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Launch of CNBP and CU partnership

15 August 2017:

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have officially announced their research partnership status at a launch event that took place at CU today.

The collaboration between the CNBP, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, and the University of Colorado Boulder, will explore the use of novel CNBP biophotonics tools and techniques to examine in real-time, neuroinflammatory processes that govern behavior.

The novel immune sensing technologies developed at CNBP will allow circuit-specific measurement of immune molecule release during stress-related paradigms in rodents performed at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The overarching goal of the collaboration is to better inform intervention efforts
focused on stress- and ageing-related diseases.

Partner Investigators at CU are Professor Steven Maier and Professor Linda Watkins with CU’s Dr Michael Baratta (the successful recipient of the CNBP-American Australian Association Fellowship in 2016), also working closely with this partnership.

Below: CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson (left) presents a partner plaque to Partner Investigators – Professor Steven Maier and Professor Linda Watkins.

 

CNBP-ANSTO workshop

CNBPlogoSquare8 December 2016:

CNBP’s Macquarie University node hosted researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at a highly successful full day workshop held on the 8th December, 2016.

The workshop was an opportunity to showcase current imaging and sensing research from both organisations, to stimulate discussion and to see where collaboration opportunities might potentially lie in the future.

In a full and impressive program, ANSTO team members and their research topics presented included:

1. Marie-Claude Gregoire – who provided a team overview and introduction
2. Ben Fraser – multi-modal probes
3. Paul Callaghan – in vivo & post mortem multi-modality imaging
4. Mitra Safavi-Naeni – imaging quantification
5. Catriona Wimberley – in vivo kinetic modelling

CNBP researchers Arun Dass, Guozhen Liu, Helen Xu, Wei Deng, Nima Sayyadi, Andrew Care, Nicole Cordina, Varun Sreenivasan, Lianmei Jiang and Ayad Anwer also delivered talks on their areas of research and expertise.

Below – workshop attendees ready for an exciting day of presentations and discussion!

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CNBP annual retreat shines

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CNBP aligned researchers came together at the McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbour, South Australia from the 19th-22nd October, for the annual CNBP Retreat.

The Retreat brings the CNBP community together, to discuss and explore the science underpinning the success of the Centre, as well as to provide opportunities for networking and engagement, to build on powerful collaborations and to undertake learning and professional development.

Spread over three and a half days, there was a huge variety of activity including science sessions, talks, guest presenters, data-blitzes, elevator pitches, poster sessions, professional development and more.

Specific highlights included:

  • Great advice from Tiffany Walsh on applying for awards and funding
  • A presentation form CNBP- AAA Fellow Mike Baratta from The University of Colorado Boulder on neuro circuitry and brain function
  • CNBP friend Yves De Koninck exploring super resolution imaging, molecule tracking, cell mechanics and sensory signals
  • Tracy Maxted, founder of The Missing Think explaining techniques to ensure effective transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Quickfire science presentations to ensure effective and clear communication of research
  • Survey and associated word-cloud activity to help  identify what creates successful interdisciplinary collaborations
  • CNBP AI Stephen Warren-Smith encouraging early career researchers to take positions overseas to aid collaboration and connectedness, essential in ongoing and successful research careers

The social activities and ability to network and engage more deeply with colleagues was also highlighted by attendees as a major benefit with several noting that this had been “the best CNBP Retreat yet!”

Below – Science being discussed at the CNBP Annual Retreat, 2016.

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SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia lights up Adelaide

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The inaugural SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia conference took place in Adelaide, Australia, from the 16th-19th October 2016.

Close to 200 world leading researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, suppliers and other industry professionals were in attendance at the event which was jointly hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics).

Over the course of the four day conference, the latest in light-based technologies and techniques were explored, with the objective of improving understanding of biology, and increasing knowledge of how living systems work at a cellular and molecular level. Biomedical, diagnostic and advanced imaging applications all featured as part of the innovative research-led program.

