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Committees, Conferences and Community

Committees

  • Scientific Assessing Committee College of the NZ Health Research Council, 2012-2014
  • Member of the Jury Committee to score research papers submitted for the Royan International (Iran) Research Awards, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Advisory Board Member, 2nd Annual World Congress of Nano-S&T (Nano S&T-2012), 26-28 Oct, 2012, Qingdao, China.
  • On Judging Panel of Gerald Duff Research Prize in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2012
  • Program Committee, Advisory Board Member, "NeuroTalk 2011", Dalian, China, 22-25 May, 2011; an international conference on neuroscience, neurosurgery and neurology.
  • Reviewer for Medical Research Council (UK), 2011
  • Reviewer for National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) 2011
  • Referee for an individual’s Canada Research Chair-tier 2 renewal 2011
  • Board member of the Christchurch Cancer Tissue Bank 2007-present
  • Board Member of the Christchurch Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Research Trust 2005-present

Community

Radio/TV

‘The interactions between micro-and nono-environment and biological cells.’ Radio New Zealand interview with reporter Ruth Beran of ‘Our Changing World’, May 2011.

‘Green tea and cancer’, by Simon Hogg, CTV news article, reporter Emily Cooper Mon 31 Jan 2011

Newspaper

Opinion piece on science policy “Let's take our brains to the world” published in the New Zealand Herald, 18 October 2013. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11141830

Lay articles about research

“Interactions of biological cells with bio-imprinted patterns” A featured article in Marsden Fund Update p6, no 48, March 2013

Community seminars, workshops and exhibits.

Participation in CMRF-UOC Open Day, Posters, Microscope samples, red wine and green tea, and stall, 15 August 2010

Visitors received.

  • Dr Ben Glossop, Engineering Manager, Izon Science Ltd, 21 March 2013.
  • Professor C V Rao, Florida International University, Miami, USA, 2 April 2012.
  • Professor Jas Pal Badyal, University of Durham, UK, February 2011.
  • Dr Ursula Sauer, Health and Environment Department Bioresources AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH; 14-25 February 2011.

Conferences

Co-author of an invited oral presentation at the 39 Annual Conference on Micro and NanoEngineering, London, 16-19 September 2013 ‘The role of materials and topography on biological cells behaviour ‘– presented by A/P Maan Alkaisi

Invited to present a paper at the Functional Foods & Ingredients Workshop, ‘Dietary compounds and cancer’ JJ Evans, PH Sykes, JM Dann, K Chitcholtan, M Vissers. 24th July 2013, Christchurch
Invited to present a paper at the Second C4 workshop, ‘Forcing cancer cells to behave’ Christchurch, 29 May 2013

Invited to present 2 papers NZ Network Symposium for Reproductive Science at the , ‘Endometrial cells - the effect of the neighbourhood’ JJ Evans, LM Murray, L H Tan, K Chitcholtan, PH Sykes, MM Alkaisi, and ‘Should I stay or should I go? The need to develop a clinically applicable test for endometrial receptivity’ with GEEvans, JJ Evans, G Phillipson. Wellington, 15 March 2013.
Invited to present a paper at International Conference on Natural Products and Biomedical Technology (ICNPBT-2011) with payment of accommodation and registration, 10-12 January 2011 in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India (declined).

M Majid, K Chitcholtan, PH Sykes, JJ Evans Adipokines alter behaviour of endometrial cancer cells. Queenstown, New Zealand: Medical Sciences Congress (MedSciNZ), 26-28 Aug 2013

T Tan, PH Sykes, MM Alkaisi, JJ Evans Behaviour of Cancer Cells on a Surface Imprinted with their Own Features Queenstown, New Zealand: Medical Sciences Congress (MedSciNZ), 26-28 Aug 2013

Maan Alkaisi, JJEvans et al. The role of materials and topography on biological cells behaviour 39 Annual Conference on Micro and NanoEngineering, London, 16-19 September 2013

JJ Evans LM Murray, L H Tan, K Chitcholtan, J Muys, V Nock, PH Sykes, MM Alkaisi The Forces of Biology: Mechanotransduction as the Cure for Cancer. Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch. 12 August 2013

JJ Evans, LM Murray, L H Tan, K Chitcholtan, J Muys, V Nock, PH Sykes, MM Alkaisi
The Forces of Biology: Mechanotransduction in the Uterus. Centre for Neuroendocrinology, Dunedin, 12 July 2013

JJ Evans, PH Sykes, JM Dann, K Chitcholtan, M Vissers Dietary compounds and cancer Functional Foods & Ingredients Workshop, Christchurch, 24th July 2013.

