Life Sciences - Sep 22

Participation in regional action plan motivates university in ambition to replace, reduce and refine animal testing. As a humanist university, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) believes that science and empathy go hand in hand. In research that involves animals, respect and welfare are paramount.

Life Sciences

A research team headed by Prof. Jacob Hanna at the Weizmann Institute of Science has created complete models of human embryos from stem cells cultured in the lab - and managed to grow them outside the womb up to day 14.

Pharmacology - Aug 29

Preeclampsia is a severe complication of pregnancy, affecting 1 in 40 pregnant women. Identifying high-risk patients is often difficult and complex because the exact cause of preeclampsia is still unknown.

Chemistry - Aug 29

The chemical compound BPA (bisphenol A), commonly used in plastic products, has been controversial for years due to its adverse health effects. KU Leuven researchers have developed a BPA alternative with similar functionality that has no harmful effects on health or the environment.

Environment - Aug 24

Hydropower, traditionally one of Africa's most important sources of electricity, is expected to rapidly lose out in importance in favour of solar power in the coming years. The attractiveness of new hydropower stations is declining, due to increasing economic competition from solar panels and ongoing uncertainty over the effects of climate change on river flows. The majority of planned news dams in Africa should therefore probably never be built, according to a new study published in Science in which VUB professors Sebastian Sterl and Wim Thiery took part.