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Credit: José Goulão/Wikimedia commons News story: Injury research influences UK sports strategy
23 December 2015

Research and lobbying undertaken by public health experts at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has helped change the UK government’s sports strategy.

Credit: David Pacey/Flickr News story: Fortifying flour with folic acid could have prevented 2,000 UK birth defects
22 December 2015

The UK’s failure to fortify flour with folic acid has caused around 2,000 avoidable cases of neural tube defects since 1998, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

News story: £10m grant awarded for Barts Heart Centre
22 December 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust have received £10 million from Barts Charity for the creation of a world-class cardiovascular academic medical centre at the Trust’s Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

News story: New generation of synthetic bone grafts created
18 December 2015

Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have developed a new type of synthetic bone graft that boosts the body’s own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients.

Phytoplankton from the mesocosm experiment. © Daniel Padfield News story: Phytoplankton like it hot: Warming boosts biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton
17 December 2015

Warmer temperatures increase biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton, researchers at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of Exeter have found. Globally, phytoplankton - microscopic water-borne plants - absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to a warming climate is crucial.

Blog: How to feed and raise a Wikipedia robo-editor
11 December 2015

Dr Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh from QMUL's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science looks at what it takes to teach an AI how to read natural human languages. 

Kseniya Shuturminska's winning picture 'Bouquet' News story: QMUL’s Institute of Bioengineering launch celebrated with photo competition
11 December 2015

The new cross-faculty Institute of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) celebrated its launch with a photo competition for staff and students.

News story: Drug provides another treatment option for an early form of breast cancer
11 December 2015

The drug anastrozole is effective in treating an early form of breast cancer, according to a clinical trial led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

 Professor David Sadler and Professor C. Raj Kumar signed the MoUQueen Mary University of London, O. P. Jindal Global University sign MoU on South Asia research university network
11 December 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate collaboration between emergent research universities in South Asia for teaching, academic and research activities.

Credit: Jose Pereira SilvaPeople’s Palace Projects co-produce acclaimed homelessness arts project in São Paulo
10 December 2015

With One Voice, an international arts programme designed to give homeless people in host cities a voice during the Olympics will be launched in São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday 12 December.

News story: Breast screening programme effective in preventing some invasive cancers
8 December 2015

Screening for and treatment of an early form of breast cancer has been found to prevent subsequent invasive cancer, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Blizard Building at Night - Morley von SternbergBlizard Institute marks 10 year anniversary
4 December 2015

Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL) world-class research centre, the Blizard Institute, is celebrating its tenth year.

Photo by Paul Gillett News story: Tony Hall calls for external regulator to guarantee BBC independence
3 December 2015

The BBC's director general Lord Tony Hall has repeated his calls for an external regulator for the corporation, arguing for regulation that is “effective, not prescriptive”. He made the remarks as he opened a discussion on “Re-imagining the BBC: Charters Past and Present”, organised by the Mile End Institute and the BBC on 2 December.

Professor Michael Kenny wins WJM MacKenzie Prize
2 December 2015

Professor Michael Kenny, Director of QMUL’s Mile End Institute, has won the prestigious W.J.M Mackenzie Prize for his book The Politics of English Nationhood. The prize is awarded annually by the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA) for the best book published in political science.

News story: New grants for pancreatic cancer research
27 November 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received new grants from Pancreatic Cancer UK (PCUK) to fund five projects that aim to improve treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients.

Fluid in human joints is rich in cartilage-protecting microvesicles News story: New strategy discovered for treating arthritis
26 November 2015

Arthritis patients could one day benefit from a novel form of medicine, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Their early study indicates that arthritic cartilage, previously thought to be impenetrable to therapies, could be treated by a patient’s own ‘microvesicles’ that are able to travel into cartilage cells and deliver therapeutic agents.

News story: QMUL professor wins £300,000 research prize to help transform satellite and mobile communications
25 November 2015

A world expert in antennae and electromagnetics from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded a prestigious £300,000 international prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Screenshot from Poo Racer News story: ‘Poo Racer’ video game to flush away bowel taboos
25 November 2015

A poo racing video game which aims to change attitudes towards defecation and bowel health has been launched by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). A second new game, Gene Quest, has also been created to encourage interest in one of the world’s largest genetics studies.

News story: Award for outstanding use of information in MS care
18 November 2015

Professor Gavin Giovannoni and Alison Thomson from the Barts MS Research team at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have received an award for outstanding use of information in multiple sclerosis (MS) care.

Young poets celebrated at QMUL’s Globe Road Poetry Festival
18 November 2015

Loving mums, sly scorpions, and ‘rolling rocks on your fingers’ were among the eclectic images explored by more than 120 young poets at QMUL’s Globe Road Poetry Festival.

QMUL composer in residence Edward Nesbit News story: QMUL set to premiere piece of music based on renowned east London First World War poet
18 November 2015

A piece of music based on the work of First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg, who grew up in east London, is to premiere at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Male bumblebee feeding on a thistle flower News story: Male bees have more than a one-track mind
16 November 2015

Male bumblebees are just as smart as female worker bees despite their dim-witted reputation, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

News story: Amrita Ahluwalia awarded Women in Science and Engineering prize
16 November 2015

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded the 2015 Prize for Research by the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Campaign.

News story: Psychiatric assessments for predicting violence are ineffective
11 November 2015

Standard approaches for investigating risk of violence in psychiatric patients and prisoners are inaccurate and should be abandoned in all future studies, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The poster for 'Dark Cities', one of the festival's events News story: QMUL celebrates the humanities with festival of events
11 November 2015

From philosophy in pubs, history in coffeehouses, classics on social media and language lessons on street corners – Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is set to host a programme of events for the Being Human festival of the humanities.

News story: Deal with EU could come as early as December, says Europe minister
10 November 2015

Europe minister David Lidington has said the government hopes to arrive at a deal with the European Union as early as December, but cautioned that it was too early to guarantee exact timings. He made the remarks at a keynote speech at the “Britain and Europe: The Lessons from History” conference, organised by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)’s Mile End Institute (MEI) on 9 November.

Image of glass cement fillings, copyright Semmelweis University Dental School News story: Watching cement dry could help dental fillings last longer
9 November 2015

Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Aberystwyth University have revealed ‘sweet points’ for dental fillings, where cement used to fill cracks regain elasticity before hardening indefinitely. This could have implications for creating more durable and longer-lasting fillings in the future.    

News story: £8 million awarded for pancreatic cancer research ‘dream team’
9 November 2015

A trans-Atlantic ‘dream team’, involving scientists and clinicians from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), has been awarded £8 million to fight pancreatic cancer.

Photo: Priyanka Pau News story: Football Community Cup hosted by Queen Mary FC
9 November 2015

Queen Mary Football Club (QMFC) hosted a 7-a-side football tournament for five schools in Tower Hamlets to offer youngsters a chance to ask students about university life and education.

Possessive jealousy and femicide take centre stage at performance of Othello on Trial
6 November 2015

Possessive jealousy, rage, and murder; it’s is a story as old as Othello. Two women are killed by male partners each week on average in the UK. In November, a series of performances at Queen Mary University of London - sponsored by the School of Law and the Centre for Public Engagement - adapted Shakespeare’s masterpiece to stimulate debate about the high level of male violence against women in modern Britain.

Celebrities, The Royal Family, privacy, and the law
4 November 2015

In this post, Professor Robin Callender Smith from QMUL's School of Law, discusses his forthcoming book on celebrities and privacy law. 

© Greg Constantine‘Nowhere People’ and the stories of the world’s stateless
4 November 2015

More than 10 million people across the globe are not recognised by any country, and are stateless. Nowhere People an acclaimed new book by photojournalist and QMUL Distinguished Fellow Greg Constantine, tells the stories of people and communities who have been denied their identity, and stripped of the most basic aspects of citizenship.

Season of Bangla Drama returns to QMUL
3 November 2015

Gender, identity and power are among the themes that will be explored by the 13th Season of Bangla Drama festival, which returns to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) this November.

