Welcome to LPHYS

Laboratory of Physics and Physiology / Laboratoire de Physique et Physiologie.

LPHYS is part of the Cardiology Dept., directed by Pr. P. Van de Borne, of the Erasmus hospital of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Our research unit was created in 2013 by Dr. P.-F. Migeotte to unite researchers who share an interest in Physics Physiology and/or Biomedical Engineering.

The aims of LPHYS are to bring the methods of Physics and Engineering to the field of Medicine for a better understanding of human physiology.
One of the main research interests is the study of the effects of altered gravity (hyper to micro) on the human body; more particularly we are interested in the effects of spaceflight on the cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary and autonomic nervous systems and their possible consequences in the context of space exploration. All these adaptation mechanisms lead to a new homeostatic status which upon the return of the astronauts to a “normal” gravity level might put them at risk.
We are the leader of the project “three-dimensional ballistocardiography in microgravity” (B3D) which is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) via the PRODEX program and BELSPO. The aim is to make use of “Ballistocardiography” which is the recording in 3 dimensions of the tiny vibrations of the human body on free floating astronauts and which offer a view on the mechanical function of the heart. The outputs of this research is to expand our knowledge of the cardiac function in space and develop new technology for the benefit of the population on Earth. Space and microgravity allow to better understand the impact of gravity on this technique. We recently discovered that we could offer this technique for clinical applications and this lead to the development of new wearable cardiac monitoring system that could be used for the home monitoring of patients or elderly people at home. In 2016 our Spin-off project Heart-Kinetics received the support from Innoviris, the Brussels institute for Research and Innovation, and is also part of Lifetech.Brussels.



15/06/2016: Heart-Kinetics team participate to the last session of the Medtech Accelerator  program from the lifetechbrussels.

11/09/2016: Participation to the symposium Cardiology and Spaceflight organized by the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver during the computing in cardiology conference.

08/07/2016: Heart-Kinetics received the support from Innoviris.

15/06/2016: Heart-Kinetics team participate to the Medtech Accelerator  program from the lifetechbrussels.

25/01/2016: Start of the phase 2 of the 60 days ESA-RSL bed rest campaign.

28/08/2015: Start of the phase 1 of our participation to the 60 days ESA bed rest campaign performed at the Envihab facility of the DLR center in Cologne.

17/11/2014: Participation to radio show “le forum de midi”, la première de la RTBF. Ecoutez le podcast sur le site de la Suborbital Research Association.

31/10/2014: News paper on our participation to the 61th ESA parabolic flight campaign ! See here (in Nederlands).

09/10/2014: Our participation to the 61th ESA parabolic flight campaign in the Media ! See here (in Portuguese).
12/09/2014: We completed the 61th ESA parabolic flight campaign. See the pictures here.
07/08/2014: Ballistocardiography pionneer Abraham Noordergraaf passed away. Article on philly.com.
05/06/2014: On parle de Ballistocardiographie dans Daily Science.
07/02/2014: LPHYS Website is now online !
15/01/2014: Remise du Prix Saucez – Van Poucke attribué au Dr El Oumeri, chirurgien cardiaque à l’hôpital Erasme. More information here.
13/01/2014: Retrouvez-nous sur le Podcast de l’ULB.
20/11/2013: La libre Belgique parle de nos expériences en vols paraboliques. Regardez ici (in French).