Research Portal

Research Portal profiles world leading research excellence
at the Queen's University of Belfast

Publications
  • Queen’s leads international research programme in Precision Cancer Medicine 25 Mar, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast is leading a major new international initiative into modern cancer care medicine which was announced today in Washington D.C. Researchers from Queen’s University’s world-class Centrefor Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) in partnership with researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Washington are working together to deliver a £2.5M 4 year PhD programme in Precision Cancer Medicine. Precision Cancer Medicine  utilises our increased biological understanding of  cancer to drive a more selective approach, ensuring patients receive therapeutically effective treatment based on their genetic make-up, while avoiding treatment-related side effects. CCRCB has established an innovative Academia-Industry-Healthcare Precision Cancer Medicine  pipeline that is delivering...)
  • Goodbye to sunburn thanks to Queen’s sunburn indicator 25 Mar, 2015 Sunbathers could soon tell when to take shelter in the shade thanks to an early warning sunburn indicator, developed by Queen’s University Belfast. Researchers at Queen’s have developed a strip of plastic, containing ‘smart’ ink, which turns colourless from an initial blue colour just before exposure to too much ultraviolet light from the sun,  prompting you to move into the shade before you burn. The plastic strip, worn as a bracelet, changes colour at a speed that depends on the wearer’s skin type and can be worn at the same time as sun lotion, allowing users to enjoy the sun while avoiding unnecessary risks. It is just one of a number of novel products based on ‘photocatalysis’, including antibacterial plastic films and water purifying bags, which has received a national award . The techno...)
  • Distraction and its impact on why some of us confuse our right from our left 24 Mar, 2015 Queen’s University research has provided us with novel insights as to why some of us confuse right from left. When asked to take a right turn, have you ever struggled to know which direction to take? For many telling left from right is second nature, but a significant proportion of the population are challenged telling their right from their left. In terms of healthcare, some of the most tragic errors in medicine have been when surgery was performed on the wrong-side: operating on the wrong side of the brain or removing the wrong kidney. Such wrong-sided errors are not confined to the operating theatre or healthcare, in fact they may only represent the tip of right-left error iceberg. New research from Queen’s University Belfast has demonstrated the degree of impact that distraction has on our ability to co...)
  • Queen’s researcher lands major prize in UK Parliament competition 19 Mar, 2015 An astrophysics researcher from Queen’s University Belfast has won a major prize at the UK House of Commons. Elena Andra Muntean, a Research Fellow in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s, was awarded Silver in the SET for Britain poster competition for the excellence of her physics research. Elena presented her work, which looks at dust and ice, and the birthplace of new molecules in interstellar and interplanetary space as a result of low-energy ion irradiation, to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges. Up against 29 other shortlisted researchers’ work, she came out second, winning a prize of £2,000. Elena said: “I am so pleased that the research we do at Queens University of Belfast was highly appreciated at this competition in the House of Commons and really look forward to taking my su...)
  • Queen’s University in £38m bid to secure Smart Cities and the Internet of Things 18 Mar, 2015 A major investment of up to £38 million is set to establish Queen’s University Belfast as a world-leading research and innovation hub for cyber security for Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. The funding, which has been awarded as part of a major expansion of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s, was announced at the first day of the annual World Cyber Summit. The £38 million expansion aims to enhance security in highly virtualised environments and connected devices, and to prevent personal information theft and fraud from laptops, smart phones and cloud storage. Building on the many successes achieved by CSIT since it was established in 2009, the plans for expansion comes as security experts and government policy makers from around the world gather for the 5th World Cyber Security T...)
  • Sharp rise in UK adults living with cystic fibrosis, predicts Queen’s-led task force 18 Mar, 2015 The number of people living with cystic fibrosis into adulthood in the UK is expected to increase dramatically – by as much as 80 per cent – by 2025, according to a Europe-wide survey, the UK end of which was led by Queen’s University Belfast. People living with cystic fibrosis have previously had low life expectancy, but improvements in treatments in the last three decades have led to an increase in survival with almost all children now living to around 40 years. In countries where reliable data exists, the average rise in the number of adults with CF is expected to be around 75 per cent over the next decade. In the first study of its kind, published in the European Respiratory Journal today (19 March 2015), researchers from Belfast and Paris have provided forecasts for the number of adults living with the disease in 34...)
  • Influential Roundtable launches new recommendations to improve Wellbeing in Northern Ireland 13 Mar, 2015 Pictured at the launch of the Carnegie UK Trust-QUB School of Law Roundtable recommendations on a wellbeing framework for governance in Northern Ireland are: From left: Roundtable Co-Chairs, Martyn Evans, Chief Executive, CUKT, Aideen McGinley OBE; Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA;  and Dr Peter Doran, School of Law, Queen’s University, report author and executive secretary. The Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland has launched a set of ten recommendations to help improve wellbeing in Northern Ireland. The Roundtable was initiated and supported by the Carnegie UK Trust and the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. The high-level Roundtable has worked over the course of a year to produce the recommendations, speaking to a wide range of people about the need for change to address some of ...)
  • Influential Roundtable launches new recommendations to improve Wellbeing in Northern Ireland 13 Mar, 2015 Pictured at the launch of the Carnegie UK Trust-QUB School of Law Roundtable recommendations on a wellbeing framework for governance in Northern Ireland are: From left: Roundtable Co-Chairs, Martyn Evans, Chief Executive, CUKT, Aideen McGinley OBE; Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA;  and Dr Peter Doran, School of Law, Queen’s University, report author and executive secretary. The Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland has launched a set of ten recommendations to help improve wellbeing in Northern Ireland. The Roundtable was initiated and supported by the Carnegie UK Trust and the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. The high-level Roundtable has worked over the course of a year to produce the recommendations, speaking to a wide range of people about the need for change to address some of ...)
  • Queen's astronomers discover fastest ever unbound star in our galaxy 11 Mar, 2015 A fast-moving unbound star discovered by astronomers at Queen’s University Belfast has broken the galactic speed record. The unbound star, named US708, is travelling at 1,200 kilometres per second – the fastest speed ever recorded for such an object in our galaxy - meaning it is not held back by gravity and will eventually leave the Milky Way.   US708 is believed to have once been part of a double-star solar system, which also included a massive white dwarf star. The white dwarf is thought to have turned into a ‘thermonuclear supernovae’ and exploded, kicking US708 and sending it hurtling across space. The discovery of US708 sheds light on the mysterious double-star systems that give rise to thermonuclear explosions. Thermonuclear, or ‘type Ia’, supernovae have long been used to calculate the dista...)
  • Release of the cancer incidence and survival statistics for Northern Ireland 2009-2013 10 Mar, 2015 Legislation designating the N. Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) at Queen’s University as an official producer of statistics came into place 01 April 2012. Under this legislation, the NICR at Queen’s University today released the number of new cancer cases diagnosed (incidence) in 2013 in Northern Ireland. Website available at: www.qub.ac.uk/nicr . To put the new figures in context, the yearly average of incidence cases (or rates) diagnosed 2009-2013 is presented as a stable estimate of incidence in Northern Ireland (NI), and in various geographic groups. The release also updates cancer incidence trends and survival statistics 1993-2013. Key facts and figures for cancer incidence and survival in N. Ireland up to 2013 are presented below. Cancer incidence 2013 In 2013, 8,859 cancers were diagnosed in people in NI (this excludes 3...)