© Greg ConstantineCampaigns of violence towards Rohingya are highly organised and genocidal in intent
29 October 2015

Persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has been orchestrated by the government, state-level officials and Buddhist monks, according to the findings of an 18-month investigation into state crime. 

News story: Long-term benefits of chronic fatigue therapies
28 October 2015

Cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy could have long term benefits for people affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, according to research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Oxford University and King’s College London.

News story: QMUL project shortlisted for “Oscars of higher education”
28 October 2015

InQUBEate, a QMUL student enterprise programme that provides mentoring and training for students with entrepreneurial ideas, has been shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2015.

This confocal microscopy image shows cilia (in red) are the thin hair-like structures only a few 100th of a millimetre long.Manipulating the antennae on cells promises new treatments for osteoarthritis
27 October 2015

Bioengineers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have shown for the first time that lithium chloride, a common drug used to treat mental health disorders, could offer an effective treatment against osteoarthritis by disrupting the length of the cells’ antennae called primary cilia.

News story: QMUL PhD student stumbles upon a new way for producing oldest chemical compounds
27 October 2015

A chemistry PhD student has found a simple way for the first time of producing two chemical compounds that were first discovered in late 19th century, entirely by accident. The discovery could have implications for fighting disease and growing crops, where the sulfur containing compounds called sultones and sultines, play a significant role.

Credit: l.bailey_beverley via Wikimedia Commons News story: London's Trauma System dramatically reduces mortality rates
27 October 2015

The London Trauma System has greatly increased quality of care for trauma patients, according to research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the London Regional Trauma System.

Professor Simon Gaskell and Professor Fan LimingQMUL launches Confucius Institute at Mile End campus
27 October 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has officially launched its Confucius Institute, in partnership with Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) and Hanban, the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, which is responsible for promoting Chinese language and culture abroad.

Jason Leonard (c) with the QMRFC coaches News story: England rugby great Jason Leonard attends school tournament hosted by QMUL
26 October 2015

Rugby World Cup winner Jason Leonard paid a visit to Queen Mary RFC’s Tower Hamlets Schools Tag Tournament which was set up to encourage school kids across the borough to play rugby.

Image credit: 8 Kome (Flickr) News story: Collagen’s role in skin cancer
22 October 2015

Collagen has been found to play a role in suppression of blood vessel formation in a type of skin cancer, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The results suggest that type VII collagen could help suppress tumour formation in the skin.

QMUL begins major research project to document Europe’s migration crisis
21 October 2015

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will this week begin work on a major project to document Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis. Led by Professor Elspeth Guild from QMUL’s School of Law, the research team will produce a database of migrant journeys as well as testimonies from interviews with migrants and refugees.

Ragged Children, Mended Lives: the stories of East London’s 19th century children
21 October 2015

In 1877, the few square miles around where Queen Mary University of London stands today was one of the most densely populated places on earth. In a then squalid corner of London, more than a million people – many of them desperately poor – faced hunger, unemployment, and disease.

News story: Clinical trial shows first ever positive results in treating primary progressive and relapsing multiple sclerosis
20 October 2015

QMUL researchers’ study shows positive results when treating both primary progressive and relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis with the drug ocrelizumab.

News story: Professor Steve Thornton appointed as Vice Principal (Health)
15 October 2015

QMUL has announced the appointment of Professor Steve Thornton as Vice Principal (Health) and Executive Dean of the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Professor Thornton joins QMUL from the University of Exeter and will take up his post from January 2015.

News story: East London Genes and Health celebrates 4,000th study participant
14 October 2015

East London Genes & Health, the world’s largest community based genetics study, is celebrating its first milestone with 4,000 local participants taking part so far.

Ada Lovelace and the importance of role models
13 October 2015

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2015, Professor Elaine Chew from QMUL's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science argues about the importance of role models. After all, if computer pioneer Ada Lovelace had strong women role models even in her day, we must ensure women continue to do so today.  

‘Messiah at London's Foundling Hospital’ nominated for an international Emmy
13 October 2015

‘Messiah at London's Foundling Hospital’, a documentary that was co-developed and co-presented by QMUL’s Professor Amanda Vickery, has been nominated for an international Emmy.

News story: Researchers awarded £3.5m grant to improve prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in South African schoolchildren
12 October 2015

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded a grant of £3.5m to researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of Cape Town (UCT) to carry out a trial to determine whether a weekly vitamin D supplement can prevent tuberculosis (TB) in South African primary school children.

Without treaty change Britain will vote to leave the European Union, says Lord Owen
8 October 2015

The campaign to keep Britain in the EU will be defeated unless the government secures treaty change before the referendum, according to former Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen. He made his remarks as part of a major speech on referendums, at the Mile End Institute's Inaugural Hennessy Lecture.

Professor Andrea Brady criticises “structure of white privilege” in British poetry communities
8 October 2015

On National Poetry Day, Professor Andrea Brady – curator of the Globe Road Poetry Festival – has criticised the “structure of white privilege” in British poetry communities.

The white privilege of British poetry is getting worse
8 October 2015

Writing in The Conversation, Andrea Brady - Professor of Poetry at QMUL - criticises what she describes as the "structure of white privilege" in British poetry communities.

News story: QMUL researcher nominated for Women in Science and Engineering Award
5 October 2015

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia has been nominated in the research category in the awards that recognise those who lead the way for women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

News story: Mobile miracles, trusting the under-30s and job creation - QMUL launches its Inaugural Lecture series
5 October 2015

How did scientists create the miracles behind the technology we take for granted, what problems did generational conflict pose in 1960s Germany and how can economists create better jobs?

News story: New study removes cancer doubt for Multiple sclerosis drug
1 October 2015

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are calling on the medical community to reconsider developing a known drug to treat people with relapsing Multiple sclerosis (MS) after new evidence shows it does not increase the risk of cancer as previously thought.

News story: Professor Jack Cuzick receives American Cancer Society Medal of Honor
1 October 2015

Leading QMUL cancer researcher Professor Jack Cuzick has been given a prestigious award for his contributions to clinical research.

News story: QMUL in top 100 universities in the world
1 October 2015

QMUL rose eight places in Times Higher Education World University Ranking to 98th in the world and is ranked 16th in the UK.

Experts call for urgent reform of deprivation of liberty safeguards
30 September 2015

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – designed to protect the rights of the legally incapacitated – are a threat to human rights and require urgent reform, according to UK and international experts speaking at a conference convened by Queen Mary University of London.

News story: Self-assembling material that grows and changes shape could lead to artificial arteries
28 September 2015

Researchers at QMUL have developed a way of assembling organic molecules into complex tubular tissue-like structures without the use of moulds or techniques like 3D printing.

Feature: QMUL is in the top ten for graduate starting salaries
28 September 2015

One of the leading university guides has found that graduates from QMUL have one of the top average starting salaries of anyone in the UK.

Carla Valentine. Photo credit: Teri Pengilley News story: Barts Pathology Museum's technical curator wins Major Contribution to the Understanding of Death Award
25 September 2015

Carla Valentine, technical curator at Barts Pathology Museum, has won the Major Contribution to the Understanding of Death Award at the Good Funeral Awards 2015 thanks to her work engaging with the public.

Labour is lost in England and must federalise, says Jon Cruddas MP
23 September 2015

The Labour Party is lost in England and must federalise to survive, according to Jon Cruddas. The MP for Dagenham and Rainham was speaking at the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary University of London, where he called for an English Labour party to win back lost voters.

News story: Budding student entrepreneurs pitch ideas at QMUL’s 3 Day Start-up event
22 September 2015

QMUL’s Careers and Enterprise Centre hosted their third 3 Day Start-up (3DS) boot camp over the summer which encouraged students to improve their entrepreneurial skills in the real world by developing companies over the course of three days.  

News story: Fifty-year old drug is best in resistant hypertension
21 September 2015

Researchers from QMUL, working with other institutions, have found that a diuretic drug that has been in use for over fifty years could be the most effective treatment for a particularly high risk form of high blood pressure.

