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See detailKnowledge transfer from Belgian government to medical doctors
MORTELMANS, Katrien; REMMEN, Roy; BERKEIN, Philip et al

Conference (2014, October 02)

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See detailManuel d'analyse qualitative. Analyser sans compter ni classer
Lejeune, Christophe ULg

Book published by De Boeck (2014)

La méthode qualitative s'est dotée d'outils et de techniques : journal de bord, propriété, dimension, catégorie, échantillonnage, saturation, scénario, mémo et compte rendu, codage (ouvert, axial et ... [more ▼]

La méthode qualitative s'est dotée d'outils et de techniques : journal de bord, propriété, dimension, catégorie, échantillonnage, saturation, scénario, mémo et compte rendu, codage (ouvert, axial et sélectif). Cet ouvrage présente le rôle respectif de chacun de ces éléments et permet à tous de s'approprier la logique qui les sous-tend. S'appuyant sur des exemples issus de recherches réelles, il expose avec clarté comment conduire sa propre recherche. Il fournit des astuces développées par les praticiens les plus aguerris et permet ainsi au lecteur d'évaluer sa propre avancée dans le monde passionnant de la recherche qualitative. [less ▲]

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See detailIl ne suffit pas de lire les étiquettes, mais bien de discuter avec le producteur
Ozer, Pierre ULg

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See detailRational Design of a Safe and Efficacious Attenuated Recombinant Vaccine Against Cyprinid Herpesvirus 3 Using Prokaryotic Mutagenesis and In Vivo Imaging System
Boutier, Maxime ULg

Conference (2014, October 02)

Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease in common and koi carp. Since its emergence, in the late 1990s, CyHV 3 has caused severe economic losses worldwide creating a ... [more ▼]

Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease in common and koi carp. Since its emergence, in the late 1990s, CyHV 3 has caused severe economic losses worldwide creating a need for a safe and efficacious vaccine. With this goal in mind, recombinant strains deleted for single gene were produced using prokaryotic recombination technologies. While producing such a recombinant for ORF134, we unexpectedly obtained a clone deleted for ORF56 and ORF57 in addition to the expected deletion of ORF134. Interestingly, this triple deleted recombinant replicated efficiently in vitro, exhibited an attenuated profile and induced an immune protection against a lethal challenge in vivo. To determine the role of each deleted locus in the phenotype of the triple deleted recombinant, a series of recombinant were produced and tested in vivo. Firstly, to investigate the role of ORF134 deletion, a double ORF56-57 deleted recombinant and an independent triple ORF56-57-ORF134 deleted recombinant were produced. These experiments revealed that ORF134 deletion did contribute significantly neither to the attenuation nor to the immune protection observed for the triple deleted recombinant. Secondly, to determine the relative importance of ORF56 and ORF57 deletion in the attenuation observed, two single deleted recombinants were produced for ORF56 and ORF57. These experiments demonstrated that ORF57 deletion, in contrast to ORF56 deletion, correlates with an attenuated phenotype. Based on its safety-efficacy profile, the ORF56-57 double deleted recombinant was selected as a candidate vaccine. Complementary experiments were performed to further investigate the potential of this strain as a safe and efficacious attenuated recombinant vaccine. The results obtained can be summarized as follows: (i) In vivo imaging (IVIS) of vaccinated fish challenged with a wild type strain expressing luciferase as a reporter gene, suggested that vaccination induces a sterile immunity at the portal of entry. (ii) Study of viral tropism by qPCR, IVIS, and histopathological analyses, demonstrated that in comparison to the wild type parental strain, the vaccine strain replicates at lower level, at later time post-infection and for a shorter period of time. (iii) Transmission studies demonstrated that there is no detectable spread of the vaccine from freshly vaccinated fish to naive fish located immediately down stream of vaccinated fish (water sharing). All together, the results of the present study demonstrate the potential of ORF56-ORF57 double deleted CyHV-3 recombinant strain for safe and efficacious mass vaccination of carp. [less ▲]

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See detailQTL analysis and candidate gene mapping for the polyphenol content in cider apple
Verdu, Cindy ULg; Guyot, Sylvain; Childebrand, Nicolas et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), 9(10), 107103

Polyphenols have favorable antioxidant potential on human health suggesting that their high content is responsible for the beneficial effects of apple consumption. They control the quality of ciders as ... [more ▼]

