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Covid-19: How Northern Ireland has fared better than the Republic of Ireland

September 2020 - Dr Chris Colvin is Senior Lecturer in Economics at Queen’s University Belfast. In Ireland, the Covid-19 statistics have been used to highlight contrasting performances of the island’s two jurisdictions

Dr Chris Colvin
Irish Times

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Population Density Does Not Doom Cities to Pandemic Dangers

September 2020 - “Since the early days of the pandemic, there have been a number of articles speculating whether COVID-19 will spell the end of cities, [and] some articles suggested that COVID-19 was spurring an exodus from cities to suburbs as a way to escape the ... virus,” says Deepti Adlakha, an environmental health researcher at Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Deepti Adlakha
Scientific American

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Self-disinfecting surfaces could help protect us from COVID-19 – here’s how

October 2020 - Queen’s University Belfast, we’re developing another protective solution: self-disinfecting surfaces. Our team has created materials that can kill infection-causing microbes upon contact, helping to prevent the transmission of contagious diseases.


The Conversation

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How do coronavirus researchers avoid catching COVID-19?

October 2020 - Grace C Roberts, Research Fellow in Virology, Queen's University Belfast - he virus that causes COVID-19, as part of our global quest to understand, and hopefully overcome, this pandemic.

Grace C Roberts
ENCA

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‘Possibility’ Northern Irish COVID-19 patients moved to hospitals in Republic

October 2020 - Queen’s University Belfast Professor of Molecular Virology Dr Ultan Power said it would be difficult to know as yet whether Irish hospitals would have to take Northern Irish patients.

Dr Ultan Power
Extra.ie

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What has been the impact of Covid-19 on Northern Ireland’s economy?

October 2020 - Graham Brownlow, Queen’s University Belfast - Given the resurgence of the virus and a bigger fall in Northern Ireland’s GDP than expected, policy is focused on restoring public health and maintaining some stability of jobs and incomes. But delays in tackling underlying economic weaknesses will have long-term costs.

Graham Brownlow
Economics Observatory

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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Six deaths and 923 cases reported by Department of Health

October 2020 - Queen's University virologist Dr Connor Bamford has said that only an urgent overhaul of the test and trace system can prevent the need for the third lockdown over the Christmas holidays.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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NI virologist Bamford warns of increase in Covid deaths in coming weeks without second lockdown

October 2020 - Virologist Dr Connor Bamford has said there will be an increase in the number of people dying from Covid-19 in the next "one or two weeks", but a lockdown would limit those figures.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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‘Triple Challenge’ of a new world to dominate agenda of HCC Conference

October 2020 - Chris Elliott OBE, founder of the Institute of Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, will give a presentation on the need for integrity in global food supply chains after Covid.

Professor Chris Elliot
AgriLand.co.uk

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Northern Ireland’s circuit breaker lockdown: why now and will it work?

October 2020 - Grace C Roberts, Queen’s University Belfast; With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly and 83% of beds in intensive care currently occupied, things have not been going well in Northern Ireland.

Dr Grace Roberts
Australian Times

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Man with flu-COVID infection found in the US – but he’s not the first

November 2020 - David Courtney, Queen’s University Belfast - As many of us get closer to our first COVID-19 winter, we have many things to feel optimistic about: vaccine results are on the horizon, mortality rates for those infected have fallen and established therapeutic strategies, such as treatment with the antiviral drug remdesivir, seem to be reducing illness.

Dr David Courtney
Australian Times

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Expert warns virus deaths set to rise in North but infections falling

November 2020 - Virologist at Queen's University Belfast Dr Connor Bamford warned that the next two weeks would be crucial in determining whether the Executive's schools 'experiment' has worked.

Dr Connor Bamford
Independent.ie

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Coronavirus: Can NI 'learn to live' with Covid-19?

November 2020 - Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queen's University Belfast, said the system must undergo a "complete revamp".

Dr Connor Bamford
BBCONE.co.uk

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All ICU beds in Altnagelvin and Belfast City hospitals now full with Covid-19 virus patients

November 2020 - Queen’s University virologist Dr Connor Bamford warned that the next two weeks will be crucial in determining whether the Executive’s schools ‘experiment’ has worked and if, as First Minister Arlene Foster has said, we are able to learn to co-exist with the virus.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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No room for complacency even if Covid death rates in Northern Ireland appear to be falling

November 2020 - "The next two weeks are likely to see an increase in deaths," said Dr Connor Bamford, virologist at Queen's University.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Coronavirus and Flu at the Same Time? Yes, You Can Be Sick with Both.

