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CNBP engages with Shanxi Province

26 March 2017:

CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson has showcased CNBP science to the Vice Governor of Shanxi Province together with his Heads of Departments (Agriculture, Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs) who were visiting the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Government on March 26th, 2017.

The visit, a result of the University of Adelaide and its seven year relationship with the Province, sees the University undertaking increasing work there, with both industry and Government, primarily in the areas of agriculture and functional food.

It is likely that CNBP products and the potential of the Centre will be further demonstrated in May, when  a delegation from South Australia will go to Shanxi Province to engage with industry.

SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia lights up Adelaide

bau16-art20 October 2016:

The inaugural SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia conference took place in Adelaide, Australia, from the 16th-19th October 2016.

Close to 200 world leading researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, suppliers and other industry professionals were in attendance at the event which was jointly hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics).

Over the course of the four day conference, the latest in light-based technologies and techniques were explored, with the objective of improving understanding of biology, and increasing knowledge of how living systems work at a cellular and molecular level. Biomedical, diagnostic and advanced imaging applications all featured as part of the innovative research-led program.

Plenary talks and themed sessions took place, as did speed science discussions and networking opportunities focused on increasing research and industry engagement. An exhibition hall featured company booths, demonstrating the latest in advanced microscopy and imaging equipment.

The conference also focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists, with one-hundred South Australian students visiting the event to take part in a half-day outreach session that included talks, poster sessions, light inspired science demonstrations and discussion time with leading researchers.

Prof Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director, believed the conference to be highly successful noting, “We attracted top international researchers here to South Australia including six plenary speakers who are experts in the photonics field. Talks ranged from new imaging technologies to help us understand how brains work, through to new 3D techniques to model living tissue, to new fibre-optical sensors that can be used in the tiniest of nano-environments. The program was absolutely full of exciting research.”

The event’s two co-hosts (SPIE and the CNBP) are already exploring opportunities for an even larger follow-up conference to potentially take place in 2018.

Below – Conference attendees make their way into the main auditorium.

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Official IPHT partner launch

IPHT launch_sq25 August 2016:

CNBP and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena officially acknowledged their long term research and collaboration activity with a formal partnership launch today, taking place at IPHT HQ in Germany.

CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys, CNBP Macquarie University Node Leader Prof Jim Piper and CNBP RMIT University Node Leader A/Prof Brant Gibson were all in attendance at the event which was hosted and led by Partner, Prof Jurgen Popp from IPHT. CNBP’s Associate Investigator, Dr Stephen Warren-Smith who is just concluding his Marie Curie Fellowship with IPHT, and will be returning to the University of Adelaide after securing a Ramsay Fellowship, was also present and attended the program of the 3 day partner launch.

Included as a part of launch activity were presentations from both organisations, tours of IPHT laboratory space, research updates on key projects and engagement with CNBP industry partner Heraeus.

Specific highlights from the visit included the opening of the partner launch at the Scala Tower Restaurant in Jena with CNBP’s Prof Jim Piper presenting a keynote presentation, a tour of the InfectoGnostic Research Campus and a visit to Zeiss, concluding with a lecture from Prof Ewa Goldys.

Pictured top left is IPHT Partner, Prof Jurgen Popp being presented with the CNBP Partner Plaque by CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys.

Dr Peipei Jia to give invited talk in Singapore

31 Jul-4 Aug 2017:

CNBP Research Fellow, Dr Peipei Jia will visit Singapore and give an invited talk at a special workshop session (Lab-in-a-Fibre Technologies) at CLEO-PR, OECC and PGC 2017 which will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 31 July-4 August 2017.

The conference combines the following three major international conferences, which widely covers the ‘Photonics’ field  from devices to systems and networks.
• The 12th Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim(CLEO-PR 2017)
• The 22nd OptoElectronics and Communications Conference (OECC 2017)
• The 5th Photonics Global Conference 2017 (PGC 2017)

Dr Jia will talk about plasmonic fiber techniques including recent progress.

The title of his talk is ‘Plasmonic Optical Fiber Engineering: From Template Transfer to Nano imprint’.

CNBP contributes to OSA white paper

Ewa Goldys Low Res Edit 015920 June 2016:

CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys, has taken part in the development of an OSA white paper on the subject of label-free techniques for biomedical diagnostics and imaging.

The white paper, just released, was based on the many contributions to an OSA Incubator event held on 16-18 September 2015 at OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA.

The goal of this event was to evaluate the main bottlenecks for clinical translation of label-free optical techniques including technological and regulatory challenges, to identify potential solutions and to develop a prioritized list of recommendations.

Titled, “Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging: Challenges and Opportunities for Clinical Translation”, the white paper is accessible online.

UHN Toronto partnership launch

UHN Launch_sq30 May 2016:

The CNBP has officially launched an international research partnership with the University Health Network (Toronto) following a successful event, undertaken at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on the 30th May 2016.

The partnership broadens the potential for research collaboration between the CNBP and the UHN as well as strengthens the current links and ties that already exist between the two organisations.

According to CNBP Director, Prof Mark Hutchinson, highlights from the day included an all day science workshop featuring plenty of opportunities for brainstorming between the teams researchers, as well as the  identification of immediate opportunities for materials and sample sharing.

“Formalizing the partnership between the CNBP and the UHN makes perfect sense and will provide both organisations with improved opportunities and expertise in the undertaking of leading edge biophotonics research”, said Hutchinson.

Below, the formal handover of the CNBP partner plaque by CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson (far right) to UHN’s Prof Brian Wilson (second right). 

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Director speaks at CAN-ACN

Mark Hutchinson Low Res Edit 016429 May 2016:

Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director) has given an invited talk about glial cells and pain in a satellite symposium run by The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform at the 10th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, May 29th, 2016, Toronto.

Mark’s talk was titled, “The Toll of Knowing you are sick: Implications for pain and addiction.”

The day long symposium featured a number of speakers focused on the use of light-based tools to help decipher the functional neural map of the human brain.

 

 

US Defence delegation visits Centre

US-Defence-Delegation-at-MQ-labs_2_web26 May 2016:

Representatives from US Defense Force science and research offices were today hosted by CNBP researchers at  Macquarie University.

The visit, organised by the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), included informal talks as well as visits to CNBP’s biology, biophotonics, optics and materials laboratories.

The laboratory visits gave CNBP researchers the opportunity to showcase their work with an overview of CNBP activity and research direction also provided. Discussed were potential synergies and areas of collaboration.

Below, CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Alf Garcia-Bennett discusses his work on protein corona formation on nanoparticles.

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CNBP at US-Australia Technical Exchange meeting

Heike Ebendorff Low Res Edit 018023 May 2016:

Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem (CNBP Investigator), Dr Lindsay Parker (CNBP Research Fellow) and Dr Andrew Care (CNBP Research Fellow) spoke at the US-Australia Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting 2016 at UNSW in Sydney on 23-24 May 2016.

Heike’s talk was: “Pushing the Limits in Glass Properties and Structures for Laser, Sensing and Nonlinearity Applications.”

Lindsay’s talk was: “Illuminating mRNA and proteins in new ways with nanoparticles and chemical conjugates.”

Andrew’s talk was: “Developing a platform technology for the self-assembly of functional nanoparticles.”

The purpose of the Technical Exchange is to explore and potentially develop new areas of basic research collaboration between Australian and US participants.

Additional meeting information is available online.