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See detailDiversity and paleobiology of Proterozoic organic-walled microfossils from Arctic Canada
Loron, Corentin ULg; Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

in Steemans, Philippe; Gerrienne, Philippe (Eds.) Miscellanea palaeontologica 2016 (2016, December)

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See detailL’apport du biofeedback dans le traitement des troubles de la voix
Remacle, Angélique ULg; Boughabi, Loubna; Morsomme, Dominique ULg

in Joyeux, Nathaly; Topouzkhanian, Sylvia (Eds.) Actes des XVIèmes Rencontres internationales d’orthophonie: Orthophonie et technologies innovantes (2016, December)

It has recently become possible to monitor patients’ voices outside the speech therapist’s office with a portable, easy-to-use tool: the voice dosimeter. This tool measures voice frequency and sound ... [more ▼]

It has recently become possible to monitor patients’ voices outside the speech therapist’s office with a portable, easy-to-use tool: the voice dosimeter. This tool measures voice frequency and sound pressure level, as well as the duration of phonation, during a full day of regular activities. In addition to voice accumulation in an ecological context, the dosimeter used in this study (VoxLog, Sonvox) gives patients feedback on their voice use. In practice, the clinician configures the device so that it provides a vibratory signal in real time when the patient speaks above or below a predetermined frequency or sound pressure threshold. The feedback is intended to make patients aware of inappropriate vocal behavior and encourage them to change it. In this case study, we used biofeedback with the aim of reducing sound pressure level for a teacher suffering from vocal fold nodules. Our goal was to determine whether vibrotactile biofeedback applied in an ecological context for three consecutive weeks could reduce excess sound pressure. The feedback was activated every time the teacher spoke too loudly; its purpose was to help her avoid vocal abuse and (re)learn healthy vocal behaviors. This preliminary study generated encouraging results regarding the use of biofeedback in voice treatment. Nevertheless, it is important to investigate how this tool can best be implemented for patient management in speech language pathology. In addition, the method should be validated with randomized studies using a larger sample. [less ▲]

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See detailLa spasticité: physiopathologie, évaluation et prise en charge
Martens, Géraldine ULg

Conference (2016, December)

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See detailLa présence du comportement investigateur dans la presse jeu vidéo
Krywicki, Boris ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December)

Présentation d'un projet de thèse.

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See detailImpacts socioéconomiques de la migration des chefs de ménage dans la région de Tahoua
Moussa Dit Kalamou, Mahamadou; Andres, Ludovic ULg; Yamba, Boubacar et al

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Du fait de sa position stratégique entre l’Afrique du Nord et l’Afrique subsaharienne, le Niger est une terre d’intense mobilité par le départ et le transit de nombreux migrants dont le flux venait de ... [more ▼]

Du fait de sa position stratégique entre l’Afrique du Nord et l’Afrique subsaharienne, le Niger est une terre d’intense mobilité par le départ et le transit de nombreux migrants dont le flux venait de tous les pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Le contexte géopolitique actuellement dominé par l’insécurité dans la partie Est du pays et le nord du Nigeria voisin (guerre imposée par la nébuleuse Boko Haram) ; et l’instabilité des pays frontaliers à l’Ouest (Mali) et au Nord (Libye) poussent les populations à chercher refuge en migrant massivement (plus de 60% des migrants en direction du Maghreb et l’Europe passent par le Niger selon l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations) et irrégulièrement vers les grandes villes minières du nord du Niger (Agadez, Arlit, Djado et Dirkou) qui sont les portes d’accès au pays de l’Afrique du Nord et ensuite à la méditerranée afin d’atteindre les pays européens. A tous ces problèmes sécuritaires, s’ajoute le problème d’insécurité alimentaire et foncière qui oblige les populations rurales comme celles de la région de Tahoua à migrer pour un exode temporaire ou saisonnier qui finira par une migration de longue durée à force de prendre goût à l’aventure. Les ruraux qui font face aux déficits cycliques imposés par le changement climatique vont à la recherche du mieux-être et du complément alimentaire des ménages. Cet article traite de l’exode qui sera considéré comme une migration locale et en même temps une initiation à la migration régionale et intercontinentale. Il ressortira les impacts socio-économiques de l’exode agissant sur les ménages dans la région de Tahoua au Niger. [less ▲]

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See detailTarification en assurance non vie et probabilité de ruine
Esch, Louis ULg

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See detailLimb observations with NOMAD (UV,visible, IR)
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Soret, Lauriane ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December)

We examine the possibilities and conditions to observe the Mars airglow and aurora (dayside and nightside) at the limb with the NOMAD instrument on board the TGO/EXOMARS orbiter.

