KU Leuven News
18 January 2016 - A multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven has developed a dental implant that gradually releases drugs from a built-in reservoir. This helps prevent and fight infections.
12 January 2017 - “At the university, you will not only get to know Europe, but also shape it: with your curiosity, dedication and drive, and by exchanging ideas.” With a warm appeal to the current generation of students, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a joint honorary doctorate from KU Leuven and Ghent University.
6 January 2017 - Do people have more casual sex because of Tinder? Doctoral student Elisabeth Timmermans set out to find the answer: “One in two users already met one of their Tinder matches in real life. In a third of these cases, this led to sex.”
22 December 2016 - Scientific breakthroughs, exciting events, and a little bit of folly: that is 2016 in a nutshell. To celebrate another wonderful year at KU Leuven, we compiled a list of the most popular stories published in 2016. Discover them in this interactive image or scroll down for this year's top 10. Happy News Year!
22 December 2016 - Toxicologist and pharmacologist Jan Tytgat examines the harmful effects of various substances on human beings, food, and the environment. And he takes this knowledge with him when he enters a bar or a restaurant. “I’ll never make a scene about it, but I always frown if I get a drink with a slice of lemon in it.”
20 December 2016 - Breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body relatively late, new research shows. This leaves more time than expected to treat the cancer before it spreads. These late-to-spread cells are also genetically similar to the cells of the diagnosed tumour in the breast, which may help choose the most effective treatment.
19 December 2016 - As part of its Patron Saint’s Day celebrations, KU Leuven traditionally confers a number of honorary doctorates in recognition of extraordinary scientific, social, or cultural achievements. On 15 February 2017, the university will award honorary doctorates to five people who excel in their domain.
On Thursday 12 January 2017 Rector Rik Torfs (KU Leuven) and Rector Anne De Paepe (UGent) will confer a joint honorary doctorate on German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. She will receive the honorary doctorate for her diplomatic and political efforts to develop the political strength of Europe, and to defend the values that allow our continent to find unity in diversity.
14 December 2016 - Women who get pregnant after obesity surgery often have nutritional deficiencies. They’re also more anxious than obese mothers-to-be who didn’t have surgery. KU Leuven researcher and midwife Goele Jans calls for a better follow-up of these women during their pregnancy.
12 December 2016 - The East Antarctic ice sheet appears to be more vulnerable than expected, due to a strong wind that brings warm air and blows away the snow. That is the conclusion reached by a team of climate researchers led by Jan Lenaerts (Utrecht University/KU Leuven) and Stef Lhermitte (TU Delft/KU Leuven), based on a combination of climate models, satellite observations and on-site measurements. “Tens of meters of rising sea levels are locked away in Antarctica”, says Lenaerts. “And our research has shown that also East Antarctica is vulnerable to climate change.”
9 December 2016 - Twenty to forty percent of the patients with the type of leukaemia known as multiple myeloma have a defect in the 'protein factory' of the cell: the ribosome. These patients have a poorer prognosis than patients with intact ribosomes. At the same time, they respond better to a drug that already exists. These are the findings of a study by the KU Leuven Laboratory for Disease Mechanisms in Cancer, led by Professor Kim De Keersmaecker.
8 December 2016 - What will happen to Earth when, in a few billion years’ time, the Sun is a hundred times bigger than it is today? Using the most powerful radio telescope in the world, an international team of astronomers has set out to look for answers in the star L2 Puppis. Five billion years ago, this star was very similar to the Sun as it is today.
Researchers at the Babraham Institute, KU Leuven, the University of Oslo and the Karolinska Institute have uncovered the molecular control mechanisms responsible for the different biological changes seen in cardiac hypertrophy induced by pathology compared to exercise. These findings point the way for the design of new treatments for heart disease.
24 November 2016 - Thomas More and his Utopia have cast a powerful spell on Leuven. This year’s Night at the Museum, too, was dedicated to the world-renowned book that More published in Leuven 500 years ago.
21 November 2016 - Researchers led by Peter Carmeliet (KU Leuven-VIB) have found a novel way to normalize the dysfunctional blood vessels that are typical of tumours. These vessels play a pivotal role in cancer metastasis, as their fragility and permeability allows cancer cells to escape through the blood stream and invade other organs.
17 November 2016 - Higher mortality rates, more complications after routine surgery, and lower patient satisfaction. These are the consequences when hospitals replace professionally qualified nurses with lower skilled caregivers. An international team of researchers highlights the risks of this practice, which is increasingly common in the United States and the United Kingdom.
16 November 2016 - Does KU Leuven properly ensure the quality of its education? The university welcomes five experts this week who set out to answer this question. Their first site visit is part of the institutional review that replaces the previous system of programme-specific peer reviews.
15 November 2016 - Detecting sick pigs, measuring the food intake of chicken, or discovering udder infections and leg injuries before it is too late? It’s all possible with Precision Livestock Farming (PLF). “This technology reduces the need for antibiotics, decreases the number of animals with growth retardation, and gives pig farmers the chance to attend the occasional barbecue.”
9 November 2016 - With the slogan ‘Got enough spine(s) to stand up for the climate?’, Vice Rector for Student Affairs Rik Gosselink and Leuven alderman Bieke Verlinden handed out one thousand little cactuses to citizens of Leuven and to students willing to contribute to a more sustainable world. The event marked the start of the third edition of Love Leuven, a campaign on the initiative of the city of Leuven, KU Leuven, and UC Leuven-Limburg. With a series of events, the partners aim to bring students and citizens of Leuven closer together. This year’s theme is sustainability.