QMUL President and Principal Simon Gaskell and Professor Wang Jinsong, President of NPU News story: QMUL signs major strategic collaboration with China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University
21 September 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has signed a major strategic collaboration agreement with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), based in Xi’an, China, to develop teaching and research partnerships and faculty and student exchange, initially in the areas of Materials Science and Engineering.

News story: Study finds people’s conservative and liberal traits show up in their Twitter vocabulary
16 September 2015

A study of nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 Twitter users has found that liberals swear more, conservatives are more likely to talk about religion, and liberals use more individual words like "me" while conservatives opt more for the group-oriented "us".

QMUL's Centre for Endocrinology is based at Charterhouse Square, but physicians from all over the world can take its online MScFour QMUL researchers among the most influential one per cent in the world
16 September 2015

Academics researching molecular biology and clinical medicine have been named on Thomson Reuter’s Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list which recognises the top one per cent most cited papers published between 2003 and 2013.

News story: Government praises QMUL’s support for school computing teachers
11 September 2015

Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, has written to QMUL’s Principal, Professor Simon Gaskell, to thank him for the university’s contribution to the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computing Science supporting school teachers.

News story: Pancreatic cancer stem cells could be "suffocated” by an anti-diabetic drug
10 September 2015

A new study shows that pancreatic cancer stem cells (PancSCs) are virtually addicted to oxygen-based metabolism, and could be “suffocated” with a drug already used to treat diabetes.

Robot poets, international names, slams and debate at the inaugural Globe Road Poetry Festival
10 September 2015

Some of the world’s best known international poets will perform in East London this November at the inaugural Globe Road Poetry Festival.

News story: England could eradicate Bovine TB if it adopted Welsh or Scottish tactics
9 September 2015

New research by the team that previously showed that testing was more effective than badger culling at controlling Bovine Tuberculosis, have found the tactics currently employed by the Welsh and Scottish, but not English, authorities are leading to disease reduction.

News story: Understanding of complex networks could help unify gravity and quantum mechanics
9 September 2015

Mathematicians investigating one of science’s great questions – How to unite the physics of the very big with that of the very small – have discovered that when the understanding of complex networks such as the brain or the internet is applied to geometry the results match up with quantum behaviour.

Social media and health: a source of “patient voices” or just business?
8 September 2015

Why does NHS and government policy neglect and ignore the value of online patient communities? QMUL researchers Dr Nelya Koteyko and Dr Daniel Hunt investigated this question as part of a major study on social media and living with chronic illness.

News story: QMUL lecturer wins at BMA Medical Book awards
4 September 2015

The textbook Medical Sciences 2nd Edition published by Elsevier has just won first prize in the British Medical Associations medical book awards in the category of Basic and clinical sciences. The book was edited by Dr Jeannette Naish from QMUL’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and Dr Denise Syndercombe Court a QMUL honorary fellow.

News story: Olympian Kate Richardson-Walsh officially opens new dental outreach clinic in Stratford
4 September 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust are delighted to officially open their new dental outreach centre in Stratford, set in the heart of the Olympic Park.

The QMSU Olympic Legacy Project News story: QMUL projects shortlisted for Times Higher Education Awards 2015
3 September 2015

Two QMUL projects have been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2015 which are due to take place on 26 November.

Credit: Elizabeth Clare/QMUL News story: First imagery from echolocation reveals new signals for hunting bats
1 September 2015

The ability of some bats to spot motionless prey in the dark has baffled experts until now. By creating the first visual images from echolocation, researchers reveal we have been missing how bats sense their world.

News story: Game on! Centre of the Cell holds its first game development workshop for young science communicators
1 September 2015

Centre of the Cell opened its doors to a group of young Londoners to run a full day of game development activities. Twelve 14-18 year olds were invited to evaluate existing games, test new games in the making, and even come up with some game ideas of their own.

Why the Chilcot inquiry has taken so long – and why we should wait to judge it
28 August 2015

The long running Chilcot inquiry has come under significant pressure to complete its work and publish its report. In this article, Dr James Ellison, Reader in International History at QMUL, explains why it's taken so long, and says: "In the end, we must judge the inquiry on its terms of reference and the rigour, accuracy, and fairness of its report".

News story: New approach to tackling uncontrolled high blood pressure shows significant results
27 August 2015

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust have successfully improved blood pressure control among patients with severe intolerance to antihypertensive medication – by using medicines in unconventional ways and treating patients with a ‘stepped care’ approach (where the most effective yet least intensive treatment is delivered to patients first).

News story: QMUL microwave pioneer to receive prestigious Sir Frank Whittle Medal
26 August 2015

Internationally renowned British microwave engineer Professor Peter Clarricoats, who worked at QMUL for nearly 50 years, is to receive one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest accolades, the Sir Frank Whittle Medal, for his influential achievements.

News story: QMUL historian shines a new light on the life and legacy of Edmund Burke
24 August 2015

A new book from acclaimed historian Professor Richard Bourke chronicles the extraordinary life of Edmund Burke (1730-97), a leading philosopher and statesman of the eighteenth century.

News story: High sugar consumption among children relates to poor family functioning, study finds
21 August 2015

The quality of general family functioning is a major determinant of healthy dietary habits – according to new research published in the Journal of Caries Research and led by Queen Mary University of London.

News story: QMUL announces free advice service for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs
20 August 2015

Queen Mary University of London has announced details of a free business advice scheme for start-ups and entrepreneurs in London. Based at QMUL’s School of Economics and Finance, qNomics will provide expert consultancy to fledgling businesses in the financial and technological sectors.

Blog: Bangkok bombing blame game speaks volumes about the state of Thai politics
19 August 2015

The Bangkok bomb killed 20 people, injured more than 100, and shook Thai politics, already turbulent, to its core. In this article, Dr Lee Jones, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, argues: until concrete evidence is produced, we should avoid any rush to judgement, and take both speculation and assignations of blame with a truckload of salt.

News story: Humanities researchers at QMUL awarded £1.6 million for major study on emotional health
18 August 2015

What is the perfect recipe for 'emotional health', and who decides which emotions we should feel in order to be healthy? These are among the questions that will be explored by a team of researchers at QMUL’s Centre for the History of the Emotions, as part of a major new research programme funded by a Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Award from the Wellcome Trust.

Blog: Simple hospitality could be the answer to the European migrant ‘crisis’
18 August 2015

The crisis facing migrants on the shores of Europe shows no sign of abating. As EU member states prevaricate on how to manage a human and political crisis, Dr Jessica Jacobs from QMUL's School of Geography says: "The system is paralysed. To make it move again, hospitality is the key".

News story: Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals
14 August 2015

Research published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, has found that fallow deer bucks make judgements about the possible threat from competitors from the sound of their calls.

News story: Birdsong recognition app launches using QMUL research
13 August 2015

QMUL machine learning researcher Dan Stowell and his business partner Florence Wilkinson have launched Warblr, their mobile app that can automatically recognise birds by their song.

News story: New study confirms listening to music during surgery reduces pain and anxiety
13 August 2015

Scientists have proved that listening to music before, during and after surgery reduces people’s pain, anxiety and need for painkillers – according to the most comprehensive review of available evidence so far, published today in The Lancet.

News story: QMUL joint first in London for student satisfaction
11 August 2015

Overall student satisfaction at Queen Mary University of London has climbed to 88 per cent, up from 86 per cent in 2014. The results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) ranks QMUL as joint first in London and in the top ten of Russell Group universities for student satisfaction.

News story: Urine test for early stage pancreatic cancer now possible after biomarker discovery
3 August 2015

A combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, researchers from Queen Mary University of London have found. The discovery could lead to a non-invasive, inexpensive test to screen people at high risk of developing the disease.

 Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 20 July 2015 News story: Initial results from Rosetta comet mission revealed
31 July 2015

Early results from the Rosetta spacecraft mission’s Philae lander, which successfully landed on a comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last year, have been published in the journal Science.