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See detailPlus de pluie, mais pas plus d'inondations ...
Wyard, Coraline ULg

Article for general public (2016)

Le GIEC prévoit pour le futur plus de précipitations et donc plus d'inondations en Belgique. Cependant, en Ardenne, la majorité des débordements de rivières, telles que l'Ourthe, survient en hiver et près ... [more ▼]

Le GIEC prévoit pour le futur plus de précipitations et donc plus d'inondations en Belgique. Cependant, en Ardenne, la majorité des débordements de rivières, telles que l'Ourthe, survient en hiver et près de la moitié d'entre eux est due à la combinaison fortes pluies/fonte rapide de la neige. Une reconstitution de l'évolution des précipitations et de l'enneigement en Belgique à l'aide du modèle climatique MAR, développé au Laboratoire de Climatologie de l'ULg, montre que les conditions hydroclimatiques favorisant les inondations hivernales ont diminué en Ardenne au cours de ces cinquante dernières années. La raison ? Une diminution significative de l'accumulation neigeuse et de la durée de la saison d'enneigement. Dans le futur, cette diminution de l'enneigement pourrait ainsi contrebalancer l'augmentation annoncée des précipitations de sorte qu'il n'y aurait pas plus d'inondations en hiver qu'actuellement. [less ▲]

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See detailDroit européen de la concurrence - European competition law
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Learning material (2016)

This document contains the course plan and readings for an intensive course on European Competition Law taught at the Université Paris-Dauphine in December 2016.

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See detailBottum-up à grande échelle : entretien avec Alain Malherbe (UCL) sur la politique des grands territoires en Wallonie
De Visscher, Lisa ULg

in A+ : Architecture in Belgium (2016), 263

The Walloon Region has its specificities: mix of rural and medium-sized towns, areas for growth and conversion. Municipal, supra-communal, provincial, natural parks, influences of neighboring territories ... [more ▼]

The Walloon Region has its specificities: mix of rural and medium-sized towns, areas for growth and conversion. Municipal, supra-communal, provincial, natural parks, influences of neighboring territories: so many strata of action developing projects on the large territories. An interview with Alain Malherbe (UCL) on policy on the development of large territories in Wallonia. [less ▲]

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See detailTHE BATTLE OF THE ECLIPSE (MAY 28, 585 BC): A Discussion of the Lydo-Median treaty and the Halys border
Leloux, Kevin ULg

in Polemos (2016), 19(2), 31-54

In his Book I, Herodotus relates the war between Lydia of Alyattes and Media of Cyaxares. This war ended with the well-known occurrence of the total solar eclipse, which astronomical researchers propose ... [more ▼]

In his Book I, Herodotus relates the war between Lydia of Alyattes and Media of Cyaxares. This war ended with the well-known occurrence of the total solar eclipse, which astronomical researchers propose to date to 585 BC. After these hostilities, a treaty between the two kingdoms was concluded, and was sealed by a royal wedding. This paper analyzes this event, better known as the “battle of the eclipse”. It will revisit the problem of the location of the battle and that of the identity of the Lydian and Median kings who reigned during this conflict. The paper will study the role that the eclipse played on the conclusion of hostilities and its impact on the minds of the Greeks; it will also examine the nature of the treaty concluded between the Lydians and the Medes. Finally, the paper will examine the problem of the Halys border that separated the Lydian and the Median kingdoms, modern scholars asserting that this border was chosen during the Lydo-Median treaty. This examination will allow us to study the view of the ethnic, geographical and political space that the river played in Herodotus’s mind. [less ▲]

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See detailExplain Your Thesis in Three Minutes
Kreusch, Marie ULg

Article for general public (2016)

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See detailSepramesh and postoperative peritoneal adhesions in a rat model
Arung, Willy; Drion, Pierre ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2016), 116(6), 357-361

Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the safety and the anti-postoperative peritoneal adhesion (PPA) characteristics of SeprameshVR (Davol), a composite mesh made of polypropylene covered with ... [more ▼]

Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the safety and the anti-postoperative peritoneal adhesion (PPA) characteristics of SeprameshVR (Davol), a composite mesh made of polypropylene covered with Seprafilm, when intraperitoneally placed in a rat model. Methods: Twenty male rats were randomized into a control group and a Sepramesh group. They underwent a primary surgical procedure aiming to induce a peritoneal injury in order to induce PPAs. In the Sepramesh group, the burnt peritoneum was covered with a 2-cm diameter disc of Sepramesh prosthesis. The mesh was fixed to the parietal peritoneum with four 3-0 absorbable stitches. PPAs were assessed during a second laparotomy 10 days later using quantitative and qualitative scoring systems. Results: There was no difference in terms of mean number of PPAs between both groups. All the rats from the control group developed PPAs. In the Sepramesh group, no adhesions were observed at the site of the injured peritoneum that had been covered with the Sepramesh prosthesis, but PPAs occurred at the extremities of the mesh, where there was close contact between polypropylene and viscera, or where the fixation sutures were placed. The severity and the type of adhesions were significantly higher in the control group. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that for the Sepramesh prostheses, the Seprafilm layer might be effective in PPA prevention, but damage caused by the section and fixation of Sepramesh should be limited in order to limit PPAs. [less ▲]

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See detailCinema italiano e Guerra di Spagna: un duplice tracciato "narrativo"
Curreri, Luciano ULg

in Quaderni del CSCI-Rivista annuale di cinema italiano (2016), 12

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See detailPrévenir la délinquance par la danse : le krump.
Collin, Jonathan ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December)

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See detailTrace metals in soil and plant : from natural to contaminated ecosystems
Colinet, Gilles ULg

