1 - 4 Sep :08:22 Research projects ( of 29735) Estimation of the prevalence of L. monocytogenes contaminated RTE foods as well as analysis of the qualitative and quantitative survey tests results and analysis of factors associated with the prevalence of L. monocytogenes contaminated RTE foods. Universiteit Hasselt Abstract: The overall objective of the project is to analyse and report the results of the EU-wide baseline survey on the prevalence of L. monocytogenes in certain RTE foods. Specific objectives include: i) the statistical analysis of the qualitative and quantitative results of the EU-wide baseline survey on the prevalence of L. monocytogenes in certain RTE foods, ii) statistical analysis of the factors associated with the prevalence. Centre for Statistics Research Institute Center for Statistics Marc AERTS Christel FAES Cristina SOTTO Ruth NYSEN Stijn JASPERS Saline Crops for overcoming soil salinity in Eastern Cuba: institutional strengthening and capacity building for research and development Abstract: The project deals with the major problem of salinity in the Cauto VaIIey located in eastern Cuba, where it considerably diminishes food production. This area is of great importance for Cuban agriculture as it produces most of the country's sugar cane, nee, root crops and vegetables. The aim of this project is: (i) to improve food security and livelihood in eastern Cuba (Granma Province) through selection of the most salt-tolerant species and genotypes of three food plants (wheat, tomato and bean), and (ii) to strengthen ecophysiological and biochemical research on salt stress at Granma University (GU) and improving the training capacity on the former subject. Environmental Ecology & Microbiology (ENdEMIC) Roeland Samson Multidisciplinary centre for measurements using advanced technologies of the Brussels University Association. Abstract: Multidisciplinary centre for measurements using advanced technologies of the Brussels University Association. Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science Electronics and Informatics Applied Mechanics Mechanics of Materials and Constructions Department of Bio-engineering Sciences Electricity Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering Applied Physics and Photonics Materials and Chemistry HEIDI OTTEVAERE JOHAN STIENS HUGO THIENPONT ABDELLAH TOUHAFI DANNY VAN HEMELRIJCK Wendy VAN MOER JOERI DENAYER Margaret CHEN KRIS STEENHAUT IRIS DE GRAEVE GUY VAN ASSCHE BRUNO VAN MELE STEVE VANLANDUIT Preconditions and good practice for (re-) organize and implement screening for breast, cervical and colon cancer. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Epidemiology and social medicine (ESOC) Guido Van Hal Services agreement: Command concerning development online application registration system for sports Fund of a heart for Limburg Abstract: The research institute 'VUB' and the 'Streekfonds Een Hart voor Limburg' have entered into a service-agreement concerning the project' Dienstenovereenkomst '. The research results can be transferred to the company, there can be a reasonable return in case of commercialisation or there is another kind of agreement on intellectual property, as outlined in the concluded agreement. Sports policy and managment
2 MARC THEEBOOM The documentation of Cappadocian, a seriously endagngered minority language in Greece Abstract: Cappadocian is a seriously endagnered Greek-Turkish mixed language spoken in Greece by Orthodox-Christian immigrants following the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in the 1920s. The research focuses on the documentation of Cappadocian (grammar, lexicon, text corpora), the sociolinguistic status of the language in bi- and trilingual language communities (Cappadocian, Greek, Turkish) and the prospects for revitalisation. Department of Latin and Greek Marc Janse Water quality survey of peats in selected natural areas in the Kempen region. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Ecosystem Management Rudy van Diggelen Improvement in food products by use of nutritionally sound fats Abstract: not available Industrial Biological Sciences Katleen Raes Determining the maximum ecological potential/good ecological potential for artificial and/or heavily modified Flemish waterbodies - partim Desselse Zandputten. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other VMM. UA provides VMM research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Ecosystem Management Patrick Meire Impact of sediment pollution on the ecological situation in the Antwerp docks. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen. UA provides Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Ecosystem Management Ronny Blust Patrick Meire Ice2sea:estimating the future contribution of continental ice to sea-level rise. Abstract: The melting of continental ice (glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets) is a substantial source of current sealevel rise, and one that is accelerating more rapidly than was predicted even a few years ago. Indeed, the most recent report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted that the uncertainty in projections of future sea-level rise is dominated by uncertainty concerning continental ice, and that understanding of the key processes that will lead to loss of continental ice must be improved before reliable projections of sea-level rise can be produced. The