Lab news | 2016


Yein presents and wins travel award for the joint ESGCT/ISSCR conference in Italy

Yein attended ‘Changing the face of modern medicine: stems cells and gene therapy’, a joint conference organised by the European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). This was held in Florence, Italy on the 18th-21st October 2016. Yein gave an oral presentation and two poster presentations.  Her abstract was selected for an ESGCT Travel Award as one of the top 10 abstracts submitted. She also won a competition for public engagement during the conference for her tweets.


Kostas and Cyrill present graphene in biomedicine to HRH Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the University on 14th October 2016. As part of this visit, they visited the National Graphene Institute to learn more about graphene research and its uses. Kostas and Cyrill were involved in showcasing the biomedical applications currently under development at the University within the framework of the European Graphene Flagship Project.  Learn more about the visit here.



Kostas featured in ‘A Random Walk’

Prof Kostas Kostarelos is featured in ‘A Random Walk’, a photographic project within the National Graphene Institute (NGI). This is a collection of images that can be viewed by the public at ground level within the NGI. More information about this project can be found here.


Nanomedicine Lab at NoWCADD Project Event

nowcaddSeveral group members attended the NoWCADD (The North West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery) Project Event at the Museum of Science and Industry on September 23rd 2016. Prof Kostarelos and Zahraa Al-Ahmady both presented research updates in the main meeting. In the following open poster session, presentations were provided by Dhifaf Jasim, Mariarosa Mazza, Maurizio Buggio and Zahraa Al-Ahmady.


Nanomedicine Lab at The Inaugural UK Regenerative Medicine Conference

cgt_blue_cellgene_rgb_exclusion PrintDhifaf Jasim, Tom Kisby and Irene de Lazaro attended and presented posters at The Inaugural UK Regenerative Medicine Conference in London on 20th and 21st September 2016. This conference was organised by Cell Therapy Catapult and the UK Regenerative Medicine platform (UKRMP).


Dhifaf attended Advances in Bioimaging

Dhifaf Jasim attended the Advances in Bio-imaging conference organised by the Physiological Society. This was held at the University of Warwick on the 8th-11th August 2016.


Summer graduations

irene-grduation dhifaf-graduationCongratulations to Dhifaf Jasim and Irene de Lazaro on graduating this summer. Irene graduated from UCL having moved up to Manchester with the team part way through her PhD. Dhifaf is our first Manchester PhD graduate since relocating.


Welcome to our new starters

Several new students and staff have joined our team this term:

Dr Jane Mabey Gilsenan, Project Manager

Dr Anna Gray, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Graphene Flagship)

Dr Jennifer Dorney, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Graphene Flagship)

Paul Bonijol, PhD Student (MRC DTP)

Livia Crica, PhD Student (CDT NOWNANO)

Clara Prado, PhD Student (Visiting Erasmus Student)


Science is a revolution, ESOF science festival

manchestercityscience2016‘Science is a revolution’, which took place at the Museum of Science and Industry, was part of the ‘Science in the City’ Festival. This summer event was sponsored by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, with contributions from several group members: Marilena Hadjidemetriou, Prasath Paramasivam, Arezoo Shadeij, Dhifaf Jasim, Leon Newman, Artur Filipe Rodrigues, Sinead Savage, Cyrill Bussy, Sabahuddin (Sabbi) Ahmad, Mariarosa Mazza. Read more about it here.


European Researchers Night: Science uncovered

img_5108This event was held at Manchester Museum on the 30th September and was sponsored by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. It’s part of a European wide initiative to bring researchers together to meet with the public and share their work in a social setting. Several group members contributed to this event: Leon Newman, Artur Filipe Rodrigues, Sinead Savage, Cyrill Bussy, Christopher Bullock, Yein Nam, Melissa Vincent.


Major award for 2D materials in biomedicine

epsrc-logoThe University has been awarded a £5.2M grant from the EPSRC for the project ‘2D Materials for Next Generation Health Technologies (2D-Health). This cross-faculty project will be coordinated by Prof Kostarelos and hopes to explore the use of 2D materials, such as graphene, to overcome major healthcare challenges. Read more about our award here.


