The University of Queensland (UQ)


Ranked in the world’s top 50 universities worldwide, The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities.

The University has over 50,000 students, including more than 13,500 postgraduates and approximately 12,500 international students from more than 140 countries. UQ has an operating budget of $1.71B and a dedicated team of more than 7000 full time equivalent staff.

Since 1911 UQ has graduated over 236,000 students and its alumni include a Nobel Laureate, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service, the arts and sport.

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and a member of Universities Australia.

UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence, having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other Australian university and is one of only two Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the world’s leading not-for-profit consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs). UQ’s MOOC provider, UQx, has registered more than 1,000,000 enrolments since releasing its first course on edX in March 2014.

The University attracts the majority of Queensland’s highest academic achievers as well as top interstate and overseas students.

UQ’s nine internationally significant research institutes are drawcards for an ever-expanding community of scientists, researchers and commercialisation experts.

The Federal Government’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise confirmed The University of Queensland as one of the nation’s top three universities, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of specialised research fields. UQ’s outstanding critical mass offers researchers significant interdisciplinary capability. The national assessment ranked 100% of UQ’s research at world standard or above.

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1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Queensland (UQ) published between 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

363 92.20 87.25

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 170 23.73 18.78
Chemistry 58 28.74 28.74
6 1.69 1.69
5 3.27 3.27
9 4.33 4.33
9 4 4
4 2.38 2.38
4 2 2
4 3.67 3.67
8 2.90 2.90
1 0.15 0.15
1 0.86 0.86
2 0.13 0.13
5 3.38 3.38
Earth & Environmental Sciences 22 6.79 6.79
Life Sciences 141 41.56 41.56

Highlight of the month: The University of Queensland (UQ)

Using tarantulas to settle nerves

© Frank Krahmer/Corbis/Getty

© Frank Krahmer/Corbis/Getty

The terrible pain felt by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers could be alleviated thanks to spider venom, of all things.

A US-Australia team, including researchers from the University of Queensland, investigated the transmission of mechanical pain by Nav1.1, an ion channel that initiates a nerve impulse in certain neurons or nerve cells. They were able to trigger Nav1.1 by injecting mice with two tarantula toxins that specifically targeted the channel.

After injection, the mice were more sensitive to mechanical pain, but did not experience elevated reactions to thermal pain. The team also found that Nav1.1 was expressed in high levels by nerve fibres in the gut.

Identifying the role Nav1.1 plays in the transmission of mechanical pain could help researchers develop treatments for IBS and other conditions. The team is now working on developing molecules that block the channel.

  1. Nature 534, 494–499 (2016) doi: 10.1038/nature17976

View the article on the Nature Index

1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 29.39% Domestic
  • 70.61% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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