23 January 2019:
Prof Brant Gibson and Prof Jeremy Thompson (both CNBP Chief Investigators) have attended (and presented) at the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) conference held in New Orleans, January 20– 23, 2019.
A lunch presentation session sponsored by CNBP, provided both representatives with the opportunity to talk about CNBP as well as to provide information on the organisation’s latest research and activity, taking place in the imaging and reproduction spaces.
Areas covered included: research on improving in vitro embryo production (IVF) systems; the development of a purpose-built, multi-function, micron-scale embryo ‘housing’ device created via unique 3D-printing technology; discussion on advanced hyperspectral imaging techniques; and the development by CNBP researchers of a clip-on device to enhance the magnification of a mobile phone’s existing optics, enabling bull semen analysis.
“The CNBP presentation went even better than I was expecting and we had over 40 people in attendance,” said Prof Gibson.
“Everyone enjoyed the lunch and there were plenty of questions and discussion from key people in the field, during and after our presentations. ”
“Hopefully this will spark some future collaborations both from a research and translation point of view,” Prof Gibson concluded.
The IETS Conference is the preeminent meeting in animal biotechnology, covering a broad area from embryo production and transfer techniques to cloning and transgenesis. The conference attracted more than 600 attendees from all over the world.
Below: A/Prof Jeremy Thompson discusses use of photonic probes in the reproduction space.
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.
1 May 2016:
CNBP researchers Dr Hannah Brown, Dr Sabrina Heng and Dr Erik Schartner (pictured) presented invited talks to a range of researchers and clinicians at the ‘Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT)’ conference in Adelaide on the 1st of May, 2016.
Explored in their talks were differing ways in which upcoming Centre research might find use within the embryology labs of the future – this tying into the meeting theme “From basic research to clinical practice: How to revolutionise IVF practice.”
Talk titles from the CNBP researchers were as follows:
- Hannah: Haemoglobin: Exciting and unexpected roles in fertility.
- Sabrina: Developing light-driven regenerable chemical tools for biological applications.
- Erik: Developing optical fibre probes for biosensing.
Further information on Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT), a sub-group representing the scientific membership of The Fertility Society of Australia, can be found online.
29 April 2016:
The Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR) has held its 3rd Annual Newcastle Satellite Scientific Meeting, with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Nicolle Packer giving the plenary lecture.
With a theme of ‘Supporting Early Career Research’, the meeting attracted health and medical research focused students, research assistants and Early Career Researchers.
Prof Packer spoke about her current research, with a focus on the structure, function, informatics and application of glycans and their conjugates as molecular markers, looking at their role in cancer, therapeutics and microbial infection.
15 February 2016:
Lindsay Parker, CNBP researcher, has presented her work at the SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco, 2016.
The conference is one of the largest Biomedical Optics & Photonics Conferences in the world.
Lindsay’s paper was titled, “Fluorescent nanodiamond and lanthanide labelled in situ hybridization for the identification of RNA transcripts in fixed and CLARITY-cleared central nervous system tissues” and was selected by the chairs of the “Neural Imaging and Sensing” portion of the conference.
Further information on the conference is available online.
24 January 2016:
Jeremy Thompson, CNBP Chief Investigator, has given an invited talk at the 42nd International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) Annual Conference, Louisville, USA, (January 23-26 2016).
The title of his talk was “Measuring embryo metabolism to predict embryo quality.”
19 January 2016:
CNBP Chief Investigator Professor Andrew Abell has delivered a keynote address at the 4th Annual International Conference on Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Process (CCECP 2016). The conference took place in Singapore from 18th – 19th January 2016.
28 September 2015:
Chief Investigator at the CNBP, Nicki Packer, attended the 14th Human Proteome Organization World Congress (HUPO 2015), held September 27 – 30, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
She was organiser and Chair of the ‘Glycomics and Glycoproteomics’ session and also gave an invited talk, “Glycomics-assisted glycoproteomics: deciphering the complexity.”
Further information on HUPO 2015 is available online.
24 August 2015:
Nanoscale biosensing in reproductive medicine was the theme of a CNBP symposium at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology for 2015.
CNBP speakers included Prof. Mark Hutchinson, Prof. Ewa Goldys and A/Prof Brant Gibson who presented the concepts/applications of their CNBP work, followed by presentations specifically related to reproduction by Dr Erik Schartner, Mr Malcolm Purdy and Dr Sabrina Heng.
Title talks were as follows:
Mark Hutchinson: New windows into the body.
Ewa Goldys: Through the looking glass: what can we see in the early embryo when we look carefully enough.
Brant Gibson: Nanodiamond for BioPhotonic and Hybrid-Photonic applications.
Sabrina Heng: Microstructured Optical Fibers and Photoswitches: Light-Driven Sensors for
Metal Ions in Biology.
Erik Schartner: Development of optical fibre probes for biosensing applications.
Malcolm S Purdey: A Non-invasive Sensor for Hydrogen Peroxide and pH.
Further information on the meeting is available online.