Monthly Archives: November 2014

Encouraging future scientists

November 2Neuro014: High School Work Experience

Mr Julian Greentree spent a week in the neuroimmunopharmacology laboratory working with CNBP researchers Ms Vicky Staikopoulos and Dr Sanam Mustafa.

During this time Julian was trained in cell culture techniques and novel clearing histological techniques in the development phases for later rollout in biophotonics projects.

Researchers tour the Braggs

Image 1428 November 2014: KOALA conference attendees tour the Braggs

Young researchers from across Australia toured facilities including Fibre lasers, Atmospheric sensing, bio sensing, chem sensing, fibre fabrication, 3D printing and precision measurement labs at the Braggs.

Joint International Grant with CNBP Partner UHN

Prof Ewa Goldys26 November 2014: $100,000 grant for University Health Network (Toronto) and CNBP

We are delighted to announce a new chapter in CNBP relationship with our Partner Organisation, the University Health Network (Toronto) with the award of new joint funding by an overseas agency Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

The project entitled “Synchronous radiotherapy enhancement of pancreatic cancer with X- ray induced photodynamic therapy and oxygen generating nanoparticles” will support joint work of Dr Ralph Da Costa, Professor Shirley X.Y. Wu (both from the University Health Network (Toronto) and Professor Ewa Goldys (CNBP CI). The award is worth $ 100,000 for two years.

Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is just three to six months. Surgical removal of the tumor is possible in less than 20% of patients diagnosed the disease.

The new technology developed in this project will expand the repertoire of treatment options for pancreatic cancer.

CNBP visits Port Lincoln High School

High Res Edit 027825 November 2014: Engaging with regional highs school students

A small team of CNBP researcher (A/Prof Andrew Greentree; Dr  Arun Dass, Ms Vicky Staikopoulos and Dr Kathy Nicholson met with over 100 Year 8 and 9 students at Port Lincoln High School to talk about Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Careers in science, and an exploration of physics, and the way that air can lead to surprising results.  In this image we see the use of pressure difference for levitation of a ball.

The Port Lincoln Times ran an article about this activity

CNBP on various radio stations

21 Nov 20Tanya Monro and Minister Susan Close14: Media coverage

Minister Susan Close (seen here with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Tanya Morno) talked on several South Australian Radio stations discussing the Launch of the CNBP.  It is anticipated the story reached abotu 93,000 viewers via these stories alone.

Segments included:

5AA, Adelaide: 16:00 News : A $38m research centre has been launched today at the University of Adelaide. Susan Close, SA Minister for Innovation, says the facility will be a centre of excellence for nanoscale biophotonics.

Cruise, Adelaide: 16:00 News: Adelaide is home to a $38m research centre launched today at the University of Adelaide. Innovation Minister Susan Close has
welcomed the official opening of the new biophotonic centre.

5AA Adelaide & Port Augusta: 17:00 News:   It is hoped that the launch of a new $38m research centre at the Adelaide University will enhance SA’s global reputation for research and development, with the Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics to use light to look into human cells. Susan Close, SA Minister for Innovation, says medical research is a growth area for skilled jobs in SA.

MIX FM 102.3, Adelaide, 17:00 News: The SA medical research facilities have received a boost today, a Biophotonics Centre has opened at the University of Adelaide.

Cruise Adelaide 17:00 News:  SA’s medical research facilities received a boost today. A new biophotonic centre has been opened at the University of Adelaide.
Innovation Minister Susan Close says it lets researchers look inside human cells.