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  • Queen’s Research encourages more kitchen ‘know-how’ for men and young adults 15 Feb, 2017 New research, carried out by safefood and a first of its kind on the island of Ireland, has looked at the overall food and cooking skills of the population and how these relate to diet. It found men and young adults in particular have a shortage of skills and confidence when it comes to cooking, as well as planning meals.  The research, led by Queen’s University Belfast, which included a study of practical cooking in a real kitchen setting, in order to accurately evaluate hands-on skills levels, found that even adults in Northern Ireland who are comfortable with basic cooking and food preparation techniques, are less confident when it comes to planning meals, cooking in batches or using up leftovers.  Research lead, Professor Moira Dean of Queen’s University Belfast said: “The aims of the research were to meas...)
  • Queen’s researchers make breakthrough in fight against superbug 16 Feb, 2017 The research carried out by Professor Jose Bengoechea, Director at the Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University, and his team unveiled the molecular mechanisms preventing the treatment of klebsiella pneumonia. The multi-drug resistant microbe can cause bladder infections, pneumonia and has mortality rates of 25-60 percent. Professor Jose Bengoechea said: “While it has been widely recognised that klebsiella is becoming resistant to the last line antibiotic, until now the precise underlying molecular explanation has not been understood.” The research, which has been published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, was funded by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Dr Adam Staines, Head of Strategy (joint): Agriculture and Food Security, BBSRC, said: “Anti-microbial resi...)
  • Queen’s researchers discover simple solution to worrying levels of arsenic in our rice 08 Feb, 2017 After many laboratory experiments, they have discovered that a simple, shop-bought coffee percolator is the best method for removing the carcinogen, inorganic arsenic, from all types of rice, including white and wholegrain. The results are published in the PLOS ONE journal today. Rice is the only major crop grown under flooded conditions. It is this flooding that releases inorganic arsenic, normally locked up in soil minerals, which is then absorbed by the plant. Too much arsenic is associated with a range of health problems including, at worst, bladder and lung cancer. Rice has, typically, ten times more inorganic arsenic than other foods and according to the European Food Standards Authority, people who eat a lot of rice, as is the case in many parts of the developing world, are exposed to worrying concentrations. Children and infants a...)
  • Queen’s University spearheads UK collaboration with top Chinese engineering institutions 08 Feb, 2017 This prestigious award by the British Council is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. World leading The consortium is the first of its kind to partner to the E9 Chinese Excellence League - the top ten engineering institutions in China. It will be led by Queen’s, joined by University College London, The University of Manchester, Cardiff University, University of Warwick, and University of Birmingham. The group represents one quarter of the Russell Group of research intensive universities in the UK, with world leading research and education excellence in engineering. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the...)
  • Queen’s expert reveals hidden dangers of food supplements 03 Feb, 2017 Emeritus Professor Duncan Burns, a forensically experienced analytical chemist from Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute for Global Food Security, has been working with a team of specialists on a peer-reviewed paper to examine the detection of illegal ingredients in the supplements. The experts included Dr Michael Walker from the Government Chemist Programme at LGC and Professor Declan Naughton from Kingston University. The research found that over-the-counter supplements - commonly advertised to treat obesity and erectile dysfunction problems - are labelled as fully herbal but often include potentially dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients, which are not listed on the label. Advancing knowledge Professor Burns from Queen’s University, who is working to advance knowledge in this area, explained: “Our review looked...)
  • Queen’s expert leads international study to improve safety of carbon fibre aircraft and vehicles 31 Jan, 2017 Leading a €4m European study, Professor Brian Falzon, who holds the Royal Academy of Engineering – Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites at Queen’s University, is working with experts and industry leaders across Europe, including Bombardier Aerospace Belfast, McLaren-Honda F1 and Fiat to develop safer and more efficient ways to use lightweight carbon fibre composites in their designs. In a drive to improve performance and save money through fuel efficiency, engineers are moving away from using traditional metals and now rely on lightweight carbon fibre composites. These are currently used in the fuselage and wings of the Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus's A350, in the wings of the Bombardier C-Series planes, in the structure of racing cars and in some high-end road vehicles. However, there are strict regulator...)
  • Queen's Professor launches new vision to save lives and improve cancer outcomes across Europe 12 Jan, 2017 A 60-strong coalition of patient advocates, healthcare professionals and scientists from 20 European countries have come together to publish a blueprint for increasing cancer survival to 70 per cent by 2035 and achieve better quality of life for cancer survivors across Europe. All of the group are members of the European Cancer Concord (ECC) - an equal partnership between patients and cancer experts - which launched the European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights (BoR) on World Cancer Day in 2014. Professor Mark Lawler, from the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University Belfast and Vice President ECC, was the lead architect of the BoR and is first author of the current publication. This is the ECC’s first-ever paper on ‘Vision 70:35’, a European-wide Initiative which aims to tackle the gl...)
  • Queen’s-led study to benefit children living with the trauma of abuse 20 Dec, 2016 Queen’s has received £264,000 from the NSPCC and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to deliver the project. The study will see Queen’s and Extern train ten social workers to screen children aged 10-18 for PTSD and assess the benefits of an intervention known as ‘Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behaviour Therapy’ for those living with PTSD as a result of maltreatment. The therapy is known to help young people and their families overcome the emotional effects of a traumatic experience, but this study will be the first high-quality trial of the therapy among maltreated children in the UK. The study will also help fill the gap in evidence on the cost-effectiveness of screening abused or neglected children for PTSD following their referral to family support services. Lifelong impact of abuse and neglect Dr Jo...)
  • Last chance for men over 50 to take part in Queen’s health survey 15 Dec, 2016 Men across all areas of Northern Ireland received the survey in September, and reminders are now being sent in the post asking them to complete the questionnaire. It is part of the ‘Life after Prostate Cancer Diagnosis’ (LAPCD) study – the world’s largest ethically approved study to find out what life is like for men with prostate cancer. As part of this research, 2,000 men who had been treated for prostate cancer were surveyed in July 2016 to find out what life is like for them now. In follow-up to this, HSC Business Services Organisation, on behalf of Queen’s, is now surveying men who have not had prostate cancer, so that researchers can find out how their experiences differ. Dr Anna Gavin, Director of Queen’s University’s Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, said:  “This survey will he...)
  • Superbugs under the microscope as international experts gather at Queen’s 06 Sep, 2016 They will join researchers from Queen’s who are pioneering a new approach in the ‘arms race’ against antibiotic resistant infections. Queen’s scientists are working towards the development of new therapies to boost the body’s own defenses against infection, rather than trying to beat the bugs by attacking them directly with antibiotics. The approach is called ‘host directed therapeutics’ and it focusses on identifying the ‘achilles heel’ within the immune system that allows infection-causing microbes to take hold. It is one of the approaches that will be discussed during the two-day event, hosted by Professor Jose Bengoechea, Director of Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s. Professor Bengoechea’s research into combatting the multidrug-resistant microbe Klebsiella ...)