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See detailA One-year Survey of Microsporum audouinii infections in Belgium: epidemiological and genotypic characterisation
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; ADJETEY BAHUN, Akolé ULg; DARFOUF, Rajae ULg et al

in Clinical Microbiology and Infection (2016), 22(3), 2859-28517

During recent years the proportion of tinea capitis (TC) infections due to Microsporum audouinii (M. audouinii) has increased both in Belgium and other European countries. To better understand the ... [more ▼]

During recent years the proportion of tinea capitis (TC) infections due to Microsporum audouinii (M. audouinii) has increased both in Belgium and other European countries. To better understand the emergence of this species in the country, the Belgian National Reference Center (NRC) for dermatophytes launched an epidemiological survey on the main anthropophilic dermatophytes causing TC in Belgium and including the genomic characterization of M. audouinii isolates. In total, 116 strains of M. audouinii were confirmed and characterized by the DiversiLab® system (bioMérieux). Six genotypic variants were identified, among which one major group included 90 isolates and the reference strain. Another variant group (11 strains) was exclusively confined to a geographical region in South Belgium. Analysis of epidemiological characteristics of the infected population showed that the main age category concerned 5-9 year-old children with a sex ratio (Male/Female) of 1.97. Data concerning the geographic origin of the family revealed a majority of Belgian nationality (44.7%), suggesting that the contamination has originated in Belgium. Other nationalities primarily originated from Africa. At this time, no clear correlation has been established between one particular strain and a specific country of origin. [less ▲]

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See detailAntihyperglycémiants, antihypertenseurs et hypolipidémiants : comparaison des effets sur la mortalité et la morbidité cardiovasculaire chez le patient diabétique de type 2
SCHEEN, André ULg

Poster (2016, March)

Introduction : Réduire le risque de mortalité et morbidité cardiovasculaire (CV) chez le patient diabétique de type 2 (DT2) est primordial, mais les effets protecteurs semblent différents selon le mode ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Réduire le risque de mortalité et morbidité cardiovasculaire (CV) chez le patient diabétique de type 2 (DT2) est primordial, mais les effets protecteurs semblent différents selon le mode d’intervention pharmacologique étudié. Patients et méthodes : Les données de mortalité (totale et CV) et morbidité (infarctus du myocarde ou IDM, accidents vasculaires cérébraux ou AVC) rapportées (réduction du risque relatif) dans les essais ayant testé un traitement anti-hyperglycémiant sont comparées avec les résultats publiés dans deux méta-analyses concernant les hypolipidémiants et les anti-hypertenseurs consacrées au DT2. Résultats : Les antihypertenseurs réduisent les IDM (-12%) et la mortalité globale (-13%) de façon comparable, et diminuent davantage les AVC (-27%). Les hypolipidémiants diminuent davantage les IDM (- 22%) et les AVC (-21%) que la mortalité globale (-9%) (ou la mortalité CV : - 13%). Les données concernant les antihyperglycémiants diffèrent considérablement selon les médications testées. L’insuline et les sulfamides (UKPDS) réduisent plus les IDM (- 21%) que la mortalité totale (-8%), mais augmentent les AVC (+ 14%). La metformine (UKPDS) réduit, de façon comparable, les IDM (-39%), les AVC (-41%) et la mortalité totale (-36%). La pioglitazone (PROactive) diminue davantage les IDM (-17%) et les AVC (-19%) que la mortalité (-4%). Les gliptines (combinaison de SAVOR TIMI 53, EXAMINE, TECOS) ont montré des effets globalement neutres sur la mortalité totale (0%), les IDM (-2%) et les AVC (-1%). L’empagliflozine (EMPA-REG OUTCOME) se singularise par un effet favorable nettement plus marqué sur la mortalité totale (-32 %) et CV (- 38%) que sur les IDM (-13%) ou les AVC (+18%). Conclusion : Les discordances observées suggèrent l’implication de mécanismes protecteurs différents selon les interventions testées. EMPA-REG OUTCOME, le seul essai démontrant un effet plus marqué sur la mortalité que sur les événements CV, suggère un mécanisme propre de l’inhibiteur des SGLT2. [less ▲]

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See detailRelations entre neuropathie autonome cardiaque (NAC), pression pulsée (PP) et insuffisance rénale chronique (IRC) chez le patient diabétique de type 2 (DT2)
PHILIPS, Jean-Christophe ULg; MARCHAND, Monique ULg; SCHEEN, André ULg

