KU Leuven News
As part of its Patron Saint’s Day celebrations, KU Leuven traditionally confers a number of honorary doctorates in recognition of extraordinary academic, social, or cultural achievements. On 10 February 2016, the university will award five honorary doctorates to people who excel in their domain.
This year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 21, will be held in Paris from 30 November until 11 December. As the climate conference approaches, Belgian scientists call for immediate action in an open letter. They urge policy makers, individuals, and local communities to take the necessary steps to limit future climate change.
As from the second half of 2016, KU Leuven will house a brand new Tier-1 supercomputer. The computer will be one of the 150 largest and fastest computers in the world. The Flemish Minister for Science and Innovation has provided the necessary funding, which amounts to 5.5 million euros.
Last Sunday, 140 children and their cuddly toys visited Campus Gasthuisberg of University Hospitals Leuven for the second edition of the Teddy Bear Hospital. The event is meant to make children familiar with the hospital in a playful way.
An improved gene therapy treatment can cure mice with cystic fibrosis (CF). Cell cultures from CF patients, too, respond well to the treatment. Those are the encouraging results of a study presented by the Laboratory for Molecular Virology and Gene Therapy.
Most animals reproduce by laying eggs. As the embryo develops, its feeds on the egg yolk. No egg yolk, no offspring, then? Not always. Biologists from KU Leuven have discovered an exception to the rule: the eggs of nematodes (roundworms) can also hatch without egg yolk.
On 28 October, KU Leuven inaugurated two brand new research facilities: Leuven Chem&Tech and Leuven NanoCentre. With vibration-free floors and protection against radiomagnetic waves, among other things, the buildings are specifically tailored to the needs of researchers in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering technology, and nanotechnology.
KU Leuven has begun its first three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The free online courses are available on the prestigious American platform edX.
How can you tell if someone is depressed? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the ‘bible’ of psychiatry – diagnoses depression when patients tick off a certain number of symptoms on the DSM checklist. A large-scale quantitative study coordinated at KU Leuven, Belgium, now shows that some symptoms play a much bigger role than others in driving depression, and that the symptoms listed in DSM may not be the most useful ones.
The Punch Powertrain Solar Team has earned fifth place in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the unofficial world championship for solar cars. 45 teams from 25 countries participated in the race. The students were hoping for a podium place, but their luck turned during the race.
Some patients with inflammatory bowel disease may not be receiving the best possible treatment because they were diagnosed with the wrong subtype. That is the conclusion of a large-scale study by KU Leuven researchers and the International IBD Genetics Consortium. Their findings, which were published in The Lancet, provide new insight into the clinical categorisation of IBD subtypes that currently determines treatment strategies.
An international team of scientists and industrial partners sets out to develop efficient, animal-free methods to test new chemicals for toxicity. Professor Catherine Verfaillie from the Department of Development and Regeneration will coordinate the development of alternative methods that involve human cells.
Professor Koen Lenaerts has just been elected President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, based in Luxemburg. His term of office starts today and ends on 6 October 2018.
Interview with Professor Frederic Vermeulen from the Department of Economics