Dr Oussama Metatla accepting the award presented by the President of AT&T New York at the ADA 25th anniversary celebration event News story: Team of QMUL researchers win award for software designed to help visually impaired audio producers
31 July 2015

The Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC) team has won the Award for Best Solution by a Large Organisation at the Connect Ability Challenge event, a software development competition focusing on developing technology that can help improve the lives of people living with physical, social, emotional and cognitive disabilities. The event was organised by AT&T and New York University to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Let there be light: understanding our body clocks
30 July 2015

Jet-lagged after a long flight? Exhausted after a week of night shifts? The vagaries of the human body clock affect everything from the quality of our sleep to how quickly we adjust to a new time zone. This post is based on a series of interviews with Professor Josephine Arendt, who transformed our understanding of how our body clocks respond to light and melatonin.

QMUL student takes top prize at IBM Best Student Recognition event
29 July 2015

A first year student from Queen Mary University of London has won a prestigious industry award for developing a smart solution to food waste.

News story: Professor Jack Cuzick presented ANZBCTG Award for Excellence in Translational Research
24 July 2015

Professor Jack Cuzick, Head of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London, was today recognised for his longstanding achievements in breast cancer research during the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group's (ANZBCTG) 37th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Perth, Western Australia.

Professor Rüdiger Görner awarded prestigious Reimar Lüst Prize
24 July 2015

Rüdiger Görner, Professor of German at Queen Mary University of London, has been awarded the prestigious Reimar Lüst Prize in recognition of his outstanding scholarly work in the field of Anglo-German relations.

The Blizard Building News story: QMUL ranks among best for its architecture, according to study
24 July 2015

QMUL has been revealed as one of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s top 21 architectural clients of the last decade, according to recent analysis published by Architects Journal.

News story: Public interest has ‘medicalised’ vitamin D yet benefits remain uncertain
21 July 2015

Persistent public interest in vitamin D, plus widespread testing of vitamin D status and prescribing by doctors, has led to a significant increase in people taking supplements despite limited evidence of any health benefits – according to new NIHR-funded research from Queen Mary University of London and published in BMJ Open.

The program could successfully identify a seagull, pigeon, flying bird and standing bird better than humans (Credit: Mathias Eitz, James Hays and Marc Alexa) News story: New computer program first to recognise sketches more accurately than a human
20 July 2015

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have built the first computer program that can recognise hand-drawn sketches better than humans.

Healthcare policy on social media ignores the value of peer-to-peer support for chronic illness
20 July 2015

Government, the NHS and professional healthcare bodies have embraced social media networks as dissemination tools but frequently overlook their potential for peer-to-peer support, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London. 

QMUL students in the spotlight at Audrey Hepburn exhibition
20 July 2015

Film students from Queen Mary University of London are playing a prominent role in one of the most eagerly awaited exhibitions of the summer, at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

News story: Common mental health drug could be used to treat arthritis
16 July 2015

Lithium chloride which is used as a mood stabiliser in the treatment of mental health problems, mainly bipolar disorder, could be used to treat arthritis according to a new study.

Assan Ali and Mohammed Nurull Islam News story: Science communicator Lucy Hawking, east London community media specialists and Tomorrow’s World icon awarded at QMUL graduation
16 July 2015

Five honorary awards were presented at QMUL’s Graduation, on July 15 and 16, to those who are outstanding in their field, command national recognition or have given exceptional service to the university.

Sir Sam Everington with Sir Nicholas Montagu, Professor Richard Trembath, and President and Principal Simon Gaskell News story: Honorary awards presented at QMUL Graduation
15 July 2015

Four Honorary awards – among the most significant accolades that can be offered by a university - were presented at QMUL’s Graduation ceremony on July 13 and 14.

Canny Chancellor co-opts the living wage
13 July 2015

In this post, Professor Jane Wills considers the implications of the Chanellor's 'co-option' of the living wage.

L-R: Richard Le Vay, Dr Delphine Purves and Professor Nick Lemoine News story: Barts Cancer Institute marks 10 years of pioneering work with book launch
9 July 2015

Queen Mary University of London’s Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a two day showcase of its research past and present, and launched a commemorative book entitled ‘Every Rational Attempt: The Stories Behind Barts’ Contribution to the Fight Against Cancer’.

News story: Major new appointment for QMUL’s School of Dentistry
7 July 2015

Professor Nikolaos Donos, an internationally renowned clinical academic consultant, has been appointed Head of Clinical Research and Professor of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Dentistry.

President and Principal Simon Gaskell with Professor Wang Jinsong, President of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) News story: QMUL signs partnership agreement with Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China
7 July 2015

As part of Queen Mary University of London’s wider strategy of internationalisation, Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal, recently signed a landmark partnership agreement with Professor Wang Jinsong, President of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) during a visit to Xi’an earlier this month.

News story: School of Physics and Astronomy commended for commitment to gender equality
6 July 2015

QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.

News story: Students win hackathon by giving air passengers’ spare baggage capacity to charities
6 July 2015

A team of students from QMUL has won the £10,000 grand prize at the Sabre Destination Hack event by developing a prototype system that allows frequent flyers to fill their spare luggage capacity on planes with products that charities need.

Professor Trevor Dadson honoured by the King of Spain for services to Spanish culture
3 July 2015

Trevor Dadson, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary University of London has been awarded the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Order of Isabella the Catholic) by the King of Spain, Felipe VI.

EVEL may help set the course for Cameron’s time in office, according to experts at QMUL
2 July 2015

The government’s announcement on English Votes for English Laws, while seemingly cautious, “may help set the course for David Cameron’s time in office”, according to Michael Kenny, professor of politics and constitutional expert at Queen Mary University of London.

Photo: flic.kr/p/mjhubJ News story: Most internet anonymity software leaks users’ details
29 June 2015

Services used by hundreds of thousands of people in the UK to protect their identity on the web are vulnerable to leaks, according to researchers at QMUL and others.

News story: Study finds pet owners reluctant to face up to their cats’ kill count
26 June 2015

Cat owners fail to realise the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new research, published today, from QMUL and the University of Exeter.

News story: Staff and alumni recognised in Queen's birthday honours list 2015
24 June 2015

Two academics and three alumni from Queen Mary University of London have been named in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honours. Sir Nicholas Macpherson GCB, Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury and Visiting Professor in the School of Economics and Finance, was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Bath (GCB) for public service.

News story: Amrita Ahluwalia to become the next Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology
22 June 2015

QMUL is pleased to announce that the next Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology will be Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, Deputy Director of QMUL’s William Harvey Research Institute. 

Showcase of world’s best science teaching arrives at Queen Mary University of London
19 June 2015

The Science on Stage Europe festival which brings some of the best science teachers from around the world together to demonstrate their teaching and share ideas is underway at QMUL.

Blog: The ‘quality’ paradox: Quality in healthcare is crucial but it’s time to rethink it
19 June 2015

We all want a quality health service – but what does this really mean? What does quality in healthcare really look like? Dr Deborah Swinglehurst has been exploring this idea for several years, curious to find out what academics, opinion leaders, healthcare professionals and members of the public really understand by the term ‘quality’ in the healthcare context.  

Blog: Think you're just a face in the crowd? Not necessarily
19 June 2015

In this article, Professor Julia Hörnle, of QMUL's School of Law, considers the impact and rapid development of face recognition techniques on privacy. 

News story: Adult craze for purchasing human breast milk online poses serious health risks
18 June 2015

The recent craze for human breast milk amongst certain fitness communities, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers is potentially dangerous – according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

News story: New approach to immunosuppression could avoid transplant organ rejection, study finds
16 June 2015

A new study has identified how blocking a special set of molecules on the surface of T cells can suppress the heart’s immune response – responsible for transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases such as myocarditis – whilst leaving rest of the body’s immune system intact.

Blog: Can the European Parliament save us from TTIP?
15 June 2015

In this article, Sam Fowles, researcher in international law and politics at Queen Mary University of London, asks whether the European Parliament will 'save us' from the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Study finds just 15 per cent of Tory members will definitely vote to leave the EU
12 June 2015

Just 15 per cent of Conservative party members would vote for the UK to leave the EU regardless of whatever reforms Prime Minister David Cameron manages to negotiate in the run-up to a referendum. 

