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Professor Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director, UNSW Sydney, in partnership with Associate Professor Shane Grey from the Garvan Institute have received an international grant from JDRC for “Noninvasive assessment of islet cells”.
This project will develop a non-invasive method for real-time monitoring of encapsulated beta cells in vitro and in vivo. This will help assess the fate of implanted cells and define the conditions required to produce high quality insulin-producing cells for implantation and their precursors.
The results will lay the foundations for in vivo assessment of islet transplantation success.
In exciting grant funding news, ARC Future Fellowships were recently awarded to the following CNBP researchers:
Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director, pictured) – University of Adelaide. Measuring pain in livestock: mechanisms, objective biomarkers and treatments.
Dr Ivan Maksymov (CNBP Researcher Fellow) – RMIT University. Nonlinear optical effects with low-power non-laser light.
Dr Steven Wiederman (CNBP Associate Investigator) – University of Adelaide. From insects to robots: how brains make predictions and ignore distractions.
The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. Each Future Fellow recipient will receive salary and on-cost support for four years, and up to $50,000 in additional funding per year for other essential costs directly related to their project.
Congratulations to all Fellowship recipients who will now be able to further develop and advance their innovative areas of research! Further information on Fellowship projects are available from the ARC web site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CNBP PhD student Wan Aizuddin Wan Razali, has been awarded a travel grant under the Postgraduate Research Fund to the value of $5,000. The grant will be used to attend the Single-Molecule Microscopy and Spectroscopy Faraday Discussion conference in London. He will also visit London’s Imperial College, the University of Jena and the University of Bremen.
24 March 2015
Congratulations to Prof Andrew Zannettino, Dr Alex Francois and team for winning an $18,000 grant from the University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund for their project ‘Diagnosing multipte myeloma: Development of a point of care device for detecting and monitoring serum free light chain levels in serum’.
The project is aiming of using our Whispering Gallery Mode sensor for the detection of light chain antibodies for medical diagnostics applications.
15 December 2014: Three Grants awarded to CNBP researchers
CNBP resarchers at the University of Adelaide were successful in obtaining three IPAS pilot project grants totaling $45,000
Characterisation of aquaporin-1 (AQP1) ion channel activity in migrating cancer cells using a novel photoswitchable fluorescent probe, Andrea Yool, Sabrina Heng, Jinxin (Victor) Pei, $15K
Rapid phenotyping of human stem cells sub-populations using optical spectroscopy, Georgios Tsiminis, Erik Schartner, Simon Koblar, Mark Hutchinson, $10K
UV-guiding silica hollow-core fibre for biological sensing, Philip Light, Sabrina Heng, Chris Perrella, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, $15K