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INFORMATIon about the CORONAVIRUS SARS-COV-2

Stay up to date about the latest KU Leuven measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus and find answers to the most frequently asked questions below.   

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June exams to take place on campus to the extent possible

27 Mar 2020

The University assumes that its students will be able to take the June exams on campus. However, the exam conditions need to meet the requirements in terms of social distancing, meaning more space is needed. That is why the examination period will be extended by one week.

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Researchers discover security flaw that would enable hackers to copy millions of car keys

27 Mar 2020

A team of researchers from the COSIC research group at KU Leuven and from the University of Birmingham has discovered that a wide range of car models produced by Toyota, Kia and Hyundai use weak cryptographic keys. This makes it easy to clone the key fob transponder.

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Update measures coronavirus: online education until the end of the semester

20 Mar 2020

All teaching at KU Leuven will be online until the end of the semester. KU Leuven aims to let the exams in June continue as planned and is working on a scenario.

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Measures to combat the coronavirus: KU Leuven tightens measures regarding research

18 Mar 2020

Yesterday, the Belgian Government under Prime Minister Wilmès tightened its measures to combat the further spread of the coronavirus as much as possible. KU Leuven is following suit and is strengthening its measures for research and education.

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Updated measures against coronavirus: online teaching only and teleworking to the maximum

13 Mar 2020

Up to and including 3 April, all teaching activities at KU Leuven will be online only – regardless of the size of the group. Research activities will continue as usual, and support services will remain active as well, but with as much teleworking as possible. Those are the main additional measures that KU Leuven is taking to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

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Measures against coronavirus: KU Leuven opts for long-distance education and teleworking

11 Mar 2020

To slow down the further spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, KU Leuven is taking additional measures. The University has decided to replace lectures with online forms of teaching to the extent possible and to cancel large-scale events.

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Intel processors are still vulnerable to attack

10 Mar 2020

Computer scientists at KU Leuven have once again exposed a security flaw in Intel processors. Jo Van Bulck and Frank Piessens gave the manufacturer one year’s time to fix the problem. Now that the embargo has lifted, the KU Leuven team and their colleagues in Austria, the United States, and Australia can share their findings.

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Average cost of developing a new drug could be up to $1.5 billion less than pharmaceutical industry claims

04 Mar 2020

The costs of bringing a new drug to market may be lower than has been previously claimed by the pharmaceutical industry, according to a study published in JAMA.

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Bone or cartilage? Presence of fatty acids determines skeletal stem cell development

26 Feb 2020

In the event of a bone fracture, fatty acids in our blood signal to stem cells that they have to develop into bone-forming cells. If there are no blood vessels nearby, the stem cells end up forming cartilage.

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Antiviral activity of chloroquine against coronaviruses discovered at KU Leuven in 2004

19 Feb 2020

Chloroquine, an antimalarial medicine that has been on the international market since 1934, proves to be active against the novel SARS coronavirus type 2 that causes COVID-19) The antiviral activity of chloroquine was already discovered in 2004 by a team of virologists at KU Leuven.

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From petroleum to wood in the chemical industry: cost-efficient and more sustainable

13 Feb 2020

An interdisciplinary team of bioscience engineers and economists from KU Leuven has mapped out how wood could replace petroleum in the chemical industry. They not only looked at the technological requirements, but also whether that scenario would be financially viable.

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Patron Saint’s Day 2020: KU Leuven presents five female honorary doctors

03 Feb 2020

Today, KU Leuven is celebrating its Patron Saint's Day by awarding honorary doctorates to five extraordinary women: Kimberlé Crenshaw, Liv Hatle, Mae Jemison, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, and Nasrin Sotoudeh.

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Learn all about the science of global immunisation or brewing in KU Leuven’s new MOOCs

31 Jan 2020

In February, learners worldwide can join several new online courses organised by KU Leuven, covering topics like vaccines, beer brewing, and digital heritage. KU Leuven now offers a total of eighteen MOOCs on the edX platform.

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KU Leuven researchers discover defective cellular transport system as a new cause of Parkinson’s disease

29 Jan 2020

Biomedical scientists at KU Leuven have discovered that a defect in the ATP13A2 gene causes cell death by disrupting the cellular transport of polyamines. When this happens in the part of the brain that controls body movement, it can lead to Parkinson’s disease.   

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Historian Yuval Harari delivers lecture at KU Leuven

28 Jan 2020

KU Leuven welcomed historian and writer Yuval Harari at Kulak Kortrijk Campus for a lecture on the AI revolution.

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Stronger together in times of Brexit: why Leuven and Edinburgh are joining forces

24 Jan 2020

They will soon offer 20 joint doctorates as part of a strategic partnership, but that’s not all KU Leuven and the University of Edinburgh have planned. We asked Rector Luc Sels for the details. “If we want to stay part of the international top, we have to be willing to invest now.” 

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‘Love hormone’ improves attachment issues in people with autism

21 Jan 2020

Researchers at KU Leuven have discovered that administering oxytocin to adult men with autism makes them more open to close emotional bonds with others.

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Leuven researchers present technique to grow tissue implants for bone defects

21 Jan 2020

Researchers from KU Leuven and University Hospitals Leuven have managed to engineer living implants in the lab by mimicking how bone tissue is created in an embryo. "We expect the first living implants to be available to patients in four years."

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Vice Rector Chris Van Geet wants broader commitment to University Development Cooperation

16 Jan 2020

After a recent visit to Ethiopia, where she saw the tangible results of long-term UDC projects, Vice Rector Chris Van Geet is more motivated than ever to further develop the policy plan for University Development Cooperation.

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Researchers discover new strategy in the fight against antibiotic resistance

14 Jan 2020

Bioscience engineers from KU Leuven in Belgium have developed a new antibacterial strategy that weakens bacteria by preventing them from cooperating. Unlike with antibiotics, there is no resistance to this strategy.

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