November 2020 - At this stage of the pandemic, we are aware of many patients that, through sheer bad luck, have experienced a flu-COVID co-infection. David Courtney, Postdocotoral Research Fellow in Molecular Virology, Queen's University Belfast.

Dr David Courtney
The National Interest

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If we want to beat Covid, we have to think like virologists

November 2020 - Grace C Roberts, Research Fellow in Virology, Queen’s University Belfast … Around the world, virologists in labs are constantly handling samples of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as part of our global quest to understand, and hopefully overcome, this pandemic.

Dr Grace Roberts
The Print

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Feature: Concerns grow over delay in cancer treatment amid coronavirus lockdown

November 2020 - Joe O'Sullivan, a consultant clinical oncologist based at Northern Ireland Cancer Centre in Belfast and a professor of Radiation Oncology at Queen's University Belfast, explained to Xinhua how the health service throughout the first coronavirus wave tried to prioritise those most in need of treatment.

Joe O'Sullivan
china.org

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Up to 2,000 cancer cases may have been missed because of Covid-19

November 2020 - "And we've had Professor Mark Lawler from Queen's University in Belfast and our initial results suggest that there is a similar impact on cancer services in the north of Ireland and in the United Kingdom as we have had ourselves here."

Professor Mark Lawler
irishexaminer.com

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How the spice trade survived the Covid-19 pandemic

December 2020 - Chris Elliott, a food safety professor at Queen's University Belfast who led the study, believes fraud has increased in the past six months. "The prices paid are absurd - they should be going up because of the problem. [logistics] related to Covid [and increasing demand], but that's not happening," said Elliott.

Professor Chris Elliott
BBC News Indonesia

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Is it possible to have covid-19 and flu? US data shows yes

November 2020 - David Courtney, a postdoctoral researcher in Molecular Virology at Queen's University Belfast, UK, he says that cases of coinfection may be underreported because doctors rarely test patient samples for any other virus besides the new coronavirus at the current stage of the pandemic.

David Courtney
https://www.pptasaude.com

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Where will Northern Ireland be six months from today? Three experts make their predictions

December 2020 - Following the news that the Pfizer vaccine will begin to be rolled out from next week, the Belfast Telegraph asked three experts - independent Sage member Dr Gabriel Scally, Ulster University senior economist Dr Esmond Birnie and Queen's University virologist Dr Connor Bamford - what lies ahead in the coming months.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Great Infrastructure Helped UAE Become a Major Food Hub

November 2020 - Christopher Elliott, Professor at Queens University in Belfast “I believe in certain principals of food integrity. The food that we eat must be safe and nutritious. We must protect and respect our planet and all those people who work right across the system to put food on our plates. Science, technology and engineering are going to have a massive role in our future food system,”

Professor Chris Elliott
dubaiforum.me

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Coronavirus: Virologist welcomes news of vaccine

November 2020 - A VIROLOGIST from Queen’s University Belfast has welcomed news of a vaccination to fight against Covid-19, with Dr. Connor Bamford giving The Impartial Reporter his thoughts on the momentous news.

Dr Connor Bamford
impartialreporter.com

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The ‘Magnificent Seven’ principles that can help Welsh red meat

November 2020 - “We were delighted that Professor Elliott, one of the world’s most respected experts on food security, was able to address our virtual conference. “Viewers were very interested in his views on how the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced the food industry …”

Professor Chris Elliott
agriland.co.uk

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Covid-19 has 'devastating' effect on medical research charities

November 2020 - Prof Grieve of Queen's University says the sector needs urgent support. His research involves investigating how the heart responds to stresses which ultimately lead to heart failure. "Covid-19 has put people with heart and circulatory conditions at greater risk," he said.

Professor David Grieve
bbc.co.uk

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Shielding the Vulnerable Using a Risk Calculator – Here’s Why It Won’t Be Enough

November 2020 - Andrew Kunzmann is Patrick G. Johnston Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast. In recent weeks, there have been controversial proposals to ask older, more vulnerable adults to isolate from society, while younger adults build herd immunity to COVID-19.

Andrew Kunzmann
homelandsecuritynewswire.com

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Why using an algorithm to work out who should get the vaccine first would be a mistake

November 2020 - Andrew Kunzmann, Patrick G. Johnston Fellow, Queen's University Belfast … Separating households for months isn’t a workable solution, especially for families with informal caring responsibilities – and employers may be hesitant to allow low-risk workers who live with high-risk adults to work from home.

