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Environment - 30.05.2022
Maintaining and enhancing forest biodiversity in Europe
Biodiversity loss has been globally recognised as a major threat to ecological and socio-economic stability.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.04.2022
Six KU Leuven researchers receive ERC Advanced Grant
Six KU Leuven researchers receive ERC Advanced Grant
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded its Advanced Grants for ground-breaking research. Six KU Leuven researchers are among this year's recipients: Peter Carmeliet, Giselinde Kuipers, Diether Lambrechts, Erik Smolders, Patrik Verstreken, and Johan Wagemans.

Health - Innovation - 18.08.2021
Post-COVID recovery: Flanders invests heavily in KU Leuven research infrastructure
Post-COVID recovery: Flanders invests heavily in KU Leuven research infrastructure
No fewer than six projects of KU Leuven will receive substantial financial support as part of the post-COVID recovery plan of the Flemish Government, called 'Flemish Resilience'.

Career - Administration - 31.03.2020
ERC Advanced Grants for two KU Leuven researchers
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded its Advanced Grants for groundbreaking research. Two KU Leuven researchers are among this year's recipients: engineer Bart De Moor and philosopher Jan Opsomer.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.12.2019
ERC Consolidator Grant for cancer researcher Kim De Keersmaecker 
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded its Consolidator Grants. This year's recipients include cancer researcher and geneticist Kim De Keersmaecker from KU Leuven.

Life Sciences - Administration - 11.10.2019
First ERC Synergy Grant for KU Leuven
First ERC Synergy Grant for KU Leuven
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded its Synergy Grants. Neuroscientist Rufin Vogels is the first researcher at KU Leuven to receive one.

Social Sciences - Economics / Business - 13.05.2019
Francqui Prize 2019 goes to KU Leuven research into the impact of family decisions on individual well-being
This year's Francqui Prize, often dubbed 'the Belgian Nobel Prize', has been awarded to three KU Leuven economists: Laurens Cherchye, Bram De Rock, and Frederic Vermeulen.

Career - Administration - 28.03.2019

Administration - Career - 05.12.2018

Health - Life Sciences - 28.11.2018
Defective protein factories in disease: a double-edged sword of cell division
Ever since the 1960s, the medical world has wondered why some patients who suffer from illnesses resulting from inadequate cell division are much more susceptible to cancer which is conversely characterized by excessive cell division.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.11.2018
Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon: "Growing body parts is not science fiction"
Sir John Gurdon's ancestry at www.nobelprize.org could easily be mistaken for a crash course in English history.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.11.2018
Scientists taking up arms in the fight against silent killer HTLV-1
On 10 November, a team of international scientists will organise World HTLV Day, giving attention to a deadly virus no one's heard of. HTLV-1 hacks our genetic code and silently spreads amongst communities. It's estimated that worldwide twenty million people are infected. First discovered in 1978, the HTLV-1 virus has already claimed millions of lives.

Law - 23.10.2018
Open Access: Tearing down the paywall is hard work
There's been some bad blood between scientific publishers and their suppliers and customers. Scientists pay to have their work published.

Chemistry - 24.09.2018
Ready-to-use recipe for turning plant waste into gasoline
Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now the researchers have developed a roadmap, as it were, for industrial cellulose gasoline. In 2014, at KU Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, researchers succeeded in converting sawdust into building blocks for gasoline.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.06.2018
T-cell leukaemia: cancer cells take advantage of ’survival protein’
Cancer researchers have shown that some patients with T-cell leukaemia produce too much of the BCL-2 protein.

Life Sciences - 12.06.2018
How to slow down Ebola: virologists use genetic trees to evaluate intervention strategies
The phylogenetic tree of the Ebola epidemic of 2013-2016 doesn't just tell us how the Ebola virus was able to evolve: it also reveals which events and preventive measures accelerated or slowed down the spreading of the virus. Between 2013 and 2016, West Africa suffered the most severe outbreak of Ebola ever recorded.

Life Sciences - Health - 25.05.2018

Life Sciences - Health - 20.03.2018
Natural sniper kills hospital bacterium
Microbial geneticists at KU Leuven have unravelled how a specific type of protein eliminates the hospital bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.11.2017
Scientists figure out how timer for cell division works
Human cells use a timer to divide: each cell gets at least 30 minutes to divide its genetic material between the nuclei of two daughter cells. Researchers at KU Leuven have unravelled how this timer is switched on and off. Their findings open up perspectives for the treatment of cancer, as keeping the timer going would stop cancer cells from dividing.

Innovation - 16.10.2017
Security flaw leaves all Wi-Fi traffic open to eavesdropping
KU Leuven researchers have discovered serious weaknesses in a protocol that secures all protected Wi-Fi networks.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.10.2017
Computer program detects differences between human cells
"How many different cell types are there in the human body? And how do these differences develop? Nobody really knows," says Professor Stein Aerts from KU Leuven/VIB. But thanks to a new method developed by his team, that may be about to change. Even though each of the cells in our body carries the exact same DNA sequence, there's a huge variety of cell types and functions.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 11.09.2017
Climate change will make cities suffer from extreme heat more frequently
From 2040 onwards, Belgian cities such as Brussels and Antwerp will suffer from extreme temperatures more than 17 days per year, KU Leuven research shows.

Sport - 27.06.2017
Slow motion video makes football referees more likely to give a red card
Video assistant refereeing in football has to be used with caution. Researchers at KU Leuven have shown that refs are more likely to give red when they see a foul committed in slow motion, even when a yellow card is more justifiable. This is because fouls viewed in slow motion appear to be more serious.

Computer Science - 22.06.2017
New drone can deliver parcels and save lives
Small, unmanned aircrafts that deliver parcels, help put out a fire or save lives' The CargoCopter, a new type of drone developed by engineer Bart Theys, makes all that possible.

Astronomy / Space Science - 21.06.2017
ESA gives the green light to build PLATO space telescope
The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved the design of the PLATO satellite. Researchers and engineers at KU Leuven and the University of Liège (ULg) will be closely involved in the development. Plato is a space mission dedicated to hunting tens of thousands of Earth-like exoplanets revolving around nearby stars similar to our Sun.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.06.2017
World ALS Day 2017: the fight against an unseen killer
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to progressive muscle weakness and paralysis.