Poster (2016, March)

Objectifs : Ce travail étudie les relations entre trois complications diabétiques, la NAC, l’élévation de PP (marqueur de rigidité artérielle) et la diminution du débit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG ... [more ▼]

Objectifs : Ce travail étudie les relations entre trois complications diabétiques, la NAC, l’élévation de PP (marqueur de rigidité artérielle) et la diminution du débit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG) chez le patient DT2. Patients et méthodes : L’étude comprend 79 patients DT2 (53H/26F; 56±8 années; 11±8 années de DT2; IMC 28,4±4,6 kg/m²) analysés par enregistrement continu de la pression artérielle (PA) et de la fréquence cardiaque (appareil Finapres) lors d’un test postural standardisé. Le gain baro-réflexe (GBR, indice de NAC) correspond à la pente de la relation entre les espaces R-R et PA systolique (PAS) lors du redressement accroupi-debout. PP est analysée pendant tout le test et par son augmentation durant l’accroupissement (delta PP). DFG est estimé par la formule MDRD au début puis après un suivi moyen de 12±5 ans. Résultats : Les valeurs initiales sont : HbA1c : 8,8± 1,7%; DFG : 86±25 ml/min ; PP : 62±10 mmHg; BRG : 1,8±1,4 msec/mmHg. DFG est inversement corrélé à l’âge (r=-0,317; p=0,020), très positivement corrélé avec GBR (r=0,453; p=0,008), sans corrélation significative avec HbA1c (r=-0,023; p=0,935) ni avec PAS, PP ou encore delta PP (r=-0,206; p=0,114; NS). La diminution de DFG (-12±23 ml/min) lors du suivi de 12 ans n’a pu être corrélée de façon significative aux valeurs initiales et finales d’HbA1c, ni aux valeurs initiales de GBR (et d’autres marqueurs de NAC) ou de PA, même si la relation est proche de la signification pour delta PP (r=0,20; p=0,060). Conclusion : La forte relation initiale entre DFG et GBR suggère que IRC et NAC sont aggravées de façon conjointe et, possiblement, qu’une des deux complications influence l’autre. L’absence de toute corrélation entre la chute ultérieure de DFG et les autres paramètres initiaux peut s’expliquer par l’origine multifactorielle de la progression de l’IRC chez le patient DT2. [less ▲]

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See detailMobiliser la culture du pays d’origine, un défi pour l’intégration des migrants?
Mescoli, Elsa ULg; Gsir, Sonia ULg

Conference (2016, March)

La culture constitue pour les migrants et leurs pays d’origine un moyen de maintenir des liens réciproques après la migration. Mais quels sont les enjeux de la mobilisation de la culture d’origine pour ... [more ▼]

La culture constitue pour les migrants et leurs pays d’origine un moyen de maintenir des liens réciproques après la migration. Mais quels sont les enjeux de la mobilisation de la culture d’origine pour l’intégration des migrants dans leurs nouveaux pays de résidence ? Cette présentation analyse le déploiement de la culture du pays d’origine à trois niveaux : celui des pratiques quotidiennes des migrants, des politiques d’intégration et de diaspora et enfin, le niveau des associations, en particulier les centres culturels établis en Europe par les pays d’origine des migrants. Les pratiques culturelles des migrants et les actions et institutions culturelles mises en place par les pays d’origine sont confrontées au cadre légal européen en matière de diversité culturelle mais aussi aux politiques et discours sur l’intégration des migrants. La perspective à la fois anthropologique et sociologique adoptée révèle les processus de domination culturelle qui sont à l’œuvre. Elle permet aussi de questionner l’idée d’identité culturelle en montrant le dynamisme qui caractérise les cultures mais aussi la créativité des communautés locales dans un environnement globalisé. Finalement, on constate qu’une variété de facteurs est en jeu dans les processus d’intégration des migrants, que les dynamiques de la culture elle-même déterminent des appartenances multiples et aussi que les identités se développent au sein des interactions entre cultures. Si on ne peut établir de lien causal et univoque entre les pratiques culturelles liées au pays d’origine et l’intégration des migrants dans le pays de résidence, on peut par contre se référer à la notion d’ethnicité et à sa fonction politique (Comaroff et Comaroff, 2009). [less ▲]

