Monthly Archives: October 2015

New CNBP student at MQ

Meng-He28 October 2015:

CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes its newest PhD student, Meng He.

Meng holds a Masters degree of Science, with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, having graduated from Fujian Normal University, China in June 2015. His thesis focused on bistratal artificial blood vessels and issues of bio-compatibility.

Meng will be supervised by Prof. Ewa. Goldys (CNBP Deputy Director)  and Prof. Roger Chung (Australian School of Advanced Medicine) with his research topic still to be fully confirmed.

Welcome to the team Meng He!


CNBP dementia research given new funding boost

Bing-yang-shi27 October 2015:

In October 2015, CNBP researcher Dr Bingyang Shi, was awarded more than $571,000 in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – Australian Research Council (ARC) Career Development Fellowships.

Says Bingyang, “I aspire to make important contributions to medical and public health based on my unique and sought-after set of knowledge and skills across the intersection of neuroscience, biomedicine, cell biology and material chemistry.”

“This Fellowship will allow me to translate my knowledge towards applications of multifunctional for brain disease theranostics, provide a stepping-stone for me towards becoming an independent research group leader in biomedical research, and to build up the robust and productive collaborations with other CNBP researchers.”

“I strongly believe that the success of this fellowship project will significantly contribute towards translational discoveries in brain research, ultimately benefiting the health and wellbeing of dementia patients in Australia.”

This research topic is aligned with the CNBP Theme: “Recognize”, and the Biological challenge 2: “Origin of Sensation”.

Somatostatin 2A receptors not expressed

lindsay_parker-low-rez-web126 October 2015:

Lindsay Parker, CNBP researcher has had a new manuscript accepted and published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Title: “Somatostatin 2A receptors are not expressed on functionally identified respiratory neurons in the ventral respiratory column of the rat.”

The abstract is available online.

An in situ hybridisation/immunohistochemistry staining microscopy photograph from the manuscript was also selected as the cover photo for the issue in which the manuscript is due to appear.


City University London launch

CUL-launch_web23 October 2015:

CNBP and City University London (CUL) have formally celebrated their ongoing partnership activity, with a successful partner launch and joint workshop, undertaken at City University London, October 23rd, 2015.

As part of proceedings, CNBP Director, Professor Mark Hutchinson, gave a comprehensive review of current CNBP activities, explaining its core themes – illuminate, recognize, measure and discover – and discussed the Centre’s recent research into complex neuronal systems.

This was followed by a series of presentations given by Professor Tong Sun, Professor Azizur Rahman and Dr Arti Agrawal from the Research Centre of Photonics & Instrumentation and by Professor Panicos Kyriacou from the Research Centre of Biomedical Engineering.

Both parties look forward to ongoing collaborations, with CNBP scientists likely to visit CUL again shortly.

Image below: CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson presents a CNBP Partner Plaque to Prof Tong Sun, Director Research Centre of Photonics & Instrumentation, City University London.

CUL launch 2

Hannah Brown wins Young Investigator award

Hannah-Brown20 October 2015:

Dr Hannah Brown, CNBP researcher, has won the 2015 South Australian Young Investigator Award – an initiative of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

Now in its 16th year, this highly prestigious award recognises and promotes the outstanding research undertaken by young investigators in the area of women’s and children’s health issues.

The People’s Choice Award (chosen from the three finalists), was also won by Hannah on the night.

Congratulations and well deserved Hannah. A top effort!


CNBP does Melbourne Knowledge Week

cnbplogosquare120 October 2015:

CNBP’s RMIT node reached out to the public today, hosting a panel discussion on nanoscale technology as a part of  Melbourne Knowledge Week.

‘Up Close and Revealed: Life at the Nanoscale’ was the theme of the event with a focus on nanoscale optical sensors, quantum technology and next generation computational devices.

Panel speakers consisted of CNBP’s RMIT node leader A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP Advisory Board member Prof Goran Roos, Prof Calum Drummond from RMIT and CNBP industry partner Mr Jian Shen from Olympus Australia.

Following the entertaining and informative panel dialogue, members of the public were provided with tours of CNBP’s new research laboratories, and provided with further information on CNBP’s current research activities.

Melbourne Knowledge Week showcases the city’s broad range of innovative projects, institutions and ideas with over 50 separate events taking place from the 19th to 25th October 2015.


CNBP represented at SfN 2015

Vicky staikopoulos17 October 2015:

CNBP was represented at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2015 conference with researcher Vicky Staikopoulos presenting a poster on her nanoparticle research.

The conference took place October 17-21, at McCormick Place in Chicago. With more than 30,000 attendees from eigthy countries, SfN’s meeting is the world’s largest source of emerging news on brain science and health.

CNBP researchers visit Wuhan

Wuhan12 October 2015:

CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Dr Jingxian Yu and Dr John Horsley, were invited by several academic facilities in Wuhan, China, to disseminate their recent research.

Lectures were given to the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China University of Geosciences (CUG), and Central China Normal University (CCNU).

A number of ‘flyers’ were circulated defining the role of the CNBP, in the hope of inspiring bright, enthusiastic students and academics alike to consider a move to Australia.

Whilst in Wuhan, they also had the opportunity and pleasure of visiting CNBP partner, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (HUST), and the Key Laboratory of Biomedical Polymers of the Ministry of Education, at Wuhan University.

Networking provided a number of possible future collaborations, including electron transport in single molecules, with Professors Shan Jin and Shenghua Liu (CCNU), and peptide-based nanocarriers for drug delivery, with Prof Xianzheng Zhang (Wuhan University).