21 September 2017:
Christopher Ashwood, CNBP PhD candidate, visited Ireland in September 2017, performing an oral presentation at the 16th Human Proteome Organisation World Congress with a presentation titled: “Open-glycomics: An open-access platform for software-assisted glycan identification and quantitation”.
He also visited the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) where he also presented his research.
Talk summary: Analysing glycomics data, the study of carbohydrates, is largely manual resulting in low throughput and can be subject to human error. Using a software package named Skyline, Chris has automated the most tedious parts of this data analysis and generated the data in a standard format for use by other glycomics researchers and bioinformaticians. Future research will standardise and automate this analysis further for application towards the currently booming biopharmaceutical industry.
5 July 2017:
CNBP Researcher, Dr Yu, from the University of Adelaide, presented recent findings on “Gating Electron Transfer in Peptides Towards Molecular Switches” at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, commonly known as ICMAT 2017, held in Singapore, 18-24 June. It attracted more than 2,500 delegates from all over the world.
Following the ICMAT 2017, Dr Yu made a trip to Chongqing University, one of 985 project Universities in China. An invited lecture was given to the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and he met with Professors Xiaohua Chen, Yi Xu, and Lingjie Li.
While in Chongqing, he also made a visit to the microfabrication facilities, including the MEMS, Wafer Lithography and clean room at the Centre of MicroFabrication and MicroSystems, Chongqing University. Networking provided a number of possible future collaborations.
Below – Dr Yu presenting CNBP science at Chongqing University.
10 May 2017:
Dr Sanam Mustafa, CNBP Researcher, presented an invited keynote lecture at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 86th Annual Scientific Congress, 10 May 2017.
Her talk was titled, “Recent developments in post-operative pain management – should we be worried?” and discussed the implications of using morphine for neuropathic pain.
The Congress took place at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
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.
7 December 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) attended the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS 2016) Conference in Hobart on 6 and 7 December 2016 where he presented a talk entitled “The ‘Toll’ of Knowing You are Sick: Microglial Innate Immune Signalling as a Key Contributor to Sex Differences in Pain and Analgesia”.
The Director also chaired a session entitled “Integrated Approaches to Treating Pain and Other Diseases of the Central Nervous System: From Targets to Circuits and Beyond”.
7 December 2016:
CNBP PhD student Vicky Staikopoulos has presented a poster on preliminary work created from a collaboration between Hutchinson, Packer and Hoffmann labs at the Australasian Neuroscience Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting hosted in Hobart 4-7th December 2016.
This work showcased CNBP and partner proteomic capabilities to measure with spacial topography, changes in identified peptide abundances throughout targeted pain processing areas.
This highlights the potential to identify many key peptides that may be involved in neuropathic pain development/maintenance that may have not been previously considered due to protocol limitations.
According to Staikopoulos this data was well received and a few scientists from various backgrounds were interested in watching this space.
2 December 2016:
CNBP Research Fellow Dr Jingxian Yu presented a talk at the RACI SA Physical Chemistry Symposium, held at the University of South Australia on December 2, 2016.
His talk was entitled “Peptides as electronic materials: Insights from experiment and theory”.
16 November 2016:
Dr John Horsley, CNBP researcher from the University of Adelaide, presented his recent work at the International Conference on Biochemistry held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 16th, 2016.
His poster presentation and talk was entitled ‘Controlling the Conformation of a Modified Gramicidin S Cyclic Peptidomimetic with an Azobenzene Photoswitch’.
16 November 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) has attended the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Conference held in San Diego, 12-16th November 2016 and presented a poster with the abstract ‘Does the allodynic spinal cord have a specific colour?’
While in San Diego, Prof Hutchinson also attended the Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention – ‘Relapse and Recovery: from Mechanistic Understanding to Translational Research.’
Following the conference, the Director (and several members of his team) travelled to Colorado where they visited partner investigators at the University of Colorado Boulder (17th and 18th November 2016) where the latest in CNBP research findings were presented and discussed.
14 November 2016:
Dr Sanam Mustafa has organised the visit to CNBP of a key player in the field of G protein-coupled receptors research, Professor Graeme Milligan.
The visit will take place in Adelaide, Friday 25th November 2016 – If you would like to chat with Professor Milligan please contact Dr Sanam Mustafa via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professor Milligan’s main research group centres on the function, structure and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their interacting proteins. He has published some 500 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. His research has been cited more than 24,000 times. Professor Graeme Milligan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. He went on to do his PhD at the University of Nottingham. Graeme was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1998 and, amongst various honours, was the recipient of the Ariens Award for pharmacology from the Dutch Pharmacological Society in 2006 and the JR Vane Medal for Pharmacology from the British Pharmacological Society in 2016. Professor Milligan is currently a Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Dean of Research, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and a Gardiner Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow. Professor Milligan is also a non-executive director and co-founder of the company Caldan Therapeutics which is searching for novel treatments for type II diabetes.
Professor Milligan will first present a keynote address at the Adelaide Pharmacology Group Meeting at the National Wine Centre on Friday 25th, followed by an afternoon tour of CNBP and one-to-one meetings.