News and events
- Bioengineering innovations for eye repair
View a video of the panel discussion held on Wednesday 1 September 2021.Video of panel discussion
- New Director for Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering
The University of Melbourne is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor David Nisbet to the role of Institute Director of the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Located at the heart of Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct, the Graeme Clark Institute brings together the partners, relationships, and collaborations in bioengineering research across the University of Melbourne.News
- Australian researchers develop hydrogel to combat Parkinson's
Australian researchers have created a hydrogel that could be used as a one-off intervention to treat Parkinson's disease and possibly other neurological conditions, a member of the development team said in an interview with Reuters.Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
- Innovations in MedTech for Epilepsy
View a video of the panel discussion held on Friday 28 May 2021.Video of panel discussion
- Personalised medical devices: why the fuss?
View a panel discussion about the challenges and recent developments in personalised medical device technology, from the perspective of a physician, industry leaders, regulatory authority and researchers.Video of panel discussion
- Predicting risk of spinal fracture using bioengineering
Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind predictive tool for spinal fracture in people who have osteoporosis, including activities and spinal joints that carry higher risk.News
- Innovations for regenerative medicine translation
Industry and academic experts discussed translation of regenerative medicine technologies.Video of panel discussion
- Innovation at the heart of smarter cardiac technologies and treatments
The speakers all championed a multidisciplinary approach to the development of new cardiovascular technology.Video of panel discussion
- New funding focuses on commercialising MedTech research
The University’s MedTech researchers will be involved in several new projects that have attracted more the $5.5 million of funding since July 2020.News
- Innovation in brain–computer interfaces
Industry and academic experts discussed innovations in devices and applications of brain–computer interfaces.Watch the video to learn about the latest research in brain–computer interfaces and how global experts are translating research into clinical applications and industry solutions.News
- Diverse innovation approaches tackle brain-computer interface challenges
Controlling devices directly with the mind is not the future: it is here and it is exciting.Health technologies
- Tiny scale scaffolds to help restore damaged circuits in the brain
Dr Vini Gautam's work combines neuroscience, engineering and technology to solve some of the most persistent and perplexing problems in health and medicine, such as vision loss and Alzheimer’s disease.Health technologies
- Seeing inside arthritis
Mechanobiology brings together engineering, biology, and physics – and this technology could help predict your risk of developing a musculoskeletal condition.News
- Daniel Payne: my journey to becoming a researcher
It was during Orientation and my first week at the University, when I was 17, that I had a seizure. I hadn’t had one before, and thankfully have had none since.News
- HealthTech Innovation Challenge 2020
This year the HTIC is back and better than ever with the opportunity to share in $100k of Seed Funding.News
- Launch of ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant
The ARC CMIT will train a new generation of industry-ready biomedical engineers with skills in personalised 3D printed medical implants.News
- HealthTech Innovation Challenge: 2019 winners
There were seven finalists pitching a range of medtech topics including health system platforms for managing diseases, musculoskeletal monitoring and 3D printed custom stents.News
- Engineering magnetics to grow human tissue
Tissue engineering can restore damaged or lost tissue; University of Melbourne research is working to scale up the technology to regenerate human organs.News
- Graeme Clark Oration Wrap-up
The brain machine interface – it’s the BMI that could change your life– Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel. Seemly taken straight out of science fiction, electronic devices can be implanted into patients to regulate their nervous system in treatments for neurological disorders.News
- Graeme Clark Oration Women in STEMM Wrap-up
The annual Women in STEMM Lunch preceding the Graeme Clark Oration aims to expand the networks and support of women in STEMM. The number of female technology founders is low, and little has been done to change the status quo. There are many women who have the background and potential to do this, yet with little support and role models, there remains a barrier for those who do not see themselves as entrepreneurs or leaders.News
- We welcome $30 million federal budget announcement for the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery
Prime Minister Scotty From Marketing recently announced a $30 million Federal Government funding commitment to the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD).News
- 2019 BridgeTech Program Launch