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See detailToxicity of organometal halide perovskite solar cells
Babayigit, Aslihan; Ethirajan, Anitha; Muller, Marc ULg et al

in Nature Materials (2016), 15

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See detailDrying induced shrinkage of Boom Clay: an experimental investigation
Prime, Noémie; Levasseur, Séverine; Miny, Laurent et al

in Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2016), 53(3), 396-409

Drying induced shrinkage of geomaterials may have a strong effect on geostructure stability and deformation. Settlement of foundations, fracture opening on slopes, roads, tunnel walls may be due to drying ... [more ▼]

Drying induced shrinkage of geomaterials may have a strong effect on geostructure stability and deformation. Settlement of foundations, fracture opening on slopes, roads, tunnel walls may be due to drying shrinkage. However, there is still a lack of knowledge concerning shrinkage evolution in time and shrinkage propagation within the material. In this study, the shrinkage of a specific clayey rock, Boom Clay, under drying conditions is experimentally investigated. This rock is a deep geological formation which is under study for high-level and long-life radioactive waste storage in Belgium. Two experimental campaigns are here presented. The first one, based on vapour equilibrium drying technique and completed by sample size manual measurement, aims to characterize the material shrinkage in balanced states. The second one, based on convective drying technique completed by shape monitoring using X-ray tomography, aims to analyse how shrinkage develops before reaching a steady state. Both approaches put in evidence the shrinkage anisotropy of this structurally bedded rock, with a ratio around 2 between the direction of maximum strains and the direction of minimum strains. However, the two drying techniques also provide complementary results, as the relation between the amount of shrinkage and the retention curve (for the uniform drying imposed with saline solutions) and the kinetics of shrinkage propagation inside the material (for the non-uniform drying imposed with air convection). [less ▲]

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See detailStructural identifiability analysis of a cardiovascular system model
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

in Medical engineering & physics (2016)

The six-chamber cardiovascular system model of Burkhoff and Tyberg has been used in several theoretical and experimental studies. However, this cardiovascular system model (and others derived from it) are ... [more ▼]

The six-chamber cardiovascular system model of Burkhoff and Tyberg has been used in several theoretical and experimental studies. However, this cardiovascular system model (and others derived from it) are not identifiable from any output set. In this work, two such cases of structural non-identifiability are first presented. These cases occur when the model output set only contains a single type of information (pressure or volume). A specific output set is thus chosen, mixing pressure and volume information and containing only a limited number of clinically available measurements. Then, by manipulating the model equations involving these outputs, it is demonstrated that the six-chamber cardiovascular system model is structurally globally identifiable. A further simplification is made, assuming known cardiac valve resistances. Because of the poor practical identifiability of these four parameters, this assumption is usual. Under this hypothesis, the six-chamber cardiovascular system model is structurally identifiable from an even smaller dataset. As a consequence, parameter values computed from limited but well-chosen datasets are theoretically unique. This means that the parameter identification procedure can safely be performed on the model from such a well-chosen dataset. Thus, the model may be considered suitable for use in diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal variability of surface and column carbon monoxide over megacity Paris, high altitude Jungfraujoch and Southern Hemispheric Wollongong stations
Té, Y; Jeseck, P; Franco, Bruno ULg et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics Discussions (2016)

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an atmospheric key species due to its toxicity and its impact on the atmospheric oxidizing capacity, both factors affecting air quality. The paper studies the altitude dependent ... [more ▼]

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an atmospheric key species due to its toxicity and its impact on the atmospheric oxidizing capacity, both factors affecting air quality. The paper studies the altitude dependent seasonal variability of CO at the three different sites Paris, Jungfraujoch and Wollongong, with an emphasis on establishing a link between the CO vertical distribution and the nature of CO emission sources. The CO seasonal variability obtained from the total columns and from the free tropospheric partial columns shows a maximum around March-April and a minimum around September-October in the Northern Hemisphere (Paris and Jungfraujoch). In the Southern Hemisphere (Wollongong) this seasonal variability is shifted by about 6 months. Satellite observations by IASI-MetOp and MOPITT instruments confirm this seasonality. Ground-based FTIR is demonstrated to provide useful complementary information due to good sensitivity in the boundary layer. In situ surface measurements of CO volume mixing ratios in Paris and at Jungfraujoch reveal a time-lag of the near surface seasonal variability of about 2 months with respect to the total column variability at the same sites. The chemical transport model GEOS-Chem is employed to interpret our observations. GEOS-Chem sensitivity runs allow identifying the emission sources influencing the seasonal cycle of CO. In Paris and on top of Jungfraujoch, the surface seasonality is mainly driven by anthropogenic emissions, while the total column seasonality is also controlled by air masses transported from distant sources. In the case of Wollongong, where the CO seasonality is mainly affected by biomass burning, no time shift is observed between surface and above the boundary layer. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse qualitative interdisciplinaire du discours de travailleurs à l’aide d’un logiciel collaboratif : le cas de la flexicurité
Beuker, Laura ULg; DE CIA, Julie ULg; Dervaux, Amélie ULg et al

