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See detailSynthesis of well-defined ethylene-based copolymers: on track using organometallic-mediated radical polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Conference (2014, September 19)

Organometallic-Mediated Radical Polymerization (OMRP)1 has received renewed interest in recent years since proving its efficiency for non-activated monomers like vinylacetate (VAc), N-vinylamides, etc ... [more ▼]

Organometallic-Mediated Radical Polymerization (OMRP)1 has received renewed interest in recent years since proving its efficiency for non-activated monomers like vinylacetate (VAc), N-vinylamides, etc. Nevertheless, important mechanistic questions and challenges remained. A major goal in the field of controlled radical polymerization today consists in the design of well-defined ethylene containing (co)polymers. A recent mechanistic study on the impact of head-to-head addition on the course of the VAc polymerization by OMRP provided a strong incentive to evaluate the copolymerization of VAc with ethylene by this technique. Indeed, the latter revealed that dormant chains resulting from inverted head-to-head additions in the VAc polymerization, which mimics a terminal ethylene-cobalt moiety, reactivates at a similar rate compared to the ones resulting from the regular head-to-tail addition. As a result, well-defined statistical and block-like ethylene-based copolymers were prepared. These achievements represent an important step towards a versatile synthetic platform for polyolefine-based materials. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-Chromatic Analysis of SAR Images for Coherent Target Detection
Bovenga, Fabio; Barbier, Christian ULg; De Rauw, Dominique ULg et al

in Remote Sensing (2014), 6

This work investigates the possibility of performing target analysis through the Multi-Chromatic Analysis (MCA), a technique that basically explores the information content of sub-band images obtained by ... [more ▼]

This work investigates the possibility of performing target analysis through the Multi-Chromatic Analysis (MCA), a technique that basically explores the information content of sub-band images obtained by processing portions of the range spectrum of a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image. According to the behavior of the SAR signal at the different sub-bands, MCA allows target classification. Two strategies have been experimented by processing TerraSAR-X images acquired over the Venice Lagoon, Italy: one exploiting the phase of interferometric sub-band pairs, the other using the spectral coherence derived by computing the coherence between sub-band images of a single SAR acquisition. The first approach introduces the concept of frequency-persistent scatterers (FPS), which is complementary to that of the time-persistent scatterers (PS). FPS and PS populations have been derived and analyzed to evaluate the respective characteristics and the physical nature of the targets. Spectral coherence analysis has been applied to vessel detection, according to the property that, in presence of a random distribution of surface scatterers, as for open sea surfaces, spectral coherence is expected to be proportional to sub-band intersection, while in presence of manmade structures it is preserved anyhow. First results show that spectral coherence is well preserved even for very small vessels, and can be used as a complementary information channel to constrain vessel detection in addition to classical Constant False Alarm Rate techniques based on the sole intensity channel. [less ▲]

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See detailDes activités pour les patients souffrant de la maladie d'Alzheimer? Oui! Mais pas n'importe lesquelles!
Adam, Stéphane ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailSpatiotemporal evolution of the distribution of trace elements in the sediments of the English Channel
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Pini, Jennifer; White, Shannon et al

Scientific conference (2014, September 18)

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See detailL'âgisme en oncogériatrie
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; JERUSALEM, Guy ULg et al

Conference (2014, September 18)

Introduction (800 caractères): Le cancer est un problème de santé majeur dont l’âge constitue un facteur de risque avéré. Paradoxalement, les personnes âgées souffrant d’un cancer sont souvent sous ... [more ▼]

