WELBIO is an inter-university life sciences research institute based in Wallonia, Belgium. WELBIO is funded by the Walloon Region. Our mission is to support strategic fundamental research through carefully selected projects from universities in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, with a view to transforming their discoveries into industrial applications in all fields of biotechnology.
In an article published in Nature Communications, the Immunophysiology Laboratory (GIGA Institute, ULiège) led by Thomas Marichal (WELBIO investigator) reveals new insight regarding a population of cells of the pulmonary immune system : the interstitial macrophages. This new knowledge is a further step towards new approaches to prevent respiratory diseases.
Researchers led by Pierre Vanderhaeghen and Jérôme Bonnefont (WELBIO-ULB and VIB-KU Leuven) have unraveled a new mechanism controlling the switch between growth and differentiation of neural stem cells during brain development. Their findings have been published in the journal Neuron.
Recent results just published by WELBIO Investigator Stefan Constantinescu (UCLouvain) and his team in the journal Blood report a novel mechanism by which that a class of mutants in the chaperone calreticulin induce blood cancers denoted as myeloproliferative neoplasms.