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A component based heuristic search method with evolutionary eliminations for hospital personnel scheduling (2008)
Journal Article
Li, J., Aickelin, U., & Burke, E. (in press). A component based heuristic search method with evolutionary eliminations for hospital personnel scheduling. INFORMS Journal on Computing, 21(3), doi:10.1287/ijoc.1080.0298. ISSN 1091-9856

Nurse rostering is a complex scheduling problem that affects hospital personnel on a daily basis all over the world. This paper presents a new component-based approach with evolutionary eliminations for a nurse scheduling problem arising at a major U... Read More

Go or no-go? Developmental improvements in the efficiency of response inhibition in mid-childhood (2008)
Journal Article
Cragg, L., & Nation, K. (2008). Go or no-go? Developmental improvements in the efficiency of response inhibition in mid-childhood. Developmental Science, 11(6), doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2008.00730.x. ISSN 1363-755X

This experiment used a modified go/no-go paradigm to investigate the processes by which response inhibition becomes more efficient during mid-childhood. The novel task, which measured trials on which a response was initiated but not completed, was se... Read More

Reduced selenium concentrations and glutathione peroxidase activity in preeclamptic pregnancies (2008)
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Mistry, H. D., Wilson, V., Ramsay, M. M., Symonds, M. E., & Broughton Pipkin, F. (2008). Reduced selenium concentrations and glutathione peroxidase activity in preeclamptic pregnancies. Hypertension, 52, doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.108.116103. ISSN 2224-1485

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific condition affecting 2-7% of women and a leading cause of perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality. Preeclampsia may also predispose the fetus to increased risks of adult cardiovascular disease. Selenium, act... Read More

A survey of search methodologies and automated system development for examination timetabling (2008)
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Qu, R., Burke, E., McCollum, B., Merlot, L., & Lee, S. (2008). A survey of search methodologies and automated system development for examination timetabling. Journal of Scheduling, 12(1), doi:10.1007/s10951-008-0077-5. ISSN 1094-6136

Examination timetabling is one of the most important administrative activities that takes place in all academic institutions. In this paper, we present a critical discussion of the research on exam timetabling which has taken place in the last decade... Read More

Hybridizations within a graph based hyper-heuristic framework for university timetabling problems (2008)
Journal Article
Qu, R., & Burke, E. (2008). Hybridizations within a graph based hyper-heuristic framework for university timetabling problems. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 60(9), doi:10.1057/jors.2008.102. ISSN 0160-5682

A significant body of recent literature has explored various research directions in hyper-heuristics (which can be thought as heuristics to choose heuristics). In this paper, we extend our previous work to construct a unified graph-based hyper-heuris... Read More

Seroprevalence and epidemiological correlates of Toxoplasma gondii infections among patients referred for hospital-based serological testing in Doha, Qatar (2008)
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serological testing in Doha, Qatar. Parasites and Vectors, 1(1), doi:10.1186/1756-3305-1-39. ISSN 1756-3305

Background: The city of Doha in Qatar has a high density of feral cats and there is a high risk of toxoplasmosis for the resident human population. No data currently exist for the prevalence of infection with Toxoplasma gondii in the city. Methods:... Read More

Revealed comparative advantage of Malaysian exports: the case for changing export composition (2008)
Journal Article
Abidin, M. Z., & Loke, W. H. (2008). Revealed comparative advantage of Malaysian exports: the case for changing export composition. Asian Economic Papers, 7(3), doi:10.1162/asep.2008.7.3.130. ISSN 1535-3516

Since 2000, Malaysian-manufactured exports performance has been declining. The downturn of the global electronic industry and the rise of China’s economy are the two major causes of this decline. To improve export performance, Malaysia participates i... Read More

The habitus of hygiene: discourses of cleanliness and infection control in nursing work (2008)
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Brown, B., Crawford, P., Nerlich, B., & Koteyko, N. (2008). The habitus of hygiene: discourses of cleanliness and infection control in nursing work. Social Science and Medicine, 67(7), ISSN 0277-9536

This paper reports upon a qualitative interview study of 22 matrons, infection control staff and operating theatre staff who were questioned about their working lives and the role they played in the control of healthcare acquired infections such as M... Read More

Neuronal networks with gap junctions: A study of piece-wise linear planar neuron models (2008)
Journal Article
Coombes, S. (2008). Neuronal networks with gap junctions: A study of piece-wise linear planar neuron models. SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 7(3), (1101–1129). doi:10.1137/070707579. ISSN 1536-0040

The presence of gap junction coupling among neurons of the central nervous systems has been appreciated for some time now. In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest from the mathematical community in understanding the contribution of the... Read More

Some stationary properties of a Q-ball in arbitrary space dimensions (2008)
Journal Article
Tsumagari, M. I., Copeland, E. J., & Saffin, P. M. (2008). Some stationary properties of a Q-ball in arbitrary space dimensions. Physical Review D, 78(6), doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.78.065021. ISSN 2470-0010

Introducing new physically motivated ansaetze, we explore both analytically and numerically the classical and absolute stabilities of a single Q-ball in an arbitrary number of spatial dimensions D, working in both the thin and thick wall limits.

Transmission of an inhomogeneous state via resonant tunnelling (2008)
Journal Article
Saffin, P. M., Padilla, A., & Copeland, E. J. (2008). Transmission of an inhomogeneous state via resonant tunnelling. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2008(9), doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2008/09/055. ISSN 1029-8479

We recently investigated the nature of resonant tunnelling in standard scalar Quantum Field Theory, uncovering the conditions required for resonance. It was shown that whereas the homogeneous false vacuum may decay via bubble nucleation, it may not d... Read More

Practising what we preach: worksite wellness intervention for healthcare staff (2008)
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Blake, H. (2008). Practising what we preach: worksite wellness intervention for healthcare staff. In A. B. Turley, & G. C. Hofmann (Eds.), Life style and health research progress, 1-4. New York: Nova Science Publishers

With the rising prevalence of preventable disease, caused by our modern lifestyles, population approaches to health promotion are becoming an essential part of healthcare. Nursing is the largest occupational group within the National Health Service a... Read More