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See detailDeveloping a prognosis tool for urolithiasis with obstruction in Belgian blue cattle breed.
Casalta, Hélène ULiege; Greban de Saint Germain, Coralie; Djebala, Salem ULiege et al

Conference (2017, October 04)

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See detailZarathushtra entre Occident et Orient
Swennen, Philippe ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October 04)

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See detailDroplet manipulation on a fiber network
Weyer, Floriane ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

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See detailValidité et utilité d'un test d'orientation dans le secteur de la santé en Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles
Detroz, Pascal ULiege; Monseur, Christian ULiege; Romainville, Marc et al

Poster (2017, October 04)

La Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles de Belgique n’avait pas, jusqu’en 2016, de Filtres à l’entrée des études de Médecine. Elle avait par contre un test diagnostique, formatif, obligatoire, mais non ... [more ▼]

La Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles de Belgique n’avait pas, jusqu’en 2016, de Filtres à l’entrée des études de Médecine. Elle avait par contre un test diagnostique, formatif, obligatoire, mais non contraignant (il n'avait pas d'effet sur l'avenir des étudiants). Ce test se présentait sous la forme d’un questionnaire à choix multiple (QCM) évaluant plusieurs matières : la chimie, la physique, la biologie, les mathématiques, le français et l’anglais. Il se déroulait en même temps sur le site des cinq universités concernées par les études dans le domaine de la santé de la FWB. Les questions du test sont identiques dans ces différentes universités. Il a été organisé entre 2013 et 2016 , deux fois par année en juillet et septembre. L’enjeu était de permettre aux étudiants de mesurer leur compétence à l’entrée des études pour se rassurer (pour les plus fort d’entre eux), pour s’améliorer à travers des activités de remédiation, ou éventuellement pour renoncer (pour les pl us faible d’entre eux). La présente étude a pour objet d’évaluer l’efficacité de ce test diagnostic. Concrètement, les objectifs de l'étude décrite étaient de/d’ : 1. Analyser la qualité psychométrique du test d'orientation. 2. Établir le lien entre les données biographiques de l’étudiant et les résultats au test d'orientation. 4. Établir le lien entre les résultats au test d'orientation et l’inscription réelle en faculté de médecine.(l'effet de dissuasion du test) 3. Établir le lien entre le test d'orientation et la réussite globale et par matière à la fin de la première année. Nos conclusions générales sont les suivantes : Les tests d’orientation présentent une bonne qualité psychométrique. C’est toutefois plus vrai pour les disciplines scientifiques que pour l’anglais et le français. Le test vise bien les aptitudes spécifiques et les compétences prérequises pour entreprendre des études supérieures dans le secteur de la santé. Les candidats proviennent d’un milieu socio-économique élevé et présentent un parcours scolaire au dessus de la moyenne. Ces variables expliquent, chez les étudiants diplômés du secondaire en Belgique, plus de 30% de la variance du score de sciences au test d'orientation (score factorisé à partir des scores de maths, bio, chimie et physique) et plus de 10% du score de langue (score factorisé à partir des scores de français et d’anglais) à ce même test. Ces mêmes variables de présage expliquent aussi en partie le résultat en fin de premier bachelier (22% de variance expliquée pour les étudiants diplômés en Belgique, 34% pour les étudiants diplômés en France). Les résultats aux tests d’orientation, quant à eux, expliquent ensemble 29% de la variance aux résultats de bac1 pour les étudiants diplômés en Belgique et 17% pour ceux diplômés en France. Le test de sciences s’avère beaucoup plus prédictif que le test de langues Les test dissuade peu les étudiants les plus faibles de s’inscrire. Ces résultats seront présentés lors de la communication [less ▲]

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See detailPoor quality medicines in Africa: how to combat this real scourge
Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULiege; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULiege; Ziemons, Eric ULiege et al

Conference (2017, October 04)

Poor (or low) quality medicines remain a crucial problem of public health around the world. They encompass falsified /counterfeit, substandard or degraded drugs. If proportion of 1% is estimated in ... [more ▼]

