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Students build drone for transporting packages

Students build drone for transporting packages

Meet VertiKUL, a student-designed prototype at the cutting edge of delivery drone technology

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Mysterious esophagus disease is autoimmune after all

Mysterious esophagus disease is autoimmune after all

Study is first to confirm achalasia as an autoimmune disease and pinpoint its genetics

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Promising medication counteracts constipation caused by opioid painkillers

Promising medication counteracts constipation caused by opioid painkillers

Once-a-day pill could flush out bothersome side effect for many patients taking opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet

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Doctor honoris causa Tamás Roska has died

Doctor honoris causa Tamás Roska has died

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.

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Rector Rik Torfs expresses his condolences on the sudden passing of the Rector of Stellenbosch University

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.

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New fund aims to fast-track personalised cancer therapy

New fund aims to fast-track personalised cancer therapy

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.

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Exam study period: No time to spare? SOS Cram is there!

Exam study period: No time to spare? SOS Cram is there!

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.

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Want better marks? Get a good night’s sleep

Want better marks? Get a good night’s sleep

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.

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“Dirty old men” – How do media reports affect children’s perceptions of online risks?

“Dirty old men” – How do media reports affect children’s perceptions of online risks?

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.

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How contours determine the colours we see

How contours determine the colours we see

We generally have the impression that the colours we see are actually there. But sometimes our brain plays tricks on us.

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Queen Mathilde visits first academic Geriatric Psychiatry unit

Queen Mathilde visits first academic Geriatric Psychiatry unit

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.

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Honorary doctorate for Stanford chemical engineer Gerald Fuller

Honorary doctorate for Stanford chemical engineer Gerald Fuller

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.

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KU Leuven expands cooperation with University of Stellenbosch

KU Leuven expands cooperation with University of Stellenbosch

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.

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Anti-diabetic drug slows ageing and lengthens lifespan

Anti-diabetic drug slows ageing and lengthens lifespan

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.

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Mathijs Lamberigts elected Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

Mathijs Lamberigts elected Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

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.

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‘Free choice’ in primates can be altered through brain stimulation

‘Free choice’ in primates can be altered through brain stimulation

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.

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