News 2013
New functions for the Glycine neurotransmitter in brain development
12/09/2013

In a study published in Cell Reports, the group of Laurent Nguyen, WELBIO investigator at GIGA-Neurosciences, Université de Liège, Belgium, identified a novel role for glycine, a small amino acid neurotransmitter in the tight control of interneuron migration in the developing cerebral cortex.


Sleeping sickness: Trypanosoma gambiense bypasses the natural defense mechanisms in man
21/08/2013

In a study published in Nature, researchers led by Etienne Pays, WELBIO investigator at the IBMM, Université Libre de Bruxelles, showed how Trypanosoma gambiense stiffens membranes of its digestive system to bypass ApoL1, the natural defense system present in human serum.


Tristetraprolin prevents spontaneous inflammatory diseases
12/08/2013

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers led by Stanislas Goriely, WELBIO investigator at the Institute for Medical Immunology (IMI)-Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), report how tristetraprolin regulates interleukin-23, an inflammatory cytokine that plays a major role in human diseases such as psoriasis, arthritis or inflammatory bowel diseases.


Interferon regulatory factor 3: a «natural break» against inflammatory lymphocytes
05/08/2013

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, researchers led by Stanislas Goriely, WELBIO investigator at the Institute for Medical Immunology (IMI)-Université lLibre de Bruxelles (ULB), report a new role for IRF3 in modulating the activation of inflammatory lymphocytes. This work opens new perspectives for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.


The 2012 annual report is available
22/07/2013

A pdf version is available for download.


Michel Georges, newly elected member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences
01/06/2013

Michel Georges, Professor of Animal Genomics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Liège and WELBIO investigator, director of the GIGA-Genetics and 2008 Francqui Prize laureate, is one of the 21 new foreign members elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He is the first ULg researcher to be part of the NAS where he joins Belgian renowned scientists such as Thierry Boon (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd), Jacques Dreze (UCL), Eric Lambin (UCL) and Marc Van Montagu (Ghent University).


How the gut bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila affects diet-induced obesity
14/05/2013

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, researchers lead by Patrice Cani, WELBIO investigator at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, report how the gut bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila may play a crucial role in maintaining the gut mucosal barrier and in preventing obesity-related metabolic disorders.


Miikka Vikkula and Laurence Boon, recipients of the 2013 Prize for Clinical Research from the InBev-Baillet Latour Foundation
17/04/2013

Miikka Vikkula (WELBIO investigator at the Catholic University of Louvain - UCL) and Laurence Boon (Clinique universitaires Saint-Luc) received this prestigious prize in recognition for their scientific research in vascular anomalies and lymphedema. Vascular anomalies are localized defects of vascular and/or lymphatic vessels with various presentations. Up to 10% of the population is affected, mostly due to the commonness of infantile hemangioma.


Repair enzymes to destroy abnormal and toxic metabolites
28/02/2013

In a review article published in Nature Chemical Biology, Emile Van Schaftingen, WELBIO investigator at the Université catholique de Louvain, and colleagues present an overview of their discoveries of « repair» enzymes that compensate for the lack of specificity of «classical» enzymes and the production of «abnormal» and potentially toxic metabolites.


Generation of functional human neurons from reprogrammed skin cells
06/02/2013

In a study published in Neuron, researchers lead by Pierre Vanderhaeghen, WELBIO investigator at the IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI), Belgium, open new perspectives on the study of the human cortex, by describing for the first time the generation of cortical neurons from human pluripotent stem cells, followed by their highly successful transplantation in the mouse brain.


8 new research programmes
01/02/2013

WELBIO announced the name of the 8 laureates of its second call for projects, in a press conference held in the presence of the Minister Jean-Claude Marcourt and of the representative of the Minister Jean-Marc Nollet, Amélie Servotte, and of Jean Stéphenne, President of WELBIO. The projects include topics on obesity, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma and cystic fibrosis. These projects join the 15 programmes, laureates of the previous call, that were renewed.



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