Polyphenols have favorable antioxidant potential on human health suggesting that their high content is responsible for the beneficial effects of apple consumption. They control the quality of ciders as they predominantly account for astringency, bitterness, color and aroma. In this study, we identified QTLs controlling phenolic compound concentrations and the average polymerization degree of flavanols in a cider apple progeny. Thirty two compounds belonging to five groups of phenolic compounds were identified and quantified by reversed phase liquid chromatography on both fruit extract and juice, over three years. The average polymerization degree of flavanols was estimated in fruit by phloroglucinolysis coupled to HPLC. Parental maps were built using SSR and SNP markers and used for the QTL analysis. Sixty-nine and 72 QTLs were detected on 14 and 11 linkage groups of the female and male maps, respectively. A majority of the QTLs identified in this study are specific to this population, while others are consistent with previous studies. This study presents for the first time in apple, QTLs for the mean polymerization degree of procyanidins, for which the mechanisms involved remains unknown to this day. Identification of candidate genes underlying major QTLs was then performed in silico and permitted the identification of 18 enzymes of the polyphenol pathway and six transcription factors involved in the apple anthocyanin regulation. New markers were designed from sequences of the most interesting candidate genes in order to confirm their co-localization with underlying QTLs by genetic mapping. Finally, the potential use of these QTLs in breeding programs is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation and optimization of a CHP biomass plant and district heating network
Sartor, Kevin ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Dewallef, Pierre ULg

in Applied Energy (2014), 130

Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants connected to district heating (DH) networks are recognized nowadays as a very good opportunity to increase the share of renewable sources into energy systems ... [more ▼]

Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants connected to district heating (DH) networks are recognized nowadays as a very good opportunity to increase the share of renewable sources into energy systems. However, as CHP plants are not optimized for electricity production, their operation is profitable only if a sufficient heat demand is available throughout the year. Most of the time, pre-feasibility studies are based on peak power demand and business plans only assume monthly or yearly consumption data. This approach usually turns out to overestimate the number of operating hours or oversize the plant capacity. This contribution presents a methodology intended to be simple and effective that provides accurate estimations of economical, environmental and energetic performances of CHP plants connected to district heating networks. A quasi-steady state simulation model of a CHP plant combined with a simulation model of the district heating network installed on the Campus of the University in Liège (Belgium) is used as an application framework to demonstrate the effectiveness of the selected approach. Based on the developed model and actual consumption data, several scenarios for energy savings are considered and ranked. The potential energy savings and resulting energy costs are estimated enabling more general conclusions to be drawn on the opportunity of using district heating networks in urban districts for Western Europe countries. [less ▲]

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See detailÉTUDE DU COMPLEXE ENZYMATIQUE DES SYMBIONTES DU TERMITE RETICULITERMES FLAVIPES (EX. SANTONENSIS)
Tarayre, Cédric ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

In the light of the economic, environmental and social context in which we live today, it has become obvious that the use of fossil fuels is not conceivable over the long term. Some alternatives have ... [more ▼]

In the light of the economic, environmental and social context in which we live today, it has become obvious that the use of fossil fuels is not conceivable over the long term. Some alternatives have therefore emerged in recent years. Second-generation biofuels are one of those alternatives and are based on the exploitation of vegetal biomass, also called lignocellulosic biomass. These materials require a hydrolysis step which can notably be achieved by enzymes. Some insects, such as termites, harbor complex microbial communities inside their digestive tracts. Those communities are able to produce enzymes which can be used in the field of the hydrolysis of vegetal biomass. This is what this thesis deals with. The main part of the work done focused on the research of enzyme-producing microorganisms (bacteria, mycetes and protists) responsible for the degradation of hemicelluloses and cellulose, the hydrolysis of which releases fermentable sugars. The insect which was used in this work was Reticulitermes flavipes (ex. santonensis), a lower termite, harboring a highly diversified internal microflora. This thesis describes the characterization of the microbial strains which were isolated and the enzymes they secrete. A complementary part of this research focussed on termites grown on artificial diets. The objective of this part was multiple : isolating enzyme-producing strains, not extractable according to the standard technique, and characterizing the microflora resulting from the applied artificial diets. This multidisciplinary approach was based on microscopy, proteomics, metagenomics and the assessment of metabolism applied to the different microbial consortia. [less ▲]

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See detailTIGRE: A new robotic spectroscopy telescope at Guanajuato, Mexico
Schmitt, J. H. M. M.; Schröder, K.-P.; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2014), 335

TIGRE is a new robotic spectroscopy telescope located in central Mexico at the La Luz Observatory of the University of Guanajuato. The 1.2 m telescope is fiber-coupled to an échelle spectrograph with a ... [more ▼]

