Research Portal

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

  • Queen’s University Belfast leads the way in UK bid to save lives of people suffering respiratory failure 26 Nov, 2015 A potentially revolutionary new technology – that could saves thousands of lives in Intensive Care Units around the world – is being trialled in a UK study co-led by Queen’s University. Covering 1,120 critically ill patients in 40 different sites in Britain and Northern Ireland over five years, the research project will test a new strategy designed to minimise damage to the lungs caused by mechanical ventilation – commonly referred to as ‘ventilators’. The study will be one of the largest clinical trials in the world, to date, involving patients with respiratory failure. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded the £2.1 million research which will be jointly led by Queen’s and Belfast Health and Social Services Trust. Respiratory failure is common in the UK; about 100,000 ...)
  • New treatment for underlying cause of cystic fibrosis has received EU approval 20 Nov, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University, as part of an international research team which trialled a combination of two drugs - Lumafactor and Ivacaftor, which can improve lung function and reduce hospital treatments for cystic fibrosis sufferers, has received EU approval. ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor), is the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) in people ages 12 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation.  Professor Stuart Elborn, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, and a lead Principal Investigator for the Phase 3 TRAFFIC study said: “The combination of lumacaftor and ivacaftor represents a step-change in the management of cystic fibrosis for these patients because it addresses the underlying cause of the disea...)
  • Royal recognition for Queen’s University in its fight to strengthen cyber security 19 Nov, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast is being honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for its work in strengthening global cyber security and protecting the online activity of billions of internet users around the world. The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s – a major hub for research and innovation in cyber security - is being awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The award comes two days after the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced plans to double funding to fight cybercrime in the effort to protect the UK from online attacks. Based at the Northern Ireland Science Park, in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, CSIT, with 90 people, is one of the UK’s largest university cyber security research centres. It has developed breakthrough innovations, including novel technol...)
  • Queen’s Centre for Children’s Rights marks International Children’s Day 19 Nov, 2015 The Centre for Children’s Rights, based in the School of Education at Queen’s University will be presenting a new video and accompanying booklet about child sexual exploitation and abuse entitled, “Tell someone you trust” to mark International Children's Day on Friday 20 November, 2015 (tomorrow). Researchers from the Centre, in collaboration with a group of young people, and a group of children aged 9 -13 years, worked together to produce these child-friendly materials on behalf of the Council of Europe. The video explains what sexual abuse and exploitation are and how the Council of Europe is working to protect children’s rights through the Lanzarote Convention. The Council of Europe launched the materials on ‘The European Day for the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse...)
  • NSPCC NI and Queen’s University hold seminar in Belfast to promote research showing a whole system approach to better mental health will help protect children in care 18 Nov, 2015 NSPCC NI and Queen’s University are holding a seminar at Queen’s on Wednesday 18 November which will focus on the health and well- being of Looked After Children and Young People (LACYP). Specialists from a range of organisations, including Queen’s University, VOYPIC and LAC Therapeutic Services in Northern Ireland will come together to highlight  the high needs of this group of young people which are not currently receiving enough attention. Dr Dominic McSherry, a psychologist at Queen’s who is speaking at the event said: “It is estimated that there are around 2,800 looked after children and young people in Northern Ireland.  Earlier in the year, Queen’s University published a report entitled Mind your Health – the physical and mental health of looked after children and young people in ...)
  • Queen’s University Belfast lead research milestone in helping predict solar flares 16 Nov, 2015 An international team of researchers, led by Queen’s University, has devised a high-precision method of examining magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere, representing a significant leap forward in the investigation of solar flares and potentially catastrophic ‘space weather’. Solar flares are massive explosions of energy in the Sun’s atmosphere. Experts have warned that even a single ‘monster’ solar flare could cause up to $2 trillion worth of damage on Earth, including the loss of satellites and electricity grids, as well the potential knock-on dangers to human life and health. A key goal of the $300 million Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), which will be the largest solar telescope in the world when construction is finished in 2019 on the Pacific island of Maui, is the measurement of mag...)
  • Queen’s University Belfast scores a world first with invention of ‘porous liquid’ 11 Nov, 2015 Scientists at Queen’s University have made a major breakthrough by making a porous liquid – with the potential for a massive range of new technologies including ‘carbon capture’. Researchers in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s, along with colleagues at the University of Liverpool, UK, and other, international partners, have invented the new liquid and found that it can dissolve unusually large amounts of gas, which are absorbed into the ‘holes’ in the liquid. The results of their research are published today in the journal Nature. The three-year research project could pave the way for many more efficient and greener chemical processes, including ultimately the procedure known as carbon capture - trapping carbon dioxide from major sources, for example a fossil-fuel power ...)
  • Queen’s University astrophysicists reaching for the stars with UK’s top fellowships 10 Nov, 2015 Two young researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have won the UK’s two most prestigious fellowships for physical scientists in the same year, copperfastening Queen’s international reputation for world-leading research in astrophysics. Dr Neale Gibson and Dr Kate Maguire were awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship respectively, and both chose to bring their posts to Queen’s – out of all the UK’s universities. Their total funding is close to £1million, which will all be spent here in the Northern Ireland economy. The awards will allow the pair, who are both graduates of Queen’s but who have also carried out post-doctoral research at Oxford University and the European Southern Observatory (which hosts the Very Large Telescope in Chile) to co...)
  • Queen’s Researchers Launch Telehealth Survey 30 Oct, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have been commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the Telemonitoring NI telehealth service which helps patients become more involved in their own care. The research involves asking patients who have received the service in the past or are at present using the telehealth home-monitoring equipment, to complete short questionnaires on how they ‘got on with’ the service.  A number of patients will also be invited to join focus groups to discuss their experience of the service with a researcher. Telehealth involves the patient monitoring themselves at home and the results being made available to healthcare professionals via an automated telephone linkage. For example, if a patient has unstable blood pressure or problems with blood sugar levels, as can be the case in diabetes, ...)
  • Queen’s University given prestigious UNESCO Chair status for work on shared education 29 Oct, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast is to be honoured by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) by becoming an international example of how shared education can promote reconciliation in divided societies. Professor Joanne Hughes, Director of the Centre for Shared Education at Queen’s University, will be appointed the first ‘UNESCO Chair on Globalising a Shared Education Model for Improving Relations in Divided Societies’. Her role will be to take forward a model of shared education that can be used as a template around the world. Working in collaboration with partner organisations, her team will undertake comprehensive, comparative research to examine the impact of shared education in different contexts, with a view to developing best practice and feeding into government policy within the...)