Our Research

Research Portal

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

  • New Breast Scanner First For Northern Ireland 01 Dec, 2016 Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Northern Ireland and of the 1,200 diagnosed each year approximately 75 women will choose to undergo breast reconstruction following, or as part of, their treatment.  The new 3D breast imaging system, which has been 100% funded by Friends of the Cancer Centre, is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland available to oncology patients and the particular model is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.  The equipment is part of the medical illustration department at Belfast City Hospital and will play a vital role in the patient pathway by providing the surgical team optimal pre-operative assessment and surgical planning for women considering reconstructive surgery after undergoing a mastectomy.   The new imaging system is made up of 12 cameras which take multiple...)
  • New research project designed and co-produced by people with dementia 30 Nov, 2016 The project will seek to inform and influence decisions made about the Dementia NI service. The project is one of the first to be awarded funding from the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a five year scheme led by disabled people and funded by Big Lottery Fund. The project will be coproduced with people with dementia who will be working alongside academics and policy makers. Paul Best from Queen’s School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work said: “The research team at Queen's are looking forward to working with Dementia NI on this DRILL funded project. We hope this collaboration will lead to a new understanding of 'empowerment' in relation to services for those diagnosed with Dementia.” Alan Sheeran, Chair of the DRILL Northern Ireland National Advisory Group, said: ...)
  • Queen’s invites stargazers to watch Mercury move across the Sun 05 May, 2016 At 12:15pm on Monday, Mercury will pass in front of the sun for the first time in almost a decade, but the rare event can only be viewed safely using special telescopes. Experts from Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre, together with the Irish Astronomical Association, are offering observers the chance to use such telescopes at the front of the University’s landmark Lanyon Building from 12.00-19.30 on Monday. If the weather is overcast, Mercury’s journey across the sun will be live streamed, with links available from Professor Stephen Smartt, said: “At 12:15 on Monday, Mercury will pass in front of the sun for the first time in almost a decade. Venus and Mercury are the only planets between us and the sun, meaning they are the only two we have the chance of seeing in transit. “Tra...)
  • 20,000 people helping to discover new tests and treatments for diabetic kidney disease 02 Jun, 2016 The five-year research project is part of a new £3.7M US-Ireland research partnership which is aiming to explain why some people with diabetes are at higher risk than others of developing kidney failure – vital information that could enable personalised preventative care for those whose genetic profile puts them at risk of developing kidney complications. The grants have been awarded under the US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Programme. This initiative brings together world-leading experts in diabetes and genetics research at Queen’s University, University College Dublin, University of Helsinki in Finland and the Broad Institute, Boston, USA. Globally, diabetes is a huge public health problem, affecting one in 12 of the world’s population. The rapid upsurge in diabetes is fuelling an increase in the n...)
  • Fighting bowel cancer with fitness 17 Oct, 2016 Dr Vicky Coyle, from Queen’s Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, has been awarded £750,000 from Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. Now she is urging people across Northern Ireland to join together with doctors, nurses, scientists and celebrities to back Stand Up To Cancer this October and help accelerate progress into life-saving research into cancer. Cancer and physical activity Dr Coyle will lead the trial in the UK looking into whether taking part in a supervised physical activity programme could help decrease the risk of the disease coming back. The trial is part of a larger international study called the CHALLENGE trial. Developed by the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, the CHALLENGE trial is already underway in Canada, Australia, France, Israel, South Korea and th...)
  • Rosetta space mission ends: Queen’s comet expert reflects on successes 29 Sep, 2016 The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will land near a large pit on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – the same comet onto which it famously delivered the Philae lander in November 2014. Back on Earth, astronomers at Queen’s University Belfast have been supporting the mission by using the world’s largest telescopes to study the comet hundreds of millions of miles away. Members of the solar system team at Queen’s will explain their work at the Science Uncovered event at the Ulster Museum on Friday 30 September. Rosetta’s achievements Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre will discuss the Rosetta mission on The Sky at Night on BBC4 on Sunday 2 October. He said: “While it will be sad to finally see the end of the mission, Rosetta’s la...)
  • Queen’s University asks 10,000 men ‘how are you doing?’ 27 Sep, 2016 Men across Northern Ireland will receive the survey in the post this week (from Wednesday 28 September). It is part of the ‘Life after Prostate Cancer Diagnosis’ (LAPCD) study – the world’s largest ethically approved study in the world aimed at finding out what life is like for men with prostate cancer. Compare life with and without prostate cancer An important part of this study is to compare men with and without prostate cancer to find out how their experiences differ. To achieve this, Business Services Organisation on behalf of Queen's University Belfast is sending surveys to a random sample of 10,000 men over 50 without prostate cancer to find out about their health and quality of life. The survey includes sensitive questions about symptoms that are common among patients diagnosed and treated for pros...)
  • Predictor of pre-eclampsia discovered by Queen’s University researchers 14 Sep, 2016 The Belfast Researchers discovered that a protein called FABP4 (fatty acid binding protein 4) predicts pre-eclampsia in women with type 1 diabetes, and may be a potential biomarker for pre-eclampsia prediction in pregnant women. What is pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is a condition in pregnancy characterised by high blood pressure and protein in the urine and can lead to serious complications for the mother. As the only treatment is delivery of the baby, pre-eclampsia can lead to pre-term birth. All women have their blood pressure and urine checked throughout pregnancy and while certain groups who are known to be at risk are monitored closely, to date there is no effective screening programme to predict which women will develop pre-eclampsia. FABP4 protein and pre-eclampsia The study, which was funded by The Wellcome Trust and the Departm...)
  • Queen's University's 'key role' in £10M investment in academic medicine 12 Sep, 2016 The combined funding, approximately £10 million over the next five years, is from Wellcome Trust, participating universities including Queen's, the Public Health Agency’s Research and Development Division (HSC R&D) and Ireland’s Health Research Board. The funding will provide integrated clinical and research training for a total intake of eight postgraduate trainee doctors per year across Ireland, for a five-year period. Applications open in autumn 2016 for intake in July 2017. The programme application, fully supported by HSC R&D and Belfast HSC Trust and the Medical and Dental Training Agency, represents a total investment from HSC R&D Division of up to £1million. Queen's 'key role'  Welcoming the investment, Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michelle O'Niell said: “All-island collaboration o...)
  • Global survey urges people to help explore if dogs are helping save lives of people with epilepsy 05 Sep, 2016 The research is directed at those with epilepsy who are either dog owners or not, and is being undertaken by researchers in the School of Psychology at Queen's, including PhD student Neil Powell from Cobh, Co. Cork, and Professor Peter Hepper. As well as examining whether dogs have the ability to predict epileptic seizures, and if so how they might do this, the survey also focuses on the general physical and psychological impact seizures have on people with epilepsy. This study is set to continue for the next four months and anyone with epilepsy who has not already contributed is invited to participate by clicking on The anonymised questionnaire has been supported by international and national epilepsy charities and organisations across the world, and, to date, people with epilepsy from Australia, S...)