All posts by AJ Epstein

The unparalleled wonder of silk

22 April 2020

Dr Asma Khalid enjoys wearing silk dresses, and appreciates diamonds for their beauty —but she never expected both silk and diamonds to end up being the cornerstone of her work as a physicist. Yet they have opened up a whole new way to see deep in the body, sense infections on the skin and even deliver drugs in controlled amounts. Continue reading

How this researcher is collaborating against pain

15 April 2020:

Pain is one of the most complicated ailments to treat because the symptoms and severity are subjective and current medications are associated with a variety of problems including addiction and abuse. This makes it tough for doctors to accurately assess patient’s pain levels and prescribe the best pain management tool for the individual. The complex mechanisms underlying pain are the reason why researchers can take decades to develop new treatments. Continue reading

Pain, but not as we know it

9 April 2020:

There are three main types of pain: nociceptive pain, the type we’re most familiar with, from bee stings and ankle strains to inflammatory arthritis. There’s neuropathic pain, arising from damage to the peripheral nervous system or the brain itself due to disease or injury. Then there are functional pain disorders arising from complex organic dysfunction, sometimes called ‘primary pain’, but most often just known as ‘other’. Continue reading

Lessons learnt managing a remote research community

26 March 2019:

By Prof Mark Hutchinson and Dr Kathy Nicholson

As we move into week two of voluntary self-isolation, remote workplaces have become the new normal.

Within the CNBP network, we find ourselves drawing on the past six years of managing a community of over 200 researchers who work and collaborate on our research program across the globe. Continue reading

International Women’s Day – lessons from 6 years of building a nurturing environment

5 March 2020: By Kathy Nicholson

It is international women’s day this Sunday and, like many research organisations in Australia, we need to keep talking about Women in STEM.

Fortunately, from its foundation, CNBP has been focused on building an inclusive, diverse and supportive research environment.

Here’s some of what we have learned over the past six years. While it may seem overly simple, it is still remarkable how many of these things are not happening.

Hopefully these insights will provide you, not matter what stage of career you are in, with tools to create change. Continue reading

Producing a superior lamb roast

27 Feb 2020:

It’s not often that medical studies into better brain surgery can end up leading to lamb roasts that are a cut above. But that’s what research by Prof Robert McLaughlin‘s team at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) is doing.

‘I was telling Meat & Livestock Australia that we had this tiny camera in a needle that is great at seeing fat in tissue, but there aren’t many diseases where this is useful. And they got really excited,’ he said. ‘It turns out that the single biggest indicator of quality in lamb meat is the percentage of fat.’ Continue reading