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KU Leuven: KU Leuven creates new learning and study opportunities for Campus Antwerp


In the autumn of 2023, KU Leuven will move into an additional location in the Jezusstraat in Antwerp. The university is breathing new life into the building that served as a Provincial Security Institute for decades. The new site will house the current activities of KU Leuven in Sint-Andriesstraat.The campus of KU Leuven in Antwerp currently has three locations. On Campus Carolus in the Korte Nieuwstraat, the Faculty of Economics and Business is responsible for teaching and research. The study programs of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences are located on Campus Sint-Andries, and recently also Campus Sint-Jacob. However, in a few years’ time, the university will say goodbye to the campus in Sint-Andriesstraat, which it shares with Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, also owner of the building.“With the purchase of the building in the Jezusstraat we are taking a new step in the development of Campus Antwerp”, says Rector Luc Sels. “The Antwerp courses in journalism and applied linguistics have recently moved to the Sint-Jacobsmarkt. In addition to more space for our educational activities, we also want to create more opportunities for student facilities. We have now found the suitable location for this, a stone’s throw from our other buildings. The new location will be a meeting place for all KU Leuven students in Antwerp: not only to study together in the learning center, but also, for example, to relax together in the spacious agora. ”The new KU Leuven location served as the home base of the Provincial Safety Institute for decades.     Feb 19, 2021

New York University: Glucksman Ireland House to Celebrate Three Honorees with An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Feb. 23


Renowned for its teaching, research and public humanities initiatives, Glucksman Ireland House at New York University will hold its ninth annual gala online on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. (EST) when it honors three leaders in business, philanthropy and journalism and will be joined by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheál Martin of Ireland.The event by the NYU center for Irish and Irish-American studies will honor: Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland and chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, who will receive the Seamus Heaney Award for Arts and Letters; Anne M. Finucane, vice chairman, Bank of America and chair, Bank of America Europe, who will receive the Lewis L. Glucksman Leadership Award; and Dan Barry, prize-winning reporter and columnist at The New York Times and author of several books, who will receive the inaugural Pete Hamill Award for Journalistic Excellence.The virtual gala is free and open to the public. To register, visit GIH Virtual Gala or download the 2021 GIH Virtual Gala Invitation.Past honorees include Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Sir James Galway, Pete Hamill, Michael “Buzzy” O’Keeffe, Ted Smyth, Paul Muldoon, Alice McDermott, Colum McCann, Danny McDonald, Carl Shanahan, Niall O’Dowd, Peter Quinn, Colm Tóibín, Dómhnall Slattery and Jim Rooney.Glucksman Ireland House stands as a beacon of Irish and Irish-American academic and cultural achievement in the United States and beyond. During this unusual academic year, the center continues to pursue its mission with an emphasis on social justice, and is especially proud of its Black, Brown and Green Voices Project, an archival documentation and public humanities initiative that gives voice to the diversity of the Irish diaspora. Proceeds from the gala will help support Glucksman Ireland House’s academic and outreach activity and a donation will be made to the NYU Students Emergency Fund to assist those who are suffering hardship from Covid-19.     Feb 17, 2021

University of São Paulo: Discovery involving proteins reinforces the need to do biomedical research with both sexes


ANDa study carried out at USP’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICB) with male and female mice revealed differences as each sex expresses two proteins important to the central nervous system, responsible for the control of several cellular functions: PTEN and Klotho. The discovery, published in an article in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that the variation of protein levels according to sex can be related to the development of diseases and even to the response to treatments. For professor Elisa Mitiko Kawamoto, who conducted the study, the discovery highlights the importance of doing research with both sexes and not focusing only on male animals, as occurs in most works. This would help to think about personalized treatments, suitable for each individual.The research was part of the master’s dissertation of researcher Natália Prudente de Mello, from the Molecular and Functional Neurobiology Laboratory of the Pharmacology Department at ICB.According to the researchers, sex can be considered a predictive factor for a number of neurological diseases – autism, for example, is four times more common in boys than girls, according to data from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.The team seeks new treatments for diseases, with an emphasis on neurological diseases – in this case, the proteins PTEN and Klotho were studied as pharmacological targets. When analyzing the expression of these two proteins in healthy mice of both sexes, the scientists found that PTEN was increased in females, while Klotho was more expressed in males. “This indicates that these two signals act in order to maintain the balance of the organism,” says Kawamoto.PTEN is a tumor suppressor protein and, in the central nervous system, it also interferes in processes of cell proliferation and differentiation, which can be important for learning and memory. In this sense, it is possible that the higher incidence of autism in boys is related to a lower signaling of PTEN, for example. ...     Feb 12, 2021

Griffith University: Global meta-analysis identifies comorbid conditions linked to COVID-19 mortality


Cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension are the four main comorbidities leading to death from COVID-19, a Griffith University meta-analysis published in mBio has found.The researchers analysed global databases MEDLINE, Scopus, Web of Science and EMBASE of 375,859 participants from 14 countries and found chronic kidney disease was statistically the most prominent comorbidity leading to death.Hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) was the most common comorbidity in COVID-19 patients, followed by obesity and diabetes, however, despite having high prevalence, obesity was not associated with mortality in COVID-19 patients.Dr Adam TaylorCo-lead author Dr Adam Taylor said previous systematic reviews and meta-analysis had been limited by the lack of peer-reviewed data and the lack of global clinical data.“Comorbidities are frequently cited as risk factors for severe COVID-19 outcomes, however, the degree to which specific comorbidities impact the disease is debatable,’’ he said.“This is a global study covering all comorbidities reported to be involved in the exacerbation of COVID-19 leading to death. It allows us to identify specific comorbidities that have higher risk in patients and identify COVID-19 high-risk groups.”“Further investigation is required to explain the higher prevalence of these comorbidities in COVID-19 patients, but studies may focus on the SARS-CoV-2 cell entry mechanism.”Professor Suresh MahlinghamLead author Professor Suresh Mahlingam said the higher prevalence of these comorbidities in COVID-19 patients could be explained by the increased expression of the receptor (ACE2), used by SARS-CoV-2 for cell entry.“For example, diabetic patients can be prescribed drugs to control blood glucose that have also been shown to increase ACE2 expression.”He said COVID-19 was associated with increased clot strength, so the severe outcomes in patients with hypertension and diabetes could be partially explained by the increased incidence of t...     Feb 10, 2021