ice2sea programme will draw together European and international partners, to reduce these uncertainties. We will undertake targeted studies of key processes in mountain glacier systems and ice caps (e.g. Svalbard), and in ice sheets in both polar regions (Greenland and Antarctica) to improve understanding of how these systems will respond to future climate change. We will improve satellite determinations of continental ice mass, and provide much-needed datasets for testing glacierresponse models. Using newly developed ice-sheet/glacier models, we will generate detailed projections of the contribution of continental ice to sea-level rise over the next 200 years, and identify thresholds that commit the planet to long-term sea-level rise. We will deliver these results in forms accessible to scientists, policy-makers and the general public, which will include clear presentations of the sources of uncertainty. The ice2sea programme will directly inform the ongoing international debate on climate-change mitigation, and European debates surrounding coastal adaptation and sea-defence planning. It will leave a legacy of improved understanding of key cryospheric processes affecting development of the Earth System and the predictive tools for glacier-response modelling, and it will train a new generation of young European researchers who can use those tools for the future benefit of society. Geography
3 PHILIPPE HUYBRECHTS Estuarine morphological management for optimizing flood defence, port accessibility, and ecology Abstract: This project investigates the possibilities of morphological management of the Schelde estuary (trough strategic dredging and dumping of sediment) in order to optimize the three main functions of the estuary: 1) The estuary should provide protection against flooding of the densely populated area bordering the estuary. The morphological modifications should lead to attenuation of the landward propagation of tidal waves, storm surges, and sea level rise, and hence should contribute to protection against flooding. 2) The estuary should provide access for sea ships to the port of Antwerp. The morphological modifications should result in concentration of tidal currents towards the shipping channels in order to maximize the self-eroding capacity of the channels. 3) The estuary hosts European protected ecosystems. The morphological modifications should guarantee the variation of estuarine habitats. This is studied by coupling of hydrodynamic, morphodynamic and ecological modelling. Ecosystem Management Patrick Meire Stijn Temmerman Views on end-of-life care. Study of attitudes, preferences, and expectations of the general public and media representations regarding end-of-life care Abstract: Our society is experiencing a strong aging of the population and a change in predominant epidemiological patterns. Next to these demographical changes that increasingly confront us with death and dying as parts of our lives and of our society, a number of changing attitudes also contribute to a changing attitude towards death and dying. Because of these changes people realize more and more that death is an inevitable aspect of life, and hence a 'good death' also an aspect of the quality of life. The increasing attention for the quality of the end of life and for the 'good death' has given way to an increase in the amount of research about aspects of end-of-life care in Belgium and in other countries. However, virtually no attention has been paid in research to perspectives, attitudes, expectations, and aspirations of lay people in Belgium. Certain studies have examined attitudes of the Belgian general population towards euthanasia and other end-of-life decisions, but studies on the views of lay people with regard to different aspects of the end of life and end-of-life care, their knowledge regarding end-of-life care, their preferences regarding the care at their own end of life are completely lacking for Belgium, as opposed to in the Netherlands where limited attention has been paid to these issues. The central research aim of this research project is, therefore, to examine what views about end-of-life care circulate within the general population. Knowing the opinions of the general population is indisputably valuable and deserves further research attention. End-of-life care Research Group Communication Sciences Medical Sociology Nico CARPENTIER Joachim COHEN LUC DELIENS Multifoon confocale laser scanning microscoop voor imaging core faciliteit ter ondersteuning van onderzoek van de life sciences campus Jette en campus etterbeek -VUB. Abstract: No English abstract Cell Genetics Cellular Immunology Cell Biology and Histology Pathologic Biochemistry and Physiology Pathological Anatomy Medical Biochemistry ALBERT GEERTS Henry HEIMBERG Pieter IN 'T VELD Luc LEYNS DANIEL PIPELEERS MICHELINE VOLDERS LUC BOUWENS KARINE HELLEMANS PATRICK DE BAETSELIER Stimulating film and media in Palestine. The enhancement of the media studies bachelor and the development of a film making minor at the Media Department of the Al Quds University. Abstract: There is a clear need for a high level specialized media and film education in Palestine. Currently many of the film makers in Palestine had their training abroad. In the very sensitive political situation it is important that Palestinians produce their own documentaries and fiction, creating their own voice and representation. The main objectives of the project are twofold and complementary: 1. The enhancement of the existing programmes in media 2. The feasibility study for and the establishment of a new minor in film making within the media studies bachelors. Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi) Philippe Meers Development of a new packaging system for extending the shelf life of packaged cut vegetables