President and Principal Simon Gaskell looking over the model of Whitechapel development News story: QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative to play important role in Whitechapel rejuvenation
12 June 2015

The changing face of Whitechapel over the coming years was the focus of a Future of London event held at the Blizard Institute on 28 May.

QMUL launches new educational partnership with University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)
11 June 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has announced a new educational partnership with the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). The partnership will see the introduction in September 2015 of a new Masters programme in International Relations, based in Paris.

News story: QMUL appoints new Vice Principal for Science and Engineering
10 June 2015

Professor Edmund Burke will be QMUL's new Vice Principal (Science and Engineering) from September 2015.

News story: Simple blood test identifies which patients are prone to serious illness after surgery
7 June 2015

A simple blood test can predict with 90 to 100 per cent accuracy whether a patient is likely to suffer life-threatening complications after major surgery, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London and published in the journal Annals of Surgery.

News story: ‘Massaging’ mice boosts immune system
5 June 2015

Massage-like stroking has a positive effect on the immune system of mice by reducing their level of stress.

News story: QMUL awarded £500k to develop novel dental implant material
5 June 2015

Researchers from the School of Dentistry within Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have received nearly £500k in MRC funding to assess the effectiveness of a new injectable bone graft material used to replace missing bone in implant dentistry.

News story: Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death by 40 per cent
3 June 2015

Women aged 50-69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 per cent compared to women who are not screened – according to a major international review of the latest evidence on breast cancer screening.

© Natural History Museum: Sloane Herbarium 93, fol. 146Britain’s oldest tea (and first modern commodity)
3 June 2015

Dr Richard Coulton, based at QMUL's School of English and Drama, reflects on the discovery of Britain's oldest tea. Dr Coulton is one of three authors of a forthcoming book, Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World.

Blog: Mini-megalomaniac AI is already all around us, but it won’t get further without our help
2 June 2015

Professor Peter McOwan, from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, discusses  whether artificial intelligences would actually be able to take over the world, whether they’d want to, and how we'd know if they did.

News story: Synthetic spider silk could be altered to be stronger or stretchier
28 May 2015

After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. The new development could lead to a variety of biomedical materials — from sutures to scaffolding for organ replacements — made from synthesized silk with properties specifically tuned for their intended uses.

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London News story: Fancy a 300-year old cuppa? Researchers uncover the oldest tea in Britain
27 May 2015

Researchers have found what they believe to be the oldest tea in Britain. The dried green tea was acquired in China, around the year 1700, by ship’s surgeon James Cuninghame, who subsequently gave it as a gift to the famous physician and collector of curiosities, Hans Sloane.

News story: QMUL PhD student to compete with dance troupe on Britain’s Got Talent
26 May 2015

Bret Jones, a PhD student in the Department of Drama, will be competing tonight (26 May) in the Britain’s Got Talent live semi-finals with his team’s dance act, Old Men Grooving.

News story: Brain tumour scientists come together to speed up translation of research from lab to clinic
21 May 2015

For the first time, leading experts on brain tumours including Professor Silvia Marino from Queen Mary University of London, will share their insights and identify areas of prospective collaboration to speed up the process of translating research findings from laboratory to clinic.

TTIP and CETA: the trade deals threatening British democracy
21 May 2015

In this post, Sam Fowles, postgraduate research student at QMUL's School of Law, argues that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a threat to British democracy, and should not be ratified. 

Blog: How we discovered the three revolutions of American pop
20 May 2015

Dr Matthias Mauch discusses his recent scientific analysis of the “fossil record” of the Billboard charts prompted widespread attention, particularly the findings about the three musical “revolutions” that shaped the musical landscape of the second half of the 20th century.

News story: Centre of the Cell is a ‘wonderful emblem of public engagement’ as it celebrates its fifth birthday
20 May 2015

The Centre of the Cell “is a wonderful emblem of how public engagement is embedded in what this university does,” said QMUL’s Principal, Professor Simon Gaskell, during the science centre’s fifth birthday celebrations.

News story: Humanitarian crisis affecting Rohingya Muslims is the product of genocide, according to researchers from QMUL
18 May 2015

Persecution of the Rohingya minority by the Myanmar government amounts to genocide, according to field research from the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), based at Queen Mary University of London.

News story: QMUL takes part in Digital Shoreditch Festival 2015
13 May 2015

PhD students from QMUL’s Media and Arts Technology (MAT) programmes as well as representatives of the School of Law take part in the popular festival.

News story: Many fixed-dose drug combinations in India lack central regulatory approval
12 May 2015

Fixed-dose drug combinations (FDCs) which have not received central regulatory approval are sold in substantial numbers in India – despite concerns over the safety and efficacy of these combinations – according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in PLOS Medicine.

Time for binding United Nations rules on violence against women and girls
12 May 2015

The United Nations must adopt binding international rules to help eliminate violence against women and girls, according to Professor Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women.

Individualised approach to merit will not deliver equality in public and working life
6 May 2015

If we want more diversity in our courts, boardrooms, and parliaments, then our individualised approach to merit may “now require quite a serious rethink”, according to Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond. 

Naked mole-rats anti-cancer gene is unique among mammals
5 May 2015

Researchers have found that the gene which gives naked mole-rats’ their natural resistance to cancer is unique among mammals.

News story: First evolutionary history of 50 years of music charts using big data analysis of sounds
5 May 2015

Evolutionary biologists and computer scientists have come together to study the evolution of pop music.  Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most substantial scientific study of the history of popular music to date.

Historian uncovers first known photo of Lenin’s 'true love'
1 May 2015

A historian from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has uncovered the first confirmed image of Apollinariya Yakubova, considered by many to be the true love of Vladimir Lenin. Dr Robert Henderson, honorary research associate at QMUL’s School of History, discovered the photograph in the State Archive of the Russian Federation, while researching for his forthcoming book on the Russian revolutionary V. L. Burtsev.

HRH The Princess Royal officially opens QMUL’s new Dental School
30 April 2015

It was all smiles in Whitechapel today as Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal gave Queen Mary University of London’s new Dental School, embedded within The Royal London Dental Hospital, the royal seal of approval.

News story: Screening for HIV in GP surgeries leads to increased and earlier diagnosis
29 April 2015

Training general practices to offer rapid HIV tests leads to increased detection and earlier diagnosis of patients with HIV infection – according to a new study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in The Lancet HIV.

Dressing down the rabbit hole – how to become Alice in Wonderland
29 April 2015

From 2 May to 9 November, QMUL's Dr Kiera Vaclavik will curate 'The Alice Look', an exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood. In this article, Dr Vaclavik considers the impact of Lewis Carroll's famous heroine on the way that we dress.

Aysel (centre) collecting her award from Fiona Bruce and David Bearfield, Director, European Personnel Selection Office, EU Careers News story: QMUL student wins Languages Undergraduate of the Year prize
29 April 2015

A QMUL student who can speak five different languages has won a Languages Undergraduate of the Year Award.

News story: Queen Mary University of London climbs QS World Rankings
29 April 2015

Three subject areas at QMUL are now among the top 50 in the world, according to a highly-regarded analysis of more than 3,400 universities.

News story: Showcase of QMUL electronic engineering and computer science
28 April 2015

Researchers from QMUL’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) presented some their research to colleagues and visitors at the Mile End Campus.

Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED) celebrates ten years at QMUL
28 April 2015

Despite the appearance of great strides forward; discrimination, inequality, and exclusion persist in developed societies and workplaces. The nature of that persistence – and the manner in which discrimination has, in many cases, become more insidious – was the subject of the 2015 annual lecture from QMUL’s Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity.

News story: Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites
27 April 2015

Bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found. The nicotine appears to slow the progression of disease in infected bees but has harmful effects when consumed by healthy bees.

News story: QMUL’s School of Medicine awarded Silver Athena SWAN
27 April 2015

The School of Medicine within Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is the recipient of a silver level award in the latest round of the Athena SWAN Charter awards.

Blog: More than just a game: Interactive entertainment and intellectual property law
27 April 2015

On 24 April 2015, QMUL's Centre for Commercial Law Studies convened a group of legal experts to consider and examine issues around gaming an intellectual property law. In this article, Dr Gaetano Dimita, Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law, sets out the many legal challenges that emerge from this growing and dynamic sector. 