Andrew Kunzmann
staffordshirelive.co.uk

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InterTradeIreland webinars offer a blueprint for action

December 2020 - In his webinar on business model innovation for post crisis growth, he outlines the key steps to help businesses withstand the external pressures of change caused by Covid-19 and adapt to grow… The series includes talks by international expert on innovation management, Professor Oliver Gassman, and Queen’s University Belfast management lecturer and entrepreneurship expert, Dr Lisa Messina.

Dr Lisa Messina
bizplus.ie

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Queen's virologist Ultan Power to indulge other passion of Waterford hurling this weekend

November 2020 - An internationally respected virologist based at Queen's University will indulge his other passion this weekend when his beloved Waterford hurling team play in the Munster final.

Professor Ultan Power
irishnews.com

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NI mouth cancer spike – sexually transmitted HPV virus linked to tonsil problems

November 2020 - Helen Mitchell, a statistician at the NI Cancer Registry at Queen’s University Belfast, said that the rate of mouth cancer diagnosis per capita – as opposed to hospital admissions – is actually slightly lower in NI at 13.1 people per 100,000, than in England … and also the impact of Covid is going to be quite great on mouth caner because people are not getting their regular check ups.

Helen Mitchell
presfrom.ie

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Christmas get-togethers possible in Northern Ireland as London and Dublin hold key Covid talks

November 2020 - Queen's University virologist Dr Connor Bamford sounded a warning. "The virus is still out there," the Belfast expert said. "We have to be very careful, as any relaxation of restrictions will inevitably lead to an increase in the number of cases and people getting sick and dying."

Dr Connor Bamford
belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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Prof Sir Paul Curran Award For Excellence In Academic Journalism 2020 Goes To Connor Bamford

November 2020 - Dr Connor Bamford, a Wellcome Research Fellow in virology and antiviral immunity. Years after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, will we look back and recall where we were when we first considered a virus that was claiming lives and terrifying the population of a Chinese city the size of London?

Dr Connor Bamford
globaladvisors.biz

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Why cities are not as bad for you as you think

December 2020 - "From what we’ve learned about how the virus spreads, the risk of infection is higher in crowded indoor spaces…bars, meatpacking plants, industrial warehouses, nursing homes, prisons, and cruise ships, not cities,” says Deepti Adlakha, an assistant professor in environmental planning at Queen's University, Belfast

Dr Deepti Adlakha
bbc.com

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How did the old spice road survive during the pandemic, when transport routes closed, but demand inc

November 2020 - Quality control at processing plants has become even more important in the pandemic. There have always been fraudulent activities in the spice trade - a study of oregano, for example, found that up to 40% of batches were fake . But Chris Elliott, a food safety professor at Queen's University Belfast who led the study, believes fraud has increased over the past six months.

Professor Chris Elliott
comisarul.ro

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Coronavirus Q&A: QUB professor Dr Ultan Power on Pfizer vaccine breakthrough and whether it is a gam

November 2020 - Scientists have reached a breakthrough in the war against Covid-19 as preliminary analysis shows that a possible vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from catching the virus.

Dr Ultan Power
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

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Queen's University professor Ultan Power says speed at which coronavirus vaccine is being developed

November 2020 - Queen's University Professor Ultan Power has said Monday's vaccine announcement is "very exciting news indeed". The expert virologist told Belfast Live it normally takes years to develop a vaccine and the speed at which this breakthrough has come "shows that literally mountains can be moved".

Professor Ultan Power
belfastlive

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Covid-19 vaccine breakthrough hailed as game-changer

November 2020 - First Minister Arlene Foster said the news was "significant", and it has also been welcomed by Queen's University virologist Dr Connor Bamford as a major breakthrough in the treatment of the virus.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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One in four pet owners admit to missing vet appointments during pandemic

November 2020 - “These survey results reveal yet more worrying, secondary impacts of the pandemic, with pet owners reluctant to visit a veterinarian and animal health suffering as a result,” said Dr Simon Doherty, senior lecturer in Animal Health & Welfare at Queen’s University Belfast and former president of the BVA.

Dr Simon Doherty
MRCVS Online

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Coronavirus vaccine no silver bullet, warns QUB virologist

November 2020 - QUB Dr Connor Bamford; As the Executive prepares to debate the effectiveness of Northern Ireland's Covid restrictions on Thursday, a leading virologist has warned that even a vaccine will not be the instant "silver bullet" that many were hoping for and that changes to our lives will be in place for some time.

