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See detailExplicit similarities and expected variabilities: the Initial Upper Paleolithic in Northeast Asia
Zwyns, N.; Teyssandier, N.; Izuho, M. et al

Conference (2014, September 19)

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See detailWhen morphometrics meets genetics: the case of the hazel dormouse, Muscardinus avellanarius
Mouton, Alice ULg; Renaud, Sabrina; Michaux, Johan ULg

Conference (2014, September 19)

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See detailTransnational Health Insurance Schemes: A New Avenue for Congolese Immigrants in Belgium to Care for Their Relatives’ Health from Abroad?
Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg; Lizin, Olivier

Scientific conference (2014, September 19)

What can immigrants do for non-migrant relatives in their home country who need healthcare they cannot afford? To answer this question, we first examine four existing methods that can be found in the ... [more ▼]

What can immigrants do for non-migrant relatives in their home country who need healthcare they cannot afford? To answer this question, we first examine four existing methods that can be found in the existing literature: mobility, remittances, workers’ health insurance and diasporic health insurance. In the second part of the paper, we discuss an innovative strategy called “transnational health insurance” (THI). These insurance schemes are set up by immigrants in cooperation with a multitude of actors including health insurance companies in destination countries and healthcare providers in countries origin. THIs offer health coverage to non-migrant relatives in the home country based on a premium paid directly by immigrants to the insurance company in their country of residence. Analyzing the creation and implementation of Belgian-Congolese THIs, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these schemes in responding to the needs of both immigrants and their non-migrant relatives. The article concludes with a discussion on the specificities of THIs as hybrid forms of remittances. [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 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 detailLes effets de la retraite sur la mémoire
Adam, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2014, September 16)

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See detailScriptorium, a retro-cataloguing tool to easily and quickly encode older book items
Renaville, François ULg; Danhieux, Sylvain ULg

Conference (2014, September 16)

The University of Liège Library's books collection is composed of some 2,000,000 print volumes, of which only 60% are catalogued. Most of the uncatalogued books have been published before 1970 and ... [more ▼]

The University of Liège Library's books collection is composed of some 2,000,000 print volumes, of which only 60% are catalogued. Most of the uncatalogued books have been published before 1970 and cataloguing these according usual standards and norms would certainly take decades. To decrease the cost of treatments and increase the number of catalogued volumes, the Library developed a light PHP/MySQL application, Scriptorium, that enables non-catalogers (mostly students) to quickly encode the books (ca 3 min. per item) by providing the most essential information. References are then daily exported in MarcXML to the ILS. Scriptorium has been developed to permit to easily create new independent instances for different parallel retro-cataloguing projects and also to be used by other libraries. [less ▲]

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See detailSFX Knowledge Base Advisory Board (KBAB): goals and achievements after one year
Renaville, François ULg; Needleman, Mark

Conference (2014, September 16)

Founded in 2013 as a result of discussions at the 2012 Zurich Conference, the goal of the SFX Knowledge Base Advisory Board (KBAB) is to promote first class quality of the data stored in the SFX Knowledge ... [more ▼]

Founded in 2013 as a result of discussions at the 2012 Zurich Conference, the goal of the SFX Knowledge Base Advisory Board (KBAB) is to promote first class quality of the data stored in the SFX Knowledge Base by reviewing the quality assurance policies and processes together with Ex Libris. During its first year, the group identified several issues in order to improve the CKB quality. They shared them with Ex Libris which agreed to work on or to take a look at some. This session will explain how KBAB has been working, and present some of the issues and the improvements brought by Ex Libris. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopping a physically based groundwater vulnerability concept in a DPSIR framework
Beaujean, Jean ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg; Lemieux, Jean-Michel et al

Conference (2014, September 15)

A general physically based method is presented to assess vulnerability of groundwater to external pressures with respect to quality and/or quantity issues. In the vulnerability assessments, many ... [more ▼]

