Prof. Marco Dorigo from IRIDIA/ULB proposes a new control paradigm for robots. The robots he presents can merge to form larger bodies with a single centralized controller, split into separate bodies with independent controllers, and self-heal by removing or replacing malfunctioning body parts (Nature Communications, sept 2017). More about this project
Led by Pr. François Fuks, a ULB Cancer Research Center (U-CRC) team provides the most comprehensive analyses for lncRNA in breast cancers. Their findings suggest a wide range of biological functions associated with lncRNAs in breast cancer and provide a foundation for functional investigations that could lead to new therapeutic approaches (Science Advances, Sept 9 2016)
Researchers lead by Cédric Blanpain, ULB Cancer Research Center, U-CRC, IRIBHM,in collaboration of Prof. Ben Simons (University of Cambridge) define for the first time the changes in the stem cell dynamics that lead to tumor initiation (Nature, July 8 2016).
The Fondation ULB in collaboration with the FNRS and visit.brussels is pleased to present the First Brussels Pre-Columbian Meeting, to be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The intention of this annual meeting is to bring together the leading scholars in the field of Pre-Columbian studies in a thematic scientific conference. This year’s theme is “The Meaning Within: Interpreting Symbolic Activities, Artefacts and Images in Ancient America”. More information
The ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI) team led by Pr. Pierre Vanderhaeghen have tested successfully the therapeutic potential of cortical neurons generated at the laboratory, by transplantation in the brains of adult mice (Neuron, 5.3.2015). It is an important proof of concept to stem cells therapy for human brain disorders More
Pr. Sophie Van Eck and her team published a world premiere by measuring the temperature at the heart of certain stars as well as dating them. To do this, they have used the HERMES spectrograph (mounted on the KULeuven Mercator telescope located on La Palma in the Canary Islands), built in the context of collaboration whose main partners were the KULeuven, the ULB and the Royal Observatory of Belgium. More about her research
Cell Stem Cell (8.1.15). Pr. Cédric Blanpain’s laboratory makes the cover of the prestigious Cell Stem Cell magazine and show that low levels of Twist1 are essential for tumor initiation, maintenance, and stemness independent of its EMT-inducing activity.
Prof. Jean-François Raskin of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) receives the IBM Faculty Award for his research on reactive computers systems. These computer systems maintain a continuous interaction with the environment in which they execute, like e.g. controllers embedded in cars or planes, system level software, device drivers, communication protocols, etc. The award fosters collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and IBM and is valued at 10.000 USD. More about Jean-François’ research
Pr. Pierre Vanderhaeghen’s team (Stem cells and developmental neurobiology lab – ULB Neuroscience Institute) identify a key factor (BCL6) that can suppress medulloblastoma, the most frequent child brain tumour (Cancer Cell, dec. 2014). More about Pr. Pierre Vanderhaeghen’s lab
Pr. M.D. Cédric Blanpain and his team demonstrate in Nature an essential role for the transcription factor Sox2 in regulating tumour initiation and cancer stem cell functions in skin squamous cell carcinoma, the second most frequent skin cancer that affect half a mllion new patients every year in the world. More about the project