes may have a large footprint. Aerial remote sensing has the advantage to monitor large areas. The main goal of our research was to test the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to upscale parameters monitored through the ICOS program. In this study, we specifically focus on above-ground biomass (AGB) monitoring in a winter wheat crop. We used a octocopter drone (X frame type) to acquire a time series over the crop growing season (8 flights from the 14th of February 2017 to the 7th of July 2017) of multispectral imagery covering the ICOS candidate station of Lonzée (Wallonia, Belgium) and the surrounding field crop areas (ca. 0.25 km² per flight). The multispectral camera provides spectral information on the green (550 +/- 50 nm), red (660 +/- 50 nm), near infrared (735 +/- 50 nm) and red-edge (790 +/- 10 nm) wavelengths bands. The UAV also brought an off-the-shelf high resolution (20 Mpx) RGB camera to derive accurate 3D data. We performed a photogrammetric 3D reconstruction of the acquired imagery for every flight survey. The images provided by the RGB sensor (Sony RX100) were used to produce a high spatial resolution Digital Surface Model (0.05 m) and the images acquired by the multispectral sensor were used to derive reflectance maps (0.1 m) in the four wavelengths bands. The four reflectance layers were combined to produce two straight-forward vegetation indices (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and Green NDVI). The photogrammetric DSM’s were combined to a LiDAR Digital Terrain Model (public database, survey in winter 2013) to produce Crop Height Models (CHM) of the study area. We used multiple linear regressions modelling in order to predict the AGB of the field crop monitored by the ICOS station of Lonzée with UAV imagery. AGB=a+b*GNDVI+c*NDVI+d *CHM The field crop data were provided by the ICOS program and by field research conducted in experimental field crops close to the flux tower. The field sampling consisted in destructive samples of the crop which were weighted after drying. For each field sample, an associated area was computed based on the outdistance sowing and the number of sampled crops in order to compute an AGB per area unit (t / Ha). Each AGB field estimation was associated to the closest flight date to build a multi date model presenting good performances (r² = 0.85, RMSE = 2.3 t/Ha). We used the same modelling approach to adjust a single date model to derive a predicted AGB map for the 7th of July. The performance of the single date model is lower but still highlights the biomass variation within the crop (r² = 0.71, RMSE = 1.9 t/Ha). The predicted AGB map displays a high spatial heterogeneity with some spatial patterns. Locally low AGB values are found along two old pedestrian whereas higher AGB values can be associated to areas which were sprayed twice (in-between two tractor tracks). Our results highlight the potential of UAV multispectral imagery to monitor the AGB variation within the footprint of the flux tower and highlight the need for repeated field sampling with a precise geolocation to improve the matching between the flight and the field surveys. [less ▲]

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See detailLooking for Smaug and the golden mountain. Are fictional objects Kripkean or Meinongian?
Leclercq, Bruno ULiege

Conference (2017, October 20)

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See detailLieu de vie, lieu de travail. L'institution et le bien-être
Nisen, Laurent ULiege

Conference (2017, October 20)

Présentation de la session Braises consacrée au bien-être (des travailleurs, des résidents) en institution

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See detailLes risques toxicologiques liés aux médicaments de qualité inférieure
Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULiege; Kalenda Tshilombo, Nicodème ULiege; Ciza Hamuli, Patient ULiege et al

Conference (2017, October 19)

Objective: Poor quality medicines regrouping counterfeit/falsified, sub-standards and degraded are a scourge for developing countries (1). Their public health consequences are often observed for cases of ... [more ▼]

Objective: Poor quality medicines regrouping counterfeit/falsified, sub-standards and degraded are a scourge for developing countries (1). Their public health consequences are often observed for cases of low dosage of active ingredients and sometimes for the absence of these. On the basis of the observed facts as well as suspected reported cases, we were interested in deepening the information through laboratory tests. Methods: Liquid chromatography (LC), thin layer chromatography (TLC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), Raman imagery (Rim) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) were used as targeted analytical techniques in this study, associated with the principal component analysis (PCA), while the suspect samples were obtained via the public health authorities of the DR Congo, Benin and Rwanda after their seizure. Results: The observed cases are presented by therapeutic class, namely: - analgesics: (1) cases of tablets supposed to contain paracetamol and which have caused abnormal adverse effects in patients who have consumed it, namely sedative effects, polyuria and hypotension. Using LC and complementary surveys by people interview, we were able to demonstrate the presence of a benzodiazepine and at very high doses. (2) Cases of paracetamol syrup whose excipient (glycerol) was substituted by diethylene glycol and which had caused the death of a hundred babies. Using the NIR and the PCA, we were able to elucidate this substitution. - antimalarials: (case 1) cases of arthemether-lumefantrine tablets which had no therapeutic effect. By means of TLC and LC, the absence of these two active ingredients was clearly demonstrated, but the presence of starch was revealed by Rim. (Case 2) case of quinine tablets that had no expected pharmacological effect. The use of several combined techniques (TLC, LC-MS, NMR and Rim) made it possible to demonstrate the presence of a substance with an imidazole structure (antamoeba). - antibiotics: (1) amoxicillin powder which after reconstitution in hospital caused poisoning of the babies until death for some. The reconstitution of the suspension had revealed the misuse of hydrogen peroxide instead of distilled water. (2) Finally a large-scale study (80 samples of amoxicillin powder) showed that 8% of the samples were above the claimed dosage. Conclusion: The cases presented indicate that there are effectively poor quality medicines and that they are responsible of public health problems and in particular of toxicity. Appropriate measures should be taken to protect users. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the Xpert®GBS LB test (Cepheid) performed on antenatal screening LIM enrichment broth for detection of Streptococcus agalactiae or group B streptococcus, compared to the reference culture method.
MEEX, Cécile ULiege; DUPONT, Audrey; SACHELI, Rosalie ULiege et al