A general physically based method is presented to assess vulnerability of groundwater to external pressures with respect to quality and/or quantity issues. In the vulnerability assessments, many scientific authors agree nowadays that ‘physically based’ methods must be preferred to traditional approaches based on empirical overlay and index methods where physical attributes are often mixed with implicitly embedded conventional priorities. Results from one or another of these last methods can consequently be very dissimilar for a given case study and decision makers are losing confidence in these tools. A methodology is proposed to reframe the groundwater vulnerability assessment in a Pressure-State-Impact causal chain that is familiar to decision makers. The DPSIR framework, for describing interactions between society and the environment, defines a chain of Drivers that exert Pressures on the State of a given resource, such as water, which then generates an Impact that will require an appropriate Response (Kristensen, 2004). The concept of groundwater vulnerability assessment considered here is based on the calculation of sensitivity coefficients for a user-defined groundwater state for which several physically-based indicators are proposed. These sensitivity coefficients reflect the easiness with which the groundwater state transmits pressures into impacts. They are grouped into a vulnerability matrix of pressures and impacts that quantify vulnerability for every combination of causal links identified in the DPSIR chain. For that reason, the sensitivity coefficients are converted to vulnerability, using the concept of ‘falling below a given threshold’, which is commonly used in socioeconomic sciences (Luers et al. 2003). Outside the careful selection of the sensitivity analysis method that can significantly influence the computational effort (Beaujean et al., 2013), emphasis will be given to the illustration of the general methodology on a simple case (of an alluvial aquifer with concerns related to water supply) demonstrating the potential use of this general and physically based vulnerability assessment method. While the methodology is general, the choice of causal chains has to be made prior to the calculation. The vulnerability is also related to a damaged state and is related to the ‘distance’ between the current state and a given threshold. This choice is arbitrary such that the vulnerability is sensitive to the choice of the threshold. The framework is general and, when applied to water, can include states that are not limited to quality such as, for example, water quantity and availability. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la fibrose pulmonaire idiopathique canine: analyse du transcriptome, investigation des voies du TGF beta 1 et recherche de biomarqueurs
Krafft, Emilie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (cIPF) is a fibrotic disease of the pulmonary parenchyma, mainly seen in the West Highland white terrier. It is characterized by exercise intolerance and cough with a ... [more ▼]

Canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (cIPF) is a fibrotic disease of the pulmonary parenchyma, mainly seen in the West Highland white terrier. It is characterized by exercise intolerance and cough with a progressive deterioration until death from respiratory insufficiency. Clinical, tomodensitometric and histological characteristics of cIPF have been described recently. However, this disease remains largely unknown and the clinicians are dealing with two major challenges: confirmation of the diagnosis, which requires many complementary exams, and absence of effective treatment. Identification of a targeted therapy is difficult without having a good understanding of the mechanisms leading to pulmonary parenchyma fibrosis. A similar disease, the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is recognized in humans and cIPF might be interesting as a spontaneous model. This project in dogs was undertaken to answer, at least partly, to these challenges. The aims were to elucidate some mechanisms involved in cIPF pathogenesis and to identify biomarkers that could be used in the diagnosis process. The hypotheses were first that analysis of the transcriptome through microarray experiment would identify altered biological functions in cIPF, highlight specific molecules with an altered expression and identify potential biomarkers. Another hypothesis was the transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFB1) pathways, considered central in the pathogenesis of IPF, would also be modified in cIPF. Finally, ET1, a known biomarker in human IPF, might also be an interesting biomarker in dogs. Gene expression analysis through microarray analysis, combined with the use of IPA, a data analysis program, identified altered biological functions in cIPF: cellular growth and proliferation, developmental processes, cellular movement, cell to cell signaling and interaction and antigen presentation. Some genes highlighted in the microarray experiment were then analyzed individually. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis confirmed an upregulation of the expression of CCL2, CCL7, CXCL14, IL8 and FAP (fibroblast activation protein) as well as a downregulation of the expression of PLUNC (palate, lung and nasal epithelium associated). We then complete the gene expression analysis with a search for potential biomarkers. Thirty-four potential biomarkers were identified with 32 biomarkers potentially measurable in blood (including CCL2, serum amyloid 1, IL8) and 2 biomarkers measurable only in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) (PLUNC and mesothelin). This approach was validated by measurement in serum of one of this biomarker: CCL2. CCL2 serum concentration was higher in affected WHWT compared to healthy WHWT and also higher in dogs with cIPF compared to dogs with chronic bronchitis (CB) or eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy (EBP). Based on serum CCL2 determination, cIPF was diagnosed with a sensibility of 92% and a specificity of 80%. We then studied TGFB1 and part of its storage, activation and signaling pathways. TGFB1 gene expression was not significantly different in the pulmonary parenchyma between affected and control dogs. However, in affected dogs, increased TGFB1 protein levels were seen by immunohistochemistry in fibrotic areas. High expression of bothTGFB1 type I receptor and phosphorylated Smad2/3, markers of an active intracellular TGFB1 signal, were seen in epithelial cells. No difference in expression for the storage proteins LTBP1 and LTBP2 was seen while expression of LTBP4 was significantly decreased in dogs with cIPF. Concerning the proteins involved in TGFB1 activation, gene expression was decreased for integrin subunit β8, increased for thrombospondin-1 and not modified for integrin subunit β6. Expression of Smad 7, involved in intracellular TGFB1 signal inhibition, was not modified. No difference for TGFB1 serum concentration was seen between WHWT with cIPF and healthy WHWT. A multivariate analysis performed on healthy dogs showed no age effect but a significant breed effect with higher levels in predisposed breeds. We evaluated part of the serotonin pathway, as one of its receptor (5HTR2B) was highlighted during the gene expression analysis. Serotonin has also been involved in the pathogenesis of human IPF and described to be of potential use as a biomarker in degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs. Expression of 2 serotonin receptors (5HTR2A and 5HTR2B), evaluated by quantitative RT-PCR in pulmonary tissue, was not different between dogs with cIPF and control dogs while expression of the serotonin transporter (5HTT) was significantly lower in affected dogs. No difference in serotonin serum level was seen between affected and healthy WHWT or between dogs with cIPF, CB or EBP. ET1 was evaluated as a biomarker in serum and BALF. ET1 serum concentration was not different between healthy WHWT and Beagles. Covariance analysis did not reveal any significant age effect. Serum levels were significantly higher in dogs with cIPF compared to dogs with CB or EBP. ROC curve analysis was then used to evaluate its diagnostic performances. The area under the curve was 0,818 with a sensitivity of 91.7% and a specificity of 87.5%. ET1 was also measured in the BALF in a small number of dogs. Its concentration was measurable in all dogs with cIPF while it was below the detection limit in all other dogs tested (healthy and with CB). Even though cIPF and human IPF are not completely identical from clinical, tomodensitometric or histological points of view, these results show that both canine and human diseases share molecular pathways, supporting the idea that cIPF might have an interest as spontaneous model. This work allowed a better understanding of cIPF pathogenesis. Gene expression analysis in the pulmonary parenchyma of affected dogs first identified several altered biological functions that should be analyzed in details in further studies. A more targeted analysis of some genes confirmed an upregulated expression of CCL2, CCL7, CXCL14, IL8 and FAP. Such a positive regulation of the expression of various inflammatory cytokines tends to suggest that inflammation might have a role in cIPF pathogenesis. Some of these cytokines also have profibrotic properties. PLUNC was one of the top down-regulated genes. Roles of the protein are still largely unknown; it might have a role in the inflammatory response and in the innate immunity. Developmental pathways were also altered in cIPF and quantitative RT-PCR confirmed an upregulation of FAP, a protein normally expressed in areas of tissue remodeling during fetal development and also positively regulated in human IPF. This study has shown that there is an active TGFB1 signal in the lungs of dogs with cIPF, especially at the level of the pathological epithelium. TGFB1 storage and activation pathways also seemed to be altered. Elevated TGFB1 circulating levels were found in predisposed breeds, which might explain at least partly their susceptibility for cIPF. Because of these results and its well-known profibrotic properties, we can suggest that TGFB1 is probably involved in cIPF pathogenesis and that modulation of its storage, activation or intracellular signaling might offer potential therapeutic targets. Our preliminary results are not in favor of a significant modification of the serotonin pathways in cIPF, although a decreased expression of 5HTT was seen in affected dogs and might have an impact on the amount of serotonin present locally. However, other studies are needed to conclude. Finally, several potential biomarkers have been identified and some of them were evaluated in details. While serum measurements performed for TGFB1 and serotonin indicated that these molecules have no interest as diagnostic biomarkers, ET1 and CCL2 were identified as interesting candidates with good diagnostic performances. However these results need to be confirmed in an independent validation cohort and the interest of combining both biomarkers should be evaluated. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating apical adverse effects of four endocrine active substances in the freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis
Giusti, Arnaud ULg; Lagadic, Laurent; Barsi, Alpar et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2014), 493

