12 February 2017:
Dr Jiawen Li, CNBP researcher, has given a number of invited talks, on her ongoing work with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fiber-optic needle probes.
Her talks were focused on addressing the penetration-depth limitation of optical imaging through the development of miniaturised fibre-optic probes that may be inserted deep into the body.
Representative technologies and their ex vivo and in vivo applications were presented by Jiawen at both the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) as well as at Polytechnic Montreal.
She saw great value in both visits, noting:
“I first visited the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (Feb 6th-7th), where I gave a talk, and met with Dr. Melissa Suter and Prof. Brett Bouma and their postdoctoral teams. Researchers there also gave me a tour of their laboratories. They showed me prototypes that they had made for clinical applications and shared with me their insights as to how to achieve successful and enhance efficient collaborations with clinicians. Attendees at my talk were very interested in our work on smart needles for safer and more effective brain surgery and on fabricating miniaturized lenses by the 3D printer at CNBP RMIT node, a project that is supported by a CNBP travel grant. Potential future collaborations were also explored.”
“At Polytechnic Montreal (Feb 8th-10th), I met with A/Prof. Caroline Boudoux, a collaborator on our fluorescence-OCT project, as well as postdoctoral researchers of A/Prof. Frederic Leblond. I visited both A/Prof. Leblond’s laboratory and A/Prof. Boudoux’s spin-out company Castor Optics. A technical meeting was held, where we discussed solutions to overcoming technical challenges in our current design. This visit strengthened our existing collaboration.”
A busy time for Jiawen, she also managed to fit in an oral presentation at the SPIE Photonics West 2017 Conference on January 28th , 2017. Her presentation was titled, “Flexible OCT needle probes for image-guided endoscopic tissue aspiration.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 December 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) was invited to speak at the joint Australian Physiological Society (AuPS) and Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB) meeting held in Adelaide on 5 December 2016.
He participated in the symposium “Thinking Small: Seeing Biological Processes with Nanotechnology and Photonics”.
His talk was titled, “Using Light to Measure the Previously Unmeasurable Within the Central Nervous System.”
2 December 2016:
CNBP Research Fellow Dr Jingxian Yu presented a talk at the RACI SA Physical Chemistry Symposium, held at the University of South Australia on December 2, 2016.
His talk was entitled “Peptides as electronic materials: Insights from experiment and theory”.
29 November 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) participated as a symposium presenter at the ASCEPT-MPGPCR Joint Scientific Meeting held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 November 2016.
The symposium title was: Pharmacology of brain neurotransmission.
Professor Hutchinson’s presentation title was: Addiction and the brain: the role of the immune system.
28 November 2016:
University of Adelaide and CNBP Researcher Dr Sanam Mustafa has been awarded a 2017 Barbara Kidman Fellowship.
The University of Adelaide Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship Scheme is designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career. The Fellowships are named after Dr Barbara Kidman who, at the time (1940s and 1950s), defied society’s expectations of women in scientific roles.
The Fellowship offers opportunities to enhance, maintain or re-invigorate research momentum, as well as assist successful recipients in applying for, and assuming, enhanced roles in the near future.
Further information on the Fellowship is accessible online from the University of Adelaide web site.