Category Archives: RMIT

Announcing the CNBP legacy website

1 September 2020

We are incredibly proud to announce the launch of our legacy website www.cnbplegacy.org.au.

Over the past seven years, the CNBP has developed an incredible track record of success, and this legacy website is designed to share our successes with the world.

From the convergence of disciplines spanning physics, chemistry and biology to deliver innovations in pain, wound and IVF research, through to the development of novel tools and capabilities, our researchers and collaborators are, literally, shedding light on biological systems that enable us to explore them in new and innovative ways.

CNBP has also fostered an incredible culture amongst our researchers, developed extensive collaborations and partnerships, and seen great success in the translation of research into commercial outcomes.

While we could not capture every story, we’ve done our best to create stories that showcase the diversity of impact we have had.

A huge thank you for your support over the past 7 years; we would be unable to celebrate such a legacy without your involvement, engagement and commitment.

Your cells, now in 3D

18 June 2020:

There’s been an explosion in the use of endoscopes in medical procedures over the past 30 years, from examining the liver and stomach (known as laparoscopy) to minimally invasive surgery. The use of these instruments is firmly established as an imaging technique that allows surgeons to ‘see’ inside the body, allowing them to recognise lymph nodes they need to avoid, or assess the health of lung tissue, for example. Continue reading

People Conducting Research – Philipp Reineck

11 June 2020 – originally published by the Science Convergence Science Network

By Catriona Nguyen-Robertson

“Diamonds are forever”. This is not only true for the gemstones themselves, but also for the colouration and fluorescence that many diamonds display. Dr Philipp Reineck uses this rare property to engineering tiny diamond particles with unlimited fluorescence. Continue reading

In hot pursuit

29 April 2020:

A host of diseases – like meningitis, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, even some cancers – are ultimately caused by problems at the cellular level. Hence, understanding what is happening inside cells is essential. Observing cells under a microscope helps, but what medical researchers would really like to do is see processes inside cells in minute detail. Continue reading

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

CNBP 2019 conference awards

5 November 2019

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!