The hermaphroditic gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis is proposed as a candidate species for the development of OECD guidelines for testing of the reprotoxicity of chemicals, including endocrine active ... [more ▼]

The hermaphroditic gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis is proposed as a candidate species for the development of OECD guidelines for testing of the reprotoxicity of chemicals, including endocrine active substances (EASs). Up to now, only a few putative EASs have been tested for their reproductive toxicity in this species. In this study, we investigate the effects of four EASs with different affinities to the vertebrate estrogen and androgen receptors (chlordecone as an estrogen; cyproterone acetate, fenitrothion and vinclozolin as anti-androgens) on the reproduction of L. stagnalis in a 21-day semi-static test. Testosterone and 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) were used as the reference compounds. The tested EASs had no significant effect on growth and survival at the tested concentration ranges (ng to μg/L). Classical reproduction endpoints (i.e., oviposition and fecundity) were not responsive to the tested chemicals, except for chlordecone and 17α-ethinylestradiol, which hampered reproduction from 19.6 μg/L and 17.6 μg/L, respectively. The frequency of polyembryonic eggs, used as an additional endpoint, demonstrated the effects of all compounds except EE2. The molecular pathways, which are involved in such reproduction impairments, remain unknown. Our results suggest that egg quality is a more sensitive endpoint as compared to other reproductive endpoints commonly assessed in mollusk toxicity tests. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions discursives et graphiques en conception architecturale à distance
Joachim, Guillaume ULg

in Leclercq, Pierre (Ed.) Communication multimodale et collaboration instrumentée. Regards croisés sur Énonciations, Représentations, Modalités (2014, September 15)

Cet article présente une analyse qualitative de la conception architecturale à distance outillée par un dispositif de communication multimodale synchrone. À partir d’une transcription et d’un codage de ... [more ▼]

Cet article présente une analyse qualitative de la conception architecturale à distance outillée par un dispositif de communication multimodale synchrone. À partir d’une transcription et d’un codage de vidéos d’architectes qui collaborent en dessinant et discourant simultanément, nous étudions comment ces professionnels utilisent différentes ressources graphiques et verbales pour élaborer collectivement des connaissances. [less ▲]

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See detailSleep homeostasis and the circadian timing system set the dynamics and excitability of neuronal ensembles
Vandewalle, Gilles ULg

in Journal of Sleep Research (2014, September 14), Suppl

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See detailPsychological processes mediating the link between depression severity and the level of behavioural activation: Assessment of a conceputal model
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, September 12)

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between depression and BA is well-established in the scientific literature. According to theoretical models of depression, psychopathology is also characterized by biases in five sets of psychological processes (PP): self-image (e.g. self-esteem), negative repetitive thoughts (e.g. ruminative thoughts), experiential avoidance (e.g. mindfulness), environmental satisfaction (e.g. environmental reward observation) and emotional regulation (e.g. distress tolerance). Therefore, the present study aims to identify PP mediating the relationship between depression and the level of BA. In order to reach this objective, a conceptual model is tested. METHOD. 361 adults (x ̅ age=36, σ=15), from clinical and non-clinical settings, fulfilled a series of questionnaires assessing several variables: sociodemographic data, depression, anxiety, level of BA and the above-cited five sets of PP. Covariance structure analysis will be conducted in order to test the conceptual model mentioned above. RESULTS. Some preliminary results are presented. As expected, a negative significant correlation between depression and BA (r=-.66, p<.01) have been highlighted. Negative significant correlation appeared between BA and the measured PP: self-esteem (r=-.27, p<.01), ruminative thinking (r=-.53, p<.01), environmental reward observation (=-.13, p<.05). Positive significant correlations appeared between BA and mindfulness (r=.49, p<.01) and distress tolerance (r=.26, p<.01). DISCUSSION. The preliminary results are in line with our hypotheses. Indeed, the level of BA is negatively linked to PP usually biased in depression such as self-esteem. The mediating role of these PP between depression and the level of BA will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s magnetopause: A search for wave and reconnection signatures
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Kivelson, M. G.; Khurana, K. K. et al