Introduction (800 caractères): Le cancer est un problème de santé majeur dont l’âge constitue un facteur de risque avéré. Paradoxalement, les personnes âgées souffrant d’un cancer sont souvent sous-traitées comparativement à des patients plus jeunes : à situation clinique équivalente, des futurs médecins recommandent moins fréquemment une reconstruction mammaire (Madan et al., 2004) et des médecins recommandent moins souvent une chimiothérapie (Protière et al., 2010) chez les personnes âgées par rapport aux jeunes. Un élément d’explication avancé par les auteurs est la stigmatisation liée à l’âge (c.à.d. nos stéréotypes liés à l’âge, et donc l’âgisme), bien qu’elle n’ait pas été analysée dans ces études. Dès lors, le lien entre la vision de l’âge et les recommandations cliniques constitue l’objectif de notre étude. Méthodologie (1500 caractères) : Nous avons interrogé 76 infirmiers (-ères) travaillant en oncologie et étant en contact régulier avec des patients âgés (67 femmes, 9 hommes, M âge = 33,88 ans). Il leur a été proposé de donner leur avis sur quatre fiches cliniques et de compléter deux questionnaires. La première fiche clinique concernait une nouvelle immunothérapie contre le cancer du poumon. A sa lecture, il était demandé aux infirmiers de noter, sur une échelle de 1 à 7, dans quelle mesure ils recommanderaient à leur patient (40 vs 70 ans) de suivre ce traitement expérimental. Les 3 autres fiches cliniques concernaient une patiente en bon état général atteinte d’un cancer du sein et ayant été traité par mastectomie. Les paramètres cliniques étaient strictement équivalents dans les 3 cas : seul l’âge de la patiente changeait (35, 55 ou 75 ans). Pour chaque fiche, les infirmiers devaient noter sur une échelle de 1 à 7 à quel point ils encourageraient le patient à suivre un traitement chimiothérapeutique et à demander une reconstruction mammaire Les infirmiers étaient également interrogés sur leur vision de l’âge de manière explicite via un questionnaire (FSA-R ; Boudjemad & Gana, 2009) et de manière implicite sur base des 5 premiers mots qui leur venaient à l’esprit lorsqu’ils pensaient à une personne âgée (informations récoltées au sein du questionnaire anamnestique global). Résultats (1500 caractères): Concernant le traitement expérimental, sa recommandation est moins fréquente pour une personne de 70 ans comparativement à une personne de 40 ans (p<.001). Cette moindre recommandation est associée à une tendance à citer plus de mots négatifs relatifs à la personne âgée (p =.09). Aucun résultat n’a été trouvé en lien avec la mesure explicite de l’âgisme. De plus, le personnel soignant recommande moins fréquemment une chimiothérapie pour une personne de 75 ans comparativement aux personnes de 55 et 35 ans (p<.001). Ce résultat ne semble pas influencer par la vision de l’âge du personnel soignant. Au niveau de la reconstruction mammaire, une différence est visible dès 55 ans : la reconstruction mammaire est moins recommandée pour une personne de cet âge par rapport à une personne de 35 ans (p=.02). Elle l’est encore moins pour une personne de 75 ans comparativement à une personne de 55 ans (p<.001). De plus, la différence de recommandation entre une personne de 75 et 35 ans semble être influencée par la vision de l’âge du personnel (mesurée par le test du FSA-R) : une vision plus négative est associée à un encouragement moins fréquent pour une personne de 75 ans comparativement à une personne de 35 ans (p = .01). Nous n’avons pas trouvé de lien avec la mesure implicite de l’âgisme. Conclusion (800 caractères): Nos données confirment que les recommandations cliniques telles qu’une reconstruction mammaire ou une chimiothérapie sont moins fréquente chez les personnes âgées que chez les jeunes. De plus, nos résultats montrent qu’une vision négative de l’âge est associée à une moindre propension à proposer une reconstruction mammaire. A l’inverse, la vision de l’âge ne semble pas influencer l’encouragement pour un traitement chimiothérapeutique : des attitudes âgistes sont observées même quand le personnel a une vision positive de l’âge. Ces résultats doivent cependant être confirmés par d’autres études notamment menées auprès d’autres professionnels en oncologie gériatrique. Lors de celles-ci, l’ajout d’autres mesures implicites de l’âgisme nous paraitrait intéressant. [less ▲]

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See detailBehavior of Listeria monocytogenes in sheep raw milk cheeses: a study at different stages of production and shelf-life"
N'Guessan, Elise; Amara, N.; Godrie, Thérèse ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 18)

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See detailHuman cortical excitability depends on time spent awake and circadian phase
Ly, Julien ULg; Chellappa, Sarah Laxhmi ULg; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg et al

Conference (2014, September 17)

At any point in time, human performance results from the interaction of two main factors: a circadian signal varying with the time of the day and the sleep need accrued throughout the preceding waking ... [more ▼]

At any point in time, human performance results from the interaction of two main factors: a circadian signal varying with the time of the day and the sleep need accrued throughout the preceding waking period. But what’s happen at the cortical cerebral level? We used a novel technique coupling transcranial magnetic stimulation with electroencephalography (TMS/EEG) to assess the influence of time spent awake and circadian phasis on human cortical excitability. Twenty-two healthy young men underwent 8 TMS/EEG sessions during a 28 hour sleep deprivation protocole. We found that cortical excitability depends on both time spent awake and circadian phasis. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic artifact detection for whole-night polysomnographic sleep recordings
Coppieters't Wallant, Dorothée ULg; Chellappa, Sarah Laxhmi ULg; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 17)

Detecting of bad channels and artifacts for whole-night polysomnographic recordings is very time consuming and tedious. We therefore developed an automatic procedure to automatize this job.

