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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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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 detailMémoire épisodique et vieillissement normal : L'effet de la manipulation de la facilité de traitement perceptif en reconnaissance
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, September 16)

Etant donné que le vieillissement normal s’accompagne d’un déclin de la recollection tandis que la familiarité reste préservée, les tâches mnésiques facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité ... [more ▼]

Etant donné que le vieillissement normal s’accompagne d’un déclin de la recollection tandis que la familiarité reste préservée, les tâches mnésiques facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité permettraient de réduire les différences liées à l’âge en mémoire épisodique. Cette étude a évalué deux questions : 1) L’utilisation de la familiarité en reconnaissance peut-elle être favorisée en augmentant la différence de facilité de traitement perceptif (fluence) entre les items étudiés et les nouveaux items ? ; 2) Cette manipulation permet-elle de réduire l’effet de l’âge ? Deux tâches de reconnaissance ont été proposées à 24 participants jeunes et 24 participants âgés. Dans une tâche « sans recouvrement », les mots cibles et les mots nouveaux ne possédaient aucune lettre commune. L’exposition préalable aux mots cibles induisait donc une fluence sur les mots, mais également sur les lettres de sorte que la différence de fluence devenait un indice saillant et fiable pour distinguer cibles et distracteurs. Dans une tâche « avec recouvrement », les mots cibles et les mots nouveaux contenaient des lettres communes. Les résultats ont répliqué l’effet de l’âge sur la recollection (réponses Remember), avec préservation de la familiarité (réponses Know). Par ailleurs, nous observons 1) une amélioration de la discrimination dans la tâche « sans recouvrement », avec un plus grand nombre de reconnaissances correctes et moins de fausses reconnaissances (les deux basés sur la familiarité). De plus, 2) les différences liées à l’âge dans la capacité à discriminer cibles et distracteurs (reconnaissances correctes - fausses reconnaissances) étaient significativement réduites dans la tâche sans recouvrement par rapport à la tâche avec recouvrement. Ces données suggèrent que minimiser la similarité perceptive entre les mots cibles et les mots distracteurs, et donc augmenter la fluence, permet de réduire les différences liées à l’âge en reconnaissance en facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité. [less ▲]

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See detailLe modèle de Living Lab au service de l’Agroalimentaire
Goffin, Dorothée ULg

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See detailRoughness evolution of sol-gel optical coatings by ion beam sputtering
Gailly, Patrick ULg; Dubreuil, Olivier ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg

Poster (2014, September 16)

The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol-gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol-gel solutions had been applied on silicon substrates ... [more ▼]

The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol-gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol-gel solutions had been applied on silicon substrates using the dip coating technique and then thermally cured to obtain solid thin films. Their thickness had then been controlled over the samples surface using spectroscopic ellipsometry. The surface roughness of the sol-gel films has been measured using both interferometric profilometry and atomic force microscopy at different sputtering depths. Roughness increases significantly faster with sputtering depth in sol-gel layers than on bulk fused silica. Interestingly, the sputtering rates of the sol-gel layers are also observed to be much higher that of bulk fused silica. The development of micron scale holes with relatively stable interstices rules the surface roughness evolution. AFM measurements revealed a regular submicron scale lateral structure which nanometric amplitude is amplified under sputtering. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-death experiences in non-life-threatening events and coma of different etiologies.
Charland-Verville, Vanessa ULg; Jourdan, Jean-Pierre; Thonnard, Marie ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 16)

Near death experiences (NDEs) are increasingly being reported as a clearly identifiable physiological and psychological reality of clinical significance. Empirical studies of NDEs have mostly been ... [more ▼]

Near death experiences (NDEs) are increasingly being reported as a clearly identifiable physiological and psychological reality of clinical significance. Empirical studies of NDEs have mostly been conducted in patients with life threatening situations such as cardiac arrest [1-5] or (albeit more rarely) in patients with severe traumatic brain injury[6]. To the best of our knowledge, no study has formally compared the influence of the cause of coma to the intensity or content of the NDE. Using the Greyson NDE scale [7], the present retrospective study aimed at: (1) exploring the NDE intensity and content in “NDE-like” accounts following non-life-threatening events versus “real NDE” following coma; (2) comparing the “real NDE” characteristics according to the etiology of the brain damage (anoxic, traumatic or other) and; (3) comparing our retrospectively obtained data in anoxic coma to historical previously published prospectively collected post-anoxic NDEs. [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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