Research Portal

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

  • Orange Order leader and Coiste na nlarchimí support conflict programme at Queen’s 17 Apr, 2014 A new Queen’s University online programme entitled Identity, Conflict and Public Space: Contest and Transformation, is being supported by both the Orange Order and Coiste na nlarchimí. The six week programme focuses on using public space to express identity and has been developed by Dr Dominic Bryan, from the Institute of Irish Studies, who said: “This is a hugely topical subject in many societies around the world. Here in Northern Ireland we only have to look at recent issues surroundings flags, parades and memorials. “This free online programme, which goes live on 28 April and is accessible to anyone with internet access, examines issues around the use of public space to express identity. Ethno-political conflicts across the globe tend to differ in detail, but share common structural and political issues. Fundamen...)
  • Queen’s University spin out ProAxsis receives first major investment 17 Apr, 2014 A company from Queen's University Belfast which has developed a range of medical diagnostic test kits has received its first major investment. ProAxsis, a recent spin-out from Queen’s, and overall winner of the 2013 NISP CONNECT 25K award, has received an investment by NetScientific plc and QUBIS Ltd, which has the potential to create up to eight jobs over the next three years. NetScientific is a healthcare medical technology company that identifies, develops and commercialises research and technologies originating from leading universities, teaching hospitals and research institutes globally, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. As a subsidiary company of NetScientific, ProAxsis, which was co-founded by Dr.Lorraine Martin and Professor Brian Walker from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s in August 2013, wi...)
  • Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor receives top European award 17 Apr, 2014 Queen’s University Belfast’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston, whose work has transformed cancer care in Northern Ireland, has been elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences. The Academy, which was launched in 2009, is an independent advisory body of highly distinguished oncologists and cancer researchers which aims to reduce the death and suffering caused by cancer in Europe. Professor Johnston, whose leadership has seen cancer survival rates in Northern Ireland move from the bottom of the UK league table to near the top, has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to cancer research. Professor Johnston has worked alongside some of the world’s leading cancer experts and patient groups to launch a European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights. The result of two years of work by the...)
  • Queen’s University scientist recognised as one of UK’s leading Asian women 17 Apr, 2014 A Queen’s University Belfast scientist has been recognised as one of the leading Asian women in the UK with a nomination in this year's Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Dr Geetha Srinivasan, from Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre, has been shortlisted in the Professions category which recognises sustained excellence. The national award acknowledges the extraordinary achievements of Asian women in Britain across various disciplines including business, arts, media, sport, entrepreneurship, professions and social and humanitarian work. This award promotes the concept that geographical relocation is not a barrier to success. Through her research, Dr Srinivasan has contributed significantly to an industrial project with global energy giant PETRONAS in the removal of toxic mercury from natural gas. The...)
  • EU must take urgent action on invasive species 17 Apr, 2014 The EU must take urgent action to halt the spread of invasive species that are threatening native plants and animals across Europe, according to a scientist from Queen’s University Belfast. The threats posed by these species cost an estimated €12 billion each year across Europe.  Professor Jaimie Dick, from the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s School of Biological Sciences, is calling on the EU to commit long-term investment in a European-wide strategy to manage the problem. Invasive species are considered to be among the major threats to native biodiversity in Europe. The call to action follows the publication of a paper ‘Tackling Invasive Alien Species in Europe: the Top 20 Issues’, in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Management of Biological Invasions’. The report’s authors sa...)
  • GM crops under the microscope at Queen’s University Belfast 10 Apr, 2014 One of the world’s most contentious food issues - Genetically Modified (GM) crops – will be debated by some of the world’s leading authorities on the subject at Queen’s University Belfast today (Wednesday day 9 April). A panel of international food experts will argue the pros and cons or GM crops at a special debate as part of the Food Integrity and Traceability Conference (ASSET 2014). The conference, which highlights current and emerging threats to the integrity of the food chain, is being attended by over 350 scientists, regulators and agri-food producers from over 25 countries. The conference and debate are organised by Queen’s Institute for Global Food Security and safefood. The GM debate will feature four experts, who will speak for and against the motion that ‘GM crops are a safe and important me...)
  • Queen’s University leading campaign to clean up waterways and restore tourism 10 Apr, 2014   A Queen’s University initiative is leading the campaign to clean up waterways under threat from invasive species in Britain and Ireland, with the hope of restoring millions of pounds in lost tourism revenue. Covering 21 river catchment areas in Ireland (island-wide) and Scotland, the Controlling Priority Invasive Non-native Riparian Plants and Restoring Native Biodiversity (CIRB) initiative is the largest of its kind in Europe and is aimed at clearing aggressive, non-native weeds such as Giant Hogweed from riverbanks. It also seeks to change policy on angling in a bid to limit cross-contamination of waterways. CIRB has already scored a significant change to the laws governing fishing in Ireland. As a result of its ‘No dip, no draw’ campaign, it is now illegal for any angler to take part in a fishing competition on...)
  • Global food safety debate comes to Belfast 07 Apr, 2014 Food safety experts from around the world will be at Queen’s University Belfast this week (8-10 April) to highlight current and emerging threats to the integrity of the food chain. The Food Integrity and Traceability Conference, organised by Queen’s Institute for Global Food Security and safefood, will welcome over 300 scientists, regulators and agri-food producers from more than 25 countries. International speakers will explore recent progress in delivering safe and authentic food to the consumer, the greatest threats to the integrity of the agri-food chain and how these can be tackled, and new technology to detect contamination and deter food fraud. The pros and cons of genetically modified (GM) food – one of today’s most contentious and divisive food issues – will be discussed during a special debate on We...)
  • Queen’s University discovery signals new treatment for women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer 04 Apr, 2014 Cancer researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough which could signal new treatments for women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Currently around one in 1,000 women in the UK carry what is known as a BRCA1 mutation - the same condition that prompted well-known actress Angelina Jolie to undergo a double mastectomy. They have up to an 85 per cent risk of developing breast cancer, and up to 40 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer, in their lifetimes. Until now, preventive surgery - mastectomy (breasts) and oophorectomy (ovaries) - has been the only way of reducing the risk of developing both types of cancers. The new discovery by researchers in Queen’s Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) may mean women affected with BRCA1 could use drugs, which are already available, to reduce...)
  • Seamus Heaney’s work commemorated in four day event at Queen’s 03 Apr, 2014 A major commemoration of Seamus Heaney’s work is being launched at Queen’s University Belfast. Seamus Heaney was both an undergraduate at Queen’s (1957-61) and a lecturer in the School of English (1963-72). The four day event, organised by the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at the School of English at Queen’s, coincides with Heaney’s 75th birthday and the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Centre. Seamus Heaney: a Conference and Commemoration, which is the first of a series of activities to mark Seamus Heaney’s legacy at Queen’s, will be a celebration of his work and provide an opportunity for an extended discussion both of his contribution to literature, and of his legacy for future generations of poets, critics and general readers. As well as a full academic programme, the conference will ...)