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  • More smartly dressed people than usual on campus Etterbeek last Wednesday, the 16th of September. The occasion: a visit of Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the China. This distinguished attendance took place in the context of the fortieth birthday of diplomatic relations between the European Union and the People’s Republic.

  • Prof Dr Marinee Chuah of the Department of Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (GTRM) and an international team of collaborators have secured a 6 million euro grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The Horizon 2020 programme is a highly competitive EU-wide research initiative. This call, only about 2 percent of the more than 400 applications was selected for funding...

  • Two papers, published by an international team of top scientists in Nature this August and containing decisive contributions of the VUB-VIB Structural Biology Research Center, open the door to better morphine-like painkillers. Opioid alkaloids, which are alkaloids that act on our bodies’ opioid receptors like, for example, morphine or codeine, are time-honoured, highly potent pharmaceuticals. Morphine especially is a widely used and very powerful narcotic analgesic, that is to say: painkiller. But its usage is not without problems...

  • Brussels’ most famous statuette, Manneken Pis, was commissioned by the city to sculptor Jérôme Du Quesnoy the Elder in 1619. But it remains an important enigma, from an art historian’s point of view. The most important question surrounding the little boy: is the statuette which is on display today in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of Brussels really the original?


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