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CNBP 2019 conference awards

Last week saw CNBP researchers come together from around the country for the annual conference in Adelaide.

The week culminated in gala where researchers were recognised for their achievements through awards ranging from academic excellence to commercial impact, outreach and collaboration.

Read about the awardees below, and congratulations to all our members who were recognised for their achievements in 2019!

Congratulations to the CNBP team!
Joint first author Denitza Denkova

2019 Academic Excellence Award Transdisciplinary Research Publication

Awarded to the best 2019 publication connecting CNBP researchers from multiple disciplines. This year’s award recognises a collaboration between researchers working with nanoparticles, microscopy, computational imaging and molecular & cellular biology.

Denkova, D., M. Ploschner, M. Das, L. M. Parker, X. Zheng, Y. Lu, A. Orth, N. H. Packer and J. A. Piper (2019). “3D sub-diffraction imaging in a conventional confocal configuration by exploiting super-linear emitters.” Nat Commun 10(1): 3695.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-11603-0

First author Marco Capelli

2019 Academic Excellence Award – International Impact

Awarded to the best 2019 publication connecting CNBPs Australian researchers with International Partners. This year’s award recognises collaboration between researchers at RMIT University and QST, Japan.

Capelli, M., A. H. Heffernan, T. Ohshima, H. Abe, J. Jeske, A. Hope, A. D. Greentree, P. Reineck and B. C. Gibson (2019). “Increased nitrogen-vacancy centre creation yield in diamond through electron beam irradiation at high temperature.” Carbon 143: 714-719.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0008622318310807?via%3Dihub

First author Yunle Wei

2019 Academic Excellence Award – Best Student Publication

Awarded to the best 2019 publication first authored by a CNBP student as determined by journal impact factor.

Wei, Y., H. Ebendorff‐Heidepriem and J. Zhao (2019). “Recent Advances in Hybrid Optical Materials: Integrating Nanoparticles within a Glass Matrix.” Advanced Optical Materials. DOI: 10.1002/adom.201900702

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adom.201900702

 

First author, Peipei Jia

2019 Academic Excellence Award – Best Researcher (non-student) Publication

Awarded to the best 2019 publication as determined by journal impact factor.

Jia, P., K. Zuber, Q. Guo, B. C. Gibson, J. Yang and H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem (2019). “Large-area freestanding gold nanomembranes with nanoholes.” Materials Horizons 6(5): 1005-1012. DIO:10.1039/c8mh01302k

https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/mh/c8mh01302k#!divAbstract

First author Abbas Habibahali

2019 Highest Altmetrics – Social Impact

Awarded to the 2019 publication recognised by the wider non-academic community, as determined by Altmetric score.

Habibalahi, A., C. Bala, A. Allende, A. G. Anwer and E. M. Goldys (2019). “Novel automated non invasive detection of ocular surface squamous neoplasia using multispectral autofluorescence imaging.” Ocular Surface. DOI:10.1016/j.jtos.2019.03.003

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1542012418302842?via%3Dihub

Patrick Capon

2019 Quality Communication Award – Social Media

Awarded to Patrick Capon (@PatCapon) for his diverse, informative and entertaining engagement with the @CNBPscience twitter handle.

 

 

Lindsay Parker

2019 Quality Communication Award – Engagement in Centre Outreach Activity

Awarded to Dr Lindsay Parker for community engagement activities including: Science in the Swamp, Exploring Brain Research at Castle Hill Library; and multiple engagements with school groups in Sydney and her home town in the USA.

 

Andrew Greentree

2019 Nurturing Environment Award – Mentor

Awarded to Professor Andrew Greentree for commitment to mentorship and contribution to CNBP professional development activities including the PhD Publication’s Masterclass, Research integrity training and supporting fellowship applications.

 

Georgina Sylva

2019 Nurturing Environment Award – 5% Commitment to CNBP

This award recognises individuals that go above and beyond CNBPs requirement for researchers to commit 5% of their time to non-research activities. Awarded to Dr Georgina Sylva for ongoing commitment to science outreach in regional and remote communities.

 

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem

2019 Commercial Impact Award – Individual Engagement with Industry/End-users

Awarded to a CNBP researcher for successful collaboration with industry and end-users. Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for her disruptive glass projects with multiple industry partners and her collaborations with the glass-art community.

 

Tom Avery

2019 Commercial Impact Award – CNBP Project

Awarded for the most successful CNBP research project – industry collaboration. Dr Thomas Avery and Associate Professor Peter Grace for next gen non-opioid non addictive pain therapies.

 

 

Suliman Yagoub

2019 Photo/Video Competition Award

Awarded to the photo captured by Suliman Yagoub: Embryo staining for DNA repair #MicroFireWorks #Embryology @UniofAdelaide @UofA_embros
https://twitter.com/sulimanyagoub/status/1181446291491966977?s=12
@CNBPscience #cnbp2019photocomp

2019 Pitch Fest Award

CNBP pitch fest is the brain child of the ECR led Entrepreneurs Network. After participation in a CNBP-led pitching workshop, Individuals pitch their idea/project to the wider CNBP community with pitches judged by an expert panel.

