28 August, 2015:
Professor Lothar Lilge, from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada undertook two seminars as part of a visit to the Macquarie University research node of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Friday 28th August, 2015.
Professor Lilge’s first talk was titled: “Making PDT work for GBM and other brain tumours: predicting Photosensitizer accumulation, planning the fluence field and increasing treatment selectivity.” It took place at Macquarie University.
His second talk, titled, “Optical Breast Spectroscopy for Breast Cancer Risk assessment and Identification of women at risk to harbouring early stage breast cancer” took place at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine.
3 July 2015:
As part of the 2015 Macquarie University Photonics Seminar Series, Prof. Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics gave an informative talk detailing CNBP activity, focus and aspirations for the future.
The seminar series, coordinated by the MQ Photonics Research Centre is the organisation’s main vehicle for gaining feedback on research and for obtaining information on new research.
Abstract details were as follows:
Title: Windows to the Body with Nanobiophotonics
CNBP develops ‘windows to the body’, new methodologies to probe and interrogate nanoscale biochemistry in living organisms. Presented will be current research and new directions in the following areas:
1. Nanoparticle chemical sensors
2. Active nanoparticles
3. Label free bioanalysis in cells and tissues
4. Nanoscale sensing technologies
16 June 2015:
CNBP’s Macquarie University node is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Teresa Petersen from Aalborg University, Denmark who is visiting the Centre for a two week period. As a part of the visit she will be giving a seminar titled “Towards a new photonic cancer therapy: stopping cancer cell activation, migration and metastases with light.” The seminar will take place on Friday 19th June.
All are welcome with seminar details as follows:
Seminar time: 15:00-16:00, Friday, 19 June
Seminar Room: E6A 102 Theatrette
28 May 2015:
CNBP recently celebrated a successful partner launch with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK – the launch taking place on the 21st May 2015.
Hosted by Partner Investigator Gilberto Brambilla (Professor at the ORC) and Jo Nesbitt, (Southampton University – Director of International Relations), the launch consisted of seminars, boardroom discussions and the formal unveiling of a CNBP Partner plaque with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and CNBP RMIT node leader Brant Gibson in attendance.
Known as one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research, the ORC are a formal partner of the CNBP, dedicating significant staff time and a PhD student to Centre related activities.
CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson was enthusiastic following the event.
“We met with some amazing people, strengthened our partner relationship with the ORC and talked huge amounts of science.”
“Other positive outcomes included identifying new partner funding opportunities, brainstorming some new ideas for specific projects, as well as boardroom discussions with a view to understanding where both parties can cross fertilize together on projects”.
As a part of launch activity, both Hutchinson and Gibson gave seminars on their specific CNBP related activities and undertook a wide range of conversations, looking to increase linkages between CNBP and OCR researchers to determine projects where shared expertise would be beneficial.
28 May 2015:
CNBP Macquarie node undertook its monthly seminar series today, with Dr. Varun Sreenivasan and Dr. Biju Cletus presenting for 30 minutes on the following abstract topics, each followed by a short Q&A session:
Title: Nanorubies for Biomolecular Imaging
Contributors: Varun Sreenivasan, W. A. Wan Razali, Carlo Bradac, Mark Connor, Ewa Goldys, Andrei Zvyagin
Abstract: Nanorubies were introduced as promising probes for biological fluorescence microscopy by our group in 2013. They possess unique photoluminescence properties including, broad excitation spectra (350-570 nm), sharp emission (692+/-3 nm), large quantum yield (~30%), long emission lifetime (~4 ms), extreme photostability and biocompatibility. However, their uptake into the bio-imaging community has been limited due to low production yield and high cost. Therefore, we developed a large scale nanoruby production approach to produce large quantities (several grams) of nanorubies in the size range of 10-200 nm. Results of its characterisation, biofunctionalization, and specific and sensitive imaging of G-protein coupled receptors in mammalian cells will be presented.
Title: Hyperspectral Autofluorescence Fundus Camera
Contributors: Biju Cletus, Martin Gosnell, Ayad Anwer, Ewa Goldys
Abstract: Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an emerging diagnostic imaging modality for bio- medical applications. The current research presented here is in the field of hyperspectral autofluorescence imaging, which combines spectroscopy and imaging. This research project intends to modify a Fundus camera to get hyperspectral fluorescence images of the eye. The hyperspectral fluorescence camera will be capable of imaging different sections of the eye from lens to retina providing tissue information that is not available from usual Fundus images. Here we present some preliminary experimental results from the modified Fundus camera.
15 May 2015:
A series of talks were provided by CNBP researchers at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), as part of the the organisation’s ‘Heart Health Friday Seminar’ program on the 15th May 2015.
Introduced by SAHMRI Heart Health Theme Leader and CNBP Biological Challenge – Inside Blood Vessels Leader, Prof Steve Nicholls, talks about CNBP related activities were provided by the following personnel:
CNBP Director, Prof Mark Hutchinson – The CNBP, a transdisciplinary research journey
CNBP Biological Challenge Spark of Life Leader, Associate Prof Jeremy Thompson – Lighting up the single cell
CNBP Research Fellow, Dr Nisha Schwarz – Understanding the foam cell
CNBP Research Associate, Benjamin Pullen – Imaging nitric oxide inside blood vessels
28 April 2015:
CNBP Associate Investigator, Dr Nima Sayyadi from Macquarie University, gave a well received seminar at the University of Adelaide on the topic, “Sensitive Cancer Immunodetection Using a Novel Europium Immunoconjugate.”
The seminar, on April 28th, 2015 was part of a week long visit to the University of Adelaide for Nima, who spent a large part of that time working with CNBP’s Dr Jingxian Yu in the Recognise team.
As a CNBP AI, the major aim of Nima’s current project is in aiding the development of luminescent probes for bio-sensing.