JJ Evans. Forcing cancer cells to behave 2nd C4 workshop, Christchurch, 29 May 2013

Alkaisi MM, Evans JJ, Nock V. (2013). Nanofabrication, microfluidics, and biology. MacDiarmid Canterbury Meeting. Christchurch 5 April 2013.

Evans G. E., Evans, J.J., Philipson, G. (2013). Should I stay or should I go? The need to develop a clinically applicable test for endometrial receptivity. NZ Network Symposium for Reproductive Science. Wellington 15 March 2013.

Evans, J.J., Murray, L.M., Tan, L.H., Chitcholtan, K., Alkaisi, M.M. (2013) Endometrial cells – Effects of the neighbourhood. NZ Network Symposium for Reproductive Science. Wellington 15 March 2013.

Hogg SJ, Evans JJ and Chitcholtan K A 3D cell culture in a 96-well format for rapid drug screening in advanced ovarian cancer. UOC Summer studentship projects, Jamuary 2013 (Oral, FIRST PRIZE LABORATORY)

Chitcholtan K, Sykes PH, Evans JJ
Three dimension (3D) micro-environment may provide cell templates for drugs
that are different from those of two dimension (2D)
Endo 2012, Endocrine Society (USA) (2012) 23-26 June 94 th Annual Meeting, Houston

Murray LM, Nock, V Evans JJ, Alkaisi MM
Substrate-dependent morphology and differentiation in C2C12 myoblasts
MedSci, Queenstown August 2012

Murray, L M, Tan, LH, Alkaisi, MM, Evans, JJ.
Living conditions of cancer cells and the neighbourhood.
New Zealand Society for Oncology James Cook Hotel, Wellington May 2-4, 2012

Evans, J J, Murray, L M, Tan, L H, Chitcholtan, K, Alkaisi, MM
Functioning of cancer cells is altered by changes in the surroundings
3rd Australia & New Zealand Micro/Nanofluidics and Bionano Symposium, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, 12-13 April 2012

Yoshida, A., Chitcholtan, K., Evans, J.J., Nock, V., Beasley, S.
Refined technique to enable iPS cells differentiation into gut cells with the potential for tissue engineering to construct new bowel in vitro.
British Association of Pediatric Surgeons (BAPS) 2011 International Congress, Belfast, UK: 19-22 Jul 2011.

Kenny Chitcholtan, Peter H Sykes, John J Evans
Responses of cancer cells, to doxorubicin and cisplatin, are different in 3D and 2D environments
MedSci, Queenstown 29-31 August 2011

LM Murray, V Nock, JJ Evans, MM Alkaisi
Multifaceted analysis of cell adhesion and growth patterns on bioimprinted substrates
MedSci, Queenstown 29-31 August 2011

Murray L, Nock V, Alkaisi MM, Evans JJ.
Photo nanoimprint lithography of biological samples defined by microfabricated PDMS stencils.
EIPBN ‘11

Lai C-L, Morrin H, Lambie N, Guilford P, Macasieb J, Frampton C, Evans J, Robinson BA, Currie MJ, Sykes P
Neuropilin-1, the Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor receptor, is decreased in endometrial tumours.
New Zealand Society for Oncology Annual Conference Auckland 12-13 May, Proceedings p60, 2011

Murray L, Nock V, Evans J, Alkaisi M
Engineering the cancer microenvironment: the effects of cell-patterned Bioimprint substrates on endometrial cancer morphology and proliferation
New Zealand Society for Oncology Annual Conference Auckland 12-13 May, Proceedings p51, 2011

Nock V, Murray L, Alkaisi MM, Evans JJ
Control and measurement of hypoxia in microfluidic cancer assays
New Zealand Society for Oncology Annual Conference Auckland 12-13 May, Proceedings p41, 2011

