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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

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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

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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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CNBP does Melbourne Knowledge Week

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CNBP’s RMIT node reached out to the public today, hosting a panel discussion on nanoscale technology as a part of  Melbourne Knowledge Week.

‘Up Close and Revealed: Life at the Nanoscale’ was the theme of the event with a focus on nanoscale optical sensors, quantum technology and next generation computational devices.

Panel speakers consisted of CNBP’s RMIT node leader A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP Advisory Board member Prof Goran Roos, Prof Calum Drummond from RMIT and CNBP industry partner Mr Jian Shen from Olympus Australia.

Following the entertaining and informative panel dialogue, members of the public were provided with tours of CNBP’s new research laboratories, and provided with further information on CNBP’s current research activities.

Melbourne Knowledge Week showcases the city’s broad range of innovative projects, institutions and ideas with over 50 separate events taking place from the 19th to 25th October 2015.

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Collaborating with CSIRO

CSIRO launch1 October 2015:

CNBP officially launched its partnership with CSIRO today, at an on-site event at the Clayton facility of CSIRO in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Partner, Professor Yonggang Zhu, Team Leader of CSIRO’s Microfluidic Platforms Team, announced that he was extremely privileged to be a partner of CNBP and looks forward to future collaborations.

Centre Director, Professor Mark Hutchinson acknowledged CSIRO’s contribution to CNBP and indicated new areas of potential collaboration, which would include the Centre’s Spark of Life theme and embryological research.

The launch consisted of a number of science presentations from CSIRO researchers, together with researchers from Monash University. Industry representatives included Trajan Scientific Australia Pty Ltd and the Australian National Fabrication Facility.

CNBP colleagues from all three research nodes of CNBP – Macquarie University, RMIT University and the University of Adelaide, were present at the launch and science discussions were presented by Prof Dayong Jin, UTS; Prof Ewa Goldys, Centre Deputy Director, Macquarie University; Researcher, Dr Philipp Reineck, RMIT University; Researcher, Dr Ivan Maksymov, RMIT University; and Professor Andrew Abell, Chief Investigator and Node Director, University of Adelaide.

Lab tours were conducted at CSIRO, along with many group discussions, engaging CNBP and CSIRO researchers alike. At the conclusion of launch proceedings, CSIRO was presented with a formal CNBP partner plaque.

CNBP is continuing to deliver transdisciplinary conversations with our partners and looks forward to the current and future benefits of this valuable partnership with CSIRO.

Seeing into the body, one photon at a time

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In support of the official opening of CNBP’s RMIT University research node, a public lecture was undertaken by CNBP Chief Investigator and RMIT Professor, Andrew Greentree on Wednesday September 30th.

The lecture, titled ‘Seeing into the body, one photon at a time’, saw Andrew Greentree discussing the nature of light, quantum physics, and how new understandings are leading to new biological insights. Also explained was the nano biophotonic research that CNBP is currently undertaking, based on this innovative inter-disciplinary research.

With practical demonstrations (including the use of lasers, table tennis balls and an extra long Slinky) interspersing the 60 minute talk, over 200 members of the public attended and experienced first hand, the passion that Andy brings to his work. Feedback from the event was universally positive.