Dr Connor Bamford
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

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Expert warns virus deaths set to rise in North but infections falling

December 2020 - Virologist at Queen's University Belfast Dr Connor Bamford warned that the next two weeks would be crucial in determining whether the Executive's schools 'experiment' has worked. "Over the next two weeks we are likely to see the number of deaths push up," he warned, "but the hope is that the restrictions have been put in place in good time.

Dr Connor Bamford
independent.ie

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Huge queues of ambulances at Northern Ireland hospitals 'only the beginning'

December 2020 - Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queen's University, said case numbers "will only get worse" after non-essential retail, close-contact services and parts of the hospitality industry reopened last weekend.

Dr Connor Bamford
Headtopics.com

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Viruses are experts at mutation – but there is no need to panic

December 2020 - Connor Bamford QUB… This new variant is associated with recent infections in England; no changes to severity of disease have been described.

Dr Connor Bamford
independent.co.uk

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Senior nurse Joanna Sloan is first to receive Covid vaccine in Northern Ireland

December 2020 - Queen's University virologist Dr Lindsay Broadbent is among those who have volunteered to take part in the clinical trial, in what will be the first of its kind for the north.

Dr Lindsay Broadbent
irishnews.com

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Survey finds pandemic had a major impact on children’s experiences and rights

December 2020 - Dr Bronagh Byrne from the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast said: “Findings show that many children were unaffected during coronavirus and, for some children, things were better. However, other children reported negative impacts since the beginning of the pandemic. Some groups of children were more likely to report negative experiences including children from migrant communities, those living in a detention centre, refugee camp or homeless centre and children with disabi

Dr Bronagh Byrne
Alphagalileo.org

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Coronavirus: 310 more cases as school detections rise by 60%

December 2020 - Professor Ultan Power, professor of molecular virology at Queen’s University Belfast, said the fact that the two healthcare staff had been carrying epi-pens showed they were aware they had significant allergic reactions in the past.

Professor Ultan Power
irishtimes.com

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MIL-OSI Global: How to keep COVID-safe this Christmas

December 2020 - Grace C Roberts, Research Fellow in Virology, Queen’s University Belfast. It’s Christmas 2020 and COVID-19 is unfortunately still here. Many people will be visiting loved ones, including vulnerable family members.

Grace Roberts
foreignaffairs.co.nz

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'We are still in a very dangerous place', warns virologist Bamford

December 2020 - “QUB expert warns surge in cases could lead to fresh restrictions after latest lockdown ends”

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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New Coronavirus Variant: What Can We Learn from Spike Proteins?

December 2020 - QUB Connor Bamford … The new variant carries several peculiar changes to the spike protein when compared to other closely related variants and that’s one of the reasons why it’s more concerning than other, harmless changes to the virus we have observed before

Dr Connor Bamford
nationalinterest.org

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'Tough months ahead but we can start to look forward': Politicians and public health experts on 2021

January 2021 - The coronavirus pandemic has thrust a range of politicians and public health experts into the spotlight. Lauren Harte spoke to some of those who have led Northern Ireland's fight against Covid-19 about how they have found the past year in the public eye … QUB Virologist Connor Bamford

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 14 further deaths and 1,566 new cases reported

December 2020 - “Queen's University virologist Dr Connor Bamford said new measures may need to be taken if the six-week lockdown fails to bring infections down.”

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Lockdown in NI 'a result of underfunding and chronic lack of nurses'

January 2021 - It comes as a virology expert warned Northern Ireland is "in the worst position it has ever been in" and is likely to endure at least three months of lockdown.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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New lockdown for Northern Ireland

January 2021 - Connor Bamford, a virologist from Queen’s University, said: “We’re in a worse place than we were in March and I think it’s going to take at least three months to get the virus back under control.”

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Northern Ireland expert says new Covid strain could have been contained with better test and trace

December 2020 - Dr Lindsay Broadbent, from Queen’s University, Belfast, outlined her thoughts on the new variant of Covid-19 which appears to be concentrated in the south east of England.

Dr Lindsay Broadbent
Belfast Live

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How Greek musicians weathered an economic crisis could help UK performers handle COVID fall-out

December 2020 - Ioannis Tsioulakis is a Senior Lecturer at QUB … This is especially true in places that have suffered long periods of austerity, such as Greece and the UK. Under COVID-19, the precarious condition of performing workers has reached such breaking point that many will be unable to continue in their careers.

Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis
neoskosmos.com

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New coronavirus variant likely circulating in Republic, experts say

December 2020 - Prof Ultan Power of Queen’s University Belfast said the mutant strain may not be more dangerous but, assuming increased transmissibility is confirmed, it meant “more people are likely to become infected, quicker” and the more likely highly vulnerable groups such as older people are likely to become severely ill with the virus.

Professor Ultan Power
Irish Times

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Rethink your Christmas plans to protect elderly and vulnerable is the call from the Chief Medical Of

December 2020 - Professor of Molecular Virology at Queens University Belfast, Ultan Power, says people travelling from abroad should not be coming home for the festive season.

Professor Ultan Power
kclr96fm.com

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Charles Dickens wrote about the diphtheria crisis of 1856 - and it all sounds very familiar

January 2021 - QUB Professor Leon Litvack … Its scientific name, diphtheria, was conceived by Pierre Bretonneau and referred to the leathery membrane that develops in the larynx as a result of bacterial infection. It was dangerous, contagious and often fatal. The disease spreads in the same way as COVID-19 – by direct contact or respiratory droplets.

Professor Leon Litvack
Belfast Live

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COVID ‘passport’ system will face great difficulties ahead of Ireland vaccination rollout

December 2020 - Professor Ultan Power of Queen’s University Belfast added that it would be much easier for private entities such as airlines to unilaterally require this.

Professor Ultan Power
extra.ie

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Will The New Coronavirus Mutation Affect The Vaccine? Here's What You Need to Know

December 2020 - QUB Connor Bamford … The spike protein is also the basis of current COVID-19 vaccines, which seek to generate an immune response against it. But what exactly is the spike protein and why is it so important?

Dr Connor Bamford
sciencealert.com

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Serious winter flu cases virtually wiped out in Northern Ireland

October 2020 - This is despite an increase in the number of people being tested. Back in October, this was foretold by virus expert Ultan Power of Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Ultan Power
Newsletter.co.uk

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Grassroots activism will give power to climate action

January 2021 - In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have provided alternative methods of working which might just provide this movement with a longevity that others have not had … QCAN (Queen’s Climate Action Network), started this summer by Jessica Scott and Chris Connolly at Queen’s University Belfast

Jessica Scott and Chris Connolly
ribaj.com

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Queen’s research finds that ‘church is something other than a building’ during the Covid-19 pandemic

January 2021 - The research was conducted by Dr Gladys Ganiel, from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s … New findings include a range of perspectives on how God may be working during the pandemic, with a strong emphasis on God coming alongside us during the pandemic.

Dr Gladys Ganiel
Newswise.com

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NI approach to pandemic should be less inward-looking, virologist says

January 2021 - The race between different countries to deliver vaccines needs to recognise that people will have to travel and trade together, Dr Lindsay Broadbent QUB added.

Dr Lindsay Broadbent
Yahoo

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One year since we first reported on this coronavirus – what we’ve learned, and still need to know

January 2021 - QUB Connor Bamford … A year ago, I wrote an article for The Conversation about a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which transpired to be the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Connor Bamford
Foreignaffaris.co.nz

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NI approach to pandemic should be less inward-looking, virologist says

January 2021 - Ms Broadbent, a research fellow at Queen’s school of medicine, said: “One benefit of Northern Ireland being associated with the UK is that there has been access to some very good protocols such as UK-wide genomic surveying work, which helped identify the UK variant and South African variant..

Dr Lindsay Broadbent
TheNational.scot

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Serious winter flu cases virtually wiped out in Northern Ireland

October 2020 - Back in October, this was foretold by virus expert Ultan Power of Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Ultan Power
MSN.com

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LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus - NI people told ‘do not book a summer holiday’ by top government minister

January 2021 - QUB Lindsay Broadbent … said: “We have to be realistic that this virus is worldwide, it has spread worldwide, you cannot just have an inward-looking approach to this pandemic.

Dr Lindsay Broadbent
Newsletter.co.uk

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Covid-19: Will new strains make the virus more difficult to control?

January 2021 - One year on, virologist Dr Connor Bamford of Queen’s University Belfast has spelt out the knowledge gaps. The first is how will SARS-CoV-2 evolve, adapt and change over the next year in the face of natural or acquired immunity through vaccination?

Dr Connor Bamford
Irish Times

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We Fact-Checked 5 Common Bogus Claims About Vaccines and COVID-19

January 2021 - While the latter point is good news for those who do fall ill, Dr Connor Bamford, a research fellow in virology at Queen’s University Belfast, warns new variants could cause problems on a community and countrywide level as more people become infected.

