Latest Vrije Universiteit Brussel Stories

2011-04-20 12:00:00

BRUSSELS, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Every person's intestinal system falls into one of three clearly distinguishable types of gut microbiota, comparable to blood types. These types are not related to race, native country or diet, according to a new metagenomics study by an international consortium of scientists including Jeroen Raes, of the VIB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, published in Nature. Metagenomics is the study of the genetic material of complete ecosystems, in this case...

2011-01-12 18:16:42

Discovery means breakthrough for the development of new drugs based on GPCR's Adrenaline, the hormone that prepares our body to fight or flight, acts on a hyperdynamic receptor. This molecule switches so fast between several positions, that it was impossible to image it. Until now. Scientists, including Jan Steyaert of VIB and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, and colleagues from Stanford University in the US, have "frozen the molecule in action" using...

2009-10-26 07:30:00

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Successful Early Phase Trial -- PRA International, a leading Clinical Research Organization, is pleased to announce that a study it has been conducting for one of its customers was awarded the "Most Successful Early Phase Trial" at the 2009 Good Clinical Practice Journal's (GCPj) Clinical Research Excellence Awards in London. The GCPj Awards recognize and reward corporate and individual excellence in clinical research, involving partnerships...

2009-04-22 11:27:50

Belgian scientists have created a plush green robot that is intended to ease the minds of young children in hospitals. Equipped with a touchscreen on its stomach, Probo will teach hospitalized children how certain operations work. "The main goal of this project is to have emotional communication with children," said Jelle Saldien, one of the researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels) design team. Ivan Hermans, president of the Anty Foundation, said he...

2008-10-06 12:00:30

Ablynx, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of nanobodies, has received a grant worth E1.8 million from the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders. The grant, which is over three years, allows Ablynx to further develop technologies related to its Nanobody platform. Furthermore, this grant will enable Ablynx to expand its intellectual property portfolio. Edwin Moses, CEO and chairman of Ablynx, said: "We are...

2008-09-04 03:00:25

Ablynx and Merck Serono to equally contribute to discover and develop Nanobodies(R) against two targets in oncology and immunology and equally share the resulting profits Ghent, BELGIUM, 4 September 2008 - Ablynx [Euronext Brussels: ABLX], a pioneer in the discovery and development of Nanobodies(R), a novel class of antibody-derived therapeutic proteins, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, to...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.