The dual beam FIB (focused ion beam) system allows the controlled restructuring, removal or deposition of material with a lateral resolution of just a few nanometer. By bombarding a sample with a low-energy, focused ion beam, one can create nanostructure with a specific size and shape, modify their structure, or electrically isolate them from their vicinity. Hence, the properties can be tuned at nanometer scale. Moreover, this process allows ...
Characterization of the fatigue behaviour of fibre-reinforced plastics through accelerated fatigue tests of composite beams and plates with electromagnetic shakers Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Advanced in vitro models to study liver fibrosis Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The education and communication pillars of integrated care for atrial fibrillation. University of Antwerp
Transcription factor mediated reprogramming of fibroblasts to functional osteochondroprogenitors. KU Leuven
Replacement and upgrade of electronics and gradients for preclinical magnetic resonance imaging KU Leuven
The current small animal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) infrastructure at the KU Leuven core facility ‘Molecular Small Animal Imaging Center (MoSAIC)’ is one of the most heavily used equipment for in vivo validation of experimental disease and therapy models, indicating its importance for biomedical research. MRI not only provides anatomical information with high resolution and high soft tissue contrast but also functional information such ...
Novel methods and 4D-XCT tools for in situ characterisation of materials and their microstructural changes during functional testing. University of Antwerp
Characterizing a novel anti-cancer mechanism against human cancer cells in mouse models for chronic liver disease KU Leuven
Primary liver cancer often arises in livers with fibrosis or fatty livers. The team of Professor Halder is thus investigating how cancerous livers can be stimulated to better heal and repair defects caused by the cancer. They are testing whether experimental activation of an organ repair program can promote liver repair and help the liver to maintain its vital function for the organism. They are also investigating to what effect the ...
Characterisation of the human gut virome in patients with liver steatosis in order to identify biomarkers for diagnosis and targets for drug development. KU Leuven
Changes in the gut bacterial composition have been seen in patients with chronic liver diseases and their gut barrier is impaired, resulting in an increased presence of microbial products in the portal vein. This vein transports the products to the liver, where they activate the immune system and thereby contribute to inflammation and fibrogenesis. Bacteria are also involved in the progression from decompensation towards acute-on-chronic ...
Nuptial pads as integrated pheromone delivery systems in amphibians Ghent University
Males in many frog families yearly develop keratinized, often spiny nuptial pads on their thumbs and
forearms during the reproductive period, and it is generally accepted that these serve to improve
grip on the female during amplexus. Here we hypothesize that nuptial pads also secrete primer
pheromones that bypass the conventional olfactory system and are injected to directly trigger
physiological changes in the ...