Plenary talks and themed sessions took place, as did speed science discussions and networking opportunities focused on increasing research and industry engagement. An exhibition hall featured company booths, demonstrating the latest in advanced microscopy and imaging equipment.

The conference also focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists, with one-hundred South Australian students visiting the event to take part in a half-day outreach session that included talks, poster sessions, light inspired science demonstrations and discussion time with leading researchers.

Prof Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director, believed the conference to be highly successful noting, “We attracted top international researchers here to South Australia including six plenary speakers who are experts in the photonics field. Talks ranged from new imaging technologies to help us understand how brains work, through to new 3D techniques to model living tissue, to new fibre-optical sensors that can be used in the tiniest of nano-environments. The program was absolutely full of exciting research.”

The event’s two co-hosts (SPIE and the CNBP) are already exploring opportunities for an even larger follow-up conference to potentially take place in 2018.

Below – Conference attendees make their way into the main auditorium.

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Conference outreach inspires

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As a part of the SPIE Biophotonics Australasia conference, the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics organised a half day outreach session for approximately 100 South Australian students on the 19 October, 2016.

The session, focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists, saw Yr 10 and 11 students  from Concordia College, Seaview High School and Seymour College all attend the conference and enjoy talks, poster sessions, light inspired science demonstrations and discussion time with leading researchers.

Feedback from the teachers and students, and CNBP researchers involved was hugely positive with a sample of comments from students included below –

Melisa – Seaview High School Student

“I really enjoyed the exhibition and presentation due to how professional the researchers/scientists were about their job and what they do. They explained the importance of science and the significance new modern research have on the world and society, in addition to how diverse science is and the vast range of job opportunities available in various fields of the industry. I enjoyed the practicals which were demonstrated as the visuals and results of the experiments were something I had never seen before. Furthermore, the practicals conducted made me realise how amazing and powerful science can be and how everything should be done outside the box with no limits. I’ve always enjoyed science though I was never sure if I would contribute to the industry in the future, however this excursion opened me up to new opportunities and I can potentially see myself having a career in science.

Minh – Seaview High School Student

“The excursion was really eye opening to see how advanced we are and our capabilities of how we can benefit in the medical field with new technology. The event was really fascinating and displayed a lot of visuals to help with the explanation. I learnt about how we can manipulate light properties to change and create new methods and technology to help in the medical field. This BioPhotonics excursion impacted my view on future careers and courses in the science field and how new job fields can be created.”

Stephanie – Seaview High School Student

“It was a great opportunity to delve into the various aspects of science, especially biology and physics, that allowed me to think deeper about the different careers science can provide. The many different ways that light can be used in researching was interesting and the various experiments conducted were definitely a new experience. It was an inspiring event that changed my view on science, which changed my perspective of science and the courses I could take in the future related to Biophotonics.”

Below – CNBP researcher Denitza Denkova explains photonics to students.

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Goldys gives public talk on cell colour

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CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys gave a colourful and illuminating public talk at Macquarie University today, discussing a pioneering hyperspectral imaging technique that is helping researchers better understand the composition of cells, right down at a molecular level.

The talk, entitled, ‘A Eureka Moment for Cell Colour Technology’, explored the use of colour information to differentiate between cells – applying photonics to biology.

Goldys believes that this next-generation methodology offers a new window to non-invasively and rapidly detect major health conditions including neurodegeneration, cancer and diabetes.

The research won Goldys and her colleague Martin Gosnell, the 2016 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.

Below: Ewa Goldys presenting her work on the fluorescent colour signatures of living cells and tissues, using big data techniques and innovative computing technology .

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New CNBP laboratory opened at Macquarie University

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CNBP’s new ‘Biomolecular Discovery Laboratory’, along with two other new laboratories at Macquarie University (a redeveloped Synthetic Biology Lab and new research facilities for Organometallics), were officially opened today by Professor Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer.

The opening event, hosted by Macquarie University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius saw a number of VIP guests in attendance including CNBP Director, Prof Mark Hutchinson.

