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See detailA Simulator to Explore Tarification Designs for Distribution Networks
Manuel de Villena Millan, Miguel ULiege; Gautier, Axel ULiege; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULiege et al

E-print/Working paper (2017)

This paper introduces a computational tool to help assessing the impact of regulation policies within distribution networks in the deployment of distributed renewable electricity generation. This tool is ... [more ▼]

This paper introduces a computational tool to help assessing the impact of regulation policies within distribution networks in the deployment of distributed renewable electricity generation. This tool is a comprehensive multi-agent simulator capable of handling the interaction between the users of a distribution network and their distribution system operator. With this simulator, it is possible to address the different regulatory constraints encountered by distribution system operators, for any regulation policy. In the simulator, we model individual electricity consumers as rational agents, that may invest in optimised distributed renewable energy installations, if they are cost-efficient compared to the network tariff. By modelling the cost recovery scheme of the distribution system operator, the simulator then computes the evolution of the network tariff in response to a change of the consumption and generation of the consumers in the distribution network, due to the deployment of distributed generation. The simulator is illustrated with various regulation policies. [less ▲]

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See detailIsotopic composition of nitrogen species in groundwater under agricultural areas: A review
Nikolenko, Olha ULiege; Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege; Borges, Alberto ULiege et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2017)

This work reviews applications of stable isotope analysis to the studies of transport and transformation of N species in groundwater under agricultural areas. It summarizes evidence regarding factors ... [more ▼]

This work reviews applications of stable isotope analysis to the studies of transport and transformation of N species in groundwater under agricultural areas. It summarizes evidence regarding factors affecting the isotopic composition of NO3−, NH4+ and N2O in subsurface, and discusses the use of 11B, 18O, 13C, 34S, 87Sr/86Sr isotopes to support the analysis of δ15N values. The isotopic composition of NO3−, NH4+ and N2O varies depending on their sources and dynamics of N cycle processes. The reported δ15N-NO3− values for sources of NO3− are: soil organic N – +3‰–+8‰, mineral fertilizers – −8‰–+7‰; manure/household waste – +5‰ to +35‰. For NH4+ sources, the isotopic signature ranges are: organic matter – +2.4–+4.1‰, rainwater – −13.4–+2.3‰, mineral fertilizers –−7.4–+5.1‰, householdwaste –+5–+9‰; animalmanure–+8–+11‰. ForN2O, isotopic composition depends on isotopic signatures of substrate pools and reaction rates. δ15Nvalues of NO3− are influenced by fractionation effects occurring during denitrification (ɛ=5–40‰), nitrification (ɛ=5–35‰) and DNRA (ɛ not reported). The isotopic signature of NH4+ is also affected by nitrification and DNRA as well as mineralization (ɛ=1‰), sorption (ɛ=1–8‰), anammox (ɛ=4.3–7.4‰) and volatilization (ɛ=25‰). As for theN2O, production of N2O leads to its depletion in 15N, whereas consumption – to enrichment in 15N. The magnitude of fractionation effects occurring during the considered processes depends on temperature, pH, DO, C/NO3− ratio, size of the substrate pool, availability of electron donors, water content in subsoil, residence time, land use, hydrogeology. While previous studies have accumulated rich data on isotopic composition of NO3− in groundwater, evidence remains scarce in the cases of NH4+ and N2O. Further research is required to consider variability of δ15N-NH4+ and δ15N-N2O in groundwater across agricultural ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailLifetime of 5 non-commercial boluses evaluated in dairy cows by X Rays and plasmatic trace elements concentrations
Guyot, Hugues ULiege; Cheleux, Gaël ULiege; Wajda-Dubos, Jean-Pierre et al

Poster (2017, October)

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See detailMerging supercritical carbon dioxide and organocatalysis for the precision and green synthesis of poly(lactide)-based (co)polymers
Grignard, Bruno ULiege; De Winter, Julien; Gerbaux, Pascal et al

in European Polymer Journal (2017), 95

Well-defined poly(lactide)-based block copolymers were synthesized by a heterogeneous solvent and metal-free green approach by using organocatalysts in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). We first ... [more ▼]

