Research Portal

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

  • New Queen’s research suggests UK honey bee parasite linked to climate change 25 Nov, 2014 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have found that the spread of an exotic parasite that threatens the UK’s honey-bee population could be speeded up by global warming. The gut parasite Nosema ceranae – which originates in Asia but can now be found worldwide – is likely to cause increasing damage to UK bees as the Earth heats up through climate change. The new finding that this parasite not only has a superior competitive ability, but that its numbers could rise with climate change, has been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Co-author of the study and Adjunct Reader at Queen’s School of Biological Sciences, Professor Robert Paxton said: “This emerging parasite is more susceptible to cold than its original close relative, possibly reflecting its presumed origin in east As...)
  • Queen’s research bursts myths surrounding demise of De Lorean 25 Nov, 2014 Research from Queen’s University Belfast has shed new light on what went wrong with the De Lorean Motor Company and the business lessons that can be learned from the failure of the iconic car manufacturer. John De Lorean’s firm and the demise of the Northern Ireland produced gull-winged car in the 1970’s is often presented as a story of irrationality, involving either greed or stupidity. One popular version highlights De Lorean’s limitations as an entrepreneur, while another says the mistake lay in the UK government’s industrial policy. But research conducted by Dr Graham Brownlow, from Queen’s University’s Management School, is correcting these popular but misleading interpretations by improving understanding of the economic and political issues at the time. The research will help local businesse...)
  • Queen’s researchers prove that ash clouds can cross Atlantic Ocean 25 Nov, 2014 Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have led the discovery of a volcanic ash cloud that travelled from Alaska to Northern Ireland and beyond – overturning previously held assumptions about how far ash deposits can drift, with major implications for the airline industry. The discovery, which was made in partnership with an international team of academics and has been published in the journal Geology, is the first evidence that ash clouds can travel across the Atlantic Ocean, confirming Queen’s as a global leader in research. This particular ash, found in sites across Europe, including Sluggan Bog near Randalstown, Co Antrim, has been traced to an eruption from Mount Bona-Churchill in Alaska, around AD 847. The discovery has significant implications for the aviation industry as well as environmental science, illustrat...)
  • Queen’s success at Green Gown Awards 17 Nov, 2014 Technology developed by Queen’s University Belfast which has the potential to transform million of lives overnight has won a national sustainability award. Researchers in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering won the Research and Development category of the EAUC Green Gown Awards for their project which will enhance the solar disinfection of water (SODIS). Over 5.6 million people in 30 countries use the SODIS method, but lack any UV indicator technology necessary to ensure 100 per cent success. Research led by Professor Andrew Mills and Dr Katherine Lawrie from Queen’s, and funded by Invest NI, has developed UV dosimeter labels which change colour when the disinfection is complete. Professor Mills said: “Our UV dosimeter labels use inexpensive sustainable materials, contributing little extra cost per SODIS bot...)
  • Queen's researchers raise awareness of planning for pregnancy on world diabetes day 14 Nov, 2014 Healthcare professionals are encouraged to improve their understanding of the needs of women with diabetes in relation to planning for pregnnacy for World Diabetes Day. Babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to be affected by congenital anomalies, including spina bifida, heart and kidney anomalies. However, it is well established that good blood glucose control before and during pregnancy can reduce this risk! Developed by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, in conjunction with the South Eastern and Belfast Health and Social Care Trusts, the new website is aimed at women with diabetes and those who care for them. As well as a website helping women to prepare for pregnancy, the resource has an evidence based e-learning component aimed at all healthcare professionals who care for women with di...)
  • World Press Photo exhibition arrives in Northern Ireland for the first time ever 12 Nov, 2014 Queen’s University Belfast is bringing the World Press Photo exhibition to Northern Ireland for the first time next week The prestigious exhibition, organised in partnership with School of Law at Queen’s, and the Journalism, Law and Rights Forum, showcases the most inspiring and high quality photojournalism in the world. The 2014 exhibition comprises the 150 winning images chosen from over 98,000 images submitted by 5,754 photojournalists in 132 countries. On display at the exhibition includes the World Press Photo of the Year.  This year’s winner, selected by the international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest, is an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency. The picture shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to c...)
  • Queen’s University astronomers in first ever comet landing attempt 11 Nov, 2014 Astronomers at Queen’s University Belfast have been assisting the first ever landing by a spacecraft on an icy comet tomorrow, Wednesday 12 November. At 8:35am (GMT) on Wednesday 12 November a robotic lander called Philae will be released from the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft, and spend the next 7 hours descending to the comet. A successful touchdown signal will hopefully be received on Earth about 4:00pm (GMT), along with the first pictures from a comet’s surface. Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University and colleagues have spent over a decade studying comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth and measuring its properties. Professor Fitzsimmons has just returned from Chile, where he used the worlds’ most powerful telescopes to perform a...)
  • Public invited to meet life changing researchers at Queen’s 10 Nov, 2014 Members of the public are being invited to Queen’s University this evening (Monday 10 November) to meet and hear from the people behind some of the biggest scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs of recent times. From health to education, engineering to the arts, researchers at Queen’s are advancing knowledge and changing lives in Northern Ireland and around the world. Visitors to the showcase will have the chance to see examples of the range of impact Queen’s research has, and to speak directly to the academics about their groundbreaking work.  The free event, Advancing Knowledge, Changing Lives Research Showcase, brings together some of the University’s researchers who are profiled in a new publication, ‘The DNA of Innovation, Vol IV: Our Global Impact on Society’, which wil...)
  • Queen’s University win £2.2 million bid to carry out the largest ever study in to the impact of prostate cancer 06 Nov, 2014 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Leeds have been granted £2.2 million by the Movember Foundation in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, to lead a pioneering research project named ‘Life after prostate cancer diagnosis’. Announced as millions of people across the globe start sprouting the annual Movember campaign moustaches, the project will commit up to £2.2 million to identify what life is really like for the 250,000 men living with an beyond the disease in the UK, and what steps can be taken to improve it. The largest study of its kind in the UK, researchers will analyse the experiences of more than 100,000 men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer between one and three years ago. They aim to identify how a diagnosis of prostate cancer impacts a man’s daily life, a...)
  • Queen’s further develops international reach with course in south-east Asia 06 Nov, 2014 Queen’s University Belfast has announced a new addition to its portfolio of international initiatives with a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCEi) based in Malaysia. The PGCEi is a collaborative venture between Queen’s, Stranmillis University College, Belfast and Tenby Schools, Malaysia. Teaching will be delivered online with facilitation and support on the ground across two sites in the cities of Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. The post-graduate teacher qualification will be accredited by Queen’s. The development is the latest in a string of international collaborations by Queen’s, which now has a presence in parts of the US, India, China, Brazil and across Europe, enhancing its growing reputation as a world-class university. Dr Karen Kerr, PGCEi co-ordinator at Queen’s, said: “Tenby Schools have ambit...)