DUP Health Spokesperson, Iris Robinson MP, MLA said today:
“The new Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University confirms Belfast as an international centre of excellence for cancer research. More than 300 researchers from around the world will be based there.
The new research centre has been built next to the Regional Cancer Centre on the Belfast City Hospital site. Strong links between clinical practice and the research centre highlight the importance of technology and innovation in tackling this disease, which is likely to claim the life of one in three people in Northern Ireland.
An international research partnership has recently been developed between Queen’s University and the Indian Ministry of Biotechnology to explore new ways of understanding and treating cancer. Northern Ireland is developing strong connections worldwide.
Last year when in Washington I had the opportunity to meet with Robert Clarke, originally from Northern Ireland, who was Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Centre. The tri-partite co-operation between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the National Cancer Institute in the United States is making an important contribution to the fight against cancer.”
On Wednesday 14th of November 2007 the DUA welcomed Simon Hamilton MLA as guest speaker to our monthly Association meeting. Simon is a graduate of Queen’s and was active within Students’ Union politics during his time at the University. In March 2007 he was elected as one of four DUP MLAs for the Strangford constituency.
On Sunday 11th of November 2007 officers of the DUA laid a wreath as part of the official Queen’s University Act of Remembrance.
The Association was represented by Thomas Hogg (Chairman), Stephen Dunne (Press Officer) and Ian Gow (Deputy Chief Whip). Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Ulster Society and the recently formed Orange Society.
“In remembrance of all those who laid down their lives, for freedom, in two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. Also in memory of Edgar Graham, Assembly member and law lecturer at this University, murdered by the enemies of Ulster. Lest We Forget – No Surrender.”