Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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My research at the Free University Brussels (VUB), Belgium, is currently centralized around the theme of ‘immuno-theranostics’. Antibodies have proven their value in therapy settings but have their limitations as tracers in molecular imaging applications. Recent advancements in antibody and protein engineering and refinements in technologies to couple them to radionuclides, dyes, toxins and biologics have created new possibilities and avenues in disease therapy and prognosis. My major research aim is to develop novel applications in the fields of molecular/nuclear imaging and molecular therapy. In recent years my major focus is on the nanobody-technology as targeting biovehicles. My research team is embedded within the research unit ICMI (in vivo cellular and molecular imaging). My research is focused on the generation of novel probes for their application (nuclear or other types of imaging and therapy) in small animals in a first phase, and in patients in the second phase. As such my preclinical and translational research is supportive and integrated within the existing, clinically-oriented research teams at the faculty of medicine and pharmacy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the university hospital.
In my research, I try to bridge the gap between metacognition and cognitive control. Partly, this idea comes from my strong belief that the reason we strategically change our ongoing behavior must be because we somehow feel that our current actions are not sufficiently appropriate. In that sense, I try to go beyond the simple question whether some indices of cognitive control can be observed with subliminal stimuli, that should not be the issue, but ask the question whether metacognitive experiences associated with our actions play a definitive role. To experimentally examine this question, I focus on expressions of cognitive control, such as the strategic adaptation to response conflict or the strategic avoidance of high conflicting situations. The main question then, is whether these expressions of cognitive control are dependent on participants’ metacognitive experiences.
Philippe Claeys is a geologist, planetary scientist and geochemist interested in documenting global changes and in particular the consequences of asteroid and comet impacts on the evolution of the biogeosphere. He obtained his PhD in 1993 from the University of California at Davis working on the Chicxulub crater (Yucatan), the most likely cause of the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, 66 million yeas ago. He then carried out post-doctoral research at UCLA, before becoming a research scientist at UC Berkeley for several years. At the late nineties, he joined the Museum of Natural History in Berlin as chief scientist and manager of the laboratories. Since 2001, he is a professor at the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” in Brussels, Belgium, where he now heads the research unit Analytical-, Environmental-, and Geo-Chemistry. He also established the interdisciplinary research unit Earth System Sciences. He is a visiting professor at Ghent University, the Catholic University Leuven and the University of Liege. When he is not travelling looking for clues to better understand 4.5 billion years of evolution of planet Earth, he enjoys working in the lab with PhD students and postdocs on a wide variety of projects ranging from Antarctic meteorites, to paleoenvironmental changes, geoarcheology or urban water management. Website:http://we.vub.ac.be/~dglg/Web/Claeys/Claeys.htm