CNBP in the news 

Smart needle receives $1mil to make brain surgery safer

4 August 2020. By Kelly Brown/University of Adelaide A smart brain biopsy needle for faster and safer neurosurgery has received $1 million from the Australian Government’s BioMedTech Horizons program, operated by MTPConnect. Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children and have one of the largest disease burdens across all ages because […]

To bioprobes, and beyond

28 May 2020: When the Reserve Bank of Australia wanted to develop new security technologies for bank notes, Prof Jim Piper’s Advanced Imaging research group in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at Macquarie University had an answer: timecoded nanoparticles. Prof Piper and his team could code the fading glow of nanoparticles […]

Colour of cells a 'thermometer' for molecular imbalance, study finds

13 May 2020: Originally published by UNSW: Non-invasive colour analysis of cells could one day be used in diagnostics, a proof-of-concept study has shown. An imbalance of unstable molecular species called ‘free radicals’ will change the colour of cells – and a new imaging technique could one day allow scientists to detect and decode this […]

Cancer research to the public

20 May 2019: CNBP AI at Macquarie University and Early Career Fellow at the Cancer Institute NSW, Dr Andrew Care, has presented his research to a packed house at a ‘Pint of Science’ public outreach and engagement event, 20th May 2019. Held at the Nags Head Hotel, Glebe, Sydney, Dr Care talked about the latest […]

Diagnosing eye surface cancer

24 Mar 2019: A new automated non-invasive technique for diagnosing eye surface cancer (ocular surface squamous neoplasia or OSSN) has been developed by CNBP researchers and collaborators. The technique has the potential to reduce the need for biopsies, prevent therapy delays and make treatment far more effective for patients. Read more in a news item on the […]

Osteoarthritis assessment to go hi-tech

14 March 2019: Scientists from the CNBP have reported an advanced imaging technique that allows the condition of joint cartilage to be examined—right down to the molecular level. The technique has potential for diagnostics and treatment-planning of cartilage disease and impairment, including for osteoarthritis. Read more from the news item posted on the Medical Xpress web […]

New nanoparticles help detect deep-tissue cancers

7 August 2018: CNBP researchers have developed a new form of nanoparticle and associated imaging technique that can detect multiple disease biomarkers, including those for breast cancer, found in deep-tissue in the body. Read more about this exciting research in the news article published in the online publication Health Canal.

X-ray triggered nano-bubbles to target cancer

16 July 2018: Innovative drug filled nano-bubbles, able to be successfully triggered in the body by X-rays, have been developed by CNBP researchers, paving the way for a new range of cancer treatments for patients. Read more about this innovative science in the news article featured online in R&D Magazine.

Fluorescence microscopy gets the BAMM treatment

8 June 2018: A new technique, ‘bleaching-assisted multichannel microscopy’ (BAMM) takes a current long-standing weakness of fluorescence microscopy – photobleaching – and turns it into a strength that improves imaging output by up to three times, with no additional hardware required. Read more about this exciting development from CNBP researchers at the online channel PHYS ORG.

Blood test identifies chronic pain

6 May 2018: Australian neuroscientist and CNBP Director, Professor Mark Hutchinson who is developing a world-first blood test that identifies chronic pain by colour “biomarkers” is featured by NZ Doctor online. Prof Hutchinson believes that the breakthrough work has the potential to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment for the one in five people in Australia and New […]

Advanced sensor to unlock the secrets of the brain

27 April 2018: Exciting research from across the CNBP science network has led to the development of an advanced sensor that can detect cytokine molecules in the brain! This may help shed light on depression, stress, anxiety and even schizophrenia. Read more in the online publication Medical Express.

Detecting hydrogen peroxide

19 March 2018: A nanosensor that can detect hydrogen peroxide has been developed by CNBP/IPAS researchers by combining fluorescent nanodiamonds with organic fluorescent probes. Importantly, cellular imbalance of hydrogen peroxide has been connected to aging and various severe diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and Alzheimer’s. The work is featured in the latest edition of MRS […]

Turn your phone into a microscope

20 February 2018: Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope. “We’ve designed a simple mobile phone microscope that takes advantage of the integrated illumination available with nearly all smartphone cameras,” explains lead developer and CNBP […]

Understanding pain – Fibromyalgia

8 February 2018: Professor Mark Hutchinson, the Director of the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics, in the School of Medicine, at the University of Adelaide talked with Sonya Feldhoff, ABC Adelaide about fibromyalgia and what can be done to treat it. The interview can be heard in its entirety on the ABC radio website.

New med-tech zinc sensor developed

29 September 2017: A new zinc sensor has been developed by CNBP researchers, which will allow for a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles that metal ions play in regulating health and disease in the living body. The research, published in the journal ACS Omega reports that the newly designed chemical sensor can detect and […]

Automated image analysis aids bladder cancer diagnosis

28 September 2017: An automated image analysis technique has been developed by CNBP researchers (lead researcher Dr Martin Gosnell pictured) that is able to aid in the diagnosis of bladder cancer, and could potentially reduce the number of biopsies being taken unnecessarily. Read the full article detailing the research and future opportunities, featured in

Want a better camera? Just copy bees!