Conference (2014, September 12)

Surface waves and magnetic reconnection are two key processes taking place at the planetary magnetopause. They allow the coupling, through energy (and particle) transfer, of the interplanetary medium and ... [more ▼]

Surface waves and magnetic reconnection are two key processes taking place at the planetary magnetopause. They allow the coupling, through energy (and particle) transfer, of the interplanetary medium and the magnetosphere. The relative importance of large scale Dungey reconnection and viscous interaction (including small-scale intermittent reconnection associated with Kelvin-Helmholtz vortices) are expected to be different at Jupiter compared to the Earth’s case. Such differences would be due to the combination of a) a weaker solar wind pressure and Alfvén velocity as the distance to the Sun increases, b) a high-β plasma sheet, originating from Io’s outgassing, which inflates the Jovian magnetosphere, c) the rapid rotation of the planet relative to its size (e.g. Desroche et al. 2012). Here we analyse the signatures of wave activity and reconnection on the magnetopause of Jupiter, based on magnetic field and energetic particle measurements from the successive spacecraft that explored the Jovian system. Up to now, 7 spacecraft equipped with a magnetometer have crossed the Jovian magnetopause: Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Ulysses, Galileo and Cassini. We make use of several normal direction finding techniques, such as the Minimum Variance Analysis, in order to identify waves and Kelvin-Helmholtz vortices. As far as the reconnection is concerned, small scale signatures of flux-tube events (FTEs) had been identified by Walker and Russell (1985), based on a limited data-set from the Pioneers’ and Voyagers’ fly-bys. Here we will extend this search to the extensive dataset from all the missions that explored Jupiter’s system. [less ▲]

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See detailValorisation de l’information pédologique numérisée pour la modélisation de la percolation des pesticides vers les eaux souterraines
Bah, Boubacar Billo ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

In Wallonia (southern Belgium), 81% of human drinking water is captured from groundwater tables. In spite of actions implemented under the European directives and thematic strategies, the required ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia (southern Belgium), 81% of human drinking water is captured from groundwater tables. In spite of actions implemented under the European directives and thematic strategies, the required standard (0.1 µg L-1 by pesticide and 0.5 µg L-1 for all pesticides) for human drinking water is most often exceeded at some catchments. Tools such as mechanistic models are appropriate since they allow an a priori estimation of pesticide concentrations leached at the bottom of soil profile, which could reach the groundwater tables. However, simulations often lead to a degree of uncertainty due to the approximations noted in the models, or due to the reliability of available data. The main objective of this thesis was to improve the usefulness of the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia (DSMW) and the associated soil analysis database named “Aardewerk” in the framework of the evaluation of the groundwater table contamination by pesticides, in order to reduce approximations associated with the GeoPEARL model and its meta-model MetaPEARL in the area of Condroz. In order to cover the broad spectrum of pesticides used in agriculture in Wallonia, nine theoretical pesticides have been defined. The first research question is to measure the sensitivity of GeoPEARL to two soil data parameterization schemes at the regional scale, depending on whether we first aggregate soil data at a regional scale before application of the model (AC approach); or we first apply the model to soil profiles and aggregate simulated leached concentrations afterwards (CA approach). The results show a significant difference between the two approaches, compared on the basis of a spatial threshold (80th percentile) calculated by soil type. Moreover, this difference varies depending on pesticide type, and is more important when the simulated concentrations are very low. It is also clear from this analysis that only pesticides located in certain ranges of DT50 (30 and 67 days) and Kom (58 and 252 dm3 kg-1) give concentrations more often above water potability standard of 0.1 µg L-1. The second research question is to calibrate MetaPEARL metamodel (simplified model) based on GeoPEARL simulated concentrations, from which it was derived by considering only the most sensitive parameters of GeoPEARL. The objective by developing a metamodel is to provide a simple tool, usable for a first evaluation of pesticides leaching in order to identify the most risk-prone areas, but also readily transposable for a global decision support system. In contrast to the approach of MetaPEARL calibration used until now, taking into account soil morphology through soil horizons (layers) types explains about 80% of the spatial variability of pesticide concentrations obtained from the complete original GeoPEARL model. The third research question is to take into account the spatial variability of input variables within the same soil typological unit using stochastic simulations to assess the uncertainty associated with deterministic simulations (taking into account average values by soil type for the input variables at the regional scale) obtained from MetaPEARL. The random spread of soil characteristics variability leads to a very significant spreading of simulated pesticide concentrations. Moreover, we obtain values of 80th spatial probabilistic percentile higher than those obtained from the deterministic approach. Consequently, for a risk mapping designed to aid decision-making tools, the probabilistic approach should be used since it allows, by taking into account the spatial variability of the model input parameters, to obtain more realistic concentrations of leached pesticides. [less ▲]

