19 December 2016:
CNBP researchers Prof Rob McLaughlin (pictured) and Dr Erik Schartner, have received funding for their research activity through the University of Adelaide’s Commercial Accelerator Scheme.
Through CAS, the University contributes up to $400,000 each year in cash to research projects with a commercial application. The funding is provided for proof of concept and early commercialisation activities, to promote translational research for impact, and greater industry engagement.
Funding details follow below, with additional information available online.
Smart needles for safer and more effective brain surgery
$80,000 awarded to Professor Rob McLaughlin (Adelaide School of Medicine and ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics )
A novel miniaturised imaging probe, so small that it can be encased within a hypodermic needle for use in neurosurgery, enables safer and more effective brain biopsies. Having already progressed this product to initial human in vivo studies, this high-tech medical device is ready to go through the regulatory pathways. If commercialised, it could service an estimated $200m market, creating new employment opportunities in South Australia, and better neurosurgery outcomes globally.
Cancer cell detector
$80,000 awarded to Dr Erik Schartner (School of Physical Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics)
With 15-20% of breast cancer surgery patients requiring additional surgery to further remove tumorous tissue, there is a need for improved surgical practices that can also provide enhanced cosmetic outcomes. This technology offers a novel detection tool using optical fibre sensors that will differentiate between cancerous and normal tissues based on pH levels, to provide specific, real-time information to surgeons.
16 December 2016:
The Director, CNBP, Prof Mark Hutchinson has given an invited talk at Novartis’ first “Think Without the Box” program in Sydney.
Consisting of a two hour meeting, Prof Hutchinson’s 45 minute presentation (“How do you know you are sick? How novel light based fibre sensing can help”), was followed by an hour long “brainstorm session” with the audience.
16 December 2016:
CNBP’s RMIT University node welcomes new PhD student Maria Javaid to the team.
Maria has a MPhil from the University of Sargodha, Pakistan and her background is in exploring the transport properties of graphene.
Here Maria will be searching for new fluorescent biomarkers based on 2d materials. She will be supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Andy Greentree and CNBP Research Fellow Daniel Drumm.
A big CNBP welcome to you Maria!
15 December 2016:
CNBP researchers were at the forefront of this year’s Biofocus Conference held at Macquarie University, 15 December 2016.
Early career Centre researchers Annemarie Nadort, Lindsay Parker and Nima Sayyadi sat on the conference organising committee, Centre Deputy Director Ewa Goldys (pictured) opened proceedings while CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Abell (from the University of Adelaide) delivered an extremely well received plenary talk titled, “Defining biomolecular structure and function in solution and on surfaces: new therapeutics and biological probes.”
The annual conference provides a platform for the multidisciplinary community at Macquarie University to present and communicate research, discuss research outcomes and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations spanning the fields of of biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry and medicine.
Feedback from attendees at this year’s event was extremely positive with plenty of formal and informal scientific discussion taking place between sessions.
12 December 2016:
Congratulations to our recent CNBP PhD graduate, Dr Sandhya Clement who has just won a Macquarie University Faculty of Science Award for ‘Excellence in Sessional Teaching’.
Well done Sandhya!
9 December 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) has given an invited talk at the Melbourne Photonics Symposium held at the Singapore Theatre, Melbourne Design School, Melbourne, December 9th, 2016.
The title of his talk was “Using light to measure: lessons and examples from food innovation to advanced systems biology”.
The Symposium focused on the fundamentals, recent advances and applications of photonics, with an emphasis on biophotonics and attracted attendees from industry and academia.
8 December 2016:
CNBP’s Macquarie University node hosted researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at a highly successful full day workshop held on the 8th December, 2016.
The workshop was an opportunity to showcase current imaging and sensing research from both organisations, to stimulate discussion and to see where collaboration opportunities might potentially lie in the future.
In a full and impressive program, ANSTO team members and their research topics presented included:
1. Marie-Claude Gregoire – who provided a team overview and introduction
2. Ben Fraser – multi-modal probes
3. Paul Callaghan – in vivo & post mortem multi-modality imaging
4. Mitra Safavi-Naeni – imaging quantification
5. Catriona Wimberley – in vivo kinetic modelling
CNBP researchers Arun Dass, Guozhen Liu, Helen Xu, Wei Deng, Nima Sayyadi, Andrew Care, Nicole Cordina, Varun Sreenivasan, Lianmei Jiang and Ayad Anwer also delivered talks on their areas of research and expertise.
Below – workshop attendees ready for an exciting day of presentations and discussion!
8 December 2016:
CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes PhD student Rachit Bansal to the team.
Rachit has a Master’s in Nanotechnology from VIT University, Vellore, India, where he worked on the synthesis and properties evaluation of different conducting, insulating, semiconducting and superconducting oxides.
Later he worked at the National University of Singapore in the area of Biochemistry exploring the cross-link efficiency of siderophores (especially enterobactin) in order to design non-leachable anti-fungal wound dressings.
Rachit will work under supervision of CNBP Associate Investigator A/Prof Anwar Sunna and Centre Research Fellow Dr Andrew Care.
His project is aimed at understanding the binding mechanism of a unique solid-binding peptide displaying binding affinity to a diverse range of silica-based materials.
7 December 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) attended the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS 2016) Conference in Hobart on 6 and 7 December 2016 where he presented a talk entitled “The ‘Toll’ of Knowing You are Sick: Microglial Innate Immune Signalling as a Key Contributor to Sex Differences in Pain and Analgesia”.
The Director also chaired a session entitled “Integrated Approaches to Treating Pain and Other Diseases of the Central Nervous System: From Targets to Circuits and Beyond”.
7 December 2016:
CNBP PhD student Vicky Staikopoulos has presented a poster on preliminary work created from a collaboration between Hutchinson, Packer and Hoffmann labs at the Australasian Neuroscience Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting hosted in Hobart 4-7th December 2016.
This work showcased CNBP and partner proteomic capabilities to measure with spacial topography, changes in identified peptide abundances throughout targeted pain processing areas.
This highlights the potential to identify many key peptides that may be involved in neuropathic pain development/maintenance that may have not been previously considered due to protocol limitations.
According to Staikopoulos this data was well received and a few scientists from various backgrounds were interested in watching this space.