Chitcholtan K, Sykes P, Evans JJ
Inhibitory activity of doxorubicin, cisplatin and a green tea compound on microtumours of epithelial endometrial cancer
New Zealand Society for Oncology Annual Conference Auckland 12-13 May, Proceedings p36, 2011

Dann JM, Evans JJ, Sykes PH
Reglation of hypoxia inducible factor-1a in endometrial cancer tumours by the naturally occurring substances resveratrol and EGCG.
New Zealand Society for Oncology Annual Conference Auckland 12-13 May, Proceedings p27, 2011

Murray LM, Nock V, Alkaisi MM, Evans JJ
Cell Adhesion and Proliferation on Bioimprinted Substrates
The Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 21st Annual Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand27th - 29th April 2011, Abstract #: O13

JJ Evans, LM Murray, V Nock, F Samsuri, S N Ibrihim, MM Alkaisi
The Effect of Substrate Patterns on Behaviour of Biological Cells
Fifth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, 5: C9.4 ; Wellington, NZ, 7-11 February 2011

Lynn Murray 1, Volker Nock 1, Maan Alkaisi 1, John Evans 2
Bioimprint surface patterning and replication for use as cell culture substrates
Fifth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, 5: FP48; Wellington, NZ, 7-11 February 2011 (Poster student, FIRST PRIZE)

SN Ibrahim, L Murray, JJ Evans, MM.Alkaisi
Trapping single cell comparison between sandwiched insulation with back contact (SIBC) and planar biochip.
Fifth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, 5: FP48; Wellington, NZ, 7-11 February 2011

Murray, L., Samsuri, F., Nock, V., Alkaisi, M.M. and Evans, J.J.
Bioimprint polymers for cell culture
MacDiarmid Institute Postdoc/Student Symposium
18-19 November 2010 Wellington (Poster, SECOND PRIZE)

K Chitcholtan, JJ Evans and PH Sykes
Multicellular Spheroids of Epithelial Endometrial Cancer: Characterisation and Application for Anti-cancer Drug Screening.
International Gynecologic Cancer Society,
23-26 October 2010 Prague, Czech Republic

Murray, L., Samsuri, F., Nock, V., Alkaisi, M.M. and Evans, J.J.
Bioimprinted polymers as cell-patterned substrates for cell culture.
36th International Conference on Micro & Nano Engineering (MNE),
19-22 Sep 2010 Genoa, Italy.

Nock, V., Samsuri, F., Murray, L., Evans, J. and Alkaisi, M.
High Density Microfluidic Arrays for Bioimprint of Cancer Cells.
36th International Conference on Micro & Nano Engineering (MNE),
19-22 Sep 2010 Genoa, Italy.

JJ Evans, TM Wilkinson and DJN Wall. Modelling two sequential luteinising hormone pulses to GnRH in the absence and presence of oxytocin. Seventh International Congress of Neuroendocrinology, Rouen, France 11-15 July 2010.

Nock, V., Murray, L., Samsuri, F., Alkaisi, M.M. and Evans, J.J.
Microfluidics-assisted Photo Nanoimprint Lithography for the Formation of Cellular Bioimprints.
Anchorage, USA: The 54th International Conference on Electron, Ion, Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN),
1-4th June 2010.

L Murray, M Alkaisi, J Evans
Biocompatibility and Bioimprint: Culturing cells on methacrylate-based polymers.
New Zealand-Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting
28-29 April 2010, Wellington, Abstract 28

F Samsuri, JS Mitchell, MM Alkaisi, JJ Evans
Cellular replication using soft lithography technique for atomic force microscope (AFM) analysis.
New Zealand-Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting
28-29 April 2010, Wellington, Abstract 27

V Nock, LM Murray, MM Alkaisi, JJ Evans
Microfluidics-assisted Bioimprint.
New Zealand-Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting
28-29 April 2010, Wellington, Abstract 26

JJ Evans
nanotechnology and material science reveal information on the behaviour of biological cells.
New Zealand-Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting
28-29 April 2010, Wellington, Abstract 20

Wilkinson, TM, Wall, DJN and Evans JJ
Regulation of Luteinising Hormone SecretIon by GnRH and Other Peptides
UOC Summer studentship projects, February 2010 (Oral, FIRST PRIZE LABORATORY, FIRST PRIZE OVERALL)