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.
7 November 2016:
The CNBP Director (Professor Mark Hutchinson) visited the Department of Pharmacology at Hoshi University on the 7th November 2016 where he met with Professor Minoru Narita, provided a 10 minute introduction speech to undergraduate student lectures and provided a seminar to senior researchers and graduate students.
Professor Hutchinson’s talk was titled, “The role of toll-like receptors as key modulators of chronic pain: similarities and differences between male and females.”
18 October 2016:
CNBP researcher Michelle Zhang has spent time in China meeting and discussing CNBP related science with researchers at the Institute of Immunology, Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing (Oct 13th) and at the Biology Institute of Shandong Academy of Sciences (Oct 17th-18th).
Michelle first met with Professor Lixin Zhang and his team at the Institute of Immunology of Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing where a senior researcher, Fuhang Song gave her a tour of their facilities. She also attended a group meeting and gave a presentation about her research as well as talking about wider CNBP activity. While there she listened to the presentations of three of their group members and had helpful discussions based on the topics of the development of novel antibiotics and the biosensing of multi drug resistant microbial. Potential future collaborations were also explored.
At the Biology Institute of Shandong Academy of Sciences, Michelle visited Professor Changheng Liu, senior researcher Chunyuan Bi and their teams, while also undertaking a tour of their facilities with a focus on their biosensing device developing laboratories. Researchers also showed her their work in the development of biosensing devices for lactose and hydrogen peroxide. Once again detailed discussions about potential future collaboration possibilities were undertaken.
11 October 2016:
The Director, CNBP (Professor Mark Hutchinson) attended the Australian Research Council CoEx(po) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, on 11 October 2016, as an invited speaker.
Leaders from three of Australia’s leading research Centres spoke about their work in developing the next generation of health and medical devices and the opportunities for collaboration as they saw them.
More specifically, Prof Hutchinson discussed the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach for fundamental and applied research and provided an overview of current CNBP science and activity.
30 September 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director has attended the IASP 16th World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan, 26-30th September 2016. The event is the world’s premier conference devoted to pain research and treatment, with Prof Hutchinson also speaking at a session during the conference with a talk titled, ‘The role of toll-like receptors as key modulators of chronic pain: similarities and differences between males and females’.
During this overseas visit to Japan, Professor Hutchinson also took a small delegation of staff from the Pain Unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital to visit Nagoya University where they met with Professor Akihiro Yamanaka, Dr Hideki Kasuya and Dr Ossama El-Kabbani. Here Prof Hutchinson presented a talk entitled, ‘ The Beacon of Enlightenment – how light based sensing technologies can change and quantify the previously unmeasurable and lead to changes in clinical practice’.
22 September 2016:
Christopher Ashwood, CNBP PhD Candidate, has presented at an industry seminar and won a PhD award for his poster at the Human Proteome Organization World Congress from 18-22 September 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan. The conference theme was “Precision Proteomics for Precision Biology and Medicine.”
Chris Ashwood’s presentation and poster were both titled “Improving confidence in glycan structure characterisation using alternative CID fragmentation.” Discussed was the use of new technology and innovative tools to enhance characterisation of protein glycosylation using mass spectrometry with applications in mammalian protein glycosylation.
15 August 2016:
Dr Christopher Paige, from CNBP research partner organisation University Health Network (UHN/University of Toronto) visited the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) on 15 August 2016 to discuss how the Canadian funding system is working, MRFF/NHMRC Reviews and broader collaboration in general.
Whilst at CNBP he attended a lunch hosted by the DVCR (Mike Brooks) and was given a tour of both CNBP and SAHMRI facilities.
The visit follows on from a successful partnership launch between the two organisations in May 2016.
22 July 2016:
Dr Michael Baratta from The University of Colorado Boulder recently visited both the Macquarie and Adelaide nodes of the CNBP during July 2016.
Whilst at both nodes he presented a seminar titled, “Targeting and readout strategies for studying the neural basis of stress resilience,” and spoke with staff and students. This resulted in several potential collaboration projects being discussed in greater detail.
Michael was the successful recipient of the CNBP-American Australian Association (AAA) Fellowship for 2016 and will also be returning to Australia in the next 12 months to continue his CNBP interactions.