KU Leuven news
Meet VertiKUL, a student-designed prototype at the cutting edge of delivery drone technology
Study is first to confirm achalasia as an autoimmune disease and pinpoint its genetics
Website plug-ins can be used to track you online against your will
South Africa's most successful writer had special bond with KU Leuven
Once-a-day pill could flush out bothersome side effect for many patients taking opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet
Targeting metabolism of stromal and immune cells could open new treatment avenues
Ultrasound monitors the 'heartbeats' of baby stars
Tamás Roska, professor of information technology at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) in Budapest and doctor honoris causa of KU Leuven, died on 17 June. He was 73. “Professor Roska leaves behind a legacy of generosity and humility, enthusiasm for worthy causes and unflinching support for his students,” said the PPCU in a statement.
Rector Rik Torfs expresses his condolences on the sudden passing of the Rector of Stellenbosch University
Professor Hayman Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, died unexpectedly in his sleep on the night of 27 June. In the name of KU Leuven, Rector Rik Torfs expresses his deepest sympathy to Professor Botman's family and to the Stellenbosch University community.
Implanting cancer tissue from a patient to mice and studying how that tissue responds to various drugs can significantly speed the search for an effective, patient-specific therapy. Professors Frédéric Amant, Sabine Tejpar and colleagues have made important strides in implementing this ‘personalised’ model of cancer therapy. To bolster these efforts, they have established the new Fund for Innovative Cancer Research.
It’s a conundrum faced by many bleary-eyed exam crammers these days: how to stay fed, watered and sane during the exam period while maximizing study (and relaxation) time. The answer? SOS Cram.
Students who sleep seven hours per night during the exam period score an average of 1.7 points higher (on a scale of 20) on their exams than peers who get only six hours of sleep. Researchers at Ghent University and KU Leuven surveyed 621 first-year students about the quality of their sleep during the exam period and correlated it with their exam performance.
Sensationalised media representations exert an outsized influence on young people’s perceptions of online risks. These representations tend to emphasise risks encountered by relatively few young people – such as young girls being approached by older men – yet they exert relatively more influence on young people’s risk perceptions.
We generally have the impression that the colours we see are actually there. But sometimes our brain plays tricks on us.
Queen Mathilde paid an official visit to the Geriatric Psychiatry unit of the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven on 11 June 2014. The unit opened its doors last year and augments existing services for child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. The expanded services for psychiatry follow a growing trend among academic centres in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands – and now Belgium – and meets a growing societal need for targeted psychiatric care.
Canadian/American chemical engineer Gerald Fuller was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Engineering Science on 3 June. The Stanford University professor was recognised for his cutting-edge research into the properties of soft materials and complex fluids.
The University of Stellenbosch and KU Leuven have signed a preferential partnership agreement, the first of its kind for both universities. The agreement targets increased cooperation in various areas, including student and staff exchange and mobility. A joint honours programme for outstanding students is also being created.
A study by Belgian doctoral researcher Wouter De Haes (KU Leuven) and colleagues provides new evidence that metformin, the world’s most widely used anti-diabetic drug, slows ageing and increases lifespan.
Professor Mathijs Lamberigts has been elected Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. The faculty council confirmed his appointment on 30 May. Professor Lamberigts replaces Professor Lieven Boeve, who is stepping in for Mieke Van Hecke as Director-General of VSKO, the organisation responsible for overseeing Catholic education in Flanders. Professor Lamberigts’ term begins 1 August and runs until 2018.
When electrical pulses are applied to the ventral tegmental area of their brain, macaques presented with two images change their preference from one image to the other. The study by researchers Wim Vanduffel and John Arsenault (KU Leuven and Massachusetts General Hospital) is the first to confirm a causal link between activity in the ventral tegmental area and choice behaviour in primates.