4 Abstract: not available Department of Food safety and food quality Frank Devlieghere Prosthetic bras, adapted to anatomical changes in the breast and biomechanical abnormalities after breast surgery. Abstract: Prosthetic bras, adapted to anatomical changes in the breast and biomechanical abnormalities after breast surgery. Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Surgery Specializations PIERRE LIEVENS JAN LAMOTE Identification of genetic factors leading to neurological complications of chickenpox. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other ESPID. UA provides ESPID research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute (VAXINFECTIO) Philippe Beutels Jose Ramet Benson Ogunjimi Set up protocols in demand clarification by the youth crisis hotlines. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute (CAPRI) Bernard Sabbe Women?s Participation in Decentralized Local Governance: The case of Pastoral and Non-Pastoral Women in Kondoa Local Authority, Tanzania. Abstract: This research explores women?s participation in decentralized local governance in Tanzania. Specifically, the research explores how, why and the effect of pastoral and non-pastoral women?s participation in decentralized local governance. There has been a body of research done about participation and gender in Tanzania, however, limited information exists about women?s participation in governance beyond numbers. Department of Third World studies Anne Walraet Inventory of aboveground preserved WWI relics of the Antwerp Südabschnitt (Small Brabant to channel Shots-Turnhout) Abstract: not available Departement of Archeology Jean Bourgeois MVO-traject clubs Pro League Abstract: The research institute 'VUB' and the 'Football+ Foundation' have entered into a service-agreement concerning the project' MVO-traject clubs Pro League'. The research results can be transferred to the company, there can be a reasonable return in case of commercialisation or there is another kind of agreement on intellectual property, as outlined in the concluded agreement. Sports policy and managment Jasper TRUYENS MARC THEEBOOM Detecting fields of application and use of design techniques for integrated circuits in the area of IC technology Abstract: Detecting fields of application and use of design techniques for integrated circuits in the area of IC technology. Equalizers permit longer cables or higher data rates and also Transceivers that transmit bidirectional data and power over conventional coaxial cables Electronics and Informatics MAARTEN KUIJK Smartfit University College Ghent
5 Abstract: Probleemstelling De Vlaamse confectieproducten worden over de ganse wereld sterk gewaardeerd en massaal verkocht. De globalisering heeft ertoe geleid dat deze bedrijven toch gebukt gaan onder een toenemende prijsdruk en een afbouw van de winstmarge. Daarnaast scherpen consumenten hun wensen aan en ontwikkelen ze nieuwe behoeften zoals gepersonaliseerde producten, modieuze kledij voor de actieve vergrijzende bevolking en de wens om online te kunnen shoppen. Naast een trendy design is het zich comfortabel voelen in een bepaald kledingstuk de belangrijkste trigger die de consument aanzet om over te gaan tot de aankoop. Een kledingstuk kan pas comfortabel en flatterend zijn voor de drager als de pasvorm goed zit. Door de diversiteit van de mens en de in veel gevallen gebrekkige kwaliteit van de gebruikte lichaamsmatentabellen kunnen de meeste merken verwachten om amper 30 à 40 % van hun doelgroep goed passende kledij te kunnen aanbieden. Wanneer zij nieuwe markten aansnijden valt dit snel terug tot soms slechts 10 %. De eerste jaren kunnen sommige merken overleven dankzij hun innovativiteit en/of design, doch in de daarop volgende jaren nemen passende maten en een goede pasvorm de bovenhand waardoor de loyaliteit van de consument aan het merk verzekerd wordt. Bedrijven maken vandaag gebruik van verouderde 1D meetdata. Deze data zijn misleidend zodat, zelfs met de beste wil, van bij de aanvang fouten opgenomen worden in de productspecificaties. Bovendien zijn 1D meetdata blind. Ze zeggen niets over de vorm van de gemeten personen. Wanneer basispatronen gegradeerd worden naar grotere en kleinere maten en men niet over 3D gegevens van de lichaamsvormen beschikt, is dit meestal een educated guess en worden nog meer fouten ingebouwd. Een goede matenrange geassocieerd met een perfecte pasvorm wordt nochtans als een opportuniteit gezien om een competitief voordeel te creëren ten opzichte van goedkope importproducten. In geval van beschermkledij en sportkledij is dit zelfs een must om de veiligheid en het prestatievermogen van de dragers te garanderen. Doelstellingen De projectresultaten zullen de industrie toegang geven tot geactualiseerde antropometrische data van de Belgische bevolking. Deze informatie is noodzakelijk voor de confectiesector om adequate matentabellen te kunnen opstellen. Bovendien wordt sinds 1996 in Europa gewerkt aan een gestandaardiseerd labellingsysteem