Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ewa Goldys meets with Jim Patrick Cochlear

July 2014: Cochlear

Ewa had a meeting with Dr Jim Patrick ( Chief Scientist at Cochlear) where we explored joint opportunities. This was one of a series of meetings initiated within MQ BioFocus and wI feel we now have a close and supportive relationship..

He was delighted to hear about CNBP and we explored how we can capitalise on its present and future strengths.

I took liberty to invite him to the CNBP launch in Adelaide – I hope this will be OK with you. (We will not pay his travel costs of course). If it is, then he will need to receive a formal invite in due course.

Macquarie is pursuing this linkage with renewed energy and we expect MQ will also fund some initiatives. More about that after the 18 August ( date of our next MQ-Cochlear event “Cochlear Challenge”)

Industry Talk – the Brain

Mark Hutchinson28 July 2014: A/Prof Hutchinson talks about the Brain at a Pfizer event in Perth

A/Prof Mark Hutchinson spoke at a Pfizer event.  The event was called: “The Brain: How we view persistent pain and what does this mean for futher tratments.

Sixth International Conference on Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Materials and Applications

Heike Ebendorff29 July 2014: Invited talk at ICOOPMA

A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem gave an invited talk “Progress in extending non-silica glass properties and fiber fabrication” at ICOOPMA ; Leeds 2014.

ABSTRACT: Non-silica glasses have demonstrated growing interest in recent years for nonlinear processing, mid-infrared lasing and sensing applications due to their extended properties relative to silica glass. Non-silica glasses have also been exploited to embed nanocrystals in glass. Furthermore, these glasses enable use of the extrusion technique to create an almost unlimited variation of fibre structures. This talk will review the recent progress achieved in the development of glasses with advanced properties such as significantly reduced transmission loss of tellurite and germanate glass in the mid-infrared, extended mid-infrared transmission range for fluoride glass, single photon emission in diamond-tellurite glass and optically stimulated luminescence in fluoride-phosphate glass. In addition, the talk will report recent progress in the extrusion technique and the fabrication of non-silica glass optical fibres using the extrusion technique. The talk  also included application opportunities for the advanced non-silica glass fibres made.


Nanophotonics for undergraduates at Macquarie

Prof Ewa Goldys29 July 2014: Formal lectures in  nanobiophotonics  will commence this coming Monday at Macquarie University.

This formal unit of study (PHYS 704) covers current research directions at the interface of nanotechnology and biophotonics, addressing a common gap in the physics/engineering undergraduate curriculum. Students will learn about the principal types of nanomaterials and nanostructures with the underpinning physics and chemistry.  They will gain familiarity with photonics techniques that relate to biological applications such as advanced microscopy and image analysis. There is emphasis on applications and significance of nanomaterials in the life sciences. The lectures will  cover various Nanosafety, instrumentation and core measurement techniques which are applicable in nanotechnology and biophotonics will also be discussed.

The unit forms part of Macquarie Masters of Research degree program. It is taught by Professor Ewa Goldys (CNBP CI) and A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin (CNBP AI)  from Macquarie. The unit has been offered in 2013 and it received enthusiastic exit reports from its graduates.

NSW Health and Medical Hubs Forum

Embyronic Stemm Cell29 July 2014: Government Briefing

Prof Ewa GoldysDeputy Director of CNBP Professor Ewa Goldys and Professor Nicki Packer attended the NSW  Health and Medical Research Hubs Forum on 29 July 2014 at the Harborview North Hotel, Sydney. Ewa and Nicki are official Members of Northern Sydney Research Hub led by Professor Carol Pollock, Research Director, Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital.

The objectives of the Forum was to:

1) Identify and agree on priorities for each Hub, OMHMR, and across the Hubs to support collaboration research and translation

2) To agree on governance structure and reporting

3) To agree on next steps, potential timeframes and a communication strategy

At this meeting the opening address was given by the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Hon. Jillian Skinner. She announced the $ 24M funding of Sydney Genomics Collaboration with Garvan Institute to provide access to next generation sequencing fir NSW. The new grants program for access to these facilities is $ 7 M< for 3 years. Funding will enable better access to genomics technologies in NSW and enable programs in gene disorders in disease. Medical Devices commercialisation training program has also been announced.

The Hubs funding is $ 1.6 M for two years 0.8 M in 2014/2015. The new round of  the NSW Medical Devices Research Fund has $ 7.4 M available for distribution.


Grant Writing Workshop for ECRs

40 24 July 2014: RiAus ECR Network

CNBP Investigators Professor Tanya Monro and A/Prof Jeremy Thompson joined Dr Dale Godfrey as panel members on an interactive and hands on workshop to discuss strategies for sucessful grant-writing.  Several ECRs from the CNBP community attended the workshop alongside other PhD students, Early Career Researchers and Mid Career Researchers.