News and events
- The 3rd Personal Journeys to Translation Symposium
Every ground-breaking medical discovery faces the difficult hurdle of translation - being taken out of the lab and being developed into a product to be used in real-life.
- Advancing human movement evaluation using artificial intelligence
Human movement disorders affect one-third of Australians; however, conventional approaches to assessing joint motion are costly and largely clinic- or laboratory-based.
- Research at SPRINT and HMBRC (Research Centres of Australian Catholic University)
Learn about using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies for rehabilitation.
- World experts explain why engineering is the future of medicine
Find out how the impossible can become possible by combining engineering principles to medical science.
- Bioengineering innovations for eye repair
View a video of the panel discussion held on Wednesday 1 September 2021.
- 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.
- 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.
- Innovations in MedTech for Epilepsy
View a video of the panel discussion held on Friday 28 May 2021.
- 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.
- 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.
- Innovations for regenerative medicine translation
Industry and academic experts discussed translation of regenerative medicine technologies.
- Innovation at the heart of smarter cardiac technologies and treatments
The speakers all championed a multidisciplinary approach to the development of new cardiovascular technology.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Seeing inside arthritis
Mechanobiology brings together engineering, biology, and physics – and this technology