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  • Queen’s University and Lowden Guitars make a harmonious business partnership 25 May, 2015 In the year that KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) in the UK mark their 40th birthday, Queen’s University is celebrating with a KTP that’s hitting all the right notes. The Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s has teamed up with world-famous brand George Lowden Guitars, based at Downpatrick, Co Down, to come up with new production methods for their premium product. George Lowden Guitars is an internationally renowned, family-run Northern Ireland business that has been producing high-end, handcrafted acoustic instruments since the 1970s. With an average three-year waiting list, the bespoke brand counts top musicians like Eric Clapton, Gary Lightbody and Alex de Grassi among its repeat customers. Queen’s University mechanical engineering graduate William Imrie is the KTP Associate for this latest partner...)
  • Queen’s celebrates Northern-Irish dramatist Brian Friel this summer 20 May, 2015 WHEN: Monday 24th – Thursday 27th August 2015 WHERE: Redcastle Hotel, Inishowen, Co Donegal Queen’s will host a four-day Summer School dedicated to the work of the Northern-Irish dramatist, Brian Friel. The School of Creative Arts at Queen’s in association with the Lughnasa International Friel Festival will celebrate the work of the playwright through delivering drama workshops, seminars, the annual Brian Friel Lecture as well as a bus-trip around ‘Ballybeg’ over four days this summer in Co Donegal. A special event will focus on one of Friel’s most popular works, Dancing at Lughnasa, with a lecture-demonstration and workshop by David Bolger, Artistic Director of CoisCeim Dance Theatre, and the choreographer for both the original stage and film versions of the play, convened by Dr Aoife McGrath...)
  • Queen's helps trial new treatment to extend life of cystic fibrosis patients 18 May, 2015 A ground-breaking new drug combination that could prolong the lives of cystic fibrosis patients, has been trialled by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast. Researchers from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT), were part of an international research team who showed that a combination of two drugs - Lumafactor and Ivacaftor – can improve lung function and reduce hospital treatments for cystic fibrosis sufferers. The team carried out clinical trials in centres across the world with over 1,100 people who have the most common form of cystic fibrosis, F508del, a life limiting genetic disease which can affect the lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys. The results of the combination drug trial showed: - A reduction in the number of hospital c...)
  • New Agri-Food Competence Centre launched at Queen’s 15 May, 2015 Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced the establishment of a £6.7million Northern Ireland Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre (AFQCC). Hosted at Queen’s University Belfast, the new Competence Centre will draw upon the research capabilities of Ulster University (UU), Queen’s University Belfast and the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). The centre’s primary focus will be on improving the international competitive position of the Northern Ireland Agri-food sector through innovation and co-operative research. Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s said: “The establishment of this industry-academia research partnership is essential to help local companies keep up with the fierce competition they face on the world's global ...)
  • World-class research at Queen’s receives £3.5 million in funding 14 May, 2015 World-class research at Queen’s University Belfast in areas such as energy, food security, computing, advanced materials and personalised medicine has received £3.5 million in funding. The funding, announced by Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry will support successful Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigators Programme projects through theSFI-DEL Investigators Programme Partnership. The Partnership supports collaborative projects involving universities from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in undertaking excellent scientific research that has the potential to impact society and the economy. The seven successful projects from Queen’s were selected following international competitive peer review involving 400 international scientists. Scott Rutherford, Director of Research and Enterprise at...)
  • Queen's hosts UK's only exhibition of renowned Spanish poetry 13 May, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast is to host the UK’s only opportunity to see an internationally acclaimed exhibition on renowned Spanish Baroque poet, Luis de Góngora. The School of Modern Languages at Queen’s will welcome the unique exhibition ‘Góngora: The Never-Fading Star’ to the university’s Naughton Gallery. The exhibition has previously been displayed in Spain’s Biblioteca Nacional, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. The Never Fading Star is one of the most important exhibitions ever on early modern Spanish literature.  The invitation to host the event was extended by the Spanish Embassy and AC/E (Acción Cultural Española) in recognition of Queen’s research strengths in the Spanish Golden Age. A collaborative international conference on the Spanish Golden Age ent...)
  • Queen’s University leading the way in pioneering, European cyber-security initiative 07 May, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast will be at the forefront of a major, new European push to combat increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks. The Queen’s-led SAFEcrypto project will draw together cryptographers and other IT experts from Germany, France, Switzerland, Britain and Ireland to devise urgent security solutions capable of withstanding attack from the next generation of hackers. The project will focus on an acute threat from emerging technologies including ‘quantum computers’ – capable of processing information many times faster than the silicon-based computers we use today. The project, which will run for four years at a cost of €3.8million, will concentrate on three main areas:  Protecting information passed via satellites Protecting public-safety communications systems, eg those used by police...)
  • Queen’s among top UK universities for female representation in STEMM subjects 07 May, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast is once again at the forefront of gender equality practices in the UK after the latest round of Athena SWAN awards. Queen’s has retained its institutional Athena SWAN silver award, making it one of only five UK universities to hold an institutional silver. Separately, two schools within Queen’s – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – have had their Athena SWAN departmental silver awards renewed. In total, Queen’s now holds 11 SWAN departmental awards, two gold and nine silver. The Athena SWAN Charter was introduced in 2005 to advance the representation of women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) and to improve career progression for female academics. Queen...)
  • Queen’s scientist honoured nationally for work on horsemeat scandal 01 May, 2015 Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, has received a BBC 2015 Food & Farming Award, for being a ‘Food Game Changer 2015’.   The award is presented to someone who in the past 12 months has used their work to give fresh insights into the food people eat and changed the status quo by prompting national debate and fresh thinking on how food is sourced and sold. Professor Elliott undertook a major review for the UK government in response to the horsemeat scandal which examined ways to prevent food fraud incidents from happening in the future. It also investigated how to improve the culture of the UK’s food supply chain, looking at ways to help industry take responsibility for the traceability of products and to ensure consumers understand...)
  • Queen’s scientists discover prolonged statin use may lower risk of lung cancer death 30 Apr, 2015 Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have found that lung cancer patients who used statins in the year prior to a lung cancer diagnosis or after a lung cancer diagnosis had a reduction in the risk of death from the disease. Dr Chris Cardwell, PhD, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, said: “The magnitude of the association was relatively small and, as with all observational studies, there is the possibility of confounding—meaning that simvastatin [a type of statin] users may have differed from simvastatin nonusers in other ways that could have protected them from death from cancer, for which we could not correct. However, this finding is worthy of further investigation in observational studies. “If replicated in further observational studies, this would prov...)