TIGRE is a new robotic spectroscopy telescope located in central Mexico at the La Luz Observatory of the University of Guanajuato. The 1.2 m telescope is fiber-coupled to an échelle spectrograph with a spectral resolving power exceeding 20 000 over most of the covered spectral range between 3800 Å and 8800 Å, with a small gap of 130 Å around 5800 Å. TIGRE operates robotically, i.e. it (normally) carries out all observations without any human intervention, including, in particular, the target selection in any given observing night. In this paper we describe the properties of the TIGRE instrumentation and its technical realization, as well as our first operational experience with the performance and efficiency of the overall system. Finally, we present some examples of recent TIGRE observations. [less ▲]

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See detailViolences dans les relations sentimentales et orientations au niveau de l'intervention
Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailIntegrating lexis, gesture and discourse in spatial descriptions
Lemmens, Maarten; Perrez, Julien ULg

Conference (2014, October 01)

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See detailThe 2.35 year itch of Cygnus OB2 #9. III. X-ray and radio emission analysis based on 3D hydrodynamical modelling
Parkin, E. R.; Pittard, J. M.; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 570

Context. The wind-wind collision in a massive star binary system leads to the generation of high temperature shocks that emit at X-ray wavelengths and, if particle acceleration is effective, may exhibit ... [more ▼]

Context. The wind-wind collision in a massive star binary system leads to the generation of high temperature shocks that emit at X-ray wavelengths and, if particle acceleration is effective, may exhibit non-thermal radio emission. Cyg OB2#9 is one of a small number of massive star binary systems in this class. <BR /> Aims: X-ray and radio data recently acquired as part of a project to study Cyg OB2#9 are used to constrain physical models of the binary system, providing in-depth knowledge about the wind-wind collision and the thermal, and non-thermal, emission arising from the shocks. <BR /> Methods: We use a 3D, adaptive mesh refinement simulation (including wind acceleration, radiative cooling, and the orbital motion of the stars) to model the gas dynamics of the wind-wind collision. The simulation output is used as the basis for radiative transfer calculations considering the thermal X-ray emission and the thermal/non-thermal radio emission. <BR /> Results: The flow dynamics in the simulation show that wind acceleration (between the stars) is inhibited at all orbital phases by the opposing star's radiation field, reducing pre-shock velocities below terminal velocities. To obtain good agreement with the X-ray observations, our initial mass-loss rate estimates require a down-shift by a factor of ˜7.7 to 6.5 × 10[SUP]-7[/SUP] M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] yr[SUP]-1[/SUP] and 7.5 × 10[SUP]-7[/SUP] M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] yr[SUP]-1[/SUP] for the primary and secondary star, respectively. Furthermore, the low gas densities and high shock velocities in Cyg OB2 #9 are suggestive of unequal electron and ion temperatures, and the X-ray analysis indicates that an immediately post-shock electron-ion temperature ratio of ≃0.1 is also required. The radio emission is dominated by non-thermal synchrotron emission. A parameter space exploration provides evidence against models assuming equipartition between magnetic and relativistic energy densities. However, fits of comparable quality can be attained with models having stark contrasts in the ratio of magnetic-to-relativistic energy densities. Both X-ray and radio lightcurves are largely insensitive to viewing angle. The variations in X-ray emission with orbital phase can be traced back to an inverse relation with binary separation and pre-shock velocity. The radio emission also scales with pre-shock velocity and binary separation, but to positive powers (i.e. not inversely). The radio models also reveal a subtle effect whereby inverse Compton cooling leads to an increase in emissivity as a result of the synchrotron characteristic frequency being significantly reduced. Finally, using the results of the radio analysis, we estimate the surface magnetic field strengths to be ≈0.3 - 52G. [less ▲]

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See detailNouveautés en allergologie. L'allergie moléculaire.
GADISSEUR, Romy ULg

Conference (2014, October 01)

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See detailMicrocrystalline cellulose, a direct compression binder in a quality by design environment—A review
Thoorens, Grégory; Krier, Fabrice ULg; Leclercq, Bruno et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2014), 473(1-2), 64-72

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See detailLiège. Où s’amorce le nouveau modèle économique wallon ? Où s’échoue le vieux modèle politique wallon ?
Artige, Lionel ULg

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See detailLes châteaux industriels dans le bassin liégeois : typologie et étude de cas
Destatte, Julien ULg; Peters, Arnaud ULg; Van Velthem, Lionel

Conference (2014, October 01)