voor kledingmaten. Het systeem is gebaseerd op lichaamsmaten (in cm). Vandaag gebeurt maataanduiding echter meestal nog ad hoc: wat in Nederland maat 38 is, is in Frankrijk maat 42, in Italië maat 44 en in Groot-Brittannië maat 12. Door de maten te harmoniseren met dit Europees raamwerk en ze weer te geven in cm, moet hier een einde aan komen. De verouderde Belgische metingen zijn niet geschikt om te gebruiken binnen dit Europees raamwerk. De resultaten zullen de industrie voorbereiden op de invoering van deze norm. De verzamelde data zullen niet alleen bruikbaar zijn voor de kledingsector, maar ook voor het ontwerpen van ergonomisch verantwoorde industriële werkstations, automobieldesign, design van persoonlijke beschermingsmiddelen, veiligheidsbeoordelingen, cockpit design, ontwerpen van orthopedische hulpmiddelen, design van ergonomische slaapconcepten om maar enkele mogelijke toepassingen te noemen. De projectresultaten zullen bestaan uit: database met ruwe antropometrische data, 3D modellen van de bevolking, nieuwe standaard lichaamsmatentabellen, allometrische gradatietechniek. We verwachten hiermee een toename van het aantal kledingstukken met passende fit voor een specifieke doelgroep met 50 tot 80 % en een reductie van het budget en de tijd voor productontwikkeling met 50 % Doelgroep Dit project is in eerste instantie gericht naar de confectiesector, doch de ontwikkelde lichaamsmatentabellen en lichaamscategorieën zullen bruikbaar zijn voor iedereen die producten ontwikkelt voor de meest diverse toepassingen (automobiel, meubels, orthopedische toepassingen, ) Faculty of Technology Department of Fashion Technology/Textile Technology Kenniscentrum Mode & Textiel Alexandra De Raeve Preparation of a database and modeling of relevant trade flows. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen. UA provides Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Transport and Regional Economics Tom Pauwels Thierry Vanelslander Ann Verhetsel Hilde Meersman Eddy Van de Voorde Infrastructure Platform Biophysics Abstract: This project concerns funding for a Transmission Electrone Microscope, a crystallization robot and an ITC calorimeter in order to strengthen the biophysics platform jointly created by SWIT and ULTR. This apparatus will serve in a broad series of scientific projects, with the majior focus on: - structural biology of biomedical targets (membrane proteins, aggregating and multimerising proteins and proteins from bacterial and protozoan pathogens) - itrinsically disordered proteins - experimental validation of computationa protein desing Department of Bio-engineering Sciences Frederic ROUSSEAU JAN STEYAERT REMY LORIS Literature review with the objective Identify evidence-based policies, strategies and interventions conducive to universal health coverage with people-centred and integrated care. Abstract: Literature review with the objective 'Identify evidence-based policies, strategies and interventions conducive to universal health coverage with people-centred and integrated care. General Practitioners and end-of-life-care
6 JAN VANDEVOORDE DIRK DEVROEY Studie van de fenologie en de koude-adaptatie bij kiwibes (<em>actinidia arguta </em>planch.) ter ondersteuning van cultivarselectie voor Vlaanderen University College Ghent Abstract: Abstract not yet available Faculty of Biosciences and Landscape Architecture Department of Plant production Filip Debersaques Marie-Christine Van Labeke Toepassing van Music Information Retrieval technieken op hedendaags klassieke en etnische muziek University College Ghent Abstract: De probleemstelling is gericht op een onderzoek omtrent bruikbare software voor het systematisch analyseren van klankfragmenten, ter ondersteuning van diverse doctoraatsprojecten die worden uitgevoerd binnen het Conservatorium. Bestaande klankanalysesoftware is hoofdzakelijk op commerciële muziek gericht en daardoor niet geschikt voor het lopend onderzoek. Met dit projectvoorstel wiwillen we klankanalysesoftware bouwen die bruikbaar is voor zowel etnomusicologisch onderzoek en anderzijds ook gericht op klassieke hedendaagse muziek. Faculty of Music and Drama Department of Composing Music Department of Theory Maarten Weyler Joren Six Olmo Cornelis Topsportcongres: Elite sport success: society boost or not? (Topsport succes: een impuls voor de maatschappij of niet?) 13 en 14 november 2013 Elzenveld, Lange Gasthuisstraat 45, Antwerpen Abstract: The SPLISS Conference brings together academics/researchers, sport policy makers, sport consultants, major sport event organizers, city and destination marketers, representatives from National Olympic Committees, IOC, National and International Sport Governing Bodies and elite sport coaches. Take a look at the complete plenary program and the parallel sessions. About SPLISS SPLISS (Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success) is an international network of research cooperation that coordinates, develops and shares expertise in innovative high performance sport policy research in cooperation with policy makers, National Olympic Committees (NOCs), international (sport) organisations, and researchers worldwide. In 2008 they developed their first joint project comparing 6 nations, that resulted in a joint book "a global sporting armsrace". A summary of the SPLISS 1.0 study is available for free at the website: Since 2009 the group has set up a new