Priyamvada Dua (left) handed the prize by Professor Markus Schwarz, Ludwig-Maximillians University Munich News story: QMUL researcher wins award for work on psychiatric diseases
24 April 2015

A post-doctoral researcher from Queen Mary University of London has won a prestigious €1,000 prize for her work on psychiatric diseases.

Photo:www.flickr.com/photos/75279887@N05/6914441342/Reducing big data using ideas from quantum theory makes it easier to interpret
23 April 2015

A new technique of visualising the complicated relationships between anything from Facebook users to proteins in a cell via countries’ importing and exporting food provides a simpler and cheaper method of making sense of large volumes of data.

Blog: Why Not Nudge?
23 April 2015

Dr Magda Osman, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Cognitive Psychology explores the research behind behavioural economics and looks at its relationship with advertising

News story: Scientists discover genetic cause of deadly rare disease ‘dyskeratosis congenita’
23 April 2015

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have uncovered a genetic defect which causes the life-threatening condition ‘dyskeratosis congenita’ (DC) – a rare genetic form of bone marrow failure.  

Blog: Deaths at sea: scant hope for the future from Europe’s history of failure on migrants
23 April 2015

Sarah Wolff, Lecturer at QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations, examines the tragic events in the Mediterranean and outlines what she describes as failed EU policy in the area of migration.

News story: Concerns over UK government plan to increase participation in school rugby
22 April 2015

Government plans to increase participation in rugby within schools fail to take into account data on the serious levels of school rugby-related injury and are happening in the absence of systems for injury surveillance and prevention – according to experts from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in the BMJ.

Simone Fattouche speaking at a QMUL event News story: QMUL law student develops digital receipt app
22 April 2015

Fed up with keeping paper receipts a QMUL law student has developed an app which stores them electronically.

News story: Proteins that control anxiety in humans and cause insects to shed their skins have common origin
21 April 2015

Researchers have discovered that a protein which controls anxiety in humans has the same molecular ancestor as one which causes insects to moult when they outgrow their skins. Studies on sea urchins provided the missing link because they have a protein with elements common to those in both humans and insects and reveal a common ancestry hundreds of millions of years ago.

News story: QMUL launches new website for trauma survivors
21 April 2015

Queen Mary University of London’s Barts Centre for Trauma Sciences (C4TS) has today launched the new website Aftertrauma.org, the UK’s most comprehensive online resource dedicated to helping trauma survivors – and their families, friends and carers – on their long and complex recovery journey.

Bottom 50 per cent of UK authors made less than £10,500 in 2013
21 April 2015

The median earnings of authors in the UK has fallen below the minimum wage, according to a survey of 2,500 writers, published by researchers at Queen Mary University of London.

News story: New research gives clues as to why older people get more tendon injuries
20 April 2015

New research into how tendons age has found that the material between tendon fibre bundles stiffens as it gets older and that this is responsible for older people being more susceptible to tendon injuries.

News story: QMUL marks 100,000 visitors to science education pod ‘Centre of the Cell’
20 April 2015

Queen Mary University of London’s life sciences education programme, Centre of the Cell, celebrated its 100,000th participants after a visit from a Tower Hamlets primary school class on Friday 17 April 2015.

News story: Scientists discover protein that boosts immunity to viruses and cancer
16 April 2015

Scientists have discovered a protein that strongly promotes immunity to viruses and cancer, opening the door to new therapies in the future.

News story: Charity which works closely with Queen Mary University of London awarded for employer engagement
10 April 2015

An education charity which 40 QMUL students have volunteered for has scooped a prestigious employer engagement award.

Image: Luis Rey News story: New evidence that tyrannosaurs fought and ate each other
9 April 2015

Examination of a Daspletosaurus skull by Dr David Hone of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences found signs that it had been bitten by another tyrannosaur during its lifetime as well as after it had died.

News story: Researchers at Queen Mary University of London launch app to match voters with parties
8 April 2015

Political scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have launched a new voting advice application to match voters with the party that best represents their views. More than 20,000 people have used the app since it went live on 1 April.

Image: Jardín Botánico de Madrid News story: Bumblebees differentiate flower types when arranged horizontally but not vertically
7 April 2015

Bumblebees trained to go to feeders labelled with a certain colour or pattern cue but avoid differently labelled alternative feeders did so when feeders were arranged horizontally but didn’t when arranged vertically. Researchers believe this could be because groups of flowers arranged horizontally, like those in a meadow, often include several different species, while those arranged vertically, like in blossoming trees are likely to all be the same species.

Image: CERN News story: QMUL physicists prepare for new data as Large Hadron Collider restarts
7 April 2015

Physicists from QMUL, members of the ATLAS experiment and participants in the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson particle, are gearing up to analyse new data from the Large Hadron Collider.

News story: New Vice-Principal appointed by Queen Mary University of London
7 April 2015

Professor Rebecca Lingwood has been appointed as QMUL’s new Vice-Principal for Student Experience, Teaching and Learning.

News story: EECS PhD students win sustainable communities hackathon
2 April 2015

An interdisciplinary team of five students from QMUL’s PhD programme in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will travel to Mumbai to present their ideas after winning a competition to design a system that integrated plants and social media to promote sustainable communities.

Exhibition of 100 images to celebrate life on East London’s Becontree Estate
2 April 2015An exhibition of 100 images, produced by renowned artists in partnership with residents from Becontree Estate in East London, will open in Dagenham Library on Friday 10 April. The images celebrate the extraordinary stories of life on what began as the world’s largest housing estate.
News story: Legal stars of the future compete in annual QMUL ‘George Hinde Moot’
2 April 2015

The quality of contributions from finalists in the annual QMUL mooting competition was “nothing short of astonishing”, according to Sir Christopher (Lord Justice) Pitchford, who judged the final at Queen Mary University of London on 24 March.

News story: QMUL selected to be part of new genomics training programme for NHS professionals
1 April 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is delighted to announce it has been selected by Health Education England to be part of a cutting- edge new training programme in genomics for healthcare professionals across the country.

Racial income inequality reduces levels of trust and social capital in communities
30 March 2015

In recent decades, commentators and academics have become increasingly concerned over the decline in both trust and social capital in many communities in the United States. While research has shown that race and income diversity tends to be associated with lower levels of social capital, Andrea Tesei takes a closer look, examining the relationship between trust, income inequality and racial diversity.

Blog: On the margins of terror: Daesh and the new geography of hate in Sinai
25 March 2015

Jessica Jacobs, Research Fellow at QMUL's School of Geography, argues that the systematic neglect of border regions by military-backed governments in the Middle East has enabled the success of extreme terrorist groups in these marginalised areas, resulting in "geographies of hate".

News story: Ed Miliband’s route to 10 Downing Street may hinge on the performance of Ukip, says Professor Tim Bale
25 March 2015

The fortunes of Ed Miliband and the Labour Party may well depend on the performance of Ukip on 7 May, according to Professor Tim Bale, who was speaking at the launch of his new book: Five Year Mission – The Labour Party under Ed Miliband.

One of the data centres at CERN. Image: CERN Blog: Number-crunching Higgs boson: meet the world's largest distributed computer grid
24 March 2015

In an article which originally appeared on The Conversation, Dr Tom Whyntie explains how the world's largest distributed computer grid helped find the Higgs boson and what it'll be doing as the Large Hadron Collider is started up again.

Blog: Gender-blind global health institutions ignore misery for women in Ebola-affected regions
23 March 2015

On the one year anniversary of the Ebola outbreak, Dr Sophie Harman - Reader in International Relations at QMUL - explores the devastating impact on women in affected regions.  

Blog: Tunisia terror attack threatens fledgling democracy
19 March 2015

At least 19 people died in a terrorist attack in Tunisia on 18 March 2015. In this article, Dr Sarah Wolff - Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations - considers the implications for Tunisia "beyond the immediate horror" of the attack, and describes it as "a litmus test for the country’s democratic transition".

