KU Leuven

How to get your school moving

Children should exercise about 60 minutes a day, but figures show that children in Belgium do not meet that standard. Rosalie Coolkens wants to use schools to help children reach that recommended hour of exercise.
Buh Kum
KU Leuven

The design of safe, cheap and potent vaccines

Many vaccines need to be stored in refrigerators, which can be challenging in warmer and low income countries. That's why Dieudonné Buh Kum and his colleagues at KU Leuven are developing new, cheaper & more stable vaccines that will help save more lives.

Cognition enhancers: key in the recovery of MS patients?

When we think of MS patients, we often think of people in a wheelchair. This is because multiple sclerosis affects the motor functions of the patient and patients do often end up in a wheelchair. Together with her UHasselt colleagues, Melissa Schepers is determined to banish that image of MS patients in a wheelchair to the past.

Wheezing and rattling. What's the problem?

Did you know that half of the children experience a period of noisy breathing in their first year of life? For a doctor it's not always easy to come to the right diagnosis. Will the research by Gitte Slingers (University of Hasselt) soon provide any relief?
KU Leuven

Killing bad bugs!

From sour wine, to Egyptians and Romans, to the wonderful discovery of Louis Pasteur some 150 years ago: Alexander Cambré tells you about bad bacteria and how they make us sick. In his research he tries to understand more about the Salmonella bacteria so that we can combat them better.
KU Leuven

The heart to the right rhythm

Frone Vandewiele investigates why not every heart beats to the right rhythm. In her research she wants to further help unravel the complex mechanism behind cardiac arrhythmias in order to help save lives.
KU Leuven

Organ transplants: life-saving, yet sometimes lethal

While an organ transplant will often save the life of a patient, it also leads to a higher risk of developing cancer. Nena Testelmans (KU Leuven) is determined to help unravel why transplants might induce cancer in patients.

Leg prosthesis allows people to walk normally again

Joost Geeroms is working on a new kind of -active - leg prosthesis to make it easy for people to step again after an amputation.
KU Leuven

How do you want to control your recommendations?

Imagine you are listening to music via your Spotify account and suddenly the Dora theme song starts playing because some day earlier you played music for your child or cousin. Sounds familiar? Irritating isn't it? Martijn Millecamp (KU Leuven) investigates ways to give users more control over their recommendations on platforms and services such as Spotify and Netflix.

Citizens and government: a game without rules?

Did you know that there is no clear, general regulation in Belgium that regulates the relationship between citizen and government? we currently rely on vague, unwritten principles supplemented by specific legislation, what has led to a jumble of rules. That tangle is what Dennis Fransen wants to help unravel. Through his research he wants to contribute to a general administrative law code in Belgium and Flanders.

I-ACT: a useful tool for rehabilitation

Rehabilitation centers are not equipped with enough staff to provide individual training to patients during their recovery. Occupational therapists therefore often have to treat two or three patients at the same time. With the I-Act, a technology that acts like a digital personal coach, Els Knippenberg wants to change this by offering personalised remedial therapy to patients.
Ovia Margaret
KU Leuven

HER2 breast cancer: comprehend to conquer it!

Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women, affecting 1.7 million women worldwide? In her research Ovia Margaret Thirukkumaran is trying to decipher how cancer cells communicate and develop resistance against drugs in so called HER 2 breast cancer, a very aggressive form of breast cancer.