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See detailPreliminary data from the Liège Screening programme suggests the reported decline in AAA prevalence is not global
Makrygiannis, Georgios ULg; EL HACHEMI, Mounia ULg; Labalue, Philippe et al

in Aorta (2014, October 01), 2(5), 212253

Background: Population based studies have shown evident benefit in terms of mortality from screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) among men aged over 65. However, recent studies from USA, UK and ... [more ▼]

Background: Population based studies have shown evident benefit in terms of mortality from screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) among men aged over 65. However, recent studies from USA, UK and Sweden suggest a decrease in the prevalence of AAA in the general population. Whether these findings are generalizable for the rest of Europe is unknown. Thus we decided to set up a screening program in order to detect AAA in Liege, Belgium. Material and Methods: During our ongoing study, over a first 3-month period, abdominal aortic ultrasound was performed on 541 participants, (198 women 343 men) to measure the maximal suprarenal and infrarenal aortic outer-outer diameter as well as the maximal diameter of the common iliac arteries. Moreover, we have measured arm and ankle blood pressure in each subject and the clinical characteristics of the patients, were collected. Results: The overall AAA prevalence was 4.62% (n = 25). In female participants aged ≥ 74 years the AAA prevalence amounted 1.01 %. While in male patients aged ≥ 65 years, it rose to 6.71%. Statistical analysis showed that male gender, aging, history of ischemic heart diseases, hyperlipidemia and varicose veins were significantly associated with AAA. Conclusion: Despite a reported declining prevalence of AAA in some recent population-based studies, we found that the prevalence of AAA in Liège population remains high in men aged 65 years or more. The prevalence of AAA seems to vary in different geographical regions. However, we need a larger sample to confirm our preliminary findings. [less ▲]

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See detailMulticenter implementation of geriatric assessment in Belgian patients with cancer: A survey on treating physicians' general experiences and expectations.
Kenis, Cindy; Kenis, Cindy; Heeren, Pieter et al

in Journal of geriatric oncology (2014), 5(4), 431-438

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to identify treating physicians' general experiences and expectations regarding geriatric assessment (GA) in older patients with cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to identify treating physicians' general experiences and expectations regarding geriatric assessment (GA) in older patients with cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey was carried out in 9 Belgian hospitals, which participated in a national GA implementation project focusing on older patients with cancer. A newly developed questionnaire was completed by their treating physicians. Data collection comprised of reviewing hospital data, general respondent data, and treating physicians' general experiences and expectations regarding GA. Descriptive statistics were calculated. RESULTS: Eighty-two physicians from 9 hospitals participated. The GA team composition can vary substantially, with a nurse as core member. Ideally, all older patients with cancer in whom a treatment decision is necessary, should benefit from the GA. Nearly all GA domains are reported as very important. Availability of GA results can be improved. Treating physicians want geriatricians to coordinate geriatric recommendations related to the identified GA problems, and expect from trained healthcare workers (THCWs) to collect GA data, to report GA results, and to follow-up the implementation of geriatric recommendations. CONCLUSION: This study identifies relevant information for improving the implementation of GA in older patients with cancer in Belgium and reveals priorities for a THCW from the treating physician's point of view. To increase the effectiveness of GA, further efforts are needed to improve the implementation of geriatric recommendations. [less ▲]

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See detailVelocity and turbulence measurements for assessing the stability of riverbeds: a comparison between UVP and ADVP
Duma, Diana ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in 11th International Conference on Hydroscience & Engineering - "Hydro-Engineering for Environmental Challenges" (2014, October)

Maintaining the overall stability of active riverbeds requires a deep understanding of the complex interactions between turbulent flow forces and forces stabilizing the riverbed. Standard approaches do ... [more ▼]

Maintaining the overall stability of active riverbeds requires a deep understanding of the complex interactions between turbulent flow forces and forces stabilizing the riverbed. Standard approaches do not properly take into account the turbulence fluctuations in non-uniform flows, while these are of primary importance in the mechanisms determining the stability of stones. In a new approach, the flow forces are quantified by means of parameters combining explicitly the velocity and turbulence distributions over a certain water depth above the riverbed. In this paper, as an onset for using these newly developed bed stability parameters, we report on new experimental measurements of velocity and turbulent kinetic energy based on acoustic methods, whereas all previous uses at the new bed stability parameters relied on Laser PIV Techniques. For quasi-uniform and non-uniform flow conditions, velocity measurements were conducted with two complementary devices: an ultrasonic velocimeter probe (UVP) and an acoustic Doppler velocimeter profiler (ADVP). The results are compared and discussed in detail. A general consistency between the two types of measurements is obtained, while some discrepancies are highlighted close to the bed and tentative explanations are given. [less ▲]

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