KU Leuven News
Adolescents who often watch online porn tend to want to know many sex positions and are more likely to treat sex as a game. Pornography, but also sitcoms and video clips encourage them to focus on their appearance. Both trends are not without risk, as shown in the remarkable and award-winning research that Laura Vandenbosch conducted into the effects of sexualising media content on teenagers.
On 24 May, the faculty council elected Professor Paul Herijgers as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. As of 1 August 2016, he will succeed Professor Jan Goffin.
The Roman economy was a market rather than a bazaar, and it was more structured and integrated into the region than researchers sometimes assume. That is the conclusion of KU Leuven archaeologists after they used computer modelling to compare records on tens of thousands of excavated potsherds with theories of historians and economists.
Researchers from KU Leuven, University Hospitals Leuven, and VIB have found a way to diagnose the chronic liver disease PSC on the basis of patients’ gut flora (microbiota). Their findings open up new possibilities for the development of microbiota-based treatments such as faecal transplants.
This year’s Francqui Prize, often dubbed the Belgian Nobel Prize, goes to professor of iconology Barbara Baert. The Francqui jury wants to recognize Barbara Baert’s bold approach to and pioneering work in medieval visual culture and the worship of relics. Professor Baert will receive the prize on 8 June from King Philippe of Belgium.
Hubert Cuyckens, Professor of English Linguistics at KU Leuven, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Children who are treated in intensive care often develop attention deficit disorders at a later age. This is not just because of their medical condition, but also because of the chemicals in the material that IV tubes are made of.
In the coming years, KU Leuven will cooperate intensely with six universities in Budapest, Ljubljana, and Prague. “Rough diamonds,” according to Rector Rik Torfs: “We can help them realize their potential.”
Scientists from KU Leuven present a new therapeutic approach that may make it possible for HIV patients to (temporarily) stop their medication. The findings shed a completely new light on the search for a cure for HIV.
Researchers from the KU Leuven Laboratory of Virology and Chemotherapy (Rega Institute) have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in mice. The research team was led by Professor Johan Neyts.
University Hospitals Leuven after the Brussels attacks: “Solidarity is the best response to terrorism”
On the morning of Tuesday 22 March, Brussels Airport in Zaventem and the Maalbeek metro station were hit by suicide bombers. At University Hospitals Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg, the staff members had very little time to recover from the shock. They were about to start working at full speed for hours. After the terrorist attacks in Brussels, 24 victims were brought to the hospital, located about twenty minutes away. “I hope we’ll never have another day like this, but we’re proud of what we have accomplished.”
A motorcyclist following close behind a racing cyclist can reduce the air resistance for the cyclist by almost 9 percent. In time trials such as the prologue of the Giro, this can give the cyclist the decisive advantage. That is the conclusion a study by TU Eindhoven, KU Leuven, and the University of Liège.
Organ perfusion is a technique that keeps donated organs usable for transplantation by means of a machine. The technique can both increase the number of donor organs available for transplantation and improve their quality. However, organ perfusion is not yet reimbursed. “We hope that the government will approve the reimbursement of organ perfusion, so that we can further expand the method and help even more patients,” says Professor Dirk Van Raemdonck, lung surgeon at University Hospitals Leuven and chair of the Transplantation Council.
How does the image-recognition technology in a self-driving car respond to a blurred shape suddenly appearing on the road? Researchers from KU Leuven have shown that machines can learn to respond to unfamiliar objects like human beings would.
The Flemish Gut Flora Project has presented its first major results about the gut flora of healthy volunteers. By analyzing more than 1,000 human stool samples, a research team led by Professor Jeroen Raes (VIB/VUB/KU Leuven) has identified 69 factors linked to gut flora composition. Their results, published in Science, provide important information for future disease research and clinical studies.
Specific regions of the brain are specialized in recognizing bodies of animals and human beings. By measuring the electrical activity per cell, scientists from KU Leuven and the University of Glasgow have shown that the individual brain cells in these areas do different things. Their response to specific contours or body shapes is very selective.
KU Leuven scientists have discovered a new type of cell division that explains genetic differences within one embryo. In this rare kind of cell division, the chromosomes of both parents are not passed on together, but end up in different cells. This can lead to severe developmental disorders.
A team of bioscience engineers is experimenting with a miniature solar panel that produces hydrogen gas, thus supplying both electricity and fuel. Hydrogen gas can also reduce CO2 on a large scale and convert it into useful substances. “Chemistry is often frowned upon as a polluting industry, but for a challenge such as climate change, it may very well provide the ultimate solution.”
LOKO Sport, student association Apolloon, and the University Sports Centre organized the second edition of the Survival of the Student obstacle race on Wednesday 13 April. Arenberg Castle Park and the University Sports Centre were transformed into an obstacle course of 6 kilometres with no less than 21 obstacles.
The shiny happy world of Facebook may suggest otherwise, but in real life, many of us go through a rough patch sooner or later. Life’s challenges may include personal losses, health issues, or emotional problems. In the autumn of 2014, therefore, KU Leuven launched the MindMates programme to promote emotional well-being among students. MindMates has already organized several Dutch-language workshops and will soon offer its first workshops for international students.