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
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
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
Australia is the sunniest continent on Earth — which is why it also has the highest rates of skin cancer. But plentiful sunlight is also likely responsible for the lesser known ‘ocular surface cancer’, which occurs when abnormal cells on the eye grow and divide in an uncontrolled way. Continue reading
Here’s a list of tools we work with at CNBP to facilitate remote working: Continue reading
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
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers, but difficult to diagnose: few sufferers have symptoms until the cancer has become large or already spread to other organs. Even then, symptoms can be vague and easily misconstrued as more common conditions. Continue reading
As one of the first members of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem’s work touches virtually every piece of research at the centre.
She develops the optical glass fibres, along with their crucial coatings, that deliver information about the environment they are designed to measure. Continue reading
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
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