Hutchinson who spoke at the official opening noted the close collaboration between Macquarie University and the CNBP and explained how the relationship between the two organisations exemplified and gave real meaning to the Centre’s four key belief principles of Academic Excellence, Commercial Impact, Quality Communication and a Nurturing Environment.

The new CNBP laboratory space at Macquarie University will host twenty-four CNBP researchers and will support the development of new biomolecular probes and methodology, the functionalisation of nanoparticles, as well as the investigation of nanoparticle mechanisms and drug delivery.

Additionally, it will facilitate interactions between CNBP chemists, mass spectrometrists, biochemists, physicists and biologists in a large single area, aiding CNBP interdisciplinary research in the development of its new light based sensing tools that operate at the nanoscale.

Below – Professor Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer cuts a ribbon to formally open the laboratory spaces while guests look on.

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Official IPHT partner launch

IPHT launch_sq25 August 2016:

CNBP and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena officially acknowledged their long term research and collaboration activity with a formal partnership launch today, taking place at IPHT HQ in Germany.

CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys, CNBP Macquarie University Node Leader Prof Jim Piper and CNBP RMIT University Node Leader A/Prof Brant Gibson were all in attendance at the event which was hosted and led by Partner, Prof Jurgen Popp from IPHT. CNBP’s Associate Investigator, Dr Stephen Warren-Smith who is just concluding his Marie Curie Fellowship with IPHT, and will be returning to the University of Adelaide after securing a Ramsay Fellowship, was also present and attended the program of the 3 day partner launch.

Included as a part of launch activity were presentations from both organisations, tours of IPHT laboratory space, research updates on key projects and engagement with CNBP industry partner Heraeus.

Specific highlights from the visit included the opening of the partner launch at the Scala Tower Restaurant in Jena with CNBP’s Prof Jim Piper presenting a keynote presentation, a tour of the InfectoGnostic Research Campus and a visit to Zeiss, concluding with a lecture from Prof Ewa Goldys.

Pictured top left is IPHT Partner, Prof Jurgen Popp being presented with the CNBP Partner Plaque by CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys.

Successful CNBP workshop at RMIT node

RMIT workshopsq19 August 2016:

CNBP’s RMIT University node hosted CNBP researchers from Macquarie University and the University of Adelaide today, at a successful and well attended workshop event held in Melbourne.

A number of CNBP related projects currently taking place at RMIT were explored during the day long session, including presentations and discussion on the following topics:

  • Efforts to fabricate micro-optics for integration on multicore optical fibre imaging bundles
  • The potential of combining nano-photonics and biomedical acoustics to open new windows into the body
  • Use of of diamond lasers for sensing
  • Optimal search techniques when measuring at the nanoscale
  • The development of a molecular zinc sensor based on successful collaboration between CNBP chemists, physicists and biologists.

Other discussion points covered were diverse, and included but were not limited to – phone technology for fertility assessment, polarised endoscopes, spiky cholesterol crystals, 3D lens printing, bubble functionalisation, diamond laser sensing, conditional probability distribution, high-impact non-lame publishing via interdisciplinary collaboration and so much more!

Formal and informal networking took place throughout the day with new avenues for potential investigation captured. Thanks to all who participated on such a knowledge expanding day!

 

Partner launch with Bioplatforms Australia

Bioplatforms-Andrew-Gilbert9 November 2015:

CNBP successfully launched its partnership with Bioplatforms Australia at a larger Node event at Macquarie University, Sydney, Nov 9th, 2015.

The partner launch, added to the official proceedings of the CNBP Macquarie University research node launch, featured CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson and General Manager for Bioplatforms Australia, Mr Andrew Gilbert.

Mark Hutchinson noted the importance of the partnership with Bioplatforms Australia, with the organisation enabling CNBP research, with its world-class platform technologies and associated expertise in the specialist fields of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics.

Prof Hutchinson then presented Mr Gilbert with a CNBP partner plaque and noted that he was looking forward to ongoing collaborations, particularly in the areas of biomedical research. Mr Gilbert concurred, with both individuals  then posing for official launch photos.

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