‘Pi: platform for investigation’ @ MOSI

new-mosi-logoThese are a series of scientific events sponsored by Siemens as part of the Manchester Science Festival. Cyrill Bussy and Maurizio Buggio contributed to ‘Graphene Wonders ‘ held on August 27th at the Museum of Science and Industry.


Nanomedicine Lab at ‘Researcher and Society’ Manchester

esof-manchester The ESOF satellite Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions conference “Researcher and Society” was held in Manchester July 28th & 29th. It was attended by Maurizio Buggio, Sandra Vranic, Cyrill Bussy, Marilena Hadjidemetriou and Prasath Paramasivam (former or current Marie Curie fellows of the Nanomedicine Lab). Also attending the meeting was Patricia Reilly, Cabinet Expert for Higher Education and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Commissioner Tibor Navracsics Team (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport).


We have moved to the School of Health Sciences, UoM

We are now based in the new Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. Within in this, we are part of the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry in the School of Health Sciences.


EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016

logodateThis meeting was held in Manchester, July 23rd-27th. Cyrill Bussy chaired the session on “Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine: transhumanism perspective”, with presentations from Mariarosa Mazza and Ania Jolly. Other speakers were Iseult Lynch (University of Birmingham), Stephanie Lacour (ENS Cachan, University of Paris Sorbonne), Gabriel Dorthe (University of Lausanne). Read more about it here.


Cyrill contributes to ‘Debate Science! European Student Parliament’

manchestercityscience2016A-level students coming from across Europe debated the topic ‘Augmented human: optimising the human’ on Tuesday 26 July at Salford University. They discussed wearable technologies, implants, prosthetics and drugs, which enhance human capabilities. Students discussed the risks and benefits of human optimisation and its possible impact on society. A Q&A session helped the students to formulate their final resolutions/recommendations. Contributions to the discussion were provided by Stephanie Lacour (ENS Cachan, University of Paris Sorbonne), Gabriel Dorthe (University of Lausanne) and Cyrill Bussy (University of Manchester).


The final session was held at the City Hall of Manchester on Wednesday 27th. Cyrill attended to observe the voting of the recommendations and the hand-over of recommendations to Robert-Jan Smits (EU commission DG Science and Innovation) and Julie Ward (Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region). Read more about it here.


Zahraa gets on her soapbox at ’Soapbox Science Manchester 2016’

zahraa-soapboxZahraa Al-Ahmady contributed to this public engagement event held in Piccadilly Gardens on July 23rd. In this event, twelve female scientists from different institutes took to their soapboxes to demonstrate their research to general public. Read more about it here. YouTube videos are also available – video1 video2 video3


Tom wins prize at EPSRC and MRC Centres for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Joint Summer Conference 2016

regen-med-logoTom Kisby, a CDT Regenerative Medicine student, received a prize for his poster presentation at this conference held on July 8th 2016.


“Regenerating the Future” play performed at MRI and University Hospital of South Manchester

regenfutureThis play was written by the award winning play writer Laura Harper (also PSS member of staff), directed by Alyx Tole, and performed by Joyce Branagh and Frances Tither. The two performances (June 22nd and 23rd) were supported by the Wellcome Trust ISSF funding allocated to the University of Manchester, on the Science and Research taking place at the Centre for Tissue Injury and Repair. The ISSF fund was awarded to Mariarosa Mazza, Cyrill Bussy, Adam Reid, Stephen Richardson and Kirsty Heydon.


Graphene NOWNANO Summer Conference 2016

gnownano-logoThis was a joint conference between EPSRC – Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Sciences and Applications, Graphene NOWNANO (University of Manchester and Lancaster University) and EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology (University of Cambridge). This was attended by two of our students, Leon Newman and Artur Filipe Rodrigues.


Leon awarded best oral presentation at International Nanotoxicology Congress 2016

nanotox-conference-2016-logoLeon Newman, a CDT NOWNANO student, received first prize for his oral presentation in the Colt Foundation Young Investigators Symposium.


Nanomedicine Lab at International Nanotoxicology Congress 2016

nanotox-conference-2016-logoThis conference was held in Boston, USA, June 1st– 4th 2016.  It was attended by Leon Newman, Kostas Kostarelos, and Cyrill Bussy. Cyrill gave an invited talk in the neuroscience and nanomaterials session.


