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Robert McLaughlin receives UWA Mid-Career Research Award

14th Nov 2014

In what has been a very good week for A/Prof. Robert McLaughlin, he has been awarded the UWA Vice-Chancellor’s Mid-Career Research Award. The award is given for distinguished achievement in research, with only a small number awards presented annually. Congratulations Rob!

OBEL receives Vice-Chancellor’s award for Impact and Innovation

14th Nov 2014

The inaugural UWA Research Awards, recently announced as part of UWA Research week, celebrated the work of the OBEL team. OBEL’s Microscope-in-a-Needle project was awarded the UWA Vice-Chancellor’s Award in Impact and Innovation. Selected from research projects across the entire university, the Vice-Chancellor’s award recognises the team’s contribution to innovation of research.

ARC grants awarded to Robert McLaughlin and Dirk Lorenser

9th Nov 2014

Congratulations to A/Prof. Robert McLaughlin for being awarded a Discovery Project grant from the Australian Research Council. The award of $355,000 over three years will support research into multi-modal OCT + fluorescence needles for cancer detection. Congratulations also to A/Prof. Dirk Lorenser for being awarded a prestigious Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council. The grant of $378,000, also over 3 years, is for research into combining OCT fibre probes with optical sensing technologies. Well done guys.

OBEL awarded WA Innovator of the Year award

9th Nov 2014

OBEL have been awarded the WA Innovator of the Year award for their Microscope-in-a-needle project. The prize was awarded by the WA Department of Commerce, and is sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation. The team won the Emerging Innovation category, competing with companies and research labs from across the state. Congratulations to whole team on a great achievement. Details can be found here: http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201411067095/awards-and-prizes/uwa-scoops-innovation-prizes-medical-breakthroughs

Student poster prize win for Kelsey Kennedy at this year’s Gordon Research Conference

3rd Aug 2014

Congratulations to Kelsey Kennedy for winning one of ten student poster prizes at the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Lasers in Medicine & Biology. Kelsey has recently submitted her PhD at OBEL, on developing optical coherence elastography (OCE). Her poster covered the recent work on OCE for providing mechanical contrast in human breast tissue. The Gordon Research Conference has been ongoing since the 1960s, and has always had a strong medical orientation.

OBEL PS-OCT image of necrosis in murine skeletal muscle on the front page of the Journal of Applied Physiology

3rd Aug 2014

The results figure from Yang et al., JAP 2013 is currently the headline figure to the Journal of Applied Physiology (JAP): http://jap.physiology.org/front JAP publishes original research in applied physiology, including the use of cutting-edge techniques. The manuscript demonstrates a novel technique using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) to quantify the extent of necrosis in a murine model of muscular dystrophy.

David Sampson finalist in 2014 Premier’s Science Awards

22nd Jul 2014

David Sampson finalist in 2014 Premier’s Science Awards Three eminent researchers from The University of Western Australia have been named among the finalists for the 2014 Scientist of the Year to be announced at the Premier’s Science Awards on 21 August during National Science Week, Australia’s largest annual celebration of science. Professors Colin MacLeod, David Sampson and Ian Small are among 13 finalists in four categories announced by WA Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today. Mr Barnett congratulated the …

Loretta Scolaro wins Canon Extreme Imaging Competition

15th Apr 2014

Dr Loretta Scolaro, who recently completed her PhD at OBEL, has been awarded first prize in the Canon Extreme Imaging Competition at a ceremony in Sydney. The annual competition, sponsored by Canon, is open to all Australian university students who are developing new imaging techniques or equipment, and aims to promote and celebrate advancement in imaging science research. Loretta’s entry, “Imaging cancer through the eye of a needle’, described her work in developing miniaturized OCT probes, small enough to be …

OBEL wins SPIE Start-up Challenge business pitch competition

10th Apr 2014

OBEL’s microscope-in-a-needle research recently won the SPIE Start-up Challenge in San Francisco, USA. Run by SPIE, the competition invites researchers to present a 3 minute business pitch of their work. The Competition is held at Photonics West, the world’s largest laser and photonics conference and trade show, with over 20,000 attendees. OBEL was represented by A/Prof. Robert McLaughlin, who beat competition from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Toronto, as well as CEOs of several technology companies. SPIE have …

‘3 Minute Thesis’ win for OBEL PhD student, Kelsey Kennedy

3rd Nov 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Kelsey Kennedy, who recently competed in the Trans-Tasman 3 Minute Thesis Competition in Sydney. Not only did she make it through to the final round of the competition, but she also won it. And, to top it all off, she received the People’s Choice Award as well. Great job, Kelsey. You can see a webcast of Kelsey’s winning presentation here: http://www.livestream.com/uwslive/video?clipId=pla_c576e0ce-df26-49a3-99fd-824b39cee307 (fast forward to 42:20 in the video stream)

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