UCL The Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) is amongst the 20 top-performing Universities in Europe and was founded in 1425. UCL is a complete university including 21 research institutes, 3 science parks, and 2 University hospitals (1500 beds). UCL is the largest university of the French-speaking Community of Belgium with 28,000 students and ca. 3,000 researchers, and was ranked 164th in the world universities ranking established by the Times higher education supplement.
In this project, UCL involves two type of research competences e.g.

(a) biomedical research and (b) nanosciences:

(a)The Experimental Surgery and Transplantation Unit (CHEX) at UCL is part of a Health Research Institute (IREC) which host more than 250 researchers. The main domain of research at CHEX is organ and cellular transplantation (allografts and xenografts), mainly focusing on in vivo survival , function and immunology.

(b)The Bio and Soft Matter division of the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN) of UCL (http://www.uclouvain.be/bsma) hosts about 100 researchers and technicians active in the field of soft matter taken in its broader meaning. From living micro-organisms and cells to hybrid or even purely inorganic nanowires integrated in prototypic devices, the activities of BSMA cover scientific topics as diverse as self-assembly, biosensing and biointerfaces, polymer science, surface science, (nano)composites, organic electronics, for applications in medicine, electronics and information technology, materials, or energy. This is supported by a strong expertise in synthesis, nanofabrication and processing, as well as in the characterization of surfaces, materials and devices

Laboratory of Experimental Surgery and Transplantation (CHEX)
Avenue Hippocrate 55
1200 Brussels

Institute of Condensed Matter & Nanosciences (Bio & Soft Matter division) (IMCN)
Croix du Sud 1
Box L7.04.02
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

BIOCAPAN contacts:

Prof. Pierre Gianello (CHEX)
Tel.: 32 (0)2 764 55 82
Email: pierre.gianello@uclouvain.be

Prof. Karine Glinel (IMCN)
Tel.:  +32 (0)10 47 35 58
Email: karine.glinel@uclouvain.be

The people involved in the project are

Professor Pierre Gianello, MD, PhD,(male), was awarded as Doctor in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics in 1981 at UCL, and acquired his education in abdominal surgery at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels (5y) and at the hospital de La Croix-Rousse, Lyon, France (1y). He completed his post-doc training (1991-1994) at the MGH, Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA) in the Transplant Biology Research Center managed by Prof. David Sachs. He obtained qualified teacher's diploma of the higher education in 1996 by defending the thesis “Study of the mechanisms of tolerance to primarily vascularized renal allografts in swine miniature”. In 1997, he became head of the Laboratory of Experimental Surgery and Transplantation at UCL and in 2005, he obtained the title of full Professor. He was elected Dean of Research from 2006 to 2009 and Vice-Rector from 2009 up to 2011. He is today the general coordinator of Research of the Health Sciences Sector at UCL. Professor Gianello is a prize-winner of about ten scientific prizes and is the author of 191 publications concerning clinical works and basic research published in national or international scientific journals. He is expert in the field of pancreatic islets encapsulation in type 1 diabetic large animals.

Prof. Karine Glinel’s expertise is related to the development of biofunctional thin coatings to control mammalian and bacterial cell behavior on material surfaces. To this aim, she combines a variety of surface functionalization techniques such as macromolecular self-assembly, chemical grafting and bioconjugation techniques. In the frame of BIOCAPAN, she develops antifouling biopolymers to coat pancreatic implants in order to limit the inflammatory response and she contributes to the physico-chemical characterization of the bioactive microcapsules.

Prof. Alain M. Jonas's core expertise is in polymer science, nanotechnology and macromolecular assembly (http://perso.uclouvain.be/alain.jonas). His expertise relevant to BIOCAPAN lies in the physical chemistry of surfaces and the use of controlled assembly at the sub-micrometer scale. Within the project, he is more specifically concerned with the fabrication and characterization of non-fouling layers.

Marie Henry, PhD, is a civil engineer specialized in biomaterials (graduated in 2002). She was a research assistant in the Bio and Soft Matter division of the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN) of UCL for 10 years. Her researches focused on biomaterial surface modification, functionalization and characterization. She is author of over 10 publications in international scientific journal and conferences. She contributed to several R&D projects developing pancreatic islet encapsulation for the treatment of the diabetes. She has an expertise in management and coordination of collaborative research project.