international collaborative project with partners in 15 countries, over 3000 elite athletes, over 1300 elite coaches and more than 240 Performance directors. The project is a collaboration of 43 researchers and 33 policy partners worldwide. The results of this most innovative benchmarking project will be presented during the conference along with a book on the SPLISS 2.0 project. More about SPLISS on Conference themes THEME 1: ELITE SPORT POLICIES AND STRATEGIES TOWARDS SUCCESS: AN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON IN 15 NATIONS Competition in elite sport has increased and the price of success has risen considerably. The notion of the 'global sporting arms race' is based on a growing awareness by nations that elite sporting success can be produced by investing strategically in elite sport. An international group of researchers has joined forces to develop theories, methods and practice on the Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS). This symposium is concerned with the strategic thinking behind a large-scale international comparative SPLISS-study, by comparing the elite sport policies and strategies in place for the London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016 Games, in distinct nations including Australia, the Netherlands, Japan, France, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Northern Ireland (as part of the UK), Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium (Flanders/Wallonia). THEME 2: WHY DO COUNTRIES INVEST IN ELITE SPORT? Why do countries want to win medals at the Olympic Games? Does elite sport success lead to: higher participation in sport because of an inspirational effect; an enhanced national 'feel-good' factor; national pride; a sports culture; and a positive boost to a nation's economy? These questions are posed by governments and National Olympic Committees worldwide as a legacy of the investment of public funding in major sports events. Accordingly many cities have invested or are considering investments in elite sport events, elite athletes or clubs with elite sport purposes. The answer to the above questions is not straight forward. Remarkably little attention has been paid in scientific research to this topic and there are even studies that show the opposite. Sports policy and managment VEERLE DE BOSSCHER
7 Services agreement - GERB Longwave Radiance to Flux Conversion SIMBA: the Sun-earth IMBAlance radiometer Abstract: The research institute 'VUB' and the 'Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut van België (KMI)' have entered into a service-agreement concerning the project' Dienstenovereenkomst - GERB Longwave Radiance to Flux Conversion SIMBA: the Sun-earth IMBAlance radiometer'. The research results can be transferred to the company, there can be a reasonable return in case of commercialisation or there is another kind of agreement on intellectual property, as outlined in the concluded agreement. Electronics and Informatics HICHEM SAHLI Analysis of personal exposure using sensor networks Universiteit Hasselt Abstract: Society is becoming increasingly sensitive to individual risks. For many general risks, such as road accidents and air pollution, individuals are now more risk averse than before. However, policy choices will (eg regarding the environment) often change the human exposure to pollution and change the individual health risk. These guidelines are usually only at the population level studied and assessed. Historically the exposure of the population (especially regarding air pollution) has always been calculated by simply multiplying the calculated concentrations of pollutants with the population density at the same place. Measuring the pollution for a long time in many places, is usually associated with high costs and is complicated by the complex and large measuring equipment. Recently, Hasselt University and VITO demonstrated that dynamic analysis better allows to predict the exposure of urban populations than the traditional static approach. As people throughout the day travel from one place to another, their exposure will be determined by the background concentrations in each of those locations, plus local sources (indoor, school, car,...). We formulate the hypothesis that the movement between micro-environments is the main determinant of differences in exposure between people who live and work within the same geographical unit. Policies that could intervene in the daily routine activities may be an effective tool to change the exposure (reduce). To test this hypothesis, three complementary methods: 1. the use of a time-use model to predict the times and locations of exposure 2. newly developed low-cost sensors for air pollution are deployed in a network so data can be gathered concerning the exposure of specific groups in the population 3. Data mining to manage and analyze large amounts of data from a distributed sensor network Transportation Behaviour Transportation Research Institute Gerhard WETS Davy JANSSENS CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF PLANT GROWTH REGULATION BY JASMONATE OXYLIPINS IN ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA Abstract: Stress and growth responses are modulated by signal transduction mechanisms that seem universally employed by different phytohormones and involve pleiotropic and specific proteins. In this project we will functionally characterise two