KU Leuven news
Defective cells grown in dish reveal pathway linked to frontotemporal degeneration
Retargeting integration site to ‘safer’ part of host DNA may lead to new therapies
On 6 November, KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy conferred an honorary doctorate on the Canadian Will Kymlicka, one of the world’s foremost political philosophers. The institute also celebrated its 125th year on the occasion.
One year after becoming the first Belgian to win the Nobel Prize for Physics, François Englert was in Leuven on 27 October to speak about ‘The origins of mass and the Brout-Englert-Higgs bosons’. An at-capacity audience of students, scholars and members of the public filled the 800-seat Pieter De Somer Auditorium, while hundreds more watched a live broadcast in the Grote Aula of the Maria Theresa College.
KU Leuven and UEFA, European football’s governing body, have embarked on a four-year project to expand and fine-tune a web-based skills training platform for referees. Early results show that the application can improve assistant referees’ on-field perception and decision-making by up to 25%.
Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Rony Swennen, a professor at KU Leuven and head of banana breeding at IITA, is leading the project.
Paediatric cardiologists at University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) have successfully placed a new cardiac valve in a one-year-old via a catheter through the liver. This is the first time access through the liver has been used to place a new valve. The cardiologists used the alternative route because infants’ blood vessels are too small to transport the cardiac valve to the heart.
Yeast cells in beer hitch ride with fruit flies to find new food sources