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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!

Science on show – what’s on in National Science Week

7 August 2019:

The CNBP and its researchers are taking part in a wide range of activities for National Science Week.

This Thursday 8 August researcher Dr Wei Deng from UNSW Sydney will explain how nanotechnogy is changing how we treat cancer, as part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science series.

It will be held at the Max Webber Library, in Blacktown, Sydney. More details here.

On Sunday, 11 August, Adelaide University’s Lyndsey Collins-Praino will host Kids Navigate Neuroscience, an event at which children aged 4-10 can explore how the brain works in a fun and hands-on way by participating in a series of interactive neuroscience exhibits.

You can find out more about the event here. Bookings are essential and can be made through Eventbrite.

On Tuesday 13 August explore medical brain research by joining Dr Lindsay Parker, a researcher at Macquarie University, as she discusses how she is trying to create better medicines for Alzheimer’s, chronic pain and brain cancer, by only targeting the unhealthy cells in the brain.

This event is part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science series as part of National Science Week. Bookings available now. Contact details:
Castle Hill Library
The Hills Shire Library Service
Email: libraryseminars@thehills.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 02 9761 4510
https://www.scienceweek.net.au/exploring-medical-brain-research/

There is a fun evening next Friday, 16 August, at the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, where you can explore the neuroscience of sex, drugs and salsa dancing.

A series of interactive exhibits will address questions such as, what role does the brain play in sexual attraction? Can you salsa dance your way to a healthy brain? How does the brain perceive different flavours when drinking wine, and how can pairing wine with different foods alter this perception?

More details here and bookings are through Eventbrite.

Also next Friday, 16 August, the whole family is invited to see some amazing short videos on a massive screen in a free National Science Week Event hosted by STEMSEL Foundation Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide AI Light Science Spectacular.

You will find out how the eye works, how NASA finds planets in other solar systems and how detected the edge of the Universe.

You will also explore light, from nanoscale biophotonics with CNBP research fellow Dr Roman Kostecki to exploring the Universe with Dr Jerry Madakbas, a photonics physicist who builds night vision sensors for NASA.

You can book through Eventbrite.

Also on Friday night:

What role does the brain play in sexual attraction? Can you salsa dance your way to a healthy brain? How does the brain perceive different flavours when drinking wine, and how can pairing wine with different foods alter this perception?

These days, you can’t seem to walk through the aisle of a grocery store without being bombarded by newspaper and magazine headlines touting the latest and greatest breakthrough in neuroscience research. But how can you tell fact from fiction?

Join us for this Big Science Adelaide event, held at the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building at the University of Adelaide, where we’ll explore the answers to these questions and many more!

More details at https://www.scienceweek.net.au/neuroscience-at-night/ 
Finally, CNBP researchers will be taking part in Science in the Swamp, a fun, free family festival of science displays, shows and activities on Sunday 18 August in Centennial Park, Sydney.

Join scientists as they show what amazing superpowers you find in nature – super sight, super hearing, super strength and camouflage are only some of the capabilities on show.

Be sure to put on your cape and dress up as your favourite superhero for this great event. You can find out more details here.

Glycan cancer research features on Nine News

13 October 2018:

Dr Arun Everest-Dass, CNBP researcher at the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University has been interviewed by Nine News  about his glycan focused cancer research.

The interview took place during the Institution’s annual Glycomics Week activities, the aim of which is to draw attention to the significant glycan research taking place in the world of infectious disease, cancer and vaccine and drug discovery.

“It was a good opportunity to communicate our science to the wider community,” said Dr Everest-Dass.

“I explained to the news team our exciting new techniques and imaging technologies to help detect and analyse ovarian cancer. This is a key research area as ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer affecting Australian women.”

A clip of the interview can be found on the Nine News Twitter channel here.