Well-defined poly(lactide)-based block copolymers were synthesized by a heterogeneous solvent and metal-free green approach by using organocatalysts in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). We first report on the homopolymerization of both L- and D,L- lactide by organocatalyzed Ring-Opening Polymerization (o-ROP) by using a bicomponent organocatalyst composed of a thiourea derivative and various tertiary amines as cocatalysts. Control over the molar mass and dispersity is achieved until high monomer conversion although the polylactides are insoluble in the polymerization medium. The precision synthesis of PLA-based block copolymers from various CO2-phobic hydroxyl end-capped macroinitiators such as polyethylene glycol, polycaprolactone, polybutylene succinate and polyphosphoester was then reported. Merging scCO2 with this organocatalytic system provides therefore a unique tool for the design under solvent-free conditions of poly(lactide)-based block copolymers that are insoluble in scCO2. [less ▲]

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See detailPriorities for health economic methodological research: results of an expert consultation.
Tordrup, D.; Chouaid, C.; Cuijpers, P. et al

in International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (2017)

Background: The importance of economic evaluation in decision making is growing with increasing budgetary pressures on health systems. Diverse economic evidence is available for a range of interventions ... [more ▼]

Background: The importance of economic evaluation in decision making is growing with increasing budgetary pressures on health systems. Diverse economic evidence is available for a range of interventions across national contexts within Europe, but little attention has been given to identifying evidence gaps that, if filled, could contribute to more efficient allocation of resources. One objective of the Research Agenda for Health Economic Evaluation project is to determine the most important methodological evidence gaps for the ten highest burden conditions in the European Union (EU), and to suggest ways of filling these gaps. Methods: The highest burden conditions in the EU by Disability Adjusted Life Years were determined using the Global Burden of Disease study. Clinical interventions were identified for each condition based on published guidelines, and economic evaluations indexed in MEDLINE were mapped to each intervention. A panel of public health and health economics experts discussed the evidence during a workshop and identified evidence gaps. Results: The literature analysis contributed to identifying cross-cutting methodological and technical issues, which were considered by the expert panel to derive methodological research priorities. Conclusions: The panel suggests a research agenda for health economics which incorporates the use of real-world evidence in the assessment of new and existing interventions; increased understanding of cost-effectiveness according to patient characteristics beyond the “-omics” approach to inform both investment and disinvestment decisions; methods for assessment of complex interventions; improved cross-talk between economic evaluations from health and other sectors; early health technology assessment; and standardized, transferable approaches to economic modeling. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une masterisation de la logopédie ! Partie 1- Situation internationale
Maillart, Christelle ULiege

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailStratospheric circulation in the WACCM chemistry-climate model: mean age of air against observations and CTM
Minganti, Daniele ULiege

Poster (2017, October)

The mean age of air is a classical diagnostic of the transit time from the troposphere to the various regions of the stratosphere, providing insights on the strength and structure of the Brewer-Dobson ... [more ▼]

The mean age of air is a classical diagnostic of the transit time from the troposphere to the various regions of the stratosphere, providing insights on the strength and structure of the Brewer-Dobson Circulation (BDC), the polar vortex and the irreversible mixing in the mid-latitudes. We apply this diagnostic to the WACCM chemistry-climate model for the 1985-2014 period. A comparison is presented between unconstrained simulations (FR-WACCM) with and without the representation of the QBO, simulations nudged to the MERRA-2 reanalysis (SD-WACCM), in-situ measurements and a chemistry-transport model (CTM). The results are different depending on the simulation, with SD-WACCM resulting closer to the observations w.r.t. FR-WACCM. In the FR-WACCM the QBO plays a role leading to older age of air. The time evolution over the considered period is slightly decreasing, while observations show a positive (not significant) trend. Given those results, further studies have to be carried out investigating the multi-decadal trends of mean age of air and involving actual tracers. [less ▲]

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See detailLe droit du recouvrement en ses aspects notariaux
Georges, Frédéric ULiege

in Leleu, Yves-Henri (Ed.) Chroniques notariales (2017)

Cette contribution analyse d'une part les récentes réformes législatives touchant à la matière abordée et d'autre part la jurisprudence pertinente

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See detailEléments relatifs à la saisie-exécution immobilière
Georges, Frédéric ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October)

