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Important factor in transplant rejection identified

23 Jul 2021

KU Leuven researchers have revealed the importance of a newly identified mechanism of kidney transplant rejection. These results could increase the chances of a successful transplantation in the future. 

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'Biocatalyst' converts residual methane into methanol

23 Jul 2021

Methane is a very strong greenhouse gas, so it is important to let as little of it escape into the atmosphere as possible. In Science, chemists of the KU Leuven and international colleagues describe how the residual methane can be processed. For their fundamental discovery, they were inspired by nature.

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Antibiotics may help to treat melanoma

22 Jul 2021

Some antibiotics appear to be effective against a form of skin cancer known as melanoma. KU Leuven researchers examined the effect of these antibiotics on patient-derived tumours in mice.

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KU Leuven pays respect to deceased honorary doctor Laurent Monsengwo

19 Jul 2021

On Sunday 11 July, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo died. He was one of Africa's most influential church leaders. KU Leuven awarded him an honorary doctorate for "his exceptional dedication to justice and national reconciliation" in his homeland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was then known as Zaire.

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Second coronavirus wave in Europe after summer 2020 mainly due to introduction of new virus strains

05 Jul 2021

More than half of the COVID-19 strains that were circulating in the late summer of 2020 in Europe stem from introductions after 15 June. This indicates that the relaxing of rules and international travel have played an important role in the emergence of the second wave.

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New vegetable fat enables improvement of cholesterol-lowering products

30 Jun 2021

Olive oil and other unsaturated fats are liquid, but researchers have now developed an unsaturated fat that still remains solid at room temperature. Their product can help food companies to develop healthy alternatives to existing high-fat products.

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‘Move for Cape Town’: Belgian libraries and universities raise money to rebuild Jagger Library in Cape Town

28 Jun 2021

KU Leuven joins forces with several Belgian universities and libraries to rebuild the Jagger Library in Cape Town. Participants can raise money by finding sponsors for their sporting achievements.

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VIEW brings documentary heritage to life again

28 Jun 2021

From papyrus to masterpieces on parchment and paper: KU Leuven Core Facility VIEW uses advanced technology to gain new insights into historical documentary heritage.

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Clinical trial with virtual patients shows great potential

25 Jun 2021

A study involving virtual instead of real patients was as effective as traditional clinical trials in evaluating a medical device used to treat brain aneurysms, according to researchers from the University of Leeds and KU Leuven. Furthermore, the ‘virtual’ approach required far less time and money.

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Luc Sels presents new Vice Rectors

25 Jun 2021

On 11 May, Luc Sels was re-elected as Rector. His second term officially starts on 1 August. Today, he announced the names of the Vice Rectors who, together with the Rector, the Managing Director and the student representative will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the university.

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Main gland in hormonal system ages due to process that can potentially be slowed down

15 Jun 2021

Stem cell biologist Hugo Vankelecom and his colleagues have discovered that the pituitary gland in mice ages as the result of an age-related form of chronic inflammation. It may be possible to slow down this process or even partially repair it.

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KU Leuven climbs to 70th place in QS World University Rankings

08 Jun 2021

KU Leuven rises no fewer than 14 places in the QS World University Rankings. This rise is mainly due to a higher score for the indicator that QS uses to measure research impact. KU Leuven is the only Belgian university in the top 100.

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KU Leuven Institutes take a closer look at digital society and urbanism

03 Jun 2021

Two new KU Leuven Institutes boost interdisciplinary research. DigiSoc examines how we can shape the digital society in a positive way, while LUSI scrutinises the different aspects of urbanism.

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Annelies Verbeke appointed as new writer-in-residence at KU Leuven

27 May 2021

Next academic year, author Annelies Verbeke will be appointed as writer-in-residence of the university. Verbeke will teach a ‘creative writing’ course, but she will also give guest lectures and compose texts for special occasions.

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Study reveals several vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security

12 May 2021

New research has identified various flaws in the security of Wi-Fi connections. Attackers could take advantages of these weaknesses to get access to private data. New security updates were announced yesterday.

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Luc Sels re-elected as Rector of KU Leuven

11 May 2021

Today, KU Leuven held the first voting round of its Rectorial election with Professors Luc Sels and Jan Tytgat as the candidates. Current Rector Luc Sels obtained the required majority of the votes and will remain Rector of KU Leuven in 2021-2025. 

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Involving staff makes companies innovate

11 May 2021

In order to innovate successfully, companies are best off involving their staff in that process. An HR policy that focuses on staff involvement will therefore benefit innovation too. This is shown in an analysis of European data by researchers at the KU Leuven.

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Brook lamprey or brown trout soon to be back in our rivers? Then we'll need to make a bit of an effort

11 May 2021

The chance of us finding brook lamprey or brown trout in our brooks and rivers again in a few years is particularly small. An international study led by KU Leuven shows that we are only taking baby steps with the policy currently in force. More radical measures will be needed for diverse, and therefore healthy, fish stocks.

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3D printing lays the foundation for a new range of diagnostic tests

10 May 2021

Researchers at KU Leuven have developed a 3D printing technique that extends the possibilities of lateral flow testing. With the new printing technique, advanced diagnostic tests can be produced that are quick, cheap, and easy to use.

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Even during pollen season, nature can benefit people allergic to birch pollen

03 May 2021

During the pollen season, many people with allergies tend to avoid nature. That isn’t entirely justified, a new KU Leuven study into biodiversity and health suggests.

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