novel proteins that have been isolated in an?interactomics? screen and are potentially involved in the jasmonate signalling cascades that steer plant growth and defence. Department of Plant Biotechnology and Genetics Dirk Inzé Alain Goossens Onderzoek in het domein van personeels- en organisatiemanagement meer bepaald individueel en organisationeel performance-management University College Ghent Abstract: Abstract not yet available Faculty of Business Administration and Public Administration Department of Management and organisation Alex Vanderstraeten Mieke Audenaert Research Agreement Explore and validate the use of nucleases manufactured by CELLECTIS to insert target transgenes in a safe harbour in the target cell genome for therapeutic purposes. Abstract: The research institute 'VUB' and the 'Cellectis' have entered into a service-agreement concerning the project' Research Agreement'. The research results can be transferred to the company, there can be a reasonable return in case of commercialisation or there is another kind of agreement on intellectual property, as outlined in the concluded agreement. Cell Biology and Histology Marinee CHUAH Information Dynamics of Cardiovascular and Brain Physiological Networks Abstract: The neural and cariovascular system are characterized by complex and coordinated activity, which can be characterized in terms of information flow. Using algorithms and techniques rooted in statistical physics and information theory we will study the interactions between these two systems, to enhance our knowledge of the mechanism underlying brain-heart communication in normal and diseased conditions.
8 Departement of Data-analysis Daniele Marinazzo Capacity Building in Social Research and the Strenghtening of a Master's Programme in Development Policy and Analysis at the University of Guyana Abstract: The objective is to increase academic output of the Faculty of Social Sciences to supplement government capacity. By upgrading the skills of the teaching and research staff, increasing the number of PhD's, and creating a new Master's Programme in Development Policy and Analysis, the quality of research and teaching outputs will expand and guarantee a continuous higher output. Departement of Political science Patrick Vander Weyden development of a network of general practitioners in West Africa: Test implementation of the South-South strategy Abstract: not available Department of General practice and primary health care Jan De Maeseneer Extended pharmacological study of the new antileishmania drug candidate oleylphosphocholine (OlPC) and exploration of other therapeutic areas to broaden its valorisation potential. Abstract: This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Dafra. UA provides Dafra research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. Laboratory for Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) Louis Maes Paul F R C M Cos Antibiotic resistance in the community in Kenya Abstract: In this project, we will put the seeds for an increased knowledge on antimicrobial resistance in clinical and commensal bacteria in the Kenan community. It will lead also to a firm frame work for further research which we plan to initiate in the E! of the VLIR-UOS programme. This work will be divided into four work packages. 1) The surveillance network will be developed, the surveillance network will be developed. Several partners will be included in order to gain a representative image on the antibiotic resistance and disease burden in the country. 2) We will train the partner laboratories through workshop, seminars and demonstrations on aspects of clinical investigations on pathogens and antibiotic resistance profiling. 3) Preliminary data will be gathered. A surveillance system will work in a pilat version. 4) Data will be statistically analyzed Departement of Pathology, bacteriology and poultry diseases Patrick Butaye Role of angiogenesis and angiogenic growth factors (VEGF, PLGF) in portal hypertension and fibrosis formation in animal models of cirrhosis, steatosis and portal hypertension Abstract: Models of portal hypertension and cirrhosis are used to study prevention and reversibility of collateral formation (in peripheral, splanchnic and pulmonary area), by treating mice with anti-plgf and by using PLGF knock-out mice. Fibrosis formation and the role of hepatic stellate cells in the angiogenesis setting will be studied. In mice models of NASH will be the role of angiogenesis in fibrosis and colalteral formation studied in different stages of steatosis. Departement of Internal medicine Isabelle Colle The heat-inactivation of pathogenic germs in the preparation of food through various cooking techniques Abstract: not available Department of Food safety and food quality Mieke Uyttendaele Study of the alteration of mitochondrial proteomics during S. aureus infection in human epithelial cells Abstract: The overall goal of this project is to analyze whether S. aureus could modulate mitochondrial biogenesis and cell death in human epithelial cells. Mitochondrial proteins will be analyzed by proteomics approach upon S. aureus infection of epihtelial cells. Next, mitochondrial proteins will be validated by knockdown studies. The consequent inflammatory response will be studied in human nasal mucosa explants. Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology and logopaedic-audiologic sciences