Queen Mary University of London launches Medical School in Malta
18 March 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is to launch a new Medical School in the Republic of Malta.

QMUL and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announce new Energy scholarship programme
18 March 2015

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London has announced details of a scholarship and internship programme with legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

News story: World’s largest community genetics study launches in East London
13 March 2015

East London Genes & Health, the world’s largest community based genetics study, has launched today – aiming to improve health among people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage in East London by analysing the genes and health of 100,000 local people.

News story: Researchers display their innovations at Wearable Technology Show
12 March 2015

Wearable technologies, including a bag that tracks what’s in it, a jacket that helps people make introductions and a necklace that connects people in long-distance relationships, are among innovations being demonstrated by QMUL researchers at the Wearable Technology Show 2015.

News story: CARDIS, a new European effort targeting mobile early-stage cardio vascular disease detection
12 March 2015

QMUL has partnered with imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and others to launch the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardiovascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics.

QMUL and Bank of England to shine a light on the financing of Britain’s WWI war effort
9 March 2015

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been granted special access to war bond ledgers, held at the Bank of England, which list those who helped to bankroll Britain’s war effort from 1914-1918.

Dr Shahidha Bari awarded prestigious prize for arts journalism
9 March 2015

Dr Shahidha Bari, Lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary University of London, has won the Observer / Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. Now in its third year, the £2000 prize is for “previously unpublished, imaginative, original, and thought-provoking” works.

An artist's representation of how GJ 581d might look News story: ‘Habitable’ planet GJ 581d previously dismissed as noise probably does exist
6 March 2015

A report published in Science has dismissed claims made last year that the first super-Earth planet discovered in the habitable zone of a distant star was ‘stellar activity masquerading as planets’.

News story: New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation
6 March 2015

Inflammation is the immune system’s natural reaction to an ‘aggressor’ in the body or an injury, but if the inflammatory response is too strong it becomes harmful. For example, inflammation in the brain occurs when a person has a stroke, or when suffering from neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

News story: QMUL supports Innovate UK wearables challenge
4 March 2015

The Innovate UK IC Tomorrow competition is offering up to £35,000 to small companies to work with expert partners, including QMUL, to find solutions to challenges in the wearable technologies market.

News story: Global health systems neglect treating three billion people with tooth decay
4 March 2015

Billions of people across the globe are suffering the consequences of untreated tooth decay (cavities) – which include toothache and dental abscesses – according to new research published in the Journal of Dental Research.

News story: Report on impact of terrorist listing launched at QMUL
4 March 2015

A major report into terrorist listing and conflict transformation was launched at an event at QMUL’s School of Law by the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI).

Future of the UK hangs in the balance, according to experts at Mile End Institute launch event
4 March 2015

The United Kingdom as we know it may not survive the next decade and is “no longer a fixed map in the collective UK mind”, according to Lord Professor Peter Hennessy, who was speaking at the launch of the Mile End Institute (MEI), at Queen Mary University of London on 2 March.

Should Shakespeare be censored for sensitive times?
4 March 2015

Should the works of Shakespeare’s plays be censored where there is a risk of offence? In this article, Dr Preti Taneja, Global Shakespeare Research Fellow, considers the issues.

News story: QMUL Drama student has song chosen for BBC Radio 1 playlist
3 March 2015

A final year Drama student at QMUL has had her song selected for the BBC Radio 1 playlist.

News story: Bees form false memories just like humans
27 February 2015

In the same way that humans sometimes remember things that didn’t actually occur, researchers have found that bees also misremember. False memories have never been observed in non-human animals before.

News story: Global health experts call into question sub-Saharan cancer data
27 February 2015

Global health experts believe the current data on cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa – which determines how billions of pounds of international development money is spent – are weak and could mean vital funds are being deflected from other priorities. These include diarrhoeal and waterborne diseases, malnutrition, sanitation and the need to strengthen health systems.  

The economic consequences of the Greek crisis
27 February 2015

In this article, co-author Professor Brigitte Granville - School of Business and Management at QMUL - contends that default and exit from the eurozone would allow Greece to begin correcting past mistakes, and put its economy on the path to recovery and sustainable growth.

Blog: The Statistics of Climate Change
26 February 2015

Professor Norman Fenton writes about his role co-presenting a forthcoming BBC Four documentary on climate change and the importance of three key statistics.

News story: QMUL announces new MSc partnership with Kew
26 February 2015

From September 2015 QMUL will be offering a new MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

News story: QMUL retained as one of 11 UK universities recognised for Singapore Bar
26 February 2015

QMUL’s School of Law is now one of only 11 UK university law departments recognised for purposes of admission to the Singapore Bar.

Blog: How music listening programs can be easily fooled
25 February 2015

In this blog post, QMUL Lecturer in Digital Media Bob L. Sturm discusses how, like 'Clever Hans' the German horse who appeared to be able to do complex mathematics, music listening programs can appear to work until we start to really test them.

News story: Multiple sclerosis teacher at QMUL to appear on Comic Relief’s Strictly Come Dancing
25 February 2015

A person with MS who works with QMUL to talk about her experience of the condition has been selected to appear in a special Comic Relief edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

Blog: Tobacco Industry's spurious claims on plain packaging must be challenged
23 February 2015

In this letter, published in the Law Society Gazette, QMUL's Jonathan Griffiths challenges "undue pessimism" about the UK’s imminent legislation on plain packaging. 

News story: QMUL Historian Amanda Vickery presents BBC series on the suffragettes
23 February 2015

Oppression, discrimination, and the unrelenting courage of forgotten heroines. In a major new series for the BBC, renowned historian Professor Amanda Vickery tells the story of Britain’s longest war; the suffragettes’ 300 year-long campaign for equality.

www.flickr.com/photos/kenningtonfox/854058386/ CC BY-ND 2.0 News story: New QMUL app uses Twitter comments to give real-time film reviews
20 February 2015

A new app, called Reel Reviews, which uses sophisticated computer analysis of comments from users on Twitter to give up-to-the-minute film ratings has been launched just in time for the Oscars.

News story: QMUL and Takeda announce research collaboration to develop new therapies in gastroenterology
20 February 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited today announced a major research collaboration aiming to define new insights and develop novel therapies in gastroenterology.

News story: Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells
19 February 2015

Researchers at QMUL have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found in the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.

News story: New HPV vaccine offers greater protection against cervical cancer than current vaccine
18 February 2015

Scientists have developed a new HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine which protects against nine types of the virus – seven of which cause most cases of cervical cancer. The new vaccine offers significantly greater protection than the current vaccine, which protects against only two cancer causing types of HPV.

Blog: Online courts must not compromise fairness
18 February 2015

In this article, Professor Julia Hörnle - one of the UK's leading experts in online dispute resolution - comments on the recent recommendations from Civil Justice Council's report on ODR. The group, of which Julia is a member, calls for a radical shake-up in how the UK handles low value claims.

News story: QMUL student shortlisted for national volunteering award
18 February 2015

A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) medicine student has been shortlisted for a national volunteering award after creating a project to help chronically ill young children.

Report calls for radical overhaul of how the court service handles low value claims
16 February 2015

A new system of online justice would revolutionise the court system of England and Wales, according to a report from the Civil Justice Council’s Online Dispute Resolution Advisory Group. The group includes Julia Hörnle, Professor in Internet Law at QMUL.

News story: Changing stem cell structure may help fight obesity
16 February 2015

Scientists have found that reducing the size of tiny hair like structures on stem cells stops them turning into fat. The discovery could be used to develop a way of preventing obesity.

Cold-blooded animals grow bigger in the warm on land, but smaller in warm water
16 February 2015

Scientists studying arthropods, the group of cold-blooded animals that includes crabs and insects, have found that individuals within species living on land tend to grow to a larger size in the warm and nearer the equator, but that the reverse is true of species found in water.

News story: QMUL Professor collaborates on Singapore music and mathematics conference
13 February 2015

Professor Elaine Chew from QMUL’s Centre for Digital Music is invited convener of, and speaker and performer at, a unique international workshop to be hosted at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.