in Recherches Qualitatives (2016), 35(1), 29-55

L’ambition de cet article est double : explorer les vertus de l’utilisation d’un logiciel d’analyse qualitative dans le cadre d’un travail interdisciplinaire sur la flexicurité, et réaliser une revue de ... [more ▼]

L’ambition de cet article est double : explorer les vertus de l’utilisation d’un logiciel d’analyse qualitative dans le cadre d’un travail interdisciplinaire sur la flexicurité, et réaliser une revue de littérature transversale à partir des problématiques concrètes que ce concept cristallise dans le vécu des travailleurs. La flexicurité constitue un oxymore qui prône la recherche d’un équilibre entre besoins de flexibilité et de sécurité sur le marché du travail. Cet équilibre est avant tout un objectif politique, mais il reste fragile aux yeux des acteurs concernés. En cherchant à croiser le regard analytique de trois disciplines – psychologie, gestion et sociologie –, nous avons recouru au logiciel Cassandre (Lejeune, 2008) pour dégager des tensions discursives autour des notions de flexibilité et de sécurité dans un corpus de vingt entretiens qualitatifs. L’article permet ainsi de concrétiser l’intérêt et les limites de l’utilisation d’un logiciel d’analyse qualitative dans le cadre d’un travail interdisciplinaire. [less ▲]

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See detailTénotomie chez le veau
Djebala, Salem ULg; Sartelet, Arnaud ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2016), 363

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See detailDisorders of Consciousness
Bodart, Olivier ULg; Thibaut, Aurore ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg et al

in Citerio, G.; Smith, M.; Kofke, A. (Eds.) Oxford Textbook of neurocritical care (2016)

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See detailReview of: K. Mulligan, Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande (Paris, 2012)
Seron, Denis ULg

in Dialectica : International Journal of Philosophy & Official Organ of the ESAP (2016), 70(1),

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See detailBad News in Service Encounters: Ideas and Insights
Delcourt, Cécile ULg; Gremler, Dwayne

Conference (2016, March)

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See detailFaraday rotation, band splitting, and one-way propagation of plasmon waves on a nanoparticle chain
Pike, Nicholas ULg; Stroud, David

in Journal of Applied Physics (2016), 119

We calculate the dispersion relations of plasmonic waves propagating along a chain of semiconducting or metallic nanoparticles in the presence of both a static magnetic field B and a liquid crystalline ... [more ▼]

We calculate the dispersion relations of plasmonic waves propagating along a chain of semiconducting or metallic nanoparticles in the presence of both a static magnetic field B and a liquid crystalline host. The dispersion relations are obtained using the quasistatic approximation and a dipole-dipole approximation to treat the interaction between surface plasmons on different nanoparticles. For plasmons propagating along a particle chain in a nematic liquid crystalline host with both B and the director parallel to the chain, we find a small, but finite, Faraday rotation angle. For B perpendicular to the chain, but director still parallel to the chain, the field couples the longitudinal and one of the two transverse plasmonic branches. This coupling is shown to split the two branches at the zero field crossing by an amount proportional to |B||B|. In a cholesteric liquid crystal host and an applied magnetic field parallel to the chain, the dispersion relations for left- and right-moving waves are found to be different. For some frequencies, the plasmonic wave propagates only in one of the two directions. [less ▲]

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See detailIncidence and risk factors for early renal dysfunction after liver transplantation.
WIESEN, Patricia ULg; MASSION, Paul ULg; JORIS, Jean ULg et al

in World journal of transplantation (2016), 6(1), 220-232

AIM: To determine renal dysfunction post liver transplantation, its incidence and risk factors in patients from a Belgian University Hospital. METHODS: Orthotopic liver transplantations performed from ... [more ▼]