Conference (2017, October 19)

PCR, performed on LIM enrichment broth compared wit the reference method, that is subculture on selective differential agar performed from the same incubated Lim broth inoculated with a vagino-rectal swab ... [more ▼]

PCR, performed on LIM enrichment broth compared wit the reference method, that is subculture on selective differential agar performed from the same incubated Lim broth inoculated with a vagino-rectal swab collected at 35-37 weeks’ gestation. Material/methods: During an 8-months period in 2015-2016, series of consecutive vagino/rectal swabs collected for antenatal GBS screening (at the university hospital of Liege, Belgium) were plated first on Granada agar and then inoculated in selective enrichment LIM broth. The incubated broth was further sub-cultured on Granada and Biorad StrepBselect agars. Moreover, a sterile swab immersed in the same incubated broth was further analyzed by a real-time PCR targeting GBS using the Xpert®GBS LB test on the GeneXpert® system (Cepheid). Results: Among the 288 antenatal screenings included in the study, 48 (16.7%) were positive for GBS using the culture reference method and 51 Xpert®GBS LB test were positive (17.7%), includin the 48 samples positive in culture and 3 additional specimens for witch culture remained negative. Considering the enriched culture as the gold standard, the sensitivity and specificity of the Xpert®GBS LB test were 100% and 98.8% respectively. Conclusions: The Xpert®GBS LB test performed on incubated LIM broth is at least as efficient as selective enriched culture for antenatal screening of GBS. The turnaround-time and hands-on-ti are much shorter for the Xpert® GBS LB but it is more expensive than culture method, which may limit its use. [less ▲]

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See detailIndividuality Through Relatedness: A Leibnizian Framework for Quantum Mechanics
Dony, Arthur ULiege

Conference (2017, October 18)

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See detailThe quality of artemether-lumefantrine combination and characteristics of pharmacies in the periurban areas of kinshasa
Mavungu Landu, Don Jethro ULiege; Liégeois, Sophie; Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULiege et al

Conference (2017, October 18)

QUALITÉ DE LA COMBINAISON THERAPEUTIQUE ARTEMETHER-LUMEFANTRINE ET CARACTÉRISTIQUES DES PHARMACIES EN TERRITOIRES PÉRIURBAINS DE KINSHASA Mavungu Landu DJ.1,2, Liégeois S., Manzambi Kuwekita J.3,4, Mbinze ... [more ▼]