2019 Pitch Fest presenters

Equal first prize:

Mr Suliman Yagoub: Towards Automation of in vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment.

Current IVF success requires skilled embryologists to perform regular, routine procedures. By automating and standardizing IVF procedures we will reduce human error for IVF treatments world-wide

Dr Andrew Care and A/Prof Lyndsay Collins-Praino: Intercepting Parkinson’s Disease

This novel technology employs bioengineered nanoparticles to halt the progression of Parkinson’s Disease inside the human brain.

Aimee Horsfall

2019 Annual Conference – Best Poster Award

Awarded to the best CNBP conference poster by popular vote. Aimee Horsfall – Poster: Enhancing protein biosensor sensitivity requires detailed structural insight.

 

 

2019 Director’s Award

Each year the Prof Mark Hutchinson identifies the individual(s) who’s contribution to the centre and/or support to the Director has stood out. Joint award to the CNBP Deputy Directors: Prof Brant Gibson & Prof Ewa Goldys for all-round awesome!

Prestigious research award for emerging fertility leader

26 August 2019: 

Dr Kylie Dunning is motivated by creating a world where fewer couples struggle with infertility, an often invisible and stigmatised health challenge facing more than 15% of Australian couples. With lived experience herself of the challenges of starting a family, Dr Dunning is paving the way for couples to experience better, and more effective fertility care, through the creation of exciting new technologies. Continue reading

CNBP research wins Young Scientist Award

18 July 2019:

CNBP research fellow Dr Lindsay Parker, of Macquarie University, has won an award for the best research paper from an investigator under 40, at an international conference in Rome.

Lindsay’s work is aimed at better understanding molecules ex-pressed in the brain during pain, brain diseases and brain cancer. This could lead to improved precision drugs that specifically target only the unhealthy cells in the brain.

She won a “Young Scientist Award” at the 41st PIERS (Photonics & Electromagnetics Research Symposium) held at the University of Rome in June.

Her paper, “Utilising Glycobiology for Fluorescent Nanodiamond Uptake and Imaging in the Central Nervous System” was in the category “Remote Sensing, Inverse Problems, Imaging, Radar & Sensing”.

The paper, in collaboration with RMIT University and the University of Colorado Boulder, investigated the ability of lectin-coated fluorescent nanodiamonds to recognise specific central nervous system cell types.

The prize included cash, and an invitation to the Symposium Banquet held at Palazzo Brancaccio. Lindsay also received travel awards from MQ University Primary Carer Support for Conference Attendance ($2000) and MQ Research Centre for Diamond Science and Technology ($1000) which meant her partner and baby William were also able to be in Rome with her as she worked.

While she was in Europe, Lindsay took the opportunity to give invited talks at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and at the University of Groningen in Netherlands while visiting two other labs working in similar research areas to her synthetic nanochemistry expert Dr Petr Cigler and nanobiotechnology expert A/Prof Romana Schirhagl.

Australia wins ‘bronze’ at global neurophotonics summer school

10 July 2019:

A mini-project to map the hearing capability of zebrafish won Adelaide-based PhD student Mengke Han third prize at global neurophotonics summer school that brought some the world’s brightest minds together in Quebec, Canada in June.

Mengke represented Australia at the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School, where researchers and students spent 10 days discovering the latest advances in live cell optical imaging techniques.

With a focus on the up-close workings of the nervous system, the school combined tutorials and hands-on experiments, delivered by experts in photonics and neuroscience.

“We used a relatively new and very powerful imaging technique called two-photon microscopy, to map the brain and neurons of living zebrafish,” Mengke says.

Mengke’s experiment setup

“Zebrafish are small and transparent so they are a convenient species to study in the lab.

“But everything we learn about zebrafish ear development and function, can be applied to human medicine. We can even test human genes in a zebrafish to see what influence they might have on hearing problems.”

With an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s in physics, Mengke’s current PhD research looks at the development of voltage-sensitive nanoparticles for real-time monitoring of brain activity.

She is based at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), School of Physical Sciences, the University of Adelaide. She is also member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP).

Research award for Ms Megan Lim

5 June 2019:  Congratulations to PhD Student Ms Megan Lim who was awarded the Robinson’s Research Institute Prize for Best presentation in the field of reproduction, pregnancy or child health at The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) conference.

Megan’s oral presentation was titled “Investigation of haemoglobin as an antioxidant to reduce reactive oxygen species during the in vitro maturation of moues cumulus-oocyte com.

Megan would like to thank my supervisor Dr Kylie Dunning and lab colleagues for their feedback during her practice talks, and also the Biological Challenges meeting attendees who gave her  helpful insights for her project.  “Thank you for your words of encouragement and support!”