23 September 2015:
Personnel from The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) came together today, to officially launch and celebrate a research partnership between the two organisations in the area of nano biophotonics.
SAHMRI, partnering with CNBP by hosting the Centre’s cardiovascular theme ‘Inside Blood Vessels’, will help to translate CNBP research into tangible outcomes. Using new probes and sensors developed by the CNBP, SAHMRI researchers will look to develop effective approaches to explore and better understand the factors at play within blood vessels and vascular health.
During launch proceedings, SAHMRI Executive Director, Professor Steve Wesselingh, spoke of his excitement at being able to link his researchers with such cutting edge physics and chemistry. He was also pleased that links between the two organisations will soon be further enhanced with CNBP postgraduate chemist Malcolm Purdey joining the SAHMRI research team from next year.
Professor Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director), Professor Andrew Abell (CNBP Chief Investigator), Professor Steve Wesselingh (SAHMRI Executive Director) and Professor Stephen Nicholls (SAHMRI Deputy Director and CNBP Chief Investigator) all spoke during the launch proceedings, with the event culminating with the presentation to SAHMRI of a CNBP partner plaque.
CNBP looks forward to its ongoing collaborations with SAHMRI in this exciting area of research.
Pictured L to R below: Mark Hutchinson, Steve Wesselingh and Stephen Nicholls.
25 March 2015:
Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director undertook a special seminar for the Vascular Research Centre Group at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) during a visit on the 25th March, 2015.
Her talk titled, “Non-invasive imaging of biochemistry in cell populations,” looked at the development of specialised characterization hardware and analysis tools using hyperspectral imaging, which is able to identify cells within a population with differing biochemistry. She also discussed how this methodology responds to commercial and clinical needs across a broad spectrum of medicine and the life sciences.
16 December 2014 :Science Communication workshop.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein.
On December 15-16th, 9 CNBP ECRs from University of Adelaide, RMIT University, Macquarie University and SAHMRI attended a science communication workshop at the Questacon workshop (Canberra) and were taught the importance of translating their research into lay terms. More specifically, explaining concepts such as the use of nanoparticles for targeted drug therapy to an 8 year old. Its harder than you think and involves the art of scaffolding; i.e. simplifying a concept by using analogies.
The most interactive and fun session of the workshop involved us creating models and physical demonstrations of our research and included us all running around the Questacon workshop to explain current, throwing paper at people as a demonstration of drug delivery, different coloured glow sticks as an analogy for the use of nanoparticles/probes to diagnose pain and the use of lots and lots of velcro and hot glue guns to make “up-scaled” nanoparticles. Think Playschool for scientists.
CNBP were proud to be sponsors of this professional development workshop which was developed by The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics.
The workshop was designed to teach participants how to put their best foot forward in media interviews, community talks and scientific presentations.