QUALITÉ DE LA COMBINAISON THERAPEUTIQUE ARTEMETHER-LUMEFANTRINE ET CARACTÉRISTIQUES DES PHARMACIES EN TERRITOIRES PÉRIURBAINS DE KINSHASA Mavungu Landu DJ.1,2, Liégeois S., Manzambi Kuwekita J.3,4, Mbinze J.5, Mavungu Nsiona J.6,Hubert P.1, Michel B.2,7, Gretry L.8, Minga Kwete M.9, Reginster J-Y.3, Frédérich M.1, Marini Djang'Eing'A R.1 1 Département de Pharmacie, Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique; 2 Ecole Régionale Postuniversitaire d’Aménagement et de Gestion intégrés des Forêts et Territoires tropicaux, Kinshasa, RDC; 3 Département des Sciences de la Santé Publique, Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique; 4 Section de Santé Communautaire, Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, RDC; 5 Département de Galénique et d’Analyse des Médicaments, Université de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, RDC; 6 Division Provinciale de la Santé, Kinshasa, RDC; 7 Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux, Université de Liège, Gembloux, Belgique; 8 Plateforme Afrique Centrale, PACODEL, Kinshasa, RDC; 9 Secure drug, Kinshasa, RDC. Introduction: Le paludisme causé par le Plasmodium falciparum demeure un problème majeur de santé publique. Le traitement avec des antipaludiques de bonne qualité est une composante importante dans le contrôle de cette maladie. Cependant en Afrique centrale, plus de 25% des médicaments serait contrefaits ou de qualité inférieure, situation qui serait encore plus dramatique dans les territoires périurbains. Objectif: Afin de permettre une sensibilisation des populations vivant dans ces milieux, une étude a été menée dans le but d’évaluer l’existant au niveau sanitaire pharmaceutique. Méthodes: Dans le contexte ci-mentionné, une étude préliminaire et prospective a été menée dans la zone de santé de Mont Ngafula 1 située dans les territoires périurbains de la Ville de Kinshasa durant la période allant du 22 février au 10 décembre 2016. Trente échantillons de poudre pour suspension d’artéméther et de luméfantrine ont été collectés. L’analyse de la qualité de ces médicaments a été réalisée au moyen de méthodes séparatives génériques utilisant la technique de chromatographie liquide à haute performance couplé à un détecteur à barrettes de diodes. Une caractérisation a été également effectuée dans 127 établissements pharmaceutiques sur base des normes édictées par le Ministère de la Santé Publique congolais. Résultats: Le résultat des analyses des échantillons d’antimalariques (ou antipaludéens) montre qu’une poudre pour suspension d’artéméther et de luméfantrine sur trois (33,3%) ne contenait pas la concentration prévue en artéméther et/ou en luméfantrine. Par ailleurs, le résultat des observations évoque qu’aucun établissement pharmaceutique ne respectait l’ensemble des normes du Ministère de la Santé Publique. Conclusion: Cette étude nous apprend qu’en territoires périurbains de Kinshasa, un échantillon sur trois (33,3%) de la combinaison Artéméther-Luméfantrine est non conforme, les suspensions sont sous-dosées. Quant aux pharmacies existantes, aucune d’entre elles ne respecte l’ensemble des normes minimales édictées par le Ministère de la Santé Publique de la RDC. [less ▲]

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See detailPaul-Henri Spaak, du Plan Schuman aux traités de Rome : un moteur de l’Europe politique
Genin, Vincent ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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Filoux, Boris ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

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See detailEffect of including a gas layer on the gel formation process during the drying of a polymer solution
Rabani, Ramin ULiege; Machrafi, Hatim ULiege; Dauby, Pierre ULiege

in The European Physical Journal E (2017), 40(89), 11579-3

In this paper, we study the influence of the upper gas layer on the drying and gelation of a polymer solution. The gel is formed due to the evaporation of the binary solution into (inert) air. A one ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we study the influence of the upper gas layer on the drying and gelation of a polymer solution. The gel is formed due to the evaporation of the binary solution into (inert) air. A one dimensional model is proposed, where the evaporation flux is more realistically described than in previous studies. The approach is based on general thermodynamic principles. A composition-dependent diffusion coefficient is used in the liquid phase and the local equilibrium hypothesis is introduced at the interface to describe the evaporation process. The results show that the high thickness of the gas layer reduces evaporation, thus leading to longer drying times. Our model is also compared with more phenomenological descriptions of evaporation, for which the mass flux through the interface is described by the introduction of a Peclet number. A global agreement is found for appropriate values of the Peclet numbers and our model can thus be considered as a tool allowing to link the value of the empirical Peclet number to the physics of the gas phase. Finally, in contrast with other models, our approach emphasizes the possibility of very fast gelation at the interface, which could prevent all Marangoni convection during the drying process. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of Financial Assumptions on the Cost Optimality towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings- A case study
Hamdy, Mohamed; Siren, Kai; Attia, Shady ULiege

in Energy and Buildings (2017), 153

The energy efficiency challenge in Europe is mainly concerned with existing buildings and the investment scenarios to implement deep renovations. The cost-optimal approach imposed on EU-Member states by ... [more ▼]

The energy efficiency challenge in Europe is mainly concerned with existing buildings and the investment scenarios to implement deep renovations. The cost-optimal approach imposed on EU-Member states by the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aims to identify the investment gap and challenges to transform existing buildings into nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs). The investment gap is function of several volatile financial parameters including discount rate (r), developing of energy price (e), decline rate of technology price (d), as well as nZEB’s incentives like feed-in-tariff (FiT) and investment grant (iG). In this context, the decision making process of individuals or investment institutions is hindered by complexity and uncertainty. In order to assist the decision making process and improve the visibility of financial energy benefits, a novel optimization-based parametric analysis scheme (OptnZEB-I) is developed. The scheme is designed to investigate a large number of economic scenarios (i.e., combinations of financial assumptions) in a short computational time while a holistic optimization approach is adopting for exploring all possible design options including energy conservation measures (ESMs); renewable energy sources (RETs) and mechanical systems (Sys). For demonstration, the scheme is applied to analyse the impact of several financial parameters on the cost-optimal energy performance level (CO-EPL) of a single family house in Finland. In line with the EU-directive, a large number of possible design options (∼3 × 109million) are optimized for 4608 cases of economic scenarios. The results of the address case study show that, in average, the CO-EPL ranges from 90 to 160 [kWh/m2]. The range has most frequent value of 145 kWh/m2. The CO-EPL is significantly sensitive to the e, f, then i, respectively. Less sensitivity is found to the other financial parameters. The robustness of the optimization results are verified by solving the addressed design problem by using four different optimization algorithms (i.e., pattern search, interior-point, simulated annealing and genetic algorithms). [less ▲]