4 July 2017: Check out the latest buzz about bees and their extra light-sensing eyes! CNBP CI Prof Andy Greentree is coauthor on a new paper in PNAS, which identifies how the eyes and brains of honeybees work together, to process colour information. “If we can design technology to mimic the way bees do this, we’ll […]

New nanoparticle discovery to aid super-resolution imaging

26 April 2017: Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), Macquarie University, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Peking University and Shanghai Jiao-tong University have made a breakthrough in the development of practical super-resolution optical microscopy that will pave the way for the detailed study of live cells and organisms, on […]

Nanoscale sensor detects disease

28 March 2017: A new nanoscale sensor has been developed by CNBP researchers that can help detect cytokines — molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease. Leader of the project A/Prof Guozhen Liu (pictured) said the release of certain cytokines by the body is frequently symptomatic of […]

Research findings and the media

31 January 2017: “Now, more than ever, in a world filled with ‘fake news’, it’s up to researchers to work hard to have accurate messages publicised,” says CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown in an article published  in The Conversation. Read more on how scientists and the media can work together to effectively bring science to the public.  

New 'smart needle' to make brain surgery safer

20 January 2017: A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by CNBP researchers at the University of Adelaide. Prof Robert McLaughlin (pictured), leader of the project, was featured in Science Daily, stating, “”We call it a smart needle. It contains a tiny fibre-optic camera, the size of a human […]

Developing novel nano-tools to better understand the brain

11 November 2016: Understanding how the brain works is one of the greatest challenges of modern science – A challenge that CNBP Research Fellow Guozhen Liu is certainly up to! She has recently been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship commencing in 2017 and will work on the creation of a suite of novel biomolecular nano-formulations capable […]

CNBP on Scope TV!

24 September 2016: Scope TV  takes a look at the latest and greatest in scientific advancements and explores what’s up and coming in the wonderful world of science. CNBP researcher Dr Malcolm Purdey features in the latest episode of Scope, discussing light based sensing and explaining how innovative optical technologies are opening up exciting new windows into the […]

How old is too old for a safe pregnancy?

3 August 2016: “While it’s possible to conceive later in life, it’s a risky decision,” says CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown who looked at risks and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth in an article published today in ‘The Conversation’.  

Brain probe to examine effects of drug use

22 July 2016: A new optical-fibre based probe that measures temperature-change in the brain has been developed by CNBP researchers. It has the potential to be used to examine the effects of drug use as well as be used in the monitoring of serious brain injury including strokes or hemorrhage. Read more about it in R&D […]

Tiny gemstones advance nanoscale imaging

20 July 2016: A research team at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) – led by Dr Philipp Reineck (pictured) from RMIT University’s School of Science – tested ruby and diamond particles, more than a thousand times smaller than the diameter of a hair, alongside other nanoparticles for use in biological imaging, […]

World-first egg research leads to new fertility treatment

7 July 2016: CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown is profiled in the latest issue of Lumen Magazine from the University of Adelaide. In an inspiring article, Hannah discusses her pioneering research and work in the field of fertility treatment and talks about the people and the projects that have motivated her along the way.  

Centre Director features in Australian Veterinary Journal

23 May 2016: Our ‎CNBP‬ Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson, was alternating high level science with accessible one-liners during his plenary talk at the recent Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Annual Conference 2016. Read the write-up by Anne Jackson, Editor in Chief of the AVJ!

Chronic pain treatment with stem cells

18 May 2016: CNBP technology and expertise is playing a key role in a successful ARC Linkage grant worth $340,000 which will target the debilitating effects of chronic pain. Involving collaboration between CNBP, Macquarie University, the University of Adelaide and Regeneus, you can read more about it in an article published in the online magazine Australian […]

National Press Club: Women of Science

30 March 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Tanya Monro was one of three top tier scientists presenting today, at the Australian National Press Club in Canberra. The topic under discussion, gender inequalities in the scientific workplace and what can be done to best stop the science brain drain that is forcing out some of Australia’s best […]

Radical new research opens window on chronic pain

25 February 2016: ‘Inside South Australia’ has profiled CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson. Explored is Prof Hutchinson’s research that could bring relief to millions of people worldwide who suffer from debilitating chronic pain. Read the full article here!  