News story: Scientists tackle issue of how to get a first date in a digital world
13 February 2015

An online profile name beginning with letters A-M is as important as an attractive photo and fluent headline when it comes to being successful in the world of online dating, according to scientists.

New book from acclaimed QMUL historian Dr Thomas Asbridge tells the story of the greatest knight
13 February 2015

A new book from QMUL historian Dr Thomas Asbridge tells the story of one remarkable man, the birth of the knightly class to which he belonged, and the forging of the English nation.

QMUL supports Boris Johnson trade mission to US
12 February 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has produced a short film to support Boris Johnson’s trade mission to America to promote London as a world class study destination.

News story: Centre of the Cell hosts half-term science fun
12 February 2015

100-year-old killer diseases and an interactive show about the heart come to Centre of the Cell, QMUL’s science education pod in Whitechapel, this half-term.

News story: ‘Stressed’ young bees could be the cause of colony collapse
9 February 2015

Pressure on young bees to grow up too fast could be a major factor in explaining the disastrous declines in bee populations seen worldwide.

News story: QMUL PhD student exhibits tactile music chair for deaf people
6 February 2015

Robert Jack, a PhD student on the Media and Arts Technology programme at QMUL took his audio tactile furniture to the Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival.

News story: UK Judge on European Court of Human Rights says Court must change to remain effective
6 February 2015

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) must continue to change if it is to remain effective, according to Judge Paul Mahoney, the UK Judge on the ECHR. Judge Mahoney was speaking at an event organised by the Human Rights Collegium at Queen Mary University of London.

Blog: Childhood injuries linked to deprivation but better data collection is needed for prevention
6 February 2015

In a recent study Dianna Smith and Graham Kirkwood, of QMUL’s Blizard Institute, found there were more childhood injuries in areas of deprivation but, they write, with a thorough recording process better prevention can take place.

News story: Get involved with Green Mary Week
6 February 2015

We could all be a little bit greener and next week should be the perfect opportunity to start.

New research reveals one in two people in the UK will get cancer
5 February 2015

New research has predicted one in two people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives, according to the most accurate forecast to date from Queen Mary University of London and Cancer Research UK.

News story: New research reveals one in two people in the UK will get cancer
4 February 2015

New research has predicted one in two people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives, according to the most accurate forecast to date from Queen Mary University of London and Cancer Research UK.

News story: QMUL and UCL agree to establish new institute to tackle cardiovascular disease
4 February 2015

Queen Mary University of London and UCL have agreed to establish a joint Cardiovascular Institute to rise to the global challenge of cardiovascular disease.

New initiative from QMUL offers free legal advice to victims of revenge porn
3 February 2015

Victims of revenge porn can apply for free legal advice through a new service offered by the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). As part of the service, victims will receive legal advice from a team of trained student advisors – under the supervision of experienced, qualified lawyers - at QMUL’s Legal Advice Centre.

L-R: Nida Iqbal, Sadia Rehman and Maliha Asad helped with the fundraising News story: Students raise nearly £50,000 for charity
3 February 2015

QMUL students raised a remarkable £46,779.44 for the international charity Islamic Relief.

News story: Tropical wasps attack intruders with unfamiliar faces
2 February 2015

Researchers at QMUL in collaboration with the University of Florence, have discovered that a species of tropical wasps can memorise the faces of members of their colony and will attack any individual with an unfamiliar face.  These wasps can also recognise the smell of their nest-mates, but pay more attention to the unique facial patterns in their species when considering whether an individual is friend or foe.

QMUL ranked as one of the top 20 most international universities in the world
2 February 2015

Queen Mary University of London has been ranked as the 20th most internationally diverse university in the world, according to a list published by the Times Higher Education (THE).

News story: Dr Helen McCarthy wins award for International Affairs Book of the Year
30 January 2015

Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat, by QMUL Historian Dr Helen McCarthy, took the prize for International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2015.

Blog: Passenger tracking in the EU will be as invasive as it is in the US
30 January 2015

In this comment article, Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas - head of QMUL's Department of Law - considers the implications of the increasingly heated debate around the collection and retention of information from air passengers. 

News story: Surge in undergraduate applications to QMUL as our university remains a popular choice
30 January 2015

Congratulations to those who have received an offer to study at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) for 2015-entry as the university recorded yet another year of increased numbers of UCAS applications.

News story: ‘Nudge’ psychology is not based on robust evidence and conscious decision-making is more effective
28 January 2015

A new study says that the kind of instinctive decision-making advocated in best-selling popular psychology books like ‘Nudge’, ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ and ‘Blink’ is not backed up by reliable evidence.

News story: Revolutionary device found to lower blood pressure
23 January 2015

A revolutionary device has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, compared to those treated with usual drug measures – according to research from Queen Mary University of London and published in The Lancet.

British voters open to a Jewish prime minister — but some are more welcoming than others
23 January 2015

In this post, Professor Tim Bale of QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations, discusses the findings of new polling data on attitudes to Jewish political leaders. The data is based on research from Professor Bale's forthcoming book: Five Year Mission: The Labour Party under Ed Miliband.

News story: New ‘microcapsules’ have potential to repair damage caused by osteoarthritis
21 January 2015

A new ‘microcapsule’ treatment delivery method developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) could reduce inflammation in cartilage affected by osteoarthritis and reverse damage to tissue. The research was funded by Arthritis Research UK and the AO Foundation.

Syriza lead the polls in Greece but coalition options remain unclear
20 January 2015

Greece will hold parliamentary elections on 25 January. Ahead of the vote, Dr Stella Ladi writes on the state of play in the Greek party system. She notes that while the radical left party Syriza currently enjoys a lead in the polls, there is debate over who its most likely coalition partners would be should it fail to secure a majority.

News story: Energy companies must repair relationship with society, says former CEO of BP
20 January 2015

Businesses and extractive industries should communicate openly and engage more effectively with society, according to the former CEO of British Petroleum (BP), who was speaking at the launch of QMUL’s Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute.

Daily beetroot juice lowers blood pressure, scientists find
19 January 2015

Drinking a daily cup of beetroot juice has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with high blood pressure, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London.

News story: QMUL backed model-building game Sodaconstructor launches Kickstarter
15 January 2015

BAFTA-winning physics-based model building game Sodaconstructor has launched a Kickstarter to bring the constructor experience to a new generation through mobile.

News story: Hope for muscular dystrophy patients: harnessing gene helps repair muscle damage
15 January 2015

Researchers have successfully improved the ability of muscle to repair itself – by artificially increasing levels of the BMI1 gene in the muscle-specific stem cells of mice with muscular dystrophy.

Cretaceous carnivore arrives at Queen Mary University of London
15 January 2015

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has taken delivery of a life-sized cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull that will be used for school visits, public engagement and outreach.

News story: Testing for Bovine Tuberculosis is more effective than badger culls at controlling the disease
14 January 2015

Modelling produced by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found that the only effective potential Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) control strategies are badger culling, cattle testing, controlling cattle movement, and ceasing the practice of housing farm cattle together during winter.

News story: QMUL researchers awarded £1.4m from charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
13 January 2015

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been awarded a Specialist Programme Grant of £1.4 million from the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The programme aims to uncover the cause(s) of familial leukaemia and myelodysplasia–blood disorders that cause a life threatening drop in the number of healthy blood cells – and will begin in April 2015.

QMUL Mile End Institute to launch with a debate on the future of the United Kingdom
12 January 2015

Can the United Kingdom survive without changing its constitution? This critical question will be posed to a high-profile panel of commentators and politicians on Monday 2 March, at the launch of the QMUL Mile End Institute.

Feature: Professor of Surgery knighted in New Year’s Honours
7 January 2015

Professor Norman Williams of Queen Mary University of London has been awarded a knighthood in the 2015 New Year’s Honours for services to surgery.

Torture Allegations, Racial Conflicts…and Leadership on Human Rights?
2 January 2015

In this article, Professor Eric Heinze of QMUL's School of Law, argues that the United States, whose government has "has committed grave violations" in the area of human rights, has placed its leadership role in question.

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