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See detailRebuilding the educational system in post-conflict context in Kosovo - Survival of the Unmik’s provisions to support the living together through primary education
Pierre, Alexia ULg

Poster (2014, September 12)

In the aftermaths of the Cold War, the International Community adopts the objective of Education for All. Indeed, Education appears as a tool of social and economical development worldwide and supports ... [more ▼]

In the aftermaths of the Cold War, the International Community adopts the objective of Education for All. Indeed, Education appears as a tool of social and economical development worldwide and supports global development. Education allows individuals to take part effectively and actively in the collective life of the society they belong to. Soon after the adoption of this objective, the war is identified as the major obstacle in the fulfillment of this objective of Education for All. The international stakeholders takes their stand in favor of the continuation of the schooling during protracted crisis and wars, what lead to the education in emergency. This education has to spread values, behaviors and attitudes that attack the roots of the conflict. An objective of peace building and conflict prevention is since added to education. In a same temporality, the Kosovo Albanians were submitted to a segregationist policy headed by the Government of Milosevic, the Republika Srpska. This Government aims to make the Kosovo an unmixed territory, inhabited only by Serbs. Kosovo Albanians are rejected from all the state positions and state-owned entreprises. Education appears as a convergent point of the communities antagonisms and a critical issue between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo. The freedom of being educated in their mother tongue is denied to the Kosovo Albanians through the policy of the Republika Srpska. The Kosovo Albanians react in setting up a parallel education system, in which virtually all the Albanian children intend school from 1992 to 1998. This parallel education system can be seen as a strong element of the pacific resistance of the Kosovo Albanians and a factor of social strength. This parallel educational system collapsed in 1998 due to the war situation in Kosovo. During this internal armed conflict, violations of the Law of war and of the International humanitarian Law are so huge that Nato intervenes through a military air campaign. This military intervention is immediately followed by a civil administration mission, the Unmik, whose mandate is to normalize the life of the inhabitants of Kosovo. Unmik is a restorative model not dedicated to the war victims. The restorative aspects for victims can be seen in the reinstallation of the Kosovo Albanians as full-right citizens. When arriving in Kosovo, Unmik faces two systems of education. Unmik’s first objective is to rebuild a unified education system in Kosovo. Along with objectives of democratization and modernization of a system inherited from a communist model. This intervention is an opportunity to promote and support peace education and conflict prevention through education, in echo with the latest international provisions on education. To achieve this objective of peace building and conflict prevention through education, the pedagogical methods, the contents of teaching and the structure of the education system has to be reformed and restructured. My work aims to explore the reconstruction process of the education system in Kosovo and the operationalization of the provisions that turn education as a tool of peace and conflict prevention, in the primaries schools of Prishtina. My approach is qualitative, inspired by the systemic perspective. The aim of this research is not to evaluate the results of the new Kosovo education system. This work is designed to explore the process of this post-war reconstruction, and to understand how international provisions come within this process and are effectively implemented in the primaries schools. The research question is on the present survival and effectiveness of these provisions in the primaries schools of Prishtina. This work was done first by a confrontation between a corpus of international normative texts on education and a legislative and normative corpus of local texts on education. This first step was dedicated to the selection of the special provisions relative to education as a tool of peace building. It appears that Civic Education and History are the two main teachings in the broadcasting of elements that helps to create a social cohesion. The tools for the data collection were based on the elements selected through this bibliographical research, as the analysis table of the empirical datas. Standardized questionnaires has been completed by teachers in History and Civic Education, and by Directors of the primaries school of Prishtina. Interviews with Kosovo people who were involved in the rebuilding process of the education system were carried out. The results highlights that International Community massively imposed this new model of education, what is visible through the identical profiles of all the schools that participated to the research. It appears that such an intervention is limited by the specificities and the reality of the Kosovo, which were not taken into consideration enough to make this new education system fit well to the very specific aspects of Kosovo. The question of the adaptability of such a model, created out of the Kosovo and without sufficient rely on the local population, is raised through this study. Indeed, the actual education system in Prishtina faces huge challenges in terms of equipment, funding and space. These challenges were not met by the Unmik’s work and are still existing, when the legislative and normative frame is continually developed in respect of the international developments in the matter. Indeed, fundamental education has to be a way to get competencies leading to a democratic citizenship, instead of a way to acquire only school basic knowledge. The potential in peace building and conflict prevention of the present education system in Kosovo is not able to be fully developed. If all the international provisions are well translated into the local provisions and operationalized in the primaries schools, the system has reached its limits and is not able to overcome its numerous challenges. Moreover, there is still two independent systems of education in Kosovo, and the education dedicated to the peace building and conflict prevention reaches only children intended schools of the official system. Serbs children are still educated in the same perspective than during the war. In a long terme perspective, the Kosovo education system will not be able to produce the expected outcomes. This contains risks of resurgence of the conflict. [less ▲]

