8 November 2017:
The world’s smallest fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously see and sense deeply inside the body (Dr Jiawen Li) and an anti-cancer drug that can be switched ‘on’ and ‘off’ inside the body to help reduce chemotherapy side effects (PhD student Kathryn Palasis). These were the research narratives developed by the two CNBP scientists who attended the ‘Fresh Science’ outreach training program on the 7th-8th November in Adelaide, South Australia.
“I had a great time participating in Fresh Science,” said Kathryn Palasis.
“We had a full day of media training which included practise interviews with journalists from TV, radio and print, who taught us how to best explain our science to the general public. We then had the opportunity to present our work to some very eager and inquisitive school students, and later had to summarise our research to a crowd at the pub in the time it took for a sparkler to burn out! It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun – plus I got to meet some really cool local researchers who are all doing exciting work.”
Dr Jiawen Li also enjoyed the experience. “What I got from the program was the ability to promote my science to the media, knowledge on how to be noticed by journalists and the experience of being interviewed, as well as broader presentation skills aimed at communicating complicated science concepts to a general audience. The two days were extremely rewarding!”
Fresh Science (run by Science in Public) is a national competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. The program takes up-and-coming researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, with a day of media training and a public outreach event in their home state.
Below – Fresh Science participants. Kathryn Palasis fourth from left. Dr Jiawen Li fourth from right. Photo credit: Fresh Science/Science in Public.
14 October 2017:
Aimee Horsfall, CNBP PhD student at the University of Adelaide has been awarded a student Poster Award (of four), with cash prize, for her poster titled “Introduction of a new fluorescent constraint on-resin” at the 6th Modern Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis Symposium, held at Fraser Island from the 12-14th of October. The symposium is a satellite conference of the 12th Australian Peptide Conference which was held in Noosa from the 15-20th October which Aimee also attended.
16 August 2017:
CNBP would like to welcome Robyn Kievit to the team. Located at the University of Adelaide, Robyn has joined the CNBP as a research assistant. She will primarily work within the Origins of Sensing biological challenges group (understanding the role of brain immune signals in the creation of chronic pain) with Dr Sanam Mustafa. Robyn will also set-up standard sensor validation protocols for testing of novel sensors being developed by Prof Andrew Abell’s team.
It’s great to have you on board Robyn!
28 July 2017:
CNBP Research Fellow Dr Jingxian Yu has given a talk at the RACI Centenary Congress, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 23 – 28 July 2017.
The title of his talk was ‘Gating Electron Transfer in Peptides Towards Molecular Switches’.
13 July 2017:
PhD team ‘ReMind’, which includes CNBP researcher Vicky Staikopoulos as CFO, has won the Australian-French Entrepreneur Challenge held in Adelaide over two days, 11th-12th July, 2017.
The challenge (with 49 invited PhD students from all over Australia) required students to work continuously for 24 hours in teams of six, to come up with an idea and to then pitch it to a panel of judges containing some of Australia’s top entrepreneurs.
Team ‘ReMind’ presented their idea for a tactile gaming device for helping the elderly improve their balance and co-ordination to help prevent falls. The device utilised ultrasound waves to create a holographic touch screen.
Sixteen judges, including Susan Close MP (The Minister for Education & Child Development and Higher Education & Skills) as well as the new French Ambassador to Australia (His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot) were all part of the judging panel.
As winning team, ‘ReMind’ members have won a trip to France for two weeks with the opportunity to be mentored by experienced entrepreneurs.
Further information on the award and the team’s success can be found in an article on the ABC website.
Below – The ReMind Team hard at work during the challenge.
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.
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.”