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Bavo
Van Kerrebroeck
UGent

Enriched musical interactions

In these covid times, we have to follow concerts via live streams, musicians jam virtually instead of in their rehearsal room, and music lessons take place via online video. But how does technology influence musical interactions? Musicologist Bavo Van Kerrebroeck (Ghent University) studies this through fascinating experiments using VR and spatial sounds.
Marie
Decock
UHasselt

The inter-municipal company: time for a make-over?

Who collects your waste, ensures that water comes out of your tap and that your lamp lights up? Precisely: an inter-municipal company - a collaboration between cities and municipalities in a special company form. The most important rules for this type of 'public company' date from a law that is now almost 100 years old and is beginning to show some major cracks. This is why Marie DeCock (University of Hasselt - University of Ghent) wants to update the legislation.
Simon
Amez
UGent

Exams and a smartphone: a toxic combo?

Heavy smartphone use results in poorer study performance, according to research by Simon Amez (Ghent University). To investigate this, Simon followed students for three years. Students with above-average smartphone use even score up to 1 point out of 20 less on their exams than their fellow students. 👨🏼‍🎓 📱
Assia
Tiane
FWO
UHasselt

Progressive MS: looking for the switch in our DNA in ons DNA

Did you know that there are already more than 15 medications for multiple sclerosis? Yet the more than 1 million progressive MS patients do not benefit from them, because these drugs only work in the early stages of the disease. Assia Tiane wants to help unravel the disease in order to improve the quality of life of progressive MS patients.
Sara
Buekens
FWO
UGent

French ecological literature 'avant la lettre'

The disappearance of forests is nothing less than "a genocide of trees, with bleeding stumps and amputated branches. With this powerful imagery, the French writer Pierre Gascar already sounded the alarm about the environment 50 years ago. Sara Buekens studies how he and his colleagues wanted to put environmental issues on the agenda in their novels half a century ago. Are you ready for an ecological novel?
Pieter
Verding
FWO
UHasselt

No dirty glasses anymore!

Pieter Verding wants to make your life easier. His goal: to make sure you no longer have to clean your windows or glasses. How? Well, by developing self-cleaning coatings 👇 🎥
Jessica
Bridoux
VUB

Tumours, masters in disguise

Jessica Bridoux, researcher at the University of Brussels (VUB), is developing a diagnostic tool to track tumourcells that are trying to hide from our immune system.
Tineke
Melkebeek
FWO
UGent

The woman in medieval Islamic philosophy

Did you know that the Greek philosopher Aristotle considered the idea that the woman is inferior to the man as a scientific fact? But how did Islamic philosophers of the Middle Ages, who were quite fond of Aristotle, think about the role of women? Completely different, according to the research of philosopher Tineke Melkebeek.  
Benedith
Oben
UHasselt

Cracking the genetic code of blood cancer multiple myeloma

Cracking codes, it's a thing in escape rooms. But it is also what Bénedith Oben tries, albeit in the laboratory. In this way, she hopes to find the key to better understand the development of multiple myeloma, a common blood cancer.
Martin
Schoups
FWO
UGent

Fights with the police: were things better in the old days?

On social media clips of skirmishes between citizens and the police regularly pop up and, in a flash, go viral. They elicit a lot of reactions, not least the classic "things used to be better in the old days". But was there less violence on the streets in the past? Historian Martin Schoups delves into documents from 19th-century Antwerp.
Hanne
Leysen
FWO
UAntwerpen

Communication as a source of medication with fewer side effects

How come medications have long leaflets with a whole list of possible side effects? That is what Hanne Leysen investigates. She looks at how signals are transmitted in our body, zooming in on cellular communication.
Marjolein
Orije
UAntwerpen

Protecting newborns by vaccinating the mummy

Marjolein Orije investigates whether vaccinating pregnant women helps to provide their child with the necessary antibodies against childhood diseases, such as whooping cough. Her research shows that vaccinating the pregnant mother also helps to boost the child's immune system, even if it is born prematurely.