Poor (or low) quality medicines remain a crucial problem of public health around the world. They encompass falsified /counterfeit, substandard or degraded drugs. If proportion of 1% is estimated in developed countries, they are globally about 10 % of counterfeit drugs according to Food and Drug Administration, with 30% in low income countries and astonishing values (80 %) reported in some African countries. The consequences and dangers of such medicines are therapeutic failure, drug poisoning, microbial resistance or even death. For the pharmaceutical industries, there are loss of image, loss of financial income and employment. There is need to combat this scourge, but most of the time, means are very limited and even lacking. In this context, several means or tools are developed by the ULg Pharmacy Department including the simple ones including organoleptic tests, simple analytical tests such as analytical balance, pHmeter, thin layer chromatography (TLC), UV-visible spectrophotometry to the more complex including liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to UV-Vis detector, or to mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, Raman imagery (RIM) and near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy associated with the principal component analysis (PCA). In this way, we have analyzed several suspected samples obtained via the public health authorities of the D.R. Congo, Benin and Rwanda after their seizure or through collaborations. The results are presented by therapeutic class, namely: analgesics: - by using LC and complementary information from victim patients, we were able to discover an abnormal presence of a benzodiazepine at very high doses in paracetamol tablets which was the cause of unusual adverse effects (sedative effects, polyuria and hypotension) in patients who have consumed it; - by using the NIR-PCA, we were able to elucidate the substitution of an excipient (glycerol) by diethylene glycol in paracetamol syrup which caused the death of a hundred babies. antimalarials: - we faced cases of arthemether-lumefantrine tablets which had no therapeutic effect. By means of TLC and LC, the absence of these two active ingredients was clearly demonstrated, but the presence of starch was revealed by RIM; - another case of quinine tablets that had no expected pharmacological effect was faced. The use of several combined techniques (TLC, LC-MS, NMR and RIM) allowed to detect the presence of a substance with an imidazole structure (antamoeba). antibiotics: - the case of amoxicillin powder which after reconstitution in hospital caused poisoning of the babies until death for some was investigated. The reconstitution of the suspension in the laboratory had revealed the misuse of hydrogen peroxide instead of distilled water; - we participated to a large-scale study (80 samples of amoxicillin powder) that showed 8% of overdose. The cases presented indicate that there are effectively poor quality medicines and there is need to sustain strong collaborations while reinforcing appropriate measures to protect users. [less ▲]

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See detailAntarctica-Regional Climate and Surface Mass Budget
Favier; Krinner; Amory, Charles ULiege et al

in Current Climate Change Repports (2017)

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See detailOntogenetic and phylogenetic simplification during white stripe evolution in anemonefish
Salis, Pauline; Roux, Natacha; Soulat, Olivier et al

Poster (2017, October 04)

Coral reef fishes provide classical examples of complex colour patterns exhibiting a huge diversity. Most of these species display spots, stripes, repeated lines, eyespots, grids, etc. This diversity in ... [more ▼]

Coral reef fishes provide classical examples of complex colour patterns exhibiting a huge diversity. Most of these species display spots, stripes, repeated lines, eyespots, grids, etc. This diversity in colour patterns might serve for species recognition, camouflage, mimicry and/or warning. To date, work have mainly been focused on the link between colour patterns, ecology and behavior, that is the ultimate role of these patterns. However, the underlying development and cellular mechanisms controlling these patterns and their evolution, that is their proximal mechanisms, are still largely unknown. To address this question, we are using a well-known coral-reef fish models, anemonefishes (Amphiprion and the monotypic Premnas). This tribe (Amphiprionini) within the Pomacentridae is composed of 30 species that display a relatively simple colour pattern made of 0-3 white stripes that are well visible on a yellow to red, brown or even black body background. This simple colour pattern offers a unique opportunity to better delineate the pattern and processes allowing the diversification of such diversity. Here, we focus on the vertical white stripes present in most species of Amphiprion. We first map their striped patterns on the anemonefish evolutionary tree and reconstruct the ancestral state. Our results provide evidences that the diversification in colour pattern in anemonefish results from successive losses of stripes during evolution. Then, by an ontogenetic study, we show that larvae stripes always appear from rostral to caudal. Interestingly, larvae of some species such as A. frenatus have surplus stripes (with a maximum of three stripes) which disappear caudo-rostrally during the juvenile phase to acquire their adult color pattern. The reduction of stripes number over ontogeny totally matches the sequences of stripe losses across evolution. This demonstrates that the diversification in colour pattern among anemonefish lineages results from changes in developmental processes. Finally, assuming that the number of stripes may be related to the species ecology, we further determined the links between the number of stripes and ecomorphological traits. Together, this innovative study allows to understand how developmental processes are shaping the diversification of color pattern of anemonefishes and how it may be related with ecomorphological traits evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation de disques de poussière exozodiacale par interférométrie stellaire en infrarouge proche et moyen
Marion, Lindsay ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Nous savons aujourd’hui que notre système solaire n’est pas un cas isolé dans la galaxie et qu’il pourrait potentiellement en exister des milliers d’autres. La recherche de ces systèmes est devenue un ... [more ▼]