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Kaux, Jean-François ULiege

Conference (2017, October 14)

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See detailInventory of Beekeeping in the Algerian north (Tizi-ouzou and Bejaia)
Yahi, Krimou; Touazi, Leghel; Kaidi, Rachid et al

Poster (2017, October 13)

The objective of this study is to make an inventory of the honey production in the counties of Bejaia and Tizi-Ouzou in northeastern Algeria. To achieve this, a survey was carried out on 31 beekeepers (14 ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study is to make an inventory of the honey production in the counties of Bejaia and Tizi-Ouzou in northeastern Algeria. To achieve this, a survey was carried out on 31 beekeepers (14 in Bejaia and 17 in Tizi-Ouzou). The survey shows a social, cultural and religious role for 61.29% of the beekeepers. The beekeeping is primarily held by men (93.55%). It is the basic source of income for 64.52% of the respondents. The average age of the beekeepers is 42.90years (Min-Max: 28-67 years, Median: 40.5 years). The main products of the hive are honey (100%), swarms (16.13%), royal jelly (9.68%) and propolis (9.68%). The average honey production per hive is 7.70kg (Min-Max: 0.4-15kg hives, Median: 10kg). The average number of hives per beekeeper is 42.20 hives (Min-Max: 3-300 hives, Median: 17.50 hives). The average selling price of one kg of honey is 4000.00 DA / kg (Min-Max: 2000-5000DA; Median: 4000DA). The phenotype of the bee reported by 74.19% of the surveys is of small size with a long body and dark pigmentation corresponding to the breed “Apis mellifera intermissa”. Two apiculturists described another phenotype corresponding to the “Apis mellifera major”. The factors behind the motivations for beekeeping are consumption of honey (100%), income generation (90.32%), hobby (58.06%) and conservation of biodiversity (22.58%). The multiple constraints associated with several diseases, notably Varroase (mentioned by 80.65% of beekeepers), cause difficulties for the breeders. Thus they cannot profit maximum from beekeeping. Other constraints which were reported are; forest fires (35.48%), wasps (32.26%), absence of beekeeping professionals or technicians (29.03%), harsh and cold winters with snow (19.35%), high density of hives in the region (16.13%) and uncontrolled spreading of pesticides and crop protection products at farms (12.90%). The economic situation of the Algerian beekeepers can be optimized by improving the production potential of the local bees. [less ▲]

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See detailMédium et discours scientifique. La chronique comme genre de la recherche ?
Mayeur, Ingrid ULiege

Conference (2017, October 13)

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See detailQuality assessment of marketed eggs in Hanoi (Vietnam)
Moula, Nassim ULiege; Luc, Do Duc; Bo, H. X. et al

Poster (2017, October 13)

Poultry farming is the first sector of livestock that has been industrialized. The poultry sector plays an important role in the GDP of Vietnam. It is the second largest livestock after the pig livestock ... [more ▼]

Poultry farming is the first sector of livestock that has been industrialized. The poultry sector plays an important role in the GDP of Vietnam. It is the second largest livestock after the pig livestock. The production and consumption of eggs in Vietnam is estimated as 5.64 billion and 102.6 eggs per person per year respectively. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of eggs in relation to the chicken breed and different marketing channels in Hanoi, Vietnam. In total, 431 chicken eggs were purchased from four different marketing channels in Hanoi, including households (89 eggs), supermarkets (152 eggs), public markets (130 eggs) and small grocery stores (50 eggs). Out of the 431 above-mentioned eggs, 119 eggs came from the commercial chicken breeds and 312 eggs from traditional local breeds. The quality of eggs for a consumer is represented by its cleanliness, nutritional quality, freshness, and price. A series of measurements is carried out just after their purchase. According to the breed and the marketing channel, highly significant differences (P <0.05) were found in the freshness of the eggs (Haugh units), egg prices, eggs weight, egg shell, the white and the yolk of the egg. Though the chicken breed and marketing channels do not significantly affect (P> 0.05) the freshness of the eggs, however, they have a significant effect (P <0.05) on the size of the eggs marketed in Hanoi. The results of this study show an important diversity in marketing channels and marketed eggs in Hanoi. [less ▲]

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