Dr Connor Bamford
Vice.com

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Coronavirus pandemic: the health benefits of living in densely populated cities

January 2021 - "From what we've learned about how the virus spreads, the risk of infection is greatest in crowded indoor spaces ... bars, refrigerators, industrial warehouses, nursing homes, prisons and cruises, not in cities," says Deepti Adlakha, professor environmental planning assistant at Queen's University, Belfast, UK

Dr Deepti Adlakha
BBC

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QUB begins research on COVID-19 blood vessel damage

January 2021 - The project is being led by Professor Alan Stitt from Queen’s University Belfast and Dr Roger Preston from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

Professor Alan Stitt
syncni.com

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Seven challenges and trends the food industry can expect in 2021

January 2021 - Professor Chris Elliott of Queen’s University Belfast expressed faith in the UK’s food security, he admitted that he had concerns about the honesty of some global markets … especially as we look to be just getting started when it comes to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Professor Chris Elliot
newfoodmagazine.com

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QUB-led clinical trial completes recruitment of ICU patients with COVID-19

January 2021 - The REALIST COVID-19 trial is led by Professor Danny McAuley and Professor Cecilia O’Kane, both researchers from the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University.

Professor Danny McAuley and Professor Cecilia O’Kane
syncni.com

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What is an endemic illness? Term’s meaning explained.

February 2021 - “Many of these mutations will result in non-viable viruses, unable to infect or replicate. But a small number of these mutations might result in an advantageous change. For example, they may allow the virus to get into host cells quicker or make the jump to a new, different host,” Dr Grace C Roberts, a virologist at Queen’s University Belfast wrote.

Grace C Roberts
inews.co.uk

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Coronavirus might become endemic – here’s how

February 2021 - Endemic viruses are those that have constant presence within a geographical area. Such viruses are all around us, though they vary by location – QUB experts Grace C Roberts.

Grace C Roberts
The Conversation

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COVID vaccines and Brexit borders: what is happening in Northern Ireland?

February 2021 - QUB Peter John McLoughlin - The situation has been made worse by unhelpful rhetoric prompted by the COVID crisis. Chief among these was the EU's announcement that it intended to trigger a clause in the Brexit deal in order to stop the movement of COVID vaccines between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

Peter John McLoughlin
BigNewsNetwork

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Oxford jab 'cuts spread of Covid by two-thirds', study finds

February 2021 - Researchers said that the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab offers protection of 76% up to three months and may reduce transmission by 67%, with efficacy rising to 82.4% after the second dose 12 weeks later.

Ultan Power
Belfast Telegraph

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Does Covid-19 impact male fertility? Experts urge caution about new evidence

January 2021 - Sheena Lewis, a professor emeritus at Queen's University Belfast in Ireland, shared similar thoughts via email: "My concerns are that the men with COVID had substantially higher body weight and were on a number of therapeutic treatments.

Sheena Lewis
Edition.CNN.com

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Coronavirus variants: are they really more deadly? Here's what scientists know so far

January 2021 - QUB Virologist David Courtney … One certainty during a pandemic is that the virus will mutate. SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is no different. But how concerned should we be about the new variants of the virus that are arising in places such as the UK, South Africa and Brazil? Are they more lethal or more transmissible than the original virus?

Dr David Courtney
The Conversation

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Cold-chain goods major cause of infections

February 2021 - Christopher Elliott, Professor of Food Safety at Queen's University, UK, says: "It is becoming increasingly clear that the novel coronavirus can survive longer at low temperatures."

Professor Chris Elliot
ChinaDaily.com

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QUB 'green economist' Professor John Barry on how pandemic can help us tackle climate emergency

February 2021 - Professor John Barry chats to David Roy about how the pandemic offers valuable lessons on how to deal with climate change

Professor John Barry
Irish News

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Tighten our defences to block South Africa strain

February 2021 - Dr Connor Bamford, a research fellow at Queen's University, also expressed concern at evidence suggesting the current vaccines might be less effective against this strain.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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When – or will – life ever go back to normal?

