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  • Queen's receives Bill & Melinda Gates grants 29 May, 2013 Queen’s University has been announced as a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Scientists at the University’s Institute for Global Food Security have been awarded grants to pursue two Innovative global health and development research projects aimed at tackling tropical diseases. Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mould in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. The Queen’s projects are among the Grand Challenges Explorations Round 10 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To receive funding Queen’s, and other Grand Challenges Explorations Round 10 winners, demonstrated in a two-page online application a bold idea in one of four critical ...)
  • Study reveals negative impact of flag protests on 16 year olds 27 May, 2013 The flag protests towards the end of 2012 had a negative impact on community relations among 16 year olds in Northern Ireland. That’s according to the findings of the Young Life and Times (YLT) Survey, published today (Thursday 23 May) by Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster. This is against the backdrop of an otherwise largely positive trend in community relations attitudes over the last ten years. The YLT Survey was completed by 1,210 16 years olds across Northern Ireland in November and December 2012. Undertaken by ARK, a joint initiative by Queen’s and the University of Ulster, the survey gives in insight into the lives of 16 year olds across Northern Ireland and their attitudes to a number of issues including community relations, shared education and Community Relations Equality and Diversity Educ...)
  • Queen’s wins major award in Silicon Valley 27 May, 2013 Queen’s spin-out company Analytics Engines which specialises in high performance data analytics has scooped the “ITLG Emerging Technology Award 2013” at the Global Technology Leaders Summit, which took place at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus last week. Analytics Engines improves the ability of data servers to handle and analyse information by using hardware accelerators that are up to 20 times faster than software. Their products offer huge benefits to companies who need to run faster more accurate analytics on large volumes of data, such as those in the banking, medical and retail sectors where they partners with a number of world leading firms. The event hosted by the Irish Technology Leaders Group (ITLG) and chaired by Dr. Craig Barrett, past Chairman of Intel, is a two-day executive gathering that highlights...)
  • China’s global reach stretches to Queen’s University 20 May, 2013 Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the UK, His Excellency Mr. Liu Xiaoming, will make a significant address to Queen’s students and staff today, when he visits the University (Monday 20 May). During the visit, His Excellency Liu Xiaoming will address Queen’s students and staff about New  Prospects for China-UK Relations.  Welcoming the Ambassador, Queen’s University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: “Today’s visit builds upon the Chinese government’s support of Queen’s partnerships in their country and, in turn, also allows us to reaffirm our commitment in developing mutually beneficial collaborations. “Last year, at the visit to Queen’s of Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong, (then State Councillor) we announced our intention t...)
  • Queen’s to help build Northern Ireland ‘Food Fortress’ 16 May, 2013 A global food safety expert has called on the government to work together with Queen’s University and local food producers to build a Northern Ireland ‘Food Fortress’. The call follows the publication today of the Agri-Food Strategy Board’s report on the future of the Northern Ireland agri-food sector. The report has strongly endorsed a ‘Food Fortress’ approach from Queen’s Institute for Global Food Security, recommending that the Institute be commissioned to review the Northern Ireland food supply chain. Professor Chris Elliott, a world authority on food safety and Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, says the report presents a golden opportunity for the Northern Ireland government to work together with Queen’s world-leading scientists, local farmers and food producers to hel...)
  • Queen’s scientists develop ‘magic bullet’ nanomedicine for Acute Lung Injury 15 May, 2013 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have devised a ‘magic bullet’ nanomedicine which could become the first effective treatment for Acute Lung Injury or ALI, a condition affecting 20 per cent of all patients in intensive care. There are 15,000 cases of ALI every year in the UK. The main causes are road traffic accidents and infections, and many with the condition die as a result of lung failure. ALI patients can become critically ill and develop problems with breathing when their lungs become inflamed and fill with fluid. These patients frequently require ventilators to aid breathing within an ICU hospital unit. An ICU bed costs the NHS in excess of £1800 per day. There are currently no effective treatments for this serious condition, but in a joint collaboration between the School of Pharmacy and Centre for I...)
  • Queen’s leads €5M European effort to ReNEW approach to waste 13 May, 2013 A new €4.88 million research project at Queen’s University Belfast is aiming to recover valuable materials from the estimated 5.2 tonnes of waste we generate per person each year. Known as ReNEW, the QUESTOR Centre at Queen’s is leading the project and is working with the Department of the Environment and Belfast City Council to identify the needs of Northern Ireland’s waste management industry and facilitate innovation among SMEs in the waste sector.  Through the project the DoE will fund a new member of staff for WRAP, the Waste Resources Action Programme to develop policy areas related to resource recovery. ReNEW (Resource Innovation Network for European Waste) is a European initiative to bring together researchers, public authorities and businesses to explore new ways to extract valuable resources – ...)