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Since the start of the academic year the lay-out and the search functionality of LIMO has been refined. LIMO is the search platform which allows you to view all collections of the KU Leuven and all other LIBISnet libraries.
Badly formed vessels in tumours facilitate cancer metastases. Because cancer cells are hungry and aggressive, they can break through the fragile vessel wall and escape to other organs. Researchers from the Oncology Department, led by professor Peter Carmeliet, have now found a way to make these vessels healthy and strong again. This makes it less easy for cancer cells to escape allowing chemotherapy to get to the tumour better.
The University Hospitals Leuven are building a new children’s hospital with on the roof of the building a giant terrace. At the moment it is just a viewing point from which to look at life in Leuven from afar. Do you want to help turn it into a heavenly playground, where sick children can warm themselves in the sun, play and forget their worries?
After years of loyal service the MED domain ceases to exist at the end of June 2017. Users who still have a computer in this domain urgently have to make an appointment for migration to the new LUNA domain. From January 2017 certain hardware will not be supported anymore.
The project ‘Efficacy of defined bacteriotherapy in treatment of Ulcerative Colitis’ has been selected for the Fund for Translational Biomedical Research. The research team includes prof. Séverine Vermeire, department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, and prof. Jeroen Raes, department of Microbiology and Immunology. For three years, the project will receive an annual budget of € 80.000 to study clinical applications of basic research findings.
Higher death rates, more complications after routine surgery, and more dissatisfied patients. These are the consequences if you replace highly qualified nurses in hospitals by lower qualified staff, as is often the case in the USA and the UK. International research has shown that it is now more than ever vital to invest in the training of nurses. Prof. Walter Sermeus, department of Public Healthcare and Primary Care, participated in this survey.
At the end of November 2016, the PDX platform Trace, founded by prof. Frédéric Amant and prof. Sabine Tejpar of the department of Oncology, celebrates its fourth anniversary. Trace was set up at the end of 2012 aiming to accelerate translational cancer research by offering a predictive and reliable preclinical in vivo model.
Release the scientist in you and come watch, listen and experiment during Science Day on Sunday 27 November 2016 on the Gasthuisberg campus between 13.00 and 17.00 hrs.
On 26 September the new academic year at KU Leuven took a start. The programmes of the Biomedical Sciences Group welcomed 12.306 students. We look back on the start in the three faculties and present the ‘student-researcher’ to you.
New research by prof. Patrik Verstreken’s team of the department of Human Genetics has shown that a malfunctioning stress-processing mechanism in the brain plays an important role in the development of Parkinson’s disease.
Research led by prof. Sarah-Maria Fendt of the department of Oncology found that metastatic cancer cells adjust their metabolism to the organs they infiltrate. She researched breast cancer-derived lung metastases and found that two tumours were being fed in a different way. Thanks to this finding, scientists could in time stop the growth of tumours with medication targeting the specific metabolism of cancer cells.
On Friday 16 December 2016 DOC and FWO will organise info sessions about FWO postdoc mandates and applicant mandates.
iGEM or ‘international Genetically Engineered Machine’ is a prestigious competition in synthetic biology held each year in Boston, US. Groups of students from each participating university work all summer long to develop genetically engineered systems that create a positive contribution to the world. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the competition, students are selected from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Fourteen KU Leuven students have designed a diagnosis device that can analyse the blood of kidney patients in five minutes. A cheap, portable and quick alternative for the current expensive and slow machines. For their design, the students were awarded 3 prizes at SensUs, an international competition for biosensors in healthcare. Robbe Saesen and Osamah Al-Ghezi, first stage Master in Medication Development (Industry major) students were in the design team.
Art and science have a lot in common and fostering the connections between these two fields can lead to mutual benefit. This is why in the academic year 2016-2017 a collaboration is set up between the fine arts section of SLAC (stands for ‘Stedelijke Leuvense Academie en Conservatorium’, the art academy and music conservatory of Leuven) and the KU Leuven. This project carries the name PiLoT, as it concerns a trajectory in which navigating, experimenting/testing and bridging two worlds are a goal in itself, besides the creation of a work of art. PiLoT1 was launched on its first flight last week.
On 22 September the city of Leuven inaugurated the renewed anatomical memorial sections at the city cemetery. Spread over the cemetery there are four anatomical memorial sections giving people that donated their bodies to science their last resting place. In addition the artefact ‘Death and Science’ was unveiled.
The Group Biomedical Sciences welcomes following newly appointed ZAP-members.
Using a point-of-care CRP test and a finger prick to test blood, practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly. This ensures that seriously ill children don’t have to wait for a diagnosis until they’re hospitalized – a delay that may have fatal consequences. The procedure also prevents unnecessary hospital referrals for less serious cases. That is the conclusion of a study conducted by a clinical team at KU Leuven in collaboration with Ghent University and University of Oxford.
Are you looking for European funding for international cooperation? Are you interested to know what the two-year work programme of Horizon 2020 (2016-2017) has to offer for your research? Join the information session of the Research coordination office on Friday, October 28.
This month, professor Séverine Vermeire, department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, will start research for a more efficient treatment of Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the small intestine. The trial will focus on trying to avoid the inflammation. Professor Vermeire was awarded a prestigious Advanced ERC-grant for her research.