AIM: To determine renal dysfunction post liver transplantation, its incidence and risk factors in patients from a Belgian University Hospital. METHODS: Orthotopic liver transplantations performed from January 2006 until September 2012 were retrospectively reviewed (n = 187). Patients with no renal replacement therapy (RRT) before transplantation were classified into four groups according to their highest creatinine plasma level during the first postoperative week. The first group had a peak creatinine level below 12 mg/L, the second group between 12 and 20 mg/L, the third group between 20 and 35 mg/L, and the fourth above 35 mg/L. In addition, patients who needed RRT during the first week after transplantation were also classified into the fourth group. Perioperative parameters were recorded as risk factors, namely age, sex, body mass index (BMI), length of preoperative hospital stay, prior bacterial infection within one month, preoperative ascites, preoperative treatment with beta-blocker, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, preoperative creatinine and bilirubin levels, donor status (cardiac death or brain death), postoperative lactate level, need for intraoperative vasopressive drugs, surgical revision, mechanical ventilation for more than 24 h, postoperative bilirubin and transaminase peak levels, postoperative hemoglobin level, amount of perioperative blood transfusions and type of immunosuppression. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed using logistic ordinal regression method. Post hoc analysis of the hemostatic agent used was also done. RESULTS: There were 78 patients in group 1 (41.7%), 46 in group 2 (24.6%), 38 in group 3 (20.3%) and 25 in group 4 (13.4%). Twenty patients required RRT: 13 (7%) during the first week after transplantation. Using univariate analysis, the severity of renal dysfunction was correlated with presence of ascites and prior bacterial infection, preoperative bilirubin, urea and creatinine level, need for surgical revision, use of vasopressor, postoperative mechanical ventilation, postoperative bilirubin and urea, aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), and hemoglobin levels and the need for transfusion. The multivariate analysis showed that BMI (OR = 1.1, P = 0.004), preoperative creatinine level (OR = 11.1, P < 0.0001), use of vasopressor (OR = 3.31, P = 0.0002), maximal postoperative bilirubin level (OR = 1.44, P = 0.044) and minimal postoperative hemoglobin level (OR = 0.059, P = 0.0005) were independent predictors of early post-liver transplantation renal dysfunction. Neither donor status nor ASAT levels had significant impact on early postoperative renal dysfunction in multivariate analysis. Absence of renal dysfunction (group 1) was also predicted by the intraoperative hemostatic agent used, independently of the extent of bleeding and of the preoperative creatinine level. CONCLUSION: More than half of receivers experienced some degree of early renal dysfunction after liver transplantation. Main predictors were preoperative renal dysfunction, postoperative anemia and vasopressor requirement. [less ▲]

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See detailDouble genetic defect in a case of congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism
Potorac, Iulia ULg; Pintiaux, Axelle ULg; VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg et al

in Abstract book - 17th World Congress of Gynecological Endocrinology (2016, March)

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See detailActive Management of Low-Voltage Networks for Mitigating Overvoltages due to Photovoltaic Units
Olivier, Frédéric ULg; Aristidou, Petros ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2016), 2(7), 926-936

In this paper, the overvoltage problems that might arise from the integration of photovoltaic panels into low-voltage distribution networks is addressed. A distributed scheme is proposed that adjusts the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the overvoltage problems that might arise from the integration of photovoltaic panels into low-voltage distribution networks is addressed. A distributed scheme is proposed that adjusts the reactive and active power output of inverters to prevent or alleviate such problems. The proposed scheme is model-free and makes use of limited communication between the controllers, in the form of a distress signal, only during emergency conditions. It prioritizes the use of reactive power, while active power curtailment is performed only as a last resort. The behavior of the scheme is studied using dynamic simulations on a single low-voltage feeder and on a larger network composed of 14 low-voltage feeders. Its performance is compared to a centralized scheme based on the solution of an Optimal Power Flow problem, whose objective function is to minimize the active power curtailment. The proposed scheme successfully mitigates overvoltage situations due to high photovoltaic penetration and performs almost as well as the Optimal Power Flow based solution with significantly less information and communication requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel composite heterozygous mutation of the receptor for hCG and LH leading to male disorder of sexual development
Potorac, Iulia ULg; FUDVOYE, Julie ULg; GAILLEZ, Stephanie ULg et al

in Abstract book - 17th World Congress of Gynecological Endocrinology (2016, March)

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