Second CBNS Annual Workshop well received

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Professor Maria Kavallaris providing feedback at the workshopAlmost 100 members of the CBNS came together at the Barossa Valley in December 2016 for our annual workshop. The workshop was an excellent opportunity for members to learn about the latest research taking place, and to create an environment that stimulated collaboration. Researchers of all levels from across our five nodes were present, along with research administration staff. 

Highlights of the event were the presentations on our signature projects:

  • A material scientist's guide to the cell
  • Developing predictive models of bio-nano interactions
  • Measuring the 'magic bullet': quantifying active targeting
  • Isolating, capturing and releasing rare single cells for precision medicine
  • Nanoparticles in cancer drug delivery
  • Bio-nano visualisation
  • Social dimensions: into the panoply of precision and personalisation

The sublime surroundings at the Barossa Valley provided an ideal, peaceful backdrop for lively discussion around showcasing our research and emerging opportunities for collaboration across the centre. As well as highlighting important research, there were valuable contributions from experienced members of the centre on working with industry and applying for a range of grants and funding options. The workshop also included recognition of members for the most significant publication of 2016, Science by Design competition, best presentation at the workshop and best poster. Congratulations once again to the following awardees:

Most significant publication of 2016

  • Chris Howard – University of Queensland. Overcoming instability of antibody-nanomaterial conjugates: Next Generation Targeted nanomedicines using Bispecific Antibodies

Science by Design

  • Judge's choice: Laura Selby - Monash University
  • Honourable mention: Manchen Zhau - University of New South Wales
  • People's choice: Johan Gustafsson - University of South Australia

Best oral presentation

  • Nick Fletcher - University of Queensland
  • Honourable mention: Mattias Björnmalm and Matt Faria - University of Melbourne

Best poster

  • Gayathri Ediriweera - University of Queensland
  • Honourable mention: Daniel Brundel - Monash University and Nadja Bertleff-Zieschang - Univeristy of Melbourne

The workshop provided an opportunity for the CBNS Education Committee to receive feedback for events and training that will take place during 2017. The committee's programme during 2016 was positively received by members at the workshop. This has resulted in a range of beneficial activities that not only build the capacity of members of the CBNS, but also provide a platform to demonstrate the centre's important work to the public.  

We look forward to hearing about the fruitful collaboration that will ensue at our next Annual Workshop, taking place 25 - 27 October in Queensland.