Videos

Nicolas
De Neuter
FWO
UAntwerpen

Your immune system hacked

Why do some people get sick more easily than others? This is often due to differences in our immune systems. Nicolas De Neuter (UAntwerp) hopes to understand these differences, in order to develop better and more efficient personalized immune therapies.
Lore
Wyers
KU Leuven
UAntwerpen

Why do some children have difficulties walking?

Ever heard of Dravet's syndrome? This rare condition occurs in 1 in 20,000 people and causes problems with walking, among other things. Lore Wyers (UAntwerpen - KU Leuven) is going the extra mile to help children with Dravet syndrome to walk better again. The first 'step': analysing their step pattern.
Yixing
Sui
UAntwerpen

Microalgae, a future sustainable food source?

Yixing Sui is a kind of farmer. The 'crop' he is growing? Microalgae! These tiny living organisms might prove to be an important solution for the increasing food demands due to large population growth.
Hanne
Massonet
KU Leuven
UAntwerpen

Chronic swallowing problems after head and neck cancer

Thanks to new radiotherapy techniques, more and more patients with head and neck cancer are surviving. But for 70% of them, this radiation causes chronic swallowing problems, making it difficult to eat and drink. Hanne Massonet hopes to help them enjoy food and drink again by training their tongue, mouth, and throat muscles.
Joris
Van Houtven
UAntwerpen
UHasselt
VITO

Pathology-predicting proteins

Imagine being sick and simply being able to ask your body what's going on and what it needs to get better. Well, the proteins in our body can tell us that. But it takes a long time for us to understand what they're saying. With his tool, QCquan.net, bioinformatician Joris Van Houtven is determined to speed up that process!
Xenia
Geysemans
Arteveldehogeschool
UAntwerpen

Grieving at work: why is it so deadly quiet?

"We must learn to talk about death, also in the workplace". Xenia Geysemans investigates how employers can better support grieving employees. Currently, employers are often too absent. In this video, Xenia offers 4 concrete tips.
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.
Laurie
Freire Boullosa
UAntwerpen

Does an old rheumatism pill help against cancer?

It is a relatively new and promising path in cancer research: the reuse of old, non-cancer drugs. In her PhD, Laurie Freire Boullosa focuses on an old rheumatism pill and examines whether it can be used as a weapon against cancer.
Laura
Dirkx
FWO
UAntwerpen

Playing hide and seek with parasites

Ever heard of a sand fly? If this small fly stings you, you can catch the serious, tropical disease Leishmaniasis. This disease is not easy to combat, because the parasites are masters at hiding in your body. Luckily Laura Dirkx (UAntwerp) has a trick up her sleeve to trace them
Eva
Claeys
FWO
UAntwerpen

What happens in your brain when you are depressed? 😞 🧠

What happens in your brain when you are depressed? That is what Eva Claeys tries to find out. As a researcher in biological psychiatry, she wants to better understand the 'biology of the depressive brain'. 
Jasmien
Orije
FWO
UAntwerpen

Birds present better thanks to testosterone 🦜 🎶

Did you know that testosterone makes birds sing better? And that you can also use this knowledge to give better presentations? Jasmien Orije (UAntwerp) explains how that works in this video.