Cyrill presents at the National Graphene Institute

national-graphene-instituteCyrill Bussy presented research into graphene biomedical applications and safety to Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser ( GCSA ) and Head of the Government Office for Science, during his visit to the National Graphene Institute in February.


Cyrill attempts to build bridges between 2D Materials and Art in Marseille, France

logo-imeraCyrill was invited to talk at the at the “International Symposium on Two-Dimensional Layered Materials and Art: Two Worlds Meet”. He talked about graphene and 2D materials safety and how investigating the interactions of 2D materials with biological systems is generating catchy and artistic microscopic pictures that can attract Science Museums as part of the CDT Graphene NOWNANO public engagement initiative. The Symposium was based on the idea that the essence of creativity is found both in Arts and Sciences and that scientists, scholars, philosophers, architects, artists can deeply enrich each other. It was organised by the IMéRA – Institute for Advanced Study, Mediterranean exploratory of interdisciplinarity.


Cyrill @ the Nanosystems Initiative Munich Winter School

NIM-LogoCyrill was one of the invited speakers at the Nanosystems Initiative Munich Winter School held in the Austrian Alps at Kirschberg in Tirol. His lecture on nanosafety explained the issues at stake and the proposed solutions of how we can use nanomaterials safely. The Cluster “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM) is one of the Clusters of Excellence which have been selected by the German government’s “Excellence Initiative”. NIM brings together research groups from the Munich area covering the fields of physics, biophysics, physical chemistry, biochemistry, biology, electrical engineering, and medicine.


Kostas talks at the Liverpool Medical Insitution

LMI crestKostas was invited to be the Keynote speaker at a joint Liverpool and Manchester Medical Societies meeting. His talk “Unraveling the medical uses of graphene” was delivered to members of both societies at the Liverpool Medical Institution, one of the oldest medical societies in the world dating back to the founding of the Liverpool Medical Library in 1779.


The Nanomedicine Lab constributes to social responsibility

The LKH@SocialRespab recently got involved with the Institute of Inflammation & Repair Social Responsibility Week. Green Impact is an NUS initiative to help encourage others to take notice of how small changes, like using recycled paper, can have a big impact on the wider community. Together with the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, we offered free plants for offices, advice on cycling schemes to stay fit, and had a charity station for people to drop off clothes. Over 70 people visited during the 3 hour exhibition to learn more about Green Impact.


Nanomedicine Lab co-organises Graphene Connect Biomedical Technologies

GrapheneConnect logoThe first Graphene Connect in Biomedical Technologies was co-organised by the Nanomedicine Lab and its collaborators within the Graphene Flagship at MINATEC (one of the most important micro- and nano-technology institutes in Europe) in Grenoble, France between February 23-24. Graphene Connect is a series of industry workshops, aiming to create new innovation projects between academia and industry. The Graphene Connect Biomedical Technologies brought together representatives from AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, General Electric and many other industrial stakeholders to explore and roadmap graphene and 2D materials in biomedicine from an industrial perspective.


The Nanomedicine Lab @ the UCLA International Symposium on NanoBiotechnology

UCLA logoCNSI logoKostas was one of the invited speakers at the 2016 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY: NanoMedicine from discovery to clinical reality: therapeutics, delivery and imaging organised by the the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Dhifaf wins poster prize at Graphene Study 2016

DJ poster winner

Dhifaf Jasim won poster prize at the Graphene study 2016 held in École de Physique des Houches, France on the 19th of January 2016, the prize was funded by the Nature Physics Journal. The poster was about her work on the biodistribution of graphene oxide.


Nanomedicine Lab Delegation at Graphene Study 2016

The annual Winter School ‘Graphene Study’ funded and organised by the Graphene Flagship project, aimed to create networking opportunities whilst sharing new insights from leading experts. Our PhD students Melissa Vincent and Dhifaf Jasim, along with researcher Dr Neus Lozano attended and spend the week in the French Alps (Les Houches) to learn more about the advances of Graphene. Watch video here