Nous savons aujourd’hui que notre système solaire n’est pas un cas isolé dans la galaxie et qu’il pourrait potentiellement en exister des milliers d’autres. La recherche de ces systèmes est devenue un centre d’intérêt majeur de la recherche en astrophysique au XXIème. La présence de poussière chaude et tiède est étroitement liée à la présence de planètes dans un système stellaire. En effet, elle provient généralement de la formation du système planétaire, du dégazage de comètes, et de collisions d’astéroides, comme c’est le cas dans notre système solaire. Il est donc devenu primordial de détecter et caractériser la poussière tiède/chaude autour d’étoiles en séquence principale. L’intérêt de l’étude des disques de débris tièdes/chauds est double : d’une part, les détecter et les caractériser nous permet d’obtenir plus d’informations sur la formation d’un éventuel système planétaire et sur la dynamique du système (mécanisme de piégeage de la poussière, ré-approvisionnement du disque de poussière chaudes à partir d’un disque de poussière plus froide, plus éloigné, présence de planètes qui nettoient le disque interne, etc) ; d’autre part, les disques de débris tièdes/chauds peuvent complètement masquer une planète lors de tentatives de détection en imagerie directe. Il convient donc de les détecter pour discriminer ces étoiles pour les missions futures de détection d’exoplanètes par imagerie directe. Le présent travail vise à poursuivre l’étude des disques tièdes/chauds commencée au début des années 2000. Dans un premier temps, nous recherchons la présence de compagnon au sein de l’échantillon d’étoiles dédiées au programme de détection d’exozodis afin de fournir un échantillon non biaisé pour la recherche de disques de débris tièdes/chauds. Grâce aux détections de compagnons, nous révisons également la statistique d’étoiles binaires de type spectral A. Ensuite, dans un nouvel échantillon défini spécifiquement à cet effet, nous étudions la corrélation possible entre présence de poussière tiède et chaude. Nous arrivons à la conclusion qu’il existe une corrélation entre présence de poussière tiède et chaude et que la poussière tiède pourrait donc servir de réservoir à la poussière chaude. Toutefois, pour confirmer ce résultat, d’autres études devront être menées. Ensuite, nous résumons les avancées réalisées au LBTI et mettons en exergue les progrès réalisés sur la méthode statistique de traitement de données pour des observations de nulling. Enfin, nous étudions le système de beta Pic au travers d’observations dans l’infrarouge moyen réalisées avec MIDI. Cette étude nous permet de conclure qu’il n’y a pas de poussière tiède dans les zones internes (~ 1.5 UA) du disque de Pic et que la poussière chaude qui cause un excès en infrarouge proche est probablement alimentée par le dégazage de comètes envoyées dans le système stellaire interne par la planète se trouvant aux environs de 9 UA. [less ▲]

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See detailLa faillite de la SDN
Genin, Vincent ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailSurface circulation in the Western Mediterranean shown by a synergy of satellite-derived datasets
Karimova, Svetlana ULiege

in Proc. SPIE 10422, Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2017 (2017, October 03)

The present study is aimed at bringing together the benefits of different approaches for extracting information on surface currents from satellite-derived datasets and ocean data reanalysis. As a region ... [more ▼]

The present study is aimed at bringing together the benefits of different approaches for extracting information on surface currents from satellite-derived datasets and ocean data reanalysis. As a region of interest, we use the Western Mediterranean, which is having a peculiar pattern of surface circulation, due to the inflow of Atlantic water through the Strait of Gibraltar. Among the data analysed in this study, there are fields of sea surface temperature (SST) as well as different datasets on surface currents retrieved from satellite altimetry data, satellite imagery and their synergy. In particular, we analyse (i) fields of geostrophic currents retrieved from a gridded sea level anomaly (SLA) data product, (ii) the data on total surface currents derived in the framework of the GlobCurrent project, and (iii) the data provided by reanalysis. Special attention is being paid to the performance of different datasets in manifesting largest mesoscale eddies of the region of interest. As a result of the comparison performed, the general scheme of surface circulation in the region of interest was updated. Main novelties proposed by the renewed scheme concerns the number of cyclonic gyres presenting in the field of surface currents. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical properties of L-type asteroids: a link to the primordial Solar System?
Devogele, Maxime ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

A few years ago, asteroid polarimetry allowed to discover a class of asteroids exhibiting peculiar phase polarization curves, collectively called "Barbarians" from the prototype of this class, the ... [more ▼]

