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Erasing unpleasant memories with a genetic switch

Erasing unpleasant memories with a genetic switch

Researchers from KU Leuven and the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology have managed to erase unpleasant memories in mice using a 'genetic switch'. Their findings were published in Biological Psychiatry.

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European grant for research into new security approach for microchips

European grant for research into new security approach for microchips

Researchers from KU Leuven and digital research centre iMinds have received an ERC Advanced Grant of more than 2 million euros to make microchips more resistant to cyberattacks and other security threats. The five-year Cathedral project will be coordinated by Professor Ingrid Verbauwhede from the COSIC Division at KU Leuven and iMinds.

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Bringing video game characters to life with 3D printing

Bringing video game characters to life with 3D printing

More fun, improved digital literacy skills, and a better mix between ‘old-school’ playing and online games. According to researchers from KU Leuven and iMinds, toys that combine online and offline elements offer many exciting possibilities for young children – and their parents.

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Next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting thanks to new phosphor?

Next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting thanks to new phosphor?

Researchers from KU Leuven, the University of Strasbourg, and CNRS have discovered a new phosphor that could make next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting even cheaper and more efficient. The team used highly luminescent clusters of silver atoms and the porous framework of minerals known as zeolites.

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Potential new avenues for early intervention in Alzheimer’s

Potential new avenues for early intervention in Alzheimer’s

A research team led by Professor Wim Annaert (KU Leuven/VIB) has shed new light on the role of different enzymes in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Their findings may offer new perspectives in the search for a treatment.

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Cancer-preventing protein finds its own way in our DNA

Cancer-preventing protein finds its own way in our DNA

Geneticists from KU Leuven have shown that tumour protein TP53 knows exactly where to bind to our DNA to prevent cancer. Once bound to this specific DNA sequence, the protein can activate the right genes to repair damaged cells.

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Malware, data theft, and scams: researchers expose risks of free livestreaming websites

Malware, data theft, and scams: researchers expose risks of free livestreaming websites

Millions of people use free livestreaming websites to watch sports and other live events online, but this comes with a considerable security risk. Researchers from KU Leuven-iMinds and Stony Brook University have found that viewers are often exposed to malware infections, personal data theft, and scams. As much as 50% of the video overlay ads on free livestreaming websites are malicious.

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KU Leuven tops Reuters ranking of Europe's most innovative universities

KU Leuven tops Reuters ranking of Europe's most innovative universities

KU Leuven, Imperial College London, and the University of Cambridge lead the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking. The Reuters Top 100 aims to identify which institutions contribute the most to science and technology, and have the greatest impact on the global economy.

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Fruit flies can taste the bacteria in food

Fruit flies can taste the bacteria in food

Fruit flies have a taste for rotten fruit, but they don’t eat or lay eggs in contaminated food. Professor Talavera and his colleagues have shown that a receptor called TRPA1 enables fruit flies to detect harmful bacteria and thus avoid infections. The findings have potential for insect pest control.

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Solidarity and free breakfast in response to rail strike during exam period

Solidarity and free breakfast in response to rail strike during exam period

KU Leuven treats its students and staff members to breakfast during next week’s rail strike. With the hashtag #kuleuvenhelpt, the university called on them earlier this week to help each other out. This resulted in a wave of solidarity.

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Link between Alzheimer’s and gut bacteria?

Link between Alzheimer’s and gut bacteria?

Recent research with mice points to a link between the composition of gut flora and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from KU Leuven and VIB have now joined a European research project that will investigate this link in greater detail and develop possible treatments based on the findings.

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KU Leuven prepares referees for Euro 2016

KU Leuven prepares referees for Euro 2016

During next week's UEFA European Championship, don’t just focus on the famous football players on the field and the gesticulating coaches in front of the dugout. Pay attention to the referees as well. Both physically and mentally, they’ll be at their best, thanks to the coaching provided by KU Leuven. “I take my hat off to the referees when I see them going to such great lengths,” says professor of kinesiology Werner Helsen.

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KU Leuven appeals to all students and staff members to help one another during rail strike

KU Leuven appeals to all students and staff members to help one another during rail strike

KU Leuven and the KU Leuven Student Council (Stura) are disappointed that the rail strike that has been announced for next week will take place in the middle of the examination period. “Students cannot fall victim to this action. The university will cooperate with Stura to assist in every way possible in order to ensure that all exams take place as planned,” Rector Rik Torfs says. KU Leuven and Stura encourage all the students and members of staff to help one another during the strike. Via the hashtag #kuleuvenhelpt on Twitter, people can communicate what kind of help they need or are able to offer, such as spaces in a car or overnight accommodation. The university will endeavour to secure limited accommodation to assist students who are unable to find any alternative. Students who want to make use of this emergency solution, got the opportunity to fill in a form.

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“Unforgettable, that’s what you are”: Alzheimer's and the science behind the song

“Unforgettable, that’s what you are”: Alzheimer's and the science behind the song

Your partner as an unassailable island of memories: what a wonderful world this would be. But do our loved ones really hold a special place in our memory when dementia washes over us?

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KU Leuven and University of Cologne join forces in Research Institute for East Belgium

KU Leuven and University of Cologne join forces in Research Institute for East Belgium

The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) has joined the Research Institute for East Belgium, a partnership between the Government of the German-speaking Community of Belgium and KU Leuven. The Institute focuses on research into the East Cantons.

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Researchers check quality of chocolate with ultrasound

Researchers check quality of chocolate with ultrasound

The quality of our Belgian chocolate largely depends on the crystals that form during the hardening of the chocolate. Researchers from KU Leuven (Kulak Kortrijk Campus) have now developed a new and quicker way to check whether the cocoa butter is crystallising correctly during the hardening process. The method could save the chocolate industry a lot of time and money.

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Inez Myin-Germeys: “The psychiatrist’s couch is no longer enough”

Inez Myin-Germeys: “The psychiatrist’s couch is no longer enough”

At the University of Maastricht, Flemish psychologist Inez Myin-Germeys was the first professor in ‘ecological psychiatry’. In her new office in Leuven, she explains why this term shouldn’t conjure up images of patients hug

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Porn-watching teens think of sex as a game

Porn-watching teens think of sex as a game

Adolescents who often watch online porn tend to want to know many sex positions and are more likely to treat sex as a game. Pornography, but also sitcoms and video clips encourage them to focus on their appearance. Both trends are not without risk, as shown in the remarkable and award-winning research that Laura Vandenbosch conducted into the effects of sexualising media content on teenagers.

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Paul Herijgers elected Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Paul Herijgers elected Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

On 24 May, the faculty council elected Professor Paul Herijgers as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. As of 1 August 2016, he will succeed Professor Jan Goffin.

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Archaeologists uncover Roman market economy

The Roman economy was a market rather than a bazaar, and it was more structured and integrated into the region than researchers sometimes assume. That is the conclusion of KU Leuven archaeologists after they used computer modelling to compare records on tens of thousands of excavated potsherds with theories of historians and economists.

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