March 2021 - “According to Dr Grace Roberts, a research fellow in virology at Queens University Belfast, “with Covid-19, it seems that children have milder illness, while more severe disease tends to appear in people over 60”

Grace C Roberts
Irish Times

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Vaccine update: ROI could see new surge in Covid cases

March 2021 - Dr Ultan Power, Professor of Molecular Virology at Queens University Belfast said the decision to suspend it may have caused more harm than good: "I heard figures that this week because of the suspension in the Republic, 40,000 people are not going to be vaccinated …"

Professor Ultan Power
Planet Radio

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Risk of ‘cancer epidemic’ can’t be underestimated – researcher

March 2021 - “Prof Mark Lawler, chair in translational cancer genomics at Queen’s University Belfast, said the pandemic is “wreaking untold damage for Irish citizens and particularly Irish cancer patients”.”

Professor Mark Lawler
Irish Times

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Backlog of a half-million endoscopies and rising during the pandemic, report finds

March 2021 - Co-author Professor Mark Lawler, Professor of Digital Health, Queen's University Belfast and Scientific Director DATA-CAN, the U.K.'s Health Data Research Hub for Cancer said: "These data provide yet more evidence of the disastrous impact of COVID on cancer services and ultimately cancer patients. The precipitous drop in endoscopic services nationally (to less than 10% of pre COVID levels) is extremely worrying.

Professor Mark Lawler
MedicalExpress.com

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How the "dumbest theory" works that can lead you to make wrong financial decisions

February 2021 - Some economists are waiting for a sharp correction in the markets as equity returns have exploded amid one of the worst economic crises in decades in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The problem with bubbles is that you only have the certainty that we are facing one of them when they burst, says John Turner, professor at Queen's University Belfast.

John Turner
BBC

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COVID Vaccine And Asthma: Why Most Sufferers Won’t Be Prioritised In The Next Phase Of Rollout

February 2021 - In a way it is good news for asthmatics: the evidence so far indicates that they are no more likely to suffer from severe COVID than people without asthma. Some studies have even shown that asthmatics have a slightly reduced chance of dying from COVID. Grace C Roberts works for Queen's University, Belfast.

Grace C Roberts
Global Advisors

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Beware the Bitcoin-ARK-Tesla Connection

February 2021 - Regulators and policy makers must sometimes feel their task is thankless when it comes to reining in the consumer-led euphoria sweeping cryptocurrency and financial markets amid Covid-19 … William Quinn and John Turner of Queen’s University Belfast, in their comprehensive 2020 history of financial bubbles (which doesn’t include tulips)

John Turner, William Quinn
Bloomberg

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Sam McBride: After darkness, light: Reasons for real hope

February 2021 - “If you consider that a year ago we had no vaccine at all and now have a third of the Northern Ireland population vaccinated – it’s just phenomenal,” says Professor Ultan Power.

Dr Ultan Power
Newsletter

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Giving kids a break is the best way for them to 'catch up' after a year of disruption

February 2021 - Pre-Covid research from the US has been referenced in support of extending school days, but studies have not provided evidence of positive impact on attainment. Dr John McMullen is an educational psychologist at QUB.

Dr John McMullen
The Guardian

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Three NI scientists getting to the heart of the matter

March 2021 - When COVID hit, the team couldn't keep delivering the programme … Professor Andriana Margariti (41) is originally from Greece and now lives in Belfast after many years in London. She is a professor at Queen's University Belfast in the Department of Vascular and Regenerative Medicine and her team has discovered a gene that increases the risk of blood vessel damage in people with diabetes

Professor Andriana Margariti
Belfast Telegraph

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Women in Science: Challenge yourself… you might just find a career you love

February 2021 - The trial was postponed because of Covid-19 but it’s hoped the vaccines will be administered to calves at the institute before the end of the year … Prof. Cosby is head of virology at the ‎Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute’s Veterinary Sciences Division and also an emeritus and honorary professor of microbiology at Queen’s University Belfast.

Professor Louise Cosby
Agriland

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Teachers, and not politicans, should decide pupils' futures, says expert

February 2021 - Tony Gallagher, Professor of Education at Queen's University Belfast was speaking after the UK Government's new educational recovery tsar said longer school hours and terms extended into the summer to tackle the impact of Covid-19 on children would be considered alongside extra hours for sports and music.

Professor Tony Gallagher
Belfast Telegraph

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Covid has shown church is about more than a building

March 2021 - At the last meeting of the Irish Inter-Church Committee, members reflected on Something Other than a Building, the recent publication by Dr Gladys Ganiel of Queen's University Belfast.

Dr Gladys Ganiel
Irish News

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Is Food Sold Through Social Media Safe?

March 2021 - Covid-19 has been a boon for home-based food businesses … Professor Chris Elliott, director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, called food sold via the internet “the wild west of the food market".