The BridgeTech program specialises in the commercialisation of medical technology including medical devices and diagnostics.News
- Professor Timothy Denison announced as speaker for the 2019 Graeme Clark Oration
Professor Denison's presentation examines the idea of expanding bioelectronics to neurological disorders.News
- Launch of the University of Melbourne and Fourier Intelligence Robotics Laboratory
Graeme Clark Institute HealthTech Innovation Challenge reaches a significant milestone.News
- Medical Device Partnering Program
MDPP is an ideas incubator that supports inventors to turn their medical or assistive device ideas into proven concepts. We provide early stage development support to help de-risk, refine and develop ideas into commercially and technically viable prototypes. We do this by partnering clients with a community of experts including end-users and clinicians, manufacturers, service providers and world-class research partners and specialist facilities. We welcome enquires from inventors and companies at any stage, but specialise in early stage technical product development support.News
- Seemingly random seizures not so random
Forecasting someone’s seizure likelihood can allow people to take evasive action, or therapeutic interventions could be applied to reduce the risk of having a seizure at all.News
- Stimulating the brain – without major surgery
Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of a tiny device that could one day offer an alternative to open brain surgery.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- Launch of the ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies
The ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies was launched on 20 November 2018 by Professor Sue Thomas, CEO, Australian Research Council.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- MedTech’s Got Talent National Finals 2018
Five teams have made it to the 2018 National MedTech’s Got Talent National Finals after pitching their business concept to the judging panel of industry executives. Each team secured $10,000 non-dilutive, stage-gated funding to kickstart their MedTech startup towards product-market fit and investor readiness.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- Professor Graeme Clark wins prestigious Shambaugh Prize
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital congratulates Professor Graeme Clark, AC who was recently announced as the joint winner of the prestigious Shambaugh Prize.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- Convergence Science Network
Network events are held throughout the year across Melbourne. Watch for upcoming talks, seminar or our newest initiative, 'opening the vault' where network sponsors open up their labs for viewing.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- Launch of the new ARC Training Centre for Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies
A new research training centre based in Victoria will develop artificial intelligence (AI) applications for medical technologies and train an expert workforce that will drive Australian innovation.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- Imagine visiting your doctor through a computer.
No more sitting in the waiting room and you don’t have to leave home. But how can a health specialist make an accurate diagnosis?Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- Engineering students win Grand Final of MedTech’s Got Talent
Alumni from the Faculty of Engineering last week won the grand final of the MedTEch’s Got Talent, Australia’s largest medical device accelerator program.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- 3D Printing of Prosthetics
Technology is bringing amazing new advances in prosthetics: hands with fine motor control, arms and legs that allow Paralympians to set new records, brain implants that replicate the sensation of touch.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
- Enlisting Nanoparticles in the fight against superbugs
As antibiotics become less and less effective, researchers are turning to new ways to defeat drug-resistant bacteria like Golden Staph.Engineering, Medicine, Science and Technology
The Graeme Clark Institute draws on the collective medical, engineering and scientific capabilities of the University of Melbourne, supported by healthcare and research partners from the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct and beyond.
Key areas of biomedical engineering expertise within the Institute include tissue engineering, nanomedicine, biomimetics, biomechanics, medical bionics, implant systems, biosignals, medical robotics, mechanobiology, computational engineering, systems and synthetic biology, biomedical imaging, and health informatics.
Neuro-electronics therapy and bionics
The translation of neural-electronic interface research into improved health outcomes is gathering pace, with advances in implantable miniaturised electronic devices that record or stimulate nerve signals.
Advances in 3D printing and the miniaturisation of devices are revolutionising medical technologies, providing the ability to personalise healthcare and improve the wellbeing of people around the world as never before.
Drug screening technologies and mechano-pharmacology
The field of ‘tissue-on-a-chip’ and ‘organ-on-a-dish’ is evolving rapidly and is opening opportunities in drug discovery, toxin screening and disease modelling.
