The Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s incorporates an integrated mixture of approaches ranging from molecular cell biology, immunology, disease phenotyping, imaging, functional genomics, unique pre-clinical models of disease, and patient-based investigation and clinical trials to deliver translational impact on respiratory disease, eye disease, and infectious diseases.
Research in the Centre falls into three Research Themes:
Vision and Vascular Medicine. A multidisciplinary team of researchers who translate basic scientific findings into knowledge and therapies with benefit to patients and advances scientific knowledge in the ocular cell, microvascular biology, and tissue remodelling to understand the mechanisms of ocular disease, diabetes-associated complications, and cardiovascular damage.
Immunobiology and Microbes. This group focuses on delivering high-quality research programmes, spanning state-of-the-art fundamental and discovery research in infection and inflammatory diseases to clinical research. These include internationally competitive programmes investigating the role of innate and adaptive immune responses to infection and tissue injury, the molecular pathogenesis of bacteria and viruses, and how these hosts- and pathogen-focused programmes might be targeted to develop effective new treatments for major diseases, such as pneumonia, sepsis, and multiple sclerosis.
Respiratory Medicine. With a very strong translational research organization, this group is primarily focused on lung diseases, with major programmes in asthma, cystic fibrosis, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. This group comprises a highly interactive and collaborative, multidisciplinary research environment between molecular and cellular immunologists, bacteriologists, virologists, and clinical researchers. Underpinned by high-quality fundamental research, this group has a strong emphasis on the development of clinical research programmes to explore new therapeutic strategies for inflammatory diseases of the lung.
The CEM has developed and runs extensive laboratory skills and scientific presentation skills training programmes to ensure that, from the outset, all new postgraduate students are provided with key skills and expertise important for a successful career in biomedical or medical research.
The CEM hosts a vibrant seminar programme that includes internationally renowned scientists, enabling students to network with leading international scientists within its main research areas, together with postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students from across the Faculty.
The CEM also provides several opportunities for leadership development among our postgraduate students, such as symposium organization, and inviting and hosting top scientists for seminars and symposia.