Professor Chris Elliot
Food Service Foot Print

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QUB virologist praises country’s Covid response but urges caution

February 2021 - Dr. Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queen’s University, Belfast, said: “I think the vaccine [roll-out] worldwide is going really well, and if you look across the UK, most of the regions are similar.

Dr Connor Bamford
Impartial Reporter

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Low-paid forced to isolate 'should get £400 a week'

February 2021 - A group of academics and scientists have written to Stormont's Department for Communities calling for more financial support for those on low incomes to help drive down Covid rates. QUB Ultan Power …

Professor Ultan Power
Belfast Telegraph

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Caution urged to ensure end at last to shutdowns

February 2021 - Dr Connor Bamford, Queen's University Belfast virologist "The cautious approach announced by the Prime Minister is to be commended, although I do not believe it is cautious enough and it lacks a reliance on improvement in key data such as numbers of new cases, hospitalisations, the R-rate, and presence of variants of concern.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Schools not 'major source' of virus transmission

February 2021 - It comes as Queen's University virologist Dr Connor Bamford has warned opening schools before April will result in Northern Ireland enduring another deadly surge of Covid-19.

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Five things on the Executive's agenda ahead of lifting current coronavirus restrictions

February 2021 - The Kent variant, for instance, is though not to cause more severe illness, but could be up to 70% more infectious and more transmissible by children. Speaking last month, QUB virologist Connor Bamford...

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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QUB virologist praises country’s Covid response but urges caution

February 2021 - Dr. Bamford QUB compared the process in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Dr Connor Bamford
Impartial Reporter

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Questions grow over what the contrasting paces of jab rollouts in NI and Republic will mean

February 2021 - "... vaccine rollouts might work, there will be a nervousness with travelling too far until people are comfortable and consumer confidence starts to grow again". However, according to Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist from Queen's University Belfast …

Dr Connor Bamford
Belfast Telegraph

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Veterinary Fears For Animal Health In Pandemia

February 2021 - Dr. Simon Doherty, senior professor of Health and Wellness Animal, Queen's University Belfast. Almost half (47%) of the pet owners surveyed said that their veterinarians offered digital or remote consultations, an increase of 20% compared to the period before the pandemic.

Dr Simon Doherty
revisitapetcentre.com

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One year of coronavirus in Northern Ireland: How well has Stormont handled the pandemic?

February 2021 - Dr Lindsay Broadbent, a virologist at Queen's University Belfast, said a measured response was still necessary. "Confusing messaging around Christmas and a delay to implement restrictions resulted in much higher case numbers, compounded by a variant (B1.1.7) that was 50% more transmissible.

Dr Lindsay Broadbent
Belfast Live

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Covid vaccines 'starting to kick in'

February 2021 - Lindsey Broadbent is a Virologist at Queens University Belfast researching the body's immune response to Coronavirus. She says she is 'cautiously optimistic' about the future, thanks to the Covid jabs.

Dr Lindsay Broadbent
Planet Radio

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PSNI has third highest stop and search rate in UK

March 2021 - “The stop and search figures come after a joint VICE World News/The Detail investigation which uncovered that people from BAME backgrounds received a disproportionate number of Covid-19 fines in Northern Ireland last year … “Stop and search is not felt generally, it is felt very specifically and unevenly by particular groups in society”, said Dr Topping Criminology QUB expert.

Dr John Topping
thedetail.tv

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Banishing Covid restrictions completely may take years – it could become an annual winter virus

March 2021 - “Dr Ultan Power told the News Letter that not only do we face the threat of new pandemics engulfing our society in the future, but it could be years before the last vestiges of Covid restrictions are finally abandoned.”

Dr Ultan Power
Newsletter.co.uk

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Covid: More than 700,000 vaccine first doses given in NI

March 2021 - “QUB Professor Ultan Power told Good Morning Ulster that at least 80% of the population of Northern Ireland should have two doses of a coronavirus vaccine before travel to Europe is allowed again.”

Dr Ultan Power
bbc.co.uk

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Coronavirus: NI scientists play 'global role' in response

March 2021 - “Dr David Simpson, a senior lecturer at The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen's University, said the work undertaken so far had been able to detect the Kent and South Africa variants of the virus.”

Dr David Simpson
bbc.co.uk

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Niamh Griffin: UK's roll of vaccine dice could be a boon to Ireland

March 2021 - “Queens University Belfast virologist Connor Bamford had been worried about risks for partially-vaccinated people, but three months into the experiment, he too is less concerned.”

Dr Connor Bamford
Irish Examiner