26 April 2017:
CNBP Chief Investigator, A/Prof Jeremy Thompson has received $7000 in travel support from the Global Connections Fund Priming Grants initiative.
The grant will fund travel to the USA to visit cattle IVF units with the aim of learning how they have made a successful business of in vitro produced embryos, and where it applies best in their (beef) breeding and genetic selection operations.
While there, A/Prof Thompson will be sharing knowledge and experiences and seeing if there are potential collaborative opportunities.
30 January 2017:
CNBP researchers at Macquarie University – Research Fellow Lindsay Parker (pictured left) and A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin have been successful as Chief Investigators on a $100,000 Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant.
The grant will support a research assistant (Anna Guller, CNBP PhD candidate) to help build capacity in and use Macquarie University’s bioreactor equipment towards the production and maintenance of live bioartificial tissues for sustainable scientific use.
The CNBP researchers will be collaborating with the University’s Faculty of Medicine to use these artificial biotissues in order to assess nanoparticle detection capabilities/depths in complex tissue structures.
Lead CI on the grant is Professor Qian Yi in the Faculty of Medicine.
28 November 2016:
University of Adelaide and CNBP Researcher Dr Sanam Mustafa has been awarded a 2017 Barbara Kidman Fellowship.
The University of Adelaide Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship Scheme is designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career. The Fellowships are named after Dr Barbara Kidman who, at the time (1940s and 1950s), defied society’s expectations of women in scientific roles.
The Fellowship offers opportunities to enhance, maintain or re-invigorate research momentum, as well as assist successful recipients in applying for, and assuming, enhanced roles in the near future.
Further information on the Fellowship is accessible online from the University of Adelaide web site.
2 November 2016:
CNBP researchers and researchers aligned with the CNBP were well represented in yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Government of the latest round of funding as part of the Australian Research Council’s National Competitive Grants Programme.
Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem (CNBP Investigator) – Taming light and electrons in optical fibres.
Professor Ewa Goldys (CNBP Deputy Director and Chief Investgator) – Rejuvenating adult stem cells.
Prof Dougal McCulloch (CNBP Associate Investigator) – Using extreme conditions to synthesise new materials.
Dr Louise Brown and Dr David Inglis (CNBP Associate Investigators) – Atomic forces for sorting ultrabright nanodiamonds.
Associate Professor Andrei Zvyagin (CNBP Associate Investigator); Professor Ewa Goldys (CNBP Deputy Director and Chief Investgator) and Dr Yiqing Lu (CNBP Associate Investigator) – Background-free imaging of single membrane-receptors with nanophosphors.
Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards
Dr Martin Ploschner (CNBP Research Fellow) – Seeing deeply inside the body with the world’s smallest microscope.
Dr Yiqing Lu (CNBP Associate Investigator) – Hyper-domain luminescence lifetime imaging for mapping molecular dynamics.
ARC Future Fellowships
Professor Andrew Greentree (CNBP Chief Investigator) – Laser threshold sensing.
Dr Guozhen Liu (CNBP Research Fellow) – Intelligent nanoparticles: Interactive tools to decode brain activity.
Linking Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
Associate Professor Jeremy Thompson (CNBP Chief Investigator) – Adelaide Flow Cytometry.
Congratulations to all those researchers listed above, who get the chance to further advance their exciting areas of science!
Further information on this funding round is available from the Australian Research Council web site.
17 May 2016:
A consortium led by Macquarie University, utilising technology established by the ARC Centre of Excellence for BioPhotonics (CNBP), has been awarded a $340,000 Linkage Grant by the Australian Research Council, to target the debilitating effects of chronic pain.
The grant, bringing together researchers from Macquarie University, the University of Adelaide and the regenerative medicine company Regeneus, will support work that aims to relieve chronic pain in animals and will lay the foundations for future human therapies, using molecular tests, cell technologies and immune/hormonal pain generators.
According to Mark Hutchinson, Professor at the University of Adelaide and CNBP Director, the consortium’s activity will not only seek to target the incapacitating effects of chronic pain but will also aid understanding of how men and women feel pain differently.
To find out more you can view the CNBP media release, accessible online.
Image below: Immune cell responses within the central nervous system in response to chronic pain.
27 January 2016:
Adelaide Research and Innovation has awarded A/Prof. Jeremy Thompson (CNBP Chief Investigator at the University of Adelaide) a Commercial Accelerator Grant of $38 000 for novel storage systems of cattle embryo production media.
Thompson notes that, “The cattle in vitro embryo production industry is hamstrung in having a major impact in improving the genetics of animals, by poor performance of generating good quality embryos from the valuable oocytes collected from an individual cow.”
“Amongst the many factors that are involved in making embryos, a major limitation is the performance of the embryo production solutions. These are highly specialised formulations and require sterile/clean room facilities to manufacture, an unbroken cold change for delivery to a specific site and have a short shelf-life of only 4 weeks.”
“We have been developing an alternative packaging system which will remove these barriers. This was attractive to the CAS grant committee, who awarded $38,800 for the project to start immediately in 2016.”
Further information on successful Adelaide Research and Innovation grants is available online.
9 November 2015:
CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Bing Yang Shi has been awarded the prestigious NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship for his project titled, “New nanoparticle strategies for efficient delivery and controlled release into the brain.”
This fellowship provides a vehicle for full time training in basic research within biomedical sciences in Australia and enables fellows to work on research projects under nominated advisers.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded this fellowship”, said Bing Yang. “It encourages me to be a top researcher and to make important contributions to medical and public health, based on my unique knowledge and skill set.”
Further information on the successful fellowship can be found online here:
27 October 2015:
In October 2015, CNBP researcher Dr Bingyang Shi, was awarded more than $571,000 in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – Australian Research Council (ARC) Career Development Fellowships.
Says Bingyang, “I aspire to make important contributions to medical and public health based on my unique and sought-after set of knowledge and skills across the intersection of neuroscience, biomedicine, cell biology and material chemistry.”
“This Fellowship will allow me to translate my knowledge towards applications of multifunctional for brain disease theranostics, provide a stepping-stone for me towards becoming an independent research group leader in biomedical research, and to build up the robust and productive collaborations with other CNBP researchers.”
“I strongly believe that the success of this fellowship project will significantly contribute towards translational discoveries in brain research, ultimately benefiting the health and wellbeing of dementia patients in Australia.”
This research topic is aligned with the CNBP Theme: “Recognize”, and the Biological challenge 2: “Origin of Sensation”.
5 June 2015:
CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and Deputy Director Ewa Goldys have been successfully named on a grant from the Neurological Research Foundation, to characterize peripheral blood immune cell hyperspectral profiles from spinal cord injury patients. The activity is to aid in the prediction of motor recovery outcome after injury. If successful, this line of research will hopefully lead to not only further external funding for the CNBP but also the future hope of a potential diagnostic tool.
19 May 2015:
CNBP researchers Dr Jiangbo (Tim) Zhao, Dr Sabrina Heng and A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem have been awarded twenty-two thousand dollars for their project titled ‘Fibre insight in diabetes treatment: a new photonic fibre device to investigate the enteroendocrine L-cell’. The team will design and fabricate a new microstructured optical fibre to study L-cell secretion and provide a means of screening for L-cell stimuli of therapeutic interest.
The project is co-led by Dr. Tim Zhao and Dr. Tongzhi Wu (School of Medicine).