Coverage: Counting cancer-busting oxygen molecules

5 February, 2016: Researchers from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), have shown that nanoparticles used in combination with X-rays, are a viable method for killing cancer cells deep within the living body. The research, published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports‘ is based on the successful quantification of singlet oxygen produced during photodynamic therapy for cancer. Singlet […]

Coverage: New sensor to aid IVF

6 January, 2016: The tricky process of monitoring early-stage embryos during the IVF process could become much easier with the development of a new fibre-optic sensor that can measure concurrently, hydrogen peroxide and pH (acidity-alkalinity concentrations) in solution. The sensor, the first of its kind, was reported in the research journal ‘Sensors’ and consists of a single […]

Coverage: Barbara Kidman Fellowships

10 December 2015: University of Adelaide and CNBP researchers Dr Sabrina Heng and Dr Melanie McDowall are recipients of the Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship for 2016. The Fellowship supports  female academics in enhancing and promoting their career, following time out of the workplace due to carer’s or family leave. The Fellowship is for 12 months and can […]

Coverage: MQ and Regeneus agreement

24 November 2015: Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics was interviewed by The Australian and CH 10 News regarding a new collaboration agreement between Macquarie University and regenerative medicine company Regeneus. The agreement is based on further developing and commercialising CNBP cell selection technology.

Coverage: Talk of a cure for chronic pain

2 November 2015: CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson features in a 7 News report explaining how CNBP science can help with  the diagnosis of chronic pain via the development of a new ‘pain blood test’.    

Coverage: The nose knows best

30 October 2015: Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics provided comment to Australian Life Scientist about her recent study which found the colour of neuronal cells in the nose can be used to diagnose for a rare genetic disorder called MELAS syndrome.  

Brant Gibson interview on 3CR

16 October 2015: CNBP CI Brant Gibson talked with radio station 3CR about an event – ‘Up Close and Revealed: Life at the Nanoscale’, a public panel discussion that took place at CNBP’s RMIT node for Melbourne Knowledge Week. You can click through to the 19:50 minute mark (when Brant’s interview begins) or listen to […]

Coverage: Chronic pain may be about rewiring the brain

12 October 2015: CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson is interviewed about chronic pain in this article in the Huffington Post. He explains the differences between acute and chronic pain and notes the need for new approaches – the challenge is to work with a patient to “change that person’s brain so that they are able to feel pain […]

Lost in Science on 3CR

24 September 2015: CNBP CI Andrew Greentree was interviewed for the ‘Lost in Science’ radio show on station 3CR in Melbourne. He was interviewed by Claire Farrugia and discussed Centre activities and his upcoming public lecture, ‘Seeing into the body, one photon at a time’. The interview aired on Thursday 24th September, but is also […]

Profile in STA newsletter

17 September 2015: CNBP researcher Dr Sabrina Heng has been interviewed about her career and passion for science in the latest ‘Science & Technology Australia’ newsletter. She explains that her passion lies in being in an environment where she is contributing towards developing tools for early disease diagnosis. And that she still gets goose bumps when […]

Reversible ion sensing with the flip of a switch

3 August, 2015: Read about the development of new metal ion sensors using microstructured optical fibres in an article written by CNBP researcher Sabrina Heng. Available now, in the latest issue of e-Science Magazine, produced by the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide.  

Coverage: Phone apps take health aids beyond fitness

1 July 2015: CNBP Deputy Director Ewa Goldys is quoted extensively in a Fairfax article (The SMH and The Age) on the use of mobile technology to diagnose illness and disease. Detailed, is Ewa’s view on the increasing use of smart phone technology in this space, as well as a summary of recent CNBP research, […]

Coverage: Smart phone kit detects cystic fibrosis, arthritis biomarkers

27 May 2015: CNBP Deputy Director Ewa Goldys features in a news article published by, which details recent research undertaken by the Centre, demonstrating that smart phones can be reconfigured as portable bioanalytical devices capable of delivering clinically relevant results. See for more information.

Her brilliant career

6 April 2015: Want to know more about Prof Tanya Monro, CNBP Advocate and Chief Investigator? In an inspiring article in COSMOS Magazine, the secret of 42-year-old Tanya Monro’s meteoric rise is described as a high octane mix of intellectual fire with what she herself calls a “massively practical streak”.

CNBP features in COSMOS Magazine

23 March 2015: CNBP researcher Philipp Reineck suggests that we have much to learn from the chameleon and its ability to glow in technicolour. You can read more about chameleons and their masterful use of natural nanotechnology techniques in COSMOS Magazine.  

Collaboration is dead, long live collaboration!

19 March 2015: CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson argues that a more integrated, transdisciplinary research environment is needed – not just in biophotonics but also across multiple physical and medical scientific disciplines as well. Read more in Electro Optics online –

Mark Hutchinson talks about Drug Addiction on Radio Adelaide

1 March 2015 Interview with Professor Mark Hutchinson, Professor of Nanoscale BioPhotonics; Radio Adelaide, Adelaide, Orbit, Ewart Shaw; 01 Mar 2015 09:13AM Hutchinson says a drug addiction has to be maladaptive or bad for the organism to meet the criteria of an addiction. He says the evidence suggests there is the potential to form an addiction to cocaine. […]
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