KU Leuven

Making plastic out of wood

What if we could make plastic out of... Wood waste? This is already possible today, but unfortunately the technology to make such bioplastics is not yet fully developed. Tim Croes wants to help change that.
KU Leuven

Bypassing your stomach and intestine

After a stomach reduction and despite taking the pill suddenly become pregnant. It could happen just like that, because a stomach operation not only has an impact on the digestion of food, but also on the uptake of medicines, such as the contraceptive pill. That is why Nele Steenackers studies the digestion of patients after such an operation.
KU Leuven

How to make the invisible soil life visible?

Soil biodiversity in our European forests is in bad shape. By focusing on public awareness, Iris Vanermen wants to help keep our forests healthy, so that we and future generations can enjoy them for a long time to come.
KU Leuven

The cell cycle from a mathematical point of view

"Everything in the universe is made of math, including you" says the renowned cosmologist Max Tegmark. Jan Rombouts shares the same conviction: in his doctoral thesis he does not look at the cell cycle of living beings from the perspective of biology, but pours it into mathematical equations in order to gain a better understanding of the wondrous functioning of the cell.
KU Leuven

Is self-knowledge the beginning of all math nodes?

Elien Bellon tries to find out how we can help children calculate better without letting them repeat math tables over and over again. Does the solution come from Socrates, who states that "true knowledge is to know oneself"?
KU Leuven

How do you keep a secret?

Jan-Pieter D'Anvers keeps secrets. Your secrets. Think of your bank card code or your e-mails. He develops encryption algorithms to secure electronic communication and transactions.
KU Leuven

Active and healthy ageing: sleep on it

The older we get, the worse we usually sleep. Julie Vanderlinden (KU Leuven) is therefore investigating whether exercise has a positive effect on sleep and the health of the elderly.
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Finding the weak spot of breast cancer cells

Despite recent advances in breast cancer treatment, too many women still die once this cancer has spread throughout their body. That's why Matteo Rossi is looking to find weaknesses of breast cancer cells, in order to defeat them.
KU Leuven

How can you sleep better without medication?

Did you know that Belgium has the dubious honour of being a leader in the use of sleep and sedative medication worldwide? Kristien Coteur is investigating how she can support patients and their doctors in phasing out sleep medication.
KU Leuven

How far can we go to save extremely premature babies?

Extremely premature babies often need to be resuscitated at birth. While this might help them to survive, they will sometimes live on with severe disabilities. Is resuscitation therefore always in the best interest of the babies? Alice Cavolo wants to help parents and physicians in making this extremely difficult decision.