This week, Prof Ewa Goldys (Deputy Director, CNBP and Program Co-leader “DETECT”) took delivery of the first piece of CNBP hardware for nanoscale chemical sensing in the body. The system shown in the photo taken in Ewa’s office is an ophthalmological fundus camera for eye inspection provided by Dr. Chandra Bala (PersonalEYES, Sydney).
The system will be reconfigured to provide expanded spectral (hyperspectral) capabilities and it will be used to provide detailed maps of chemical composition of various regions of the human eyes such as the optic nerve. The new system is expected to provide novel insights into the spatial distribution of macular pigment in the eye, early diagnostic of glaucoma, neurodegenerative diseases of the eye as well as ocular surface neoplasias. With this technology Ewa and her team have already been able to detect unique features of cultured retina cells, including world’s first label-free detection of cytochrome C.
Collaborative work is planned with CNBP partners at the City University of London, (Prof Tong Sun, Prof John Barbur) and Dr Chandra Bala (personalEYES). The system will also support ongoing collaboration with Prof Stuart Graham, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine and his research Associate Dr Yuyi Yu.