Media Contacts


To arrange a media interview or for general queries please contact:

Prof Mark Hutchinson

CNBP Centre Director
Biological Challenge Leader - The Spark of Life

The University of Adelaide

+61 8 8313 0322

Tony Crawshaw

CNBP Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Macquarie University

0402 770 403

Press Releases

our recent press releases


29 Aug 2017: New technique to aid IVF embryo selection

15 Aug 2017: Lighting up minds at Concordia College

28 Mar 2017: Nanoscale sensor to spot disease

23 Feb 2017: New nanoparticle discovery to aid super-resolution imaging

20 Jan 2017: New smart needle to make brain surgery safer

14 Dec 2016: New Chair for CNBP Advisory Board

14 Oct 2016: Biophotonics conference set to light up Adelaide

1 Sep 2016: Cell colour technology wins Eureka prize

29 Jul 2016: Cell colour technology shortlisted for Eureka honours

21 Jul 2016: Brain probe to examine drug dangers

28 Jun 2016: Tiny gemstones best for long-term imaging at the nanoscale

17 May 2016: CNBP technology targets chronic pain

22 Apr 2016: Fellowship supports study into stress

1 Apr 2016: Big data to help see small cells

5 Feb 2016: Counting cancer-busting oxygen molecules

11 Jan 2016: Hyper dots: The next breakthrough

4 Jan 2016: New sensor to aid IVF

10 Dec 2015: A focus on fatty eggs and fertility

24 Nov 2015: New agreement to open the door to next generation cell therapies

9 Nov 2015: CNBP launch at Macquarie University

30 Oct 2015: Cell colour in nose helps distinguish a genetic disease

29 Sep 2015: Then the cells light up

16 Sep 2015: Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics Fellowship announced

26 May 2015: Use your smartphone for biosensing

20 Mar 2015: Director Announced for Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics

20 Nov 2014: Nanoscale BioPhotonics launch

4 Jul 2014: 3D printing capabilities at the University of Adelaide

CNBP in the news 

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 […]

Glycan cancer research features on Nine News

13 October 2018: Dr Arun Everest-Dass, CNBP researcher at the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University has been interviewed by Nine News  about his glycan focused cancer research. The interview took place during the Institution’s annual Glycomics Week activities, the aim of which is to draw attention to the significant glycan research taking place in the […]

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 […]
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