Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Craig Laundy, visited IPAS on Friday, hosted by Dr Hannah Brown, IPAS manager Piers Lincoln, Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Prof Rob McLaughlin.
The Minister was particularly interested in the strong links IPAS has with industry and innovative research, including the recent co-localisation of Trajan within the institute, industry projects with SJ Cheesman, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and pre-clinical trial of the Mini probes OCT technology in neurosurgery.
Research Tuesdays are an initiative of the University of Adelaide, allowing the general public to hear about research happening within the university.
Rob McLaughlin leads the Bioengineering Imaging Group and is the Managing Director of Miniprobes. Miniprobes currently develop and sell miniaturised imaging probes that can be encased in hypodermic needles. One such device is the smart needle, which can detect blood vessels during brain surgery, avoiding bleeds that can potentially be fatal. Pilot studies with the smart needle concluded at the start of this year, with promising results.
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Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem represented the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and IPAS at Science Meets Parliament, held in Canberra on 21-22nd March 2017.
Science Meets Parliament is an annual event run by Science and Technology Australia and provides ~200 scientists with the opportunity to meet with federal politicians, advisors and policy makers.
Heike had the opportunity to meet with Senator Chris Back, Chair of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislative Committee, and Senator Chris Ketter; discussing her research involving the use of optical fibres to create windows into the body, specifically in regards to pain detection.
In addition, Heike also had the opportunity to talk with the Honourable Richard Marles, Shadow Minister for Defence, during the official dinner.
A summary of Science Meets Parliament can be found here.