The research focus of this program is in the area of kinematics and dynamics of robotics mechanisms (its modelling, analysis and manipulation) and their applications primarily in biomedical and clinical tasks.
Assistive and rehabilitation robotics
This project focuses on the study of robotics technology in the investigating human motor systems and the clinical rehabilitation of people with motion impairment, such as in post-stroke patients.
Technologies for the management of Parkinson’s Disease
The research is focussed on the measurement movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease (PD), to assist in their management
Biomaterials, bio-fabrication and regenerative medicine
The combination of materials science, materials engineering and clinical expertise is developing engineered tissues to replace or support the repair of natural tissue.
Computational modeling for cardiovascular disease
Advances in cardiovascular and stent technology are providing new options to support the operation of cardiac systems, to monitor performance and to deliver medication.
Biomedical imaging technologies
Advanced imaging technologies will lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological disorders.
Nano-materials and drug-delivery systems
Novel nano-materials that interact with the body’s biological processes at the cellular level are providing new, targeted drug-delivery opportunities.
Fluid dynamic modelling for pharmaceutical manufacturing
The program is developing computational fluid dynamics models to understand and predict the behaviour of platelets in typical blood flow and during clotting.
Polymeric drugs for combating anti-microbial resistance
Nature’s prowess in making molecules with astounding properties, such as DNA, serves as important inspiration to Professor Greg Qiao.
Synthetic biology approaches to designer-stem-cell-based therapies
This research develops experimental and computational approaches to apply engineering design and analysis principles to study existing biological cellular systems and to create new cellular systems with user-defined properties and functions.
This program builds and analyses mathematical models of biological processes, pathways and networks, and the cellular geometries within which these processes take place.
- David Nisbet
Director of the Graeme Clark Institute
Professor of Translational Biomedical Engineering
Message from the director
Professor David Nisbet, incoming Institute Director at the Graeme Clark Institute. Image courtesy of Jamie Kidston, ANU
David Nisbet is a Professor of Translational Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is the Director of the Graeme Clark Institute and the Head of the Laboratory of Advanced Biomaterials. Dave joined the University of Melbourne after completing his Ph.D. at Monash University and Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. He then spent 10 years at the ANU, most recently as a jointly appointed Professor within the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Research School of Chemistry. He is passionate about developing advanced biomaterials that are used to both mimic native cellular microenvironments and provide a platform for the targeted delivery of therapeutic molecules for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.
His vision for the Graeme Clark Institute is “to transform healthcare with biomedical engineering solutions that deliver global health, societal and economic benefits”. This will be possible by the continued development of the multi-disciplinary Medtech ecosystem existing within the Parkville precinct and the University of Melbourne. In particular, the Graeme Clark Institute will bridge the translational gulf through direct “from the patient to patient” developmental pipelines that incorporates clinical need into all aspects of MedTech product design, development, translation, and application.
Being positioned at the University of Melbourne and the Parkville Biomedical precinct offers a huge depth of biological science and engineering expertise within the Graeme Clark membership, making it possible for us to deliver new high impact technologies that solve long-standing health issues that are underserved by existing technologies – Professor Nisbet
To find out our aims, and organisational and governance structure, visit:
The Graeme Clark Institute partners with healthcare and research organisations, industry and government to solve today’s challenges and develop new technologies for tomorrow. We work with our partners to translate research into innovations that leads to improved health outcomes.
Centres and institutes contributing to research in biomedical engineering at the Graeme Clark Institute include:
- ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies
- ARC Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies
- ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies
- Bionics Institute
- Bio21 Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology
- The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery
- Centre for Eye Research Australia
- Melbourne Academic Centre for Health
HealthTech Innovation Challenge
The HealthTech Innovation Challenge has sadly been discontinued.
We thank the entire MACH community for their involvement in the HealthTech Innovation Challenge over the last four years.
HealthTech Innovation Challenge was the critical funding step for validated projects to progress to further funding and success, we are proud of all applications and winners and wish future entrepreneurs every success.