Ce document constitue une étude synthétique de la procédure de saisie-exécution immobilière, régie par les articles 1560 à 1626 du Code judiciaire

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See detailAdorno in France. The first critical Reception of the Critical Theory in the 50's
Franck, Thomas ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October)

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See detailIntramolecular Continuous-Flow Strategy Towards Methylphenidate (Ritalin) Hydrochloride
Gerardy, Romaric ULiege; Winter, Marc; Vizza, Alessandra et al

Poster (2017, October)

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See detailPour une « didactique de l’enquête » : quels fondements, quels outils ?
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October)

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See detailMultidisciplinary rehabilitation program after breast cancer: benefits on physical function, anthropometry and quality of life.
Leclerc, Anne-France ULiege; Foidart-Dessalle, Marguerite ULiege; Tomasella, Marco ULiege et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2017), 53(5), 633-642

BACKGROUND: Different clinical trials show beneficial effects of physical training offered during and / or after breast cancer treatment. However, given the variety of side effects that may be encountered ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Different clinical trials show beneficial effects of physical training offered during and / or after breast cancer treatment. However, given the variety of side effects that may be encountered, physical training could be combined with psychological, relational and social guidance. This kind of multidisciplinary program has been little studied so far. AIM: To determine the benefits of a three-month multidisciplinary rehabilitation program among women after breast cancer treatment. DESIGN: Controlled no-randomized trial. SETTING: University for outcomes, University Hospital Center for interventions. POPULATION: Two hundred and nine outpatients who have been treated for a primary breast carcinoma. METHODS: Patients were divided into a control group (n=106) and an experimental group (n=103) which has benefited from a rehabilitation program of three months including physical training and psycho-educational sessions. The assessments, performed before and after the program, included functional assessments ("Sit and Reach Test", maximal incremental exercise test and "Six-Minute Walk Test"), body composition measurements (body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage) and a questionnaire (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30). RESULTS: After three months, flexibility, walking distance and all parameters measured during the maximal incremental exercise, except maximal heart rate, were significantly improved in the experimental group. The body fat percentage was significantly decreased and a significant improvement was observed for perceived health status (quality of life), functional role, emotional state, physical, cognitive and social functions and for most symptoms. In the control group, most of these improvements didn't appear and a significant increase in BMI and body fat percentage was observed. CONCLUSIONS: This trial identifies the benefits of a well detailed multidisciplinary rehabilitation program, including physical re-conditioning and psycho-educational sessions, with important improvements in functional capacity, body composition and the majority of functions and symptoms among women after breast cancer treatment. CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: Through its results, this study could contribute to the development of hospital quality standards for oncologic rehabilitation. Physiotherapists can efficiently propose this kind of multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. [less ▲]

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See detailNew models to predict microcarriers just-suspended state in bioreactors for stem cell culture.
Loubière, Céline; Olmos, Eric; Guedon, Emmanuel et al

Conference (2017, October)

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See detailLes savoirs paysans pour coordonner la conservation de la nature et l’agriculture - Piste pour une prise en compte renforcée des compétences des agriculteurs dans l’action agro-environnementale.
Brédart, David; Hatt, Séverin ULiege; Méhu, Marie et al

in Mille Lieux (2017), 7

Lors d’un travail de recherche, nous avons rencontré des agriculteurs de la zone limoneuse en Wallonie, un territoire de culture des plus productifs. Ces agriculteurs ont en commun d’avoir installé des ... [more ▼]

Lors d’un travail de recherche, nous avons rencontré des agriculteurs de la zone limoneuse en Wallonie, un territoire de culture des plus productifs. Ces agriculteurs ont en commun d’avoir installé des bandes aménagées en bordure de parcelles dans le cadre des méthodes agro-environnementales (MAEC - dispositifs de la Politique Agricole Commune visant à protéger l’environnement dans les espaces agricoles). Nous avons tenté de comprendre ce que sont et ce que pourraient devenir les bandes aménagées pour ces agriculteurs. En effet, alors que de nombreux travaux se sont intéressés aux aspects techniques, notamment à la composition et à la gestion des mélanges semés, peu d’attention a été portée aux agriculteurs et à la façon dont ils intègrent ces mélanges dans leur pratique. Nous explorons, à travers notre analyse, la possibilité d’une co-construction des MAEC avec les agriculteurs pour une action agro-environnementale pertinente aussi du point de vue de la production agricole. [less ▲]

