The University of Luxembourg today announced the publication of a research article in the internationally renowned scientific journal Nature Communications. The article is based on research on the interaction between microorganisms in the gut and the human body through the development of the artificial ‘HuMiX’ model.
HuMiX, ‘Human-Microbial X(cross)-talk’, represents an ‘organ-on-a-chip’ model for the human gastrointestinal tract. The model is developed to study the interaction between the microbiome, the community of all microbial organisms that live in and on our body, and the human host – all in vitro. The model and resulting insights will allow a better understanding of whether changes in the gut’s microbiome cause disease, or if such changes are a consequence of the disease.
The human microbiome is emerging as a key area of research within which HuMiX is the only model able to replicate the community of microorganisms in the gut while also allowing the study of their impact on human cell physiology. This technological breakthrough has not only the potential to change the way patients are given drugs by pre-screening their effects on patient-derived cells and microbiota outside of the body, but also open up a new market segment for HuMiX in clinical drug development.
The University of Luxembourg is the only university in Luxembourg, founded on 13 August 2003.
Prior to that, there were several higher educational institutions such as the cour universitaire or the IST that offered one or two years of academic studies. Luxembourgish students had to go abroad in order to complete their studies at a university (usually to Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom). The new university makes it possible for these students to complete their studies in their own country, as well as attract foreign academic interest to Luxembourg.
The University is currently divided into three Campuses, namely:
- Campus Limpertsberg hosting the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance and parts of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication as well as the central administration units of the University
- Campus Kirchberg hosting further parts of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communications
- Campus Walferdange hosting the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
By the finalisation of the restructured campus in Esch-Belval, south of the capital, two of the three faculties will relocate there: The Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Arts and Education Sciences will first do so in summer 2014, followed by the Faculty of Sciences, Technology and Communication in 2015 and 2016. The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance will remain on Campus Limpertsberg.
Like Luxembourg itself, the studies at the University of Luxembourg are characterised by their multilingualism. Courses are usually held in two languages: French/English, French/German, or English/German.
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