18 April 2018:
Two fantastic sessions of outreach in two days by CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Annemarie Nadort saw 100 Year 11 and Year 12 students learn about biophotonics, blood cells and the skills required to create medical devices that benefit society.
The sessions took place at Macquarie University and were part of a highly successful initiative aimed at encouraging students to undertake higher education learning and potentially develop a career in science.
During the outreach sessions, Dr Annemarie Nadort provided the students with a brief overview of light-based imaging and how it could be best applied to examine blood inside the body. Students were then presented with a real-life case-study on the development of a clinical microcirculation imager. A hands-on demonstration of the device then took place, followed by an interactive group discussion on how the device could be potentially improved with future development. Students were then left with the message that there were many opportunities open to them across the scientific and technology disciplines, and that they should study in those areas that they were most enthusiastic about.
“I was extremely impressed as to how engaged these students were,” said Dr Annemarie Nadort. “They provided some great answers during the group discussion stage of the session and had really thought through issues and potential solutions. I could see the keenness for science and technology in the room and hopefully my sessions added to that keenness and passion for science. I’d love to see some of these students become the researchers of the future, developing their own fantastic new medical devices over the years and decades to come.”
Below: Dr Annemarie Nadort communicating the wonders of science to high school students and explaining what it takes to become a successful academic research scientist.
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.
11 March 2016:
Centre Chief Investigator Prof Nicolle Packer and researcher Dr Annemarie Nadort represented CNBP at the inaugural ‘Women in Life Sciences’ luncheon’, held in Sydney, Friday 11 March 2016.
The event was a celebration of success in the Life Sciences sector with a panel of industry leaders exploring entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for women.
Discussed were issues relevant to women in the workplace, including targets versus quotas to increase participation rates, as well as thoughts on what is needed to achieve equality.
Attendees also had the opportunity to network with industry colleagues as well as to share their personal stories, challenges and insights.
A sold-out event, it is expected that the luncheon will become a regular annual fixture.
26 February 2016:
Dr Annemarie Nadort and CNBP researchers Jiangbo Zhao and Ewa Goldys have had a review paper accepted for the high-impact journal Nanoscale.
Title: Lanthanide upconversion luminescence at a nanoscale: fundamentals and optical properties
Authors: Annemarie Nadort, Jiangbo Zhao and Ewa M. Goldys.
Abstract: Upconversion photoluminescence is a nonlinear effect where multiple lower energy excitation photons produce higher energy emission photons. This fundamentally interesting process has many applications in biomedical imaging, light source and display technology, and solar energy harvesting. In this review we discuss the underlying physical principles and their modelling using rate equations. We discuss how the understanding of photophysical processes enabled strategic influence over the optical properties of upconversion especially in rationally designed materials. We subsequently present an overview of recent experimental strategies to control and optimize the optical properties of upconversion nanoparticles, focussing on their emission spectral properties and brightness.
The paper is available online.
8 July 2015:
CNBP was certainly well represented at the 6th Annual International Nanomedicine Conference, at Sydney’s Coogee Beach, July 6-8, 2015.
Targeting both researchers and clinicians, the conference saw a large number of CNBP personnel in attendance, with oral and poster presentations undertaken by the following CNBP researchers –
Dr. Andrew Care – Building a platform technology for the self-assembly of functional upconversion nanoparticles
Prof. Ewa Goldys – Nanorubies For Ultrasensitive Biomolecular Imaging
Dr. Guozhen Liu – Covalent Functionalization of Gold Nanoparticles as Electronic Bridges and Signal Amplifiers Towards an Electrochemical Immunosensor for Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A
Dr. Annemarie Nadort – Blood circulation of nanoparticles in a chick embryo model
Mrs. Sandhya Clement – X-ray induced singlet oxygen generation by nanoparticle-photosensitizer conjugates: direct determination of singlet oxygen quantum yield
Dr. Varun Sreenivasan – Large scale production, characterisation and functionalisation of nanorubies
Dr. Kai Zhang – Study on Porous Silica Nanoparticles to co-Delivery of Drug and siRNA
Further information on the conference, attendees and abstacts can be found from the event web site – http://www.oznanomed.org/
17 April 2015:
We are delighted to share great news that Annemarie Nadort decided to join the Macquarie node of CNBP after her recent graduation from the University of Amsterdam.
Annemarie did a co-tutelle PhD project at Macquarie with AI Andrei Zvyagin in the area of advanced imaging.
Her new role within CNBP will be to work with Professor Ewa Goldys on a project exploiting the capability of upconverting nanoparticles to visualise tissue regions.
She will also be exploring the area of fluorescence guided surgery jointly with CNBP PI Professor Brian Wilson.
We wish her all the best, in particular for her recent submission to Nature Methods as first author.