Université catholique de Louvain

The Université catholique de Louvain (French for Catholic University of Louvain/Leuven, but usually not translated into English) is Belgium's largest French-speaking university. It is located in Louvain-la-Neuve, with satellite campuses in Brussels, Charleroi, Mons and Tournai. It split from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium's oldest university, in 1968, while the Dutch half of the university remained in Leuven under the name Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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Medical research

An omega-3 that's poison for tumors

So-called "good fatty acids" are essential for human health. Among the Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is crucial to brain function, vision and the regulation of inflammatory phenomena.

Gastroenterology

A new bacteria, made in Belgium

Researchers led by Patrice Cani, FNRS researcher at University of Louvain (UCLouvain) have studied a bacterium called Subdoligranulum that is almost absent in obese and diabetic people, while systematically present in healthy ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Parental burnout hits individualist Western countries hardest

Does the incidence of parental burnout depend on a country's culture? This question was at the heart of the first international study on the subject for which hundreds of scientists in 42 countries mobilized. In other words, ...

Diabetes

Targeting the 'second brain' to fight diabetes

Patrice Cani (UCLouvain) and Claude Knauf (INSERM) have discovered a "jammer" that blocks communication between the gut and the brain, thus preventing proper regulation of sugar and causing insulin resistance in people with ...

Oncology & Cancer

New immunotherapy to beat cancer

Sophie Lucas (University of Louvain de Duve Institute) and her team have succeeded in neutralizing a molecule that blocks the immune system against cancer. The UCLouvain scientists discovered that this new immunotherapy increases ...

Oncology & Cancer

Cancer cells deactivate their 'Velcro' to go on the attack

Cancer cells remain clumped together via a sort of 'Velcro' which allows them to adhere to each other wherever they appear. In order for cancer cells to leave a tumour and spread throughout the body during metastatic processes, ...

Oncology & Cancer

Preventing metastasis by stopping cancer cells from making fat

Olivier Feron, a researcher at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) Institute of Experimental and Clinical Research, seeks to understand how metastases form from a tumor. He previously demonstrated that the most aggressive ...

Oncology & Cancer

Pediatric cancers: Towards more targeted therapy

In Belgium, there are 70,000 new adult cases of cancer every year, compared to 350 in children. Owing to lack of interest from pharmaceutical groups, treatments for pediatric cancers are developing much less rapidly than ...

Oncology & Cancer

A promising step toward new treatment against cancer

A research team of Université catholique de Louvain's de Duve Institute, co-financed by the WELBIO Institute of the Walloon Region, has developed a new treatment approach against cancer.

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