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See detailThe Dual Role of Neutrophils in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Wéra, Odile ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Oury, Cécile ULg

in Journal of clinical medicine (2016), 5(12),

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, are characterised by aberrant immunological responses leading to chronic inflammation without tissue regeneration ... [more ▼]

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, are characterised by aberrant immunological responses leading to chronic inflammation without tissue regeneration. These two diseases are considered distinct entities, and there is some evidence that neutrophil behaviour, above all other aspects of immunity, clearly separate them. Neutrophils are the first immune cells recruited to the site of inflammation, and their action is crucial to limit invasion by microorganisms. Furthermore, they play an essential role in proper resolution of inflammation. When these processes are not tightly regulated, they can trigger positive feedback amplification loops that promote neutrophil activation, leading to significant tissue damage and evolution toward chronic disease. Defective chemotaxis, as observed in Crohn's disease, can also contribute to the disease through impaired microbe elimination. In addition, through NET production, neutrophils may be involved in thrombo-embolic events frequently observed in IBD patients. While the role of neutrophils has been studied in different animal models of IBD for many years, their contribution to the pathogenesis of IBD remains poorly understood, and no molecules targeting neutrophils are used and validated for the treatment of these pathologies. Therefore, it is crucial to improve our understanding of their mode of action in these particular conditions in order to provide new therapeutic avenues for IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailSpeckle Metrology
Mendoza Santoyo, Fernando; Georges, Marc ULg; Lehmann, Peter et al

in Optical Engineering : The Journal of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (2016), 55(12), 121701

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See detailL’impact des connaissances sémantiques préexistantes en mémoire associative dans le vieillissement normal
Folville, Adrien ULg; Delhaye, Emma ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

in Revue de Neuropsychologie, Neurosciences Cognitives et Cliniques (2016), 8(4), 253-260

The formation of a global and complex episodic memory requires memory for single units of information of the target event but also binding these elements together. This binding capacity diminishes in ... [more ▼]

The formation of a global and complex episodic memory requires memory for single units of information of the target event but also binding these elements together. This binding capacity diminishes in healthy aging leading to a so-called associative memory deficit. Interestingly, when support is provided during encoding thanks to semantic prior-knowledge (e.g., semantically related word pairs), this associative deficit can be alleviated. The aim of the present review is to summarize the current literature about the influence of prior-knowledge on associative memory performance in healthy aging. Through an analysis of the procedures that have been used in associative memory studies, we suggest two factors that appear to modulate the impact of prior knowledge on older adults’ associative memory. First, the way word pairs are recombined from the encoding to the retrieval phase is the main factor that has to be taken into account. Conditions that promote recall-to-reject discrimination processes lead to similar performance in older compared to younger adults, whereas conditions that require recollection discrimination lead to an age-related decline. Second, the nature of the semantic relations involved in the prior-knowledge support may influence older adults’ performance by modulating the contribution of recollection and familiarity to recognition. Indeed, categorical semantic relations engage both recollection and familiarity-based discrimination, whereas thematic relations allow participants to rely on familiarity-based discrimination only. This latest observation is crucial when one considers recollection as a declining process, in contrast to familiarity, which remains spared in healthy aging. Therefore, future studies should explore the propensity of other semantic relations to alleviate the age-related associative memory decline. [less ▲]

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See detailTrophic specializations of damselfishes are tightly associated with reef habitats and social behaviours
Gajdzik, Laura ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg et al

in Marine Biology (2016), 163

Despite the increasing need to understand factors shaping community assembly, few studies have simultaneously explored the influence of niche-based and phylogenetic processes. Here, we investigate the ... [more ▼]

Despite the increasing need to understand factors shaping community assembly, few studies have simultaneously explored the influence of niche-based and phylogenetic processes. Here, we investigate the relationships between diet, habitat and social behaviour in damselfishes (Pomacentridae) collected in 2014 at Moorea Island (17°30′S, 149°50′W), French Polynesia. Isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen, in association with stomach contents, delineate three trophic groups: pelagic feeders consuming zooplankton, benthic feeders mainly grazing on algae and an intermediate group feeding on prey from the whole bentho-pelagic compartment. Sulphur isotope ratios indicate segregation between species of the outer reef mostly depending on oceanic input of zooplankton and the lagoonal species relying on locally produced resources or even on terrestrial supply. We demonstrate a tight association between dietary specializations, habitat characteristics and social behaviours, and these correlations are further confirmed by integrating the phylogeny of Pomacentridae. We also provide evidence of phylogenetic conservatism for the stomach content and the habitat–behaviour characters. However, the isotopic trait is evolutionarily more labile probably because it thoroughly depicts the ecological niche of species. To summarize, pelagic feeders (mainly from the Chrominae) usually form shoals in areas close to the open ocean at a maximum depth of 20 m. Benthic feeders (well represented in the Stegastinae) are ubiquitous, solitary and mostly territorial species found at various depths. The intermediate group includes gregarious species from three subfamilies that forage in the lagoon usually above 12 m depth. Overall, we give insight into processes that have structured the damselfish community in Moorea. [less ▲]

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