A few years ago, asteroid polarimetry allowed to discover a class of asteroids exhibiting peculiar phase polarization curves, collectively called "Barbarians" from the prototype of this class, the asteroid (234) Barbara. All such objects belong to the L visible plus near infrared based taxonomic class. The anomalous polarization has been tentatively interpreted in terms of high-albedo, spinel-rich Calcium-Aluminum inclusions (CAI) that could be abundant on the surfaces of some of these asteroids, according to their spectral reflectance properties and to analogies with CO3/CV3 meteorites. Such CAIs are among the oldest mineral assemblages ever found in the Solar System. Barbarians' surfaces could therefore be rich in this very ancient material and bring information on the early phases of planetary formation. During this thesis, a systematic campaign for photometric, polarimetric and spectroscopic characterization has been conducted. These observation campaigns allowed improving our general knowledge about these peculiar asteroids and highlighting the link between polarization and polarimetric properties. Our observation also allowed discarding the hypotheses involving peculiar shape for these asteroids. However, as it was suggested, a link between the presence of CAI and the polarimetric response was found. Our observations show that the relative abundance of CAI is correlated with the polarimetric inversion angle. This is the first time that a direct link between polarimetric and spectroscopic properties is found. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal infrared and terahertz digital holography and their applications
Georges, Marc ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October 03)

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See detailComputational modeling of concrete structures in fire - Capabilities, frontiers, and opportunities
Gernay, Thomas ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October 03)

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See detailGrowth and carcass performances of guinea fowls reared under intensive system in Benin
Houndonougbo, Pascal ULiege; REIS MOTA, Rodrigo ULiege; Chrysostome, A.A.M. Christophe et al

in Livestock of Research for Rural Development (LRRD) (2017), 29(10),

Several local guinea fowl varieties continued to be reared in extensive systems in Benin, even though productivity remains low. Improving rearing conditions through feeding and housing may enhance local ... [more ▼]

Several local guinea fowl varieties continued to be reared in extensive systems in Benin, even though productivity remains low. Improving rearing conditions through feeding and housing may enhance local guinea fowls productivity in Benin. Therefore, the objective of this study was to verify growth and carcass performances of five (Common, Bonaparte, Grey, White and Black) local guinea fowl varieties under intensive management conditions. At birth, 36 keets (young guinea fowls) of each identified variety were randomly divided into six batches and reared up to 16 weeks old under the same feeding and housing conditions. Body weights were recorded up to week 15. At week 16, carcass measurements were also taken. Growth performances and carcass measurements (morphological and visceral) differed among guinea fowl varieties. The heaviest body weight was observed in Common (832±24g) and the lowest in Black variety (698±39g). Highest carcass yield was observed in Grey variety. Liver weight, intestine length and caecum length were highest in Bonaparte variety. Gizzard weight and thigh proportion were highest in Common variety. Breast weight and breast proportion were highest in Grey guinea fowls. Body weight was moderately correlated with drumstick length, body length, wing size, tarsus diameter, thigh length and thorax circumference (range r = 0.34-0.60). The phenotypic variability and its impact on the characterization of these varieties implies that they are genetically different strains, supporting the hypothesis that the guinea fowl population in Benin presents opportunities for genetic improvement. [less ▲]

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See detailMontages structuralistes dans Les Temps Modernes
Cormann, Grégory ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October 02)

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See detailNotebooks for documenting work-flows
Troupin, Charles ULiege; Barth, Alexander ULiege; Muñoz, Cristian et al

Conference (2017, October 02)

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See detailProbing dark matter substructure in the gravitational lens HE 0435‑1223 with the WFC3 grism
Nierenberg, A. M.; Treu, T.; Brammer, G. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017), 471

Strong gravitational lensing provides a powerful test of Cold Dark Matter (CDM) as it enables the detection and mass measurement of low mass haloes even if they do not contain baryons. Compact lensed ... [more ▼]

Strong gravitational lensing provides a powerful test of Cold Dark Matter (CDM) as it enables the detection and mass measurement of low mass haloes even if they do not contain baryons. Compact lensed sources such as Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are particularly sensitive to perturbing subhalos, but their use as a test of CDM has been limited by the small number of systems which have significant radio emission which is extended enough avoid significant lensing by stars in the plane of the lens galaxy, and red enough to be minimally affected by differential dust extinction. Narrow-line emission is a promising alternative as it is also extended and, unlike radio, detectable in virtually all optically selected AGN lenses. We present first results from a WFC3 grism narrow-line survey of lensed quasars, for the quadruply lensed AGN HE0435-1223. Using a forward modelling pipeline which enables us to robustly account for spatial blending, we measure the [OIII] 5007 \AA~ flux ratios of the four images. We find that the [OIII] fluxes and positions are well fit by a simple smooth mass model for the main lens. Our data rule out a $M_{600}>10^{8} (10^{7.2}) M_\odot$ NFW perturber projected within $\sim$1\farcs0 (0\farcs1) arcseconds of each of the lensed images, where $M_{600}$ is the perturber mass within its central 600 pc. The non-detection is broadly consistent with the expectations of $\Lambda$CDM for a single system. The sensitivity achieved demonstrates that powerful limits on the nature of dark matter can be obtained with the analysis of $\sim20$ narrow-line lenses. [less ▲]

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