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IRSS Newsletter- Autumn 2019

Happy Autumn!
In this second edition of the IRSS newsletter, you can find information on 
  • Upcoming Events
  • News
  • Members Spotlight
  • Media
  • IRSS in Focus
We would like to give a special welcome to the new President of IRSS, Prof. Dominique Vanpee! Find out more about him in the "Members Spotlight" section. In other big news, Prof. Sandy Tubeuf has been elected as the next President of the Doctoral School from December 2019!
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Upcoming Events


IRSS Seminars

Date Presenter Topic
November 5 Marie Vander Haegen Parent of a child in cancer remission: development of a statistical and clinical model of parental concerns and distress
November 19   Coming soon!
December 3 At LLN Doctoral day- Santé publique, santé et société (SPSS)
December 12 Antoine Christiaens Heterogeneity of diabetes in older people


Are you a PhD student and craving knowledge...?

...then don't miss the Event of the Year!


here for the upcoming Doctoral Day on December 3rd! 

This annual event brings together PhD students from Belgian universities to share their research and network.  This event will take place in the beautiful Louvain House, located in Louvain-la- Neuve. We strongly encourage you to attend- you never know what you may learn!

Interested in improving your academic writing? There are still a few spaces left in the course!
The Institute of Health and Society is committed to supporting PhD students and researchers in their endeavours to publish their work. In February 2020, we will begin a course of scientific writing with David Alexander, an experienced and effective writing teacher who has worked for many years with science writers from around the world.

Registration deadline is October 31st, 2019. Please send an email to Alex here, to register!


Congratulations for the poster award!

Marie Friedel, in the name of a study conducted by members of IRSS in collaboration with the Fédération Bruxelloise Pluraliste de Soins Palliatifs et Continus (FBSP), presented at the 16th EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care) Conference in Berlin in May 2019. The team received an award for their poster, nominated as one of the three best in the category "Palliative Care in Children and Adolescents." 

Through a retrospective study between 2010 and 2014, the aim was to identify the number of children and adolescents living with a chronic complex condition in Brussels and to document their insufficient (1.7%) access to paediatric liaison care teams.
The poster led to an article which was just published by the journal BMJ Paediatrics Open, which you can read here.
Latest edition available soon!


La 5e édition du recueil "Abrégé Elsevier-Masson", ÉDUCATION THÉRAPEUTIQUE DU PATIENT, coordonné par Dominique Simon et André Grimaldi, sera disponible fin de l'année. Il s'agit d'un ouvrage de référence co-rédigé par 40 auteurs. La préface de cette 5e édition a été rédigée par le professeu

r émérite, Alain Deccache.
Ha-ha! Tee-hee!
We all laughed together!

On October 11th, CORSCI members got together for a hilarious and stress-relieving team building. During the session, we learned about stress and laughter mechanisms and how this is important, not only for well-being, but also for performance at work. 

Members Spotlight

Welcome, President Dominique Vanpee!

By profession, Prof. Dominique Vanpee is a medical doctor specialized in internal medicine. Before being Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, he was the Chief of Emergency Medicine at CHU UCL Namur (Godinne). He has also been a clinical academic professor for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and IRSS since its creation in 2010.

As the new President of IRSS, Prof. Dominique Vanpee would like to work together to construct a strong future for the Institute by valorizing the untapped potential of IRSS's high level of scientific expertise. He would also like to develop new projects with the two university hospitals of UCLouvain. Finally, he would like to create a positive working environment with constructive collaborations and strong management to engage IRSS members. 

We welcome...

  • Luigi BOGGIAN
  • Maëlle BOLAND
  • Anne-Catherine DUBOIS
  • Rémi FROMENT
  • Samuel MAKALI
  • Vanessa MAKOLA
  • Kathy DELABYE
  • Marc-Eric GUISSET
Meet our doctoral students!

Featuring: Pierre Smith
Special thanks to Prof. Jean-Marie Degryse for producing these videos!


Publishing soon?

Be sure to write your affiliation as "UCLouvain." This is the new official format requested by the university!

Don't forget to keep up with your colleagues' latest publications from IRSS, here!

Le Soir: "1,9 million pour Pia... et pour les autres?"
Prof. Tubeuf interviewed with a journalist from Le Soir about the case of little Pia, a child with a rare disease whose parents raised nearly 2 million euros for a medicine not reimbursed in Belgium. She discusses the difference between selective solidarity vs universal. If you have a subscription to Le Soir, you can read the article here.

IRSS in Focus


(Special thanks to Prof. Jean-Marie Degryse for producing this section!)
Writing a scientific paper: quick tips and advice

This is snippet one in a series of short videos providing quick tips and advice on how to write a scientific paper in English. The materials provided here are part of the course “scientific writing” (WESP2227). Enjoy here!


Do you know the site,
Publons is part of the Web of science group and was first built as a place to help researchers get recognition for their often hidden peer-review contributions. As a researcher, you can now valorize your work as a peer-reviewer!

In today’s highly competitive research environment, researchers are frequently asked to demonstrate their impact and service in performance reviews, funding, and promotion applications.  Publons offers a unique display case for your research activities.


Online Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training

Good Clinical Practice is a set of principles whose purpose is to ensure the safety of those involved in research as well as the integrity and accuracy of the data. 

Several organizations are now offering an online course (in English or French). This training is intended for all those involved in clinical research.

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