28 February, 2018:
Congratulations to the following CNBP students and researchers who were successful at the annual ‘Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) Awards’.
- Jiawen Li (Joint IPAS Best ECR Paper)
- Team: Patrick Capon, Malcolm Purdey, Benjamin Pullen and Andrew Abell (IPAS Best Transdisciplinary Paper)
- Kathryn Palasis (Tanya Monro Best Student Oral Presentation)
2 February 2018:
Macquarie University and CNBP PhD student, Christopher Ashwood, has won a poster prize at the 23rd Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium.
His poster was about improving reproducibility in the field of glycomics, the study of protein glycosylation.
Over 280 researchers attended the meeting.
2 February 2018:
Sameera Iqbal, CNBP PhD student at Macquarie University has been awarded a certificate and cash prize for her poster presentation at the Australasian Glycoscience Symposium at the Lorne Proteomics Conference, 2 Feb, 2018.
Her poster detailed the following work –
‘PolySialic Acid (PolySia) is an α2-8-linked sialic acid chain present on cell surfaces in embryonic brains. Changes in polysialylation pattern are reported to be associated with immune defense and inflammation in the CNS. Opioids such as Morphine-3-Glucuronide (M3G) (metabolite of morphine) activates neuroinflammation in a manner parallel to Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), compromising opioid-induced analgesia. In this study, morphine (Morphine-3-glucuronide) was hypothesized to affect the polySia expression in neurons and astrocyte cell lines. It was observed that PolySia expression was significantly increased in neurons following LPS and M3G stimulation.’
Well done Sameera!
30 January 2018:
Today Professor Ewa Goldys, Professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), was recognised as a Fellow of SPIE.
Fellows are SPIE Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging.
Professor Goldys was honoured by the recognition with the Fellowship citation noting her “achievements in optical characterisation of nanomaterials, biochemical and medical sensing.”
“I see this award as a mark of acknowledgement of the Australian standing in the international biophotonics community. I am very proud of my new role in SPIE. As a Society, SPIE plays such a pivotal role in the development of biophotonics and its translation to industry,” she said.
SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.
Founded in 1955 this professional organisation promotes information exchange though conferences and publications, supports continuing education, career development, and engages in advocacy.
Below – Prof Ewa Goldys at the Fellows reception.
13 November 2017:
Congratulations to Dr Lindsay Parker, CNBP Research Fellow at Macquarie University who has just been granted a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
The award will support the following research activity:
“Intelligently linking nanoscience to neuroscience with glycan biology. This project aims to provide a comprehensive description of the unique cell-surface glycan expression on inflamed neurons, astrocytes, microglia and oligodendrocytes. This project will use glycan profiling data to engineer luminescent nanoparticles with superior neuroimaging qualities for cell type-specific in vivo targeting and drug delivery in the central nervous system. The project outcomes are expected to improve our fundamental understanding of neurobiological cell-surfaces.”
Information on successful DECRA grants can be accessed on the ARC website here.
18 October 2017:
CNBP Associate Investigator Professor Dayong Jin, at the University of Technology Sydney, has been awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.
The award recognises Professor Jin’s innovative work with nanocrystals which allow for enhanced molecular imaging deep within the cellular environment, aiding early stage detection of cancer and disease.
The Prize, part of the ‘Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science’ series, are awarded annually and are a public recognition and tribute to the contributions that scientists, innovators and science teachers are making to Australia’s current and future scientific and commercialisation capabilities.
Full award details as well as a video and summary of Professor Jin’s work is available from the Australian Government web site.
14 October 2017:
Aimee Horsfall, CNBP PhD student at the University of Adelaide has been awarded a student Poster Award (of four), with cash prize, for her poster titled “Introduction of a new fluorescent constraint on-resin” at the 6th Modern Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis Symposium, held at Fraser Island from the 12-14th of October. The symposium is a satellite conference of the 12th Australian Peptide Conference which was held in Noosa from the 15-20th October which Aimee also attended.
13 July 2017:
PhD team ‘ReMind’, which includes CNBP researcher Vicky Staikopoulos as CFO, has won the Australian-French Entrepreneur Challenge held in Adelaide over two days, 11th-12th July, 2017.
The challenge (with 49 invited PhD students from all over Australia) required students to work continuously for 24 hours in teams of six, to come up with an idea and to then pitch it to a panel of judges containing some of Australia’s top entrepreneurs.
Team ‘ReMind’ presented their idea for a tactile gaming device for helping the elderly improve their balance and co-ordination to help prevent falls. The device utilised ultrasound waves to create a holographic touch screen.
Sixteen judges, including Susan Close MP (The Minister for Education & Child Development and Higher Education & Skills) as well as the new French Ambassador to Australia (His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot) were all part of the judging panel.
As winning team, ‘ReMind’ members have won a trip to France for two weeks with the opportunity to be mentored by experienced entrepreneurs.
Further information on the award and the team’s success can be found in an article on the ABC website.
Below – The ReMind Team hard at work during the challenge.
10 July 2017:
The RMIT School of Science Research Day was held on July 10th, with several members of the RMIT Node presenting CNBP research.
Postgraduate students Daniel Stavrevski, Marco Capelli and Josef Worboys participated in the 3 Minute Thesis competition: Josef Worboys was awarded the winning prize for his work related to ‘quantum correlations’, and will go on to the University level competition.
The day’s program was concluded with a poster session including posters from CNBP’s Philipp Reineck, Emma Wilson, Nafisa Zohora, Marco Capelli and Ashleigh Heffernan.
16 June 2017:
CNBP’s Ben Pullen (pictured) and Vicky Staikopoulos have been awarded a runner up prize as part of the University of Adelaide’s ‘Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation‘ competition.
There were 8 teams competing in the wool stream finals. First prize won $20,000 with 5x $10,000 prizes also on offer.
“We entered the competition to learn about marketing and entrepreneurial thinking and with only two weeks to go before the end of the workshop program we stumbled, by chance onto an idea as to how to help wool growers better manage their flock,” says Ben.
“Vicky Staikopoulos and I were awarded a runner up prize of $10,000 for our efforts. We plan to pursue this project and develop the idea into a working product.”