22 July 2013

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An anti-cancer drug has been proven to be equally as effective in treating the most common cause of blindness in older adults as a more expensive drug specifically formulated for this purpose.

The results of a two-year trial, led by Queen’s scientist Professor Usha Chakravarthy, and published in The Lancet on Friday 19 July, show that two drug treatments Lucentis and Avastin are equally effective in treating neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).

Click here to hear Professor Usha Chakravarthy from Queen’s Centre for Vision and Vascular Science talk about the trial.

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Free BBC event to help boost representation of women experts in the media

The BBC Academy in conjunction with BBC Northern Ireland wants to boost the representation of women experts appearing on the media. As part of this the Academy is holding a free introduction to the world of broadcasting to help recognised female experts feel comfortable appearing on television, radio and online as contributors or presenters.

This event follows the acclaimed Expert Women’s Day events held in London and Salford. The day will offer a range of practical media experience, including sessions on camera and in a radio studio, as well as masterclasses and networking with experienced programme makers and industry leaders.

Location:  BBC Northern Ireland, Blackstaff House, Belfast BT2 7BZ
Date: Wednesday 18 September 2013
Click here for further details.

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Participants wanted for children’s decision making study

The School of Psychology is looking for children aged 7 - 9 years old to take part in studies on child development. They are interested in children’s decision making. Children taking part are required to visit the child-friendly facilities with a parent or guardian and complete some simple tasks.

Sessions will take no more than one hour, and a fixed payment of £5 is provided to cover local travel expenses. Parking will be provided if required. For more information, please contact Eimear O’Connor at or 028 9097 5655.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 30 July: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 August: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 August: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm

To book a course,  go to Queen’s Online and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course descriptions at For more information contact or 028 9097 6189.  

ECDL - The next test session takes place on Thursday 8 August. The booking form is available at Please note the test session in August will be in the Peter Froggatt Centre,  room 03/030. For more information about ECDL, contact, 028 9097 6189 or go to  

Today’s Tip – Be very wary about clicking on links inside email messages - this is often a ploy to ask for your credentials. When viewing emails with links hover over the link and read the address to check its authenticity.

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Queen's Now Summer edition

The Summer edition of Queen's Now is available online at

Included in this edition is coverage of Summer Graduations, including the Vice-Chancellor's final graduation ceremony. Also included is information about the Queen's teams shortlisted in this year's NISP CONNECT 25K awards and Dr Tess Maginess who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

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Alumni Family Days - Join in

Over the past few years, the Development and Alumni Relations Office has organised several Family Fun Days that have regularly attracted up to 60 people. The events are aimed at Queen’s alumni with children who want to learn about the exciting research taking place at Queen’s.

In 2012/13 Fun Days took place at Armagh Planetarium and Queen’s Marine Laboratory.

The Development and Alumni Relations Office is now looking for fresh ideas for 2013/2014 to promote other Schools and subjects in a fun and interesting way for the next generation of Queen’s alumni.  The Office is able to offer planning assistance and promote the event to allow Schools to engage with alumni and beyond. If you are interested in discussing this, please contact Adele Ward, Events and Reunion Officer on 028 9097 5289.

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Queen's Sport

Summer Courses - Spaces still available
There are still spaces available in courses including Pilates, Yoga and Swimming. Book now to avoid disappointment. Courses commence Monday 22 July.

One Month Summer Membership for only £35
One Month All-Inclusive Summer Membership now available for only £35. Membership includes access to 70+ classes a week, all fitness areas, swimming, climbing and racquet sports.  Join now and get the remainder of July for free.

Queen’s Sport Children’s Summer Camps
The new Queen's Sport Children’s Swimming and Climbing Camps are open for enrolment. The camps are an opportunity for children to try a new activity or improve their existing techniques in a fun safe environment. Open to new and existing members of the Queen's Sport Children's programme.

Queen's Rugby Summer Talent Camp
Queen's Rugby Summer Talent Camp aimed at 13-16 year old takes place between August 19-23 at Queen's Sport Upper Malone.

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Summer editions of Round Up

The Round Up will be produced on a fortnightly basis over the summer. Contributions should be sent to by the deadlines below:

Publication Date Submission Date
Monday 5 August Thursday 1 August
Monday 19 August Thursday 15 August
Monday 2 September          Thursday 29 August
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