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See detailEn attendant la Suédoise : quelques réflexions politologiques sur les accords de majorité de 2014
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailNuclear Waste Management in Belgium: the place(less) of public participation
Parotte, Céline ULg

Conference (2014, September 17)

This presentation highlights the last reflections of the author on NWM in Belgium. It focuses on the new governance practices in Belgian nuclear waste management (NWM) from its ‘participatory turn’ in the ... [more ▼]

This presentation highlights the last reflections of the author on NWM in Belgium. It focuses on the new governance practices in Belgian nuclear waste management (NWM) from its ‘participatory turn’ in the late 1990s. Rather than praising (or rejecting) participation versus expert analysis, we make use of a theoretical and analytical framework in which the important dynamics for the analysis are ‘opening up’ and ‘closing down’ technological appraisals and commitments. Even though NWM agencies often plea for an integrative approach between experts analysis and participation, in practice this reveals itself rather complicated as both exercises are often kept separate. We address this separation and its consequences and we find that societal concerns remain subsumed in the technical options which have long been favoured by the Belgian agency. This taming of uncertainty may come at a high price, if it systematically reduces the scope of alternative options for governance intervention or if societal consultations ultimately appear like an instrument of legitimation of already-taken decisions. [less ▲]

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See detailanxiety at the first radiotherapy session for non-metastatic brest cancer: key communication and communication-related predictors
Lewis, Florence; Merckaert, Isabelle; Liénard, Aurore et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2014)

Background and purpose Patients may experience clinically relevant anxiety at their first radiotherapy (RT) sessions. To date, studies have not investigated during/around the RT simulation the key ... [more ▼]

Background and purpose Patients may experience clinically relevant anxiety at their first radiotherapy (RT) sessions. To date, studies have not investigated during/around the RT simulation the key communication and communication-related predictors of this clinically relevant anxiety. Material and methods Breast cancer patients (n = 227) completed visual analog scale (VAS) assessments of anxiety before and after their first RT sessions. Clinically relevant anxiety was defined as having pre- and post-first RT session VAS scores ⩾4 cm. Communication during RT simulation was assessed with content analysis software (LaComm), and communication-related variables around the RT simulation were assessed with questionnaires. Results Clinically relevant anxiety at the first RT session was predicted by lower self-efficacy to communicate with the RT team (OR = 0.65; p = 0.020), the perception of lower support received from the RT team (OR = 0.70; p = 0.020), lower knowledge of RT-associated side effects (OR = 0.95; p = 0.057), and higher use of emotion-focused coping (OR = 1.09; p = 0.013). Conclusions This study provides RT team members with information about potential communication strategies, which may be used to reduce patient anxiety at the first RT session. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic modeling and control strategy analysis of a micro-scale CSP plant coupled with a thermocline system for power generation
Dickes, Rémi ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Bell, Ian ULg et al

Conference (2014, September 17)

Concentrated solar power systems are characterized by strong transients and require proper control guidelines to operate efficiently. In this context, a dynamic model of a 5 kWe solar ORC system is ... [more ▼]

Concentrated solar power systems are characterized by strong transients and require proper control guidelines to operate efficiently. In this context, a dynamic model of a 5 kWe solar ORC system is developed in the Modelica language to investigate the possible advantages of coupling a concentrating solar power system with a thermocline packed-bed storage. The models of the solar field, the thermocline storage and the ORC unit are described and integrated in the open-source ThermoCycle library. A first regulation strategy is proposed and implemented into a controller unit. Results of a three-day simulation using real meteorological data are finally analyzed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailVictimologie clinique : une formation continue universitaire en octobre 2014 !
Garcet, Serge ULg

Article for general public (2014)

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See detailPerception de la pharmacovigilance par les futurs pharmaciens hospitaliers belges, français, québécois et suisses
Cerruti, L; Lebel, D; Van Hees, Thierry ULg et al

in Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology (2014, September 17), 21(2), 320

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See detailHuman cortical excitability depends on time awake and circadian phase
Ly, Julien ULg; Chellappa, Sarah Laxhmi ULg; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg et al

Conference (2014, September 17)

At any point in time, human performance results from the interaction of two main factors: a circadian signal varying with the time of the day and the sleep need accrued throughout the preceding waking ... [more ▼]

At any point in time, human performance results from the interaction of two main factors: a circadian signal varying with the time of the day and the sleep need accrued throughout the preceding waking period. But what’s happen at the cortical cerebral level? We used a novel technique coupling transcranial magnetic stimulation with electroencephalography (TMS/EEG) to assess the influence of time spent awake and circadian phasis on human cortical excitability. Twenty-two healthy young men underwent 8 TMS/EEG sessions during a 28 hour sleep deprivation protocole. We found that cortical excitability depends on both time spent awake and circadian phasis. [less ▲]

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See detailLes effets de la retraite sur la mémoire
Adam, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2014, September 16)

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