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See detailPREVENTION OF INCISIONAL HERNIA AFTER MIDLINE LAPAROTOMY FOR ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM TREATMENT: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Muysoms, F; Vierendeels, T; Huyghe, M et al

Conference (2014, September 11)

Background: The incidence of incisional hernias (IH) after open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is high. Prophylactic mesh augmentation (PMA) during laparotomy closure has been proposed in high ... [more ▼]

Background: The incidence of incisional hernias (IH) after open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is high. Prophylactic mesh augmentation (PMA) during laparotomy closure has been proposed in high-risk patients. Methods: A multicenter prospective randomized controlled study was conducted on patients undergoing elective repair of AAA through midline laparotomy (Clinical.Trials.gov: NCT00757133). In the study group a retro-muscular PMA was performed with a large-pore polypropylene mesh (Ultrapro™, width 7.5 cm). The primary endpoint was the incidence of IH at 24 months. Results: Between February 2009 and January 2013, 120 patients were recruited at 8 Belgian centers. Patients' characteristics at baseline were similar between the groups. Operative and postoperative characteristics showed no difference in morbidity or mortality. A highly significant reduction of IH incidence was found after PMA compared to conventional closure, respectively 0% (CI: 0 % - 5.5%) versus 27.6% (CI: 16.7% - 40.9%) (P<0.0001; Fisher's exact test). The estimated "freedom of IH" curves (Kaplan-Meier estimate) were significantly different across study arms (X2=18.93, P<0.0001; Mantel-Cox test). No adverse effects were observed, apart from an increased mean (SD) time to close the abdominal wall for PMA: 46.2 min (18.6) versus 29.6 min (18.5) (P<0.001; Mann-Whitney U test). Conclusion: Prophylactic retro-muscular mesh augmentation of a midline laparotomy in AAA patients is safe and effectively prevents the development of IH, with an extra time investment of 17 minutes. [less ▲]

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