16 May 2017:
On a recent trip to China, CNBP Research Fellow A/Prof Guozhen Liu undertook a number of visits and talks, discussing her advanced sensing, nano-particle and bio-imaging work. This included:
5 May-8 May: Attendance at the International Congress on Analytical Sciences 2017 (ICAS2017) at Kaikou, China. Here Guozhen gave an oral presentation with the title “Engineering reduced graphen oxides towards a label-free electrochemical immunosensor for detection of tumor necrosis factor-alpha.”
11 May: Guozhen gave an invited talk titled, “Nanotools for cytokine monitoring in neuroscience” at Prof Zhihong Zhang’s research team at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan. Prof Zhang is one of CNBP’s Partner Investigators at HUST.
13-14 May: Guozhen provided a keynote speech, titled, “An optical fibre based ex-vivo device for detection of cytokines” at the 2nd International Congress on Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing (ICBISP 2017) at Wuhan.
Below: A/Prof Guozhen Liu (right) visiting CNBP Partner Investigator Prof Zhihong Zhang.
10 May 2017:
Dr Sanam Mustafa, CNBP Researcher, presented an invited keynote lecture at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 86th Annual Scientific Congress, 10 May 2017.
Her talk was titled, “Recent developments in post-operative pain management – should we be worried?” and discussed the implications of using morphine for neuropathic pain.
The Congress took place at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
2 April 2017:
A/Prof Jeremy Thompson, CNBP Chief Investigator, has given an invited talk at the 7th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE 2017) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 2nd April 2017.
The Congress is the largest clinical reproductive medicine meeting in the Asia-Pacific region with A/Prof Thompson’s talk titled, “New sensing methods for embryos.”
25 March 2017:
CNBP Chief Investigator Professor Nicki Packer was an invited chair of a session and leader of the Power Hour (gender equality workshop) at the Gordon Glycobiology conference at Ventura, California 19-24 March, 2017.
As session Chair, Prof Packer led discussion on advances in omics, integrated omics, bioinformatics for glycobiology and the impact of altered glycosylation for human disorders.
The Power Hour was an informal session designed to help address the challenges women face in science and to support the professional growth of women by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Further conference information is accessible online.
23 February 2017:
CNBP Chief Investigator A/Prof Jeremy Thompson has delivered a talk to the “Best of ASRM-ESHRE” forum, in Paris, February 23, 2017.
The forum, a joint initiative of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) brings together 1200 delegates focused in the science of reproductive medicine, with updates on the latest concepts and developments presented in a framework of lectures, debates and back-to-back sessions.
A/Prof Thompson’s well received talk was titled, “Automation in the IVF Laboratory – what works and what hasn’t.”
12 February 2017:
Dr Jiawen Li, CNBP researcher, has given a number of invited talks, on her ongoing work with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fiber-optic needle probes.
Her talks were focused on addressing the penetration-depth limitation of optical imaging through the development of miniaturised fibre-optic probes that may be inserted deep into the body.
Representative technologies and their ex vivo and in vivo applications were presented by Jiawen at both the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) as well as at Polytechnic Montreal.
She saw great value in both visits, noting:
“I first visited the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (Feb 6th-7th), where I gave a talk, and met with Dr. Melissa Suter and Prof. Brett Bouma and their postdoctoral teams. Researchers there also gave me a tour of their laboratories. They showed me prototypes that they had made for clinical applications and shared with me their insights as to how to achieve successful and enhance efficient collaborations with clinicians. Attendees at my talk were very interested in our work on smart needles for safer and more effective brain surgery and on fabricating miniaturized lenses by the 3D printer at CNBP RMIT node, a project that is supported by a CNBP travel grant. Potential future collaborations were also explored.”
“At Polytechnic Montreal (Feb 8th-10th), I met with A/Prof. Caroline Boudoux, a collaborator on our fluorescence-OCT project, as well as postdoctoral researchers of A/Prof. Frederic Leblond. I visited both A/Prof. Leblond’s laboratory and A/Prof. Boudoux’s spin-out company Castor Optics. A technical meeting was held, where we discussed solutions to overcoming technical challenges in our current design. This visit strengthened our existing collaboration.”
A busy time for Jiawen, she also managed to fit in an oral presentation at the SPIE Photonics West 2017 Conference on January 28th , 2017. Her presentation was titled, “Flexible OCT needle probes for image-guided endoscopic tissue aspiration.”
16 December 2016:
The Director, CNBP, Prof Mark Hutchinson has given an invited talk at Novartis’ first “Think Without the Box” program in Sydney.
Consisting of a two hour meeting, Prof Hutchinson’s 45 minute presentation (“How do you know you are sick? How novel light based fibre sensing can help”), was followed by an hour long “brainstorm session” with the audience.
15 December 2016:
CNBP researchers were at the forefront of this year’s Biofocus Conference held at Macquarie University, 15 December 2016.
Early career Centre researchers Annemarie Nadort, Lindsay Parker and Nima Sayyadi sat on the conference organising committee, Centre Deputy Director Ewa Goldys (pictured) opened proceedings while CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Abell (from the University of Adelaide) delivered an extremely well received plenary talk titled, “Defining biomolecular structure and function in solution and on surfaces: new therapeutics and biological probes.”
The annual conference provides a platform for the multidisciplinary community at Macquarie University to present and communicate research, discuss research outcomes and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations spanning the fields of of biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry and medicine.
Feedback from attendees at this year’s event was extremely positive with plenty of formal and informal scientific discussion taking place between sessions.
9 December 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) has given an invited talk at the Melbourne Photonics Symposium held at the Singapore Theatre, Melbourne Design School, Melbourne, December 9th, 2016.
The title of his talk was “Using light to measure: lessons and examples from food innovation to advanced systems biology”.
The Symposium focused on the fundamentals, recent advances and applications of photonics, with an emphasis on biophotonics and attracted attendees from industry and academia.
7 December 2016:
Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) attended the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS 2016) Conference in Hobart on 6 and 7 December 2016 where he presented a talk entitled “The ‘Toll’ of Knowing You are Sick: Microglial Innate Immune Signalling as a Key Contributor to Sex Differences in Pain and Analgesia”.
The Director also chaired a session entitled “Integrated Approaches to Treating Pain and Other Diseases of the Central Nervous System: From Targets to Circuits and Beyond”.