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See detailCone Beam CT, Nouvel outil dans l'imagerie diagnostique
DE MARNEFFE, Mikaël ULiege; MILICEVIC, Marina; MILICEVIC, Mladen ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(10), 457-461

Le but de cet article est de présenter les avantages de la tomographie computérisée à faisceau conique (CBCT) par rapport à la tomographie computérisée (CT) classique et de rapporter quelques applications ... [more ▼]

Le but de cet article est de présenter les avantages de la tomographie computérisée à faisceau conique (CBCT) par rapport à la tomographie computérisée (CT) classique et de rapporter quelques applications cliniques. Inventé pratiquement pour les dentistes, en particulier pour l'implantologie, le CBCT a trouvé une indication incontournable dans l'imagerie des sinus, de la chirurgie maxillo-faciale et orale, en parodontologie, endodontie et orthodontie. Le CBCT s 'est avéré utile également dans l'imagerie des lésions de différentes origines des mâchoires avec, toutefois, une réserve concernant le bilan d'atteinte des tissus mous (dans ce cas, une IRM - ou un CT avec injection de produit de contraste - serait préférable). Dernièrement, l'application du CBCT s'est élargie à l'imagerie du rocher et, même, des petites articulations des extrémités. [less ▲]

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See detailDétermination des propriétés physico-mécaniques et de durabilité d'un lot de planches de hêtre traitées thermiquement
Pollet, Caroline; Hebert, Jacques ULiege; Jourez, Benoît ULiege

Report (2017)

La scierie Scidus est intéressée de caractériser la qualité de son bois de hêtre traité thermiquement. Une étude a été mise en place au LTB en collaboration avec l’Ulg dans le cadre d'une colaboration ... [more ▼]

La scierie Scidus est intéressée de caractériser la qualité de son bois de hêtre traité thermiquement. Une étude a été mise en place au LTB en collaboration avec l’Ulg dans le cadre d'une colaboration avec la scierie Scidus d'Etalle. Les objectifs de cette étude sont de déterminer l’effet du traitement sur les propriétés physico-mécaniques usuelles et d’évaluer la durabilité conférée des bois récemment traités. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and capsular-polysaccharide type distribution of colonizing group B streptococci (GBS) isolated from recto-vaginal samples in pregnant women in Hanoï, Vietnam
MEEX, Cécile ULiege; DEVEY, Anaïs ULiege; PHAM HONG, Nhung et al

Poster (2017, October)

Background: The study was organized by the Belgian National Reference Center (NRC) for Streptococcus agalactiae or GBS, and carried out in Vietnam. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of ... [more ▼]

Background: The study was organized by the Belgian National Reference Center (NRC) for Streptococcus agalactiae or GBS, and carried out in Vietnam. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of GBS colonization among pregnant women in Hanoï and to characterize the capsular-polysaccharide (CPS) type of the isolated strains. Methods: For a 2-months period in 2015, 888 recto-vaginal swabs were collected in Bach-Mai-Hospital from pregnant women at 35-37 weeks’ gestation and were cultured for detection of GBS. Strains were stored and transferred to the Belgian NRC for further characterization. CPS-typing was performed by both latex agglutination and PCR (Poyart, 2007; Kong, 2008). Results: Among the 888 swabs, 111 were positive for GBS, that is a prevalence of colonization of 12.5%. A total of 90 strains were available for typing: 91,11% could be serotyped by latex agglutination and all the strains, including the 8 phenotypically non-typable strains, were successfully genotyped. CPS type V was the most prevalent (36.7%) followed by CPS types Ib (25.6%), III (21.1%), VI and VII (8.9% and 4.4%). CPS type II was found twice and serotype Ia was found once. CPS types IV, VIII and IX weren’t present in this population. Conclusion: With predominance of types V, Ib and III, this distribution of CPS-types of GBS colonizing pregnant women in Hanoï, Vietnam, differs from distributions described in Europe and in o Asian countries. This study provides useful information for the development of a universal vaccine that could contribute to improve the prevention of neonatal GBS infections. [less ▲]

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