18 November 2016:
Team ‘Life Whisperers’, composed of CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Melanie McDowall and Jonathan Hall, together with their mentor Michelle Perugini have won first prize in both the Medical Innovations and Research Commercialisation categories of the ‘Australian eChallenge’ competition.
Run by the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University of Adelaide, the eChallenge is a competition based learning experience that develops strategic business thinking for early-stage entrepreneurial ventures. Participants pitch their venture concepts to potential investors from the local business community. This year it attracted 152 teams across a number of categories.
The successful ‘Life Whisperers’ team proposed and pitched to judges, a new non-invasive diagnostic product to help improve embryo selection and ultimately improve positive IVF outcomes. In winning both categories, the team won $20,000 ($10,000 per category) with the money able to be used to help support future startup activity.
Below – Entrepreneur Steven Fang presents Jonathan and Mel with one of their winning cheques.
30 May 2016:
The CNBP has officially launched an international research partnership with the University Health Network (Toronto) following a successful event, undertaken at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on the 30th May 2016.
The partnership broadens the potential for research collaboration between the CNBP and the UHN as well as strengthens the current links and ties that already exist between the two organisations.
According to CNBP Director, Prof Mark Hutchinson, highlights from the day included an all day science workshop featuring plenty of opportunities for brainstorming between the teams researchers, as well as the identification of immediate opportunities for materials and sample sharing.
“Formalizing the partnership between the CNBP and the UHN makes perfect sense and will provide both organisations with improved opportunities and expertise in the undertaking of leading edge biophotonics research”, said Hutchinson.
Below, the formal handover of the CNBP partner plaque by CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson (far right) to UHN’s Prof Brian Wilson (second right).
29 April 2016:
The Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR) has held its 3rd Annual Newcastle Satellite Scientific Meeting, with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Nicolle Packer giving the plenary lecture.
With a theme of ‘Supporting Early Career Research’, the meeting attracted health and medical research focused students, research assistants and Early Career Researchers.
Prof Packer spoke about her current research, with a focus on the structure, function, informatics and application of glycans and their conjugates as molecular markers, looking at their role in cancer, therapeutics and microbial infection.
13 April 2016:
Congratulations to CNBP honours student Emma Wilson from our RMIT University node in Melbourne. Emma was recognised this evening with an award for her ‘Outstanding Achievements in Biotechnology’.
The Award is an industry sponsored award for academic excellence in the RMIT Biotechnology Degree, and it is awarded for best student performance overall.
Emma’s research is focused on investigating the peroxidase-like activity of Fluorescent Nanodiamond (FND) within a traditional bio-sensing assay.
Supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Associate Professor Brant Gibson, Dr Philipp Reineck from the RMIT node of the CNBP and Professor Vipul Bansal, Group Leader of the RMIT NanoBiotechnology Research Laboratory, Emma is finding her work challenging but extremely rewarding!
“The opportunity to work under the guidance of these three scientists, each with their diverse expertise and perspectives is a great honour,” said Emma. “The award made for a fantastic evening.”
12 February 2016:
CNBP Research Fellow Denitza Denkova has helped host a school visit to Macquarie University’s Physics and Astronomy Department.
The Year 12 science students, from Kingscliff High School, South Coolangatta, were shown a number of experiments and videos relevant to their Higher School Certificate study.
Explained were principles encompassing particle and wavelength duality, as well as the significance of the recent announcement related to the discovery of gravitational waves – a major event in the world of physics.
29 January 2016:
CNBP researchers featured prominently in the recent ‘Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) Best Papers’ competition.
The awards, presented in January 2016, aim to showcase the quality and impact of the research being conducted by IPAS members.
Winners for the best ECR led Paper were Abel Santos, Agnieszka Zuber and CNBP Research Fellow Xiaozhou (Michelle) Zhang.
The best PhD Student Led Paper Awards went to CNBP student Malcolm Purdey, Parul Mittal and Tess Reynolds.
The Best Transdisciplinary Paper with a Strong Medical/Animal Science Element went to CNBP senior researcher Melanie McDowall.
Full details on the awards, all of the winners and their papers can be found at the IPAS web site.
2 December 2015:
Nicki Packer, CNBP Chief Investigator, has been awarded the 2015 Molecular and Cellular Proteomics award by the Society for Glycobiology. The award, sponsored at the annual SfG conference by the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) since 2013, is given to an individual whose accomplishments best represent the ideals of the research fields covered by the journal.
The MCP award came with financial support to attend the 2015 SfG conference, which was held Dec. 1-4 in San Francisco.
Also undertaken by Nicki at the conference was an invited talk, titled ‘Integrating technologies to make discoveries in glycobiology.’
28 October 2015:
CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes its newest PhD student, Meng He.
Meng holds a Masters degree of Science, with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, having graduated from Fujian Normal University, China in June 2015. His thesis focused on bistratal artificial blood vessels and issues of bio-compatibility.
Meng will be supervised by Prof. Ewa. Goldys (CNBP Deputy Director) and Prof. Roger Chung (Australian School of Advanced Medicine) with his research topic still to be fully confirmed.
Welcome to the team Meng He!
1 September 2015:
We welcome CNBP’s newest PhD candidate to Macquarie University, Sameera Iqbal.
Sameera, supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Nicolle Packer, is working on finding a selective bioactive-peptide that will bind to Polysialic Acid, for use in imaging in the brain. Her PhD is titled, “Imaging Polysialic Acid Using Selective Bioactive-Peptides.”
She completed a Bachelor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology from North South University in Dhaka Bangladesh in the year 2012. Then undertook a Master of Research degree in Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Macquarie University. Here she gained expertise in the field of stem cell research, specifically trying to evaluate the effect of labeling stem cells with nanoparticles.
Welcome to the CNBP team Sameera!
5 March 2015:
CNBP Chief Investigator Nicki Packer was Session Chair at the “Gordon Research Conference: Glycans as Mediators of interactions between Molecules, Cells and Organisms”, held in Italy, March 2015.