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Neurophotonics Summer School

21 June 2017:

This years Neurophotonics Summer School held in Quebec, Canada, June 11-21, was attended by three CNBP members – Vicky Staikopoulos (University of Adelaide, pictured), Antony Orth (RMIT University) and Varun Sreenivasan (UNSW).

The school focuses on teaching physics and biology and how they can merge, and runs for 10 days and includes 14 lectures from world class speakers and 10 workshops that teach the latest technology in the bio-imaging of the central nervous system.

For the last 4 days of the summer school, students are given a project to participate in for direct hands-on experience which is then presented on the last day,  with prizes awarded for the top 3 presentations.

This year, equal second prize was given to Vicky Staikopoulos for her work on Digital Holographic Microscopy in red blood cells.

 

Success in wool innovation competition

16 June 2017:

CNBP’s Ben Pullen (pictured) and Vicky Staikopoulos have been awarded a runner up prize as part of the University of Adelaide’s ‘Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation‘ competition.

There were 8 teams competing in the wool stream finals. First prize won $20,000 with 5x $10,000 prizes also on offer.

“We entered the competition to learn about marketing and entrepreneurial thinking and with only two weeks to go before the end of the workshop program we stumbled, by chance onto an idea as to how to help wool growers better manage their flock,” says Ben.

“Vicky Staikopoulos and I were awarded a runner up prize of $10,000 for our efforts. We plan to pursue this project and develop the idea into a working product.”

Barbara Kidman Fellowship awarded

sanam Mustafa28 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.

 

 

Encouraging female students to study STEM subjects

sanam Mustafa11 August 2016:

After a successful keynote presentation at the 2015 annual ‘Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast’ at Thebarton Senior College, CNBP’s Dr Mustafa was once again invited back to the college to engage with young female students at the 2016 event.

Returning from maternity leave, Dr Sanam Mustafa was in an ideal position to highlight the evolution of male dominated fields towards a more balanced work environment where support was available for women returning from breaks in their career.

Dr Mustafa shared her positive experience at CNBP which she attributed to the nurturing leadership strategy of Professor Mark Hutchinson (a father of two young girls), and the culture of the organisation. She explained that it was important to maintain a channel of communication even during periods of absence so that it was easier to reconnect when coming back to the workplace.  Through this open communication, Dr Mustafa was able to negotiate a return to work plan that catered for her new responsibilities as a mother.

The event organisers themselves demonstrated their commitment to engaging women with caring responsibilities by welcoming Dr Mustafa’s 9 month old daughter Zaina to the breakfast event as well.

Feedback from participants was that this STEM focused networking and information session for high-school aged female students was a huge success.

MQ Uni node hosts CNBP ECRs

ECR-Cruise17 June 2016:

A CNBP workshop tailored for early career researchers (ECRs) was held at Macquarie University, June 17th, 2016.

A full-house saw a number of topics discussed, including:

-how to write a successful grant and how to respond to grant feedback (from CNBP ECRs with current successful ARC Fellowships).

-an update of key points discussed at the CNBP Executive Management Committee meeting

-and a Q&A session discussing differences in industry versus an academic research focus.

During this event, attendees were also honored to welcome Mal Eutick, CEO of Phebra Australia. Mal was generous enough to share his experiences/advice on biomedical commercialization and industry. He had several insightful interactions with CNBP ECRs about topics ranging from procuring investor funding to product development and distribution in Australia and worldwide.

Feedback from all participants was positive with Mal and his observations on industry focused opportunities prompting a high level of engagement and interest.

In addition, approximately 40 of the attending CNBP ECRs undertook a social networking event, held on a Sydney harbor-boat cruise on the evening of June 16th. This too receiving extremely positive feedback.

 

Summer scholarship students at Macquarie

lindsay_parker-low-rez-web110 February 2016:

Lindsay Parker, CNBP Research Fellow, supervised undergraduate student Tereza Lois-Palumbo and Masters student Ashish Shrestha during their 5 week summer scholarship program at Macquarie University.

Tereza and Ashish researched gene changes in multiple cell lines after exposure to LPS inflammation. They learned skills in cell culture, sample staining, microscopy, data analysis and data presentations during their short program.

Ashish will continue to be mentored by Lindsay throughout the year on CNBP related research projects related to ISH gene testing.

Hannah Brown at GYSS

Hannah-Brown22 January 2016:

Hannah Brown, CNBP researcher, has attended the Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north (GYSS) in Singapore, 17-22 January, 2016.

The Summitt, an international gathering of 300 young researchers from all over the world, is a forum where attendees meet for a week to be inspired by internationally eminent science and technology leaders via plenary sessions, panel discussions, small group sessions and site visits.

This year, twenty one distinguished speakers took part in the 2016 event which included – 13 Nobel Laureates, 4 Turing Awardees, 2 Fields Medalists and 2 Millennium Technology Prize Winners.

Discussions were focused on how research and innovation can be harnessed to address major global challenges. The specific topic focus this year – “Sustainable and Liveable Cities.”

Additional information can be found online at the GYSS web site.

 

Inspiring female careers in STEM

Sanam Mustafa High Res Edit 016627 August 2015:

CNBP’s Dr Sanam Mustafa was keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast, that took place at Thebarton Senior College, Adelaide, on the 27th August 2015.

The event provided a networking and information session for high school aged female students involved in the STEM area.

Also attending was the Minister for the Status of Women and Minister for Science and Information Technology, the Hon. Gail Gago and the Minister for Education and Child Development, the Hon. Susan Close.

Dr Sanam Mustafa’s speech detailed her career choices and the context in which they had been made. Her journey was described as inspirational and was welcomed by all those who attended.

Hon. Susan Close commented,  “What an inspiring speech this morning by Dr Sanam Mustafa at the women in STEM breakfast at Thebarton Senior College – inspiring young female students to succeed in STEM subjects and grasp career opportunities.”

Dr Mustafa has been invited to speak at next year’s event, as well as at the school’s graduation ceremony by Acting Principal Eva Kannis-Torry.

Learning to innovate at commecialisation workshop

ATP Innovations_sq30 July 2015:

The focus was on commercialisation at the recent “Entrepreneurs workshop” organised by the EMCR Network NSW, in collaboration with ATP Innovations, a leading startup incubator/accelerator in Sydney.

Attended by a number of early and mid career CNBP researchers (Alfonso Garcia-Bennett, Arun Dass, Andrew Care, Denitza Denkova, Xiaoxue Xu and Annemarie Nadort), the event, held July 30th 2015, aimed to inform and empower EMCRs on the roadblocks in the successful translation of research.

Speakers at the workshop included:

-Jennifer MacDiarmid, CEO of EngeneIC
-Shaun Jackson, founder of Kinacia, co-founder of ACBD
-Alan Taylor, Executive Chairman of Clarity Pharmaceuticals
-Helen Pask (MQ), Startups in Physics
-Eitan Bienstock (Director for Growth) ATP Innovations startup accelerator
-Bill Kerr, Department of Industry, Research Connect

A panel discussion (chaired by Alfonso Garcia-Bennett) also featured, with topics relevant to entrepreneurship and commercialisation covered – such as Entrepreneurial Skills, Networking, Finance, Startup grants, USA/Australia/EU Investors, IP issues and success in entrepreneurship.

In terms of outcomes, CNBP researchers at the event advanced their knowledge on commercialisation and partnership strategies, learnt about pitfalls and opportunities through the life stories of the experienced speakers and strengthened their networks with the life science industry in Sydney.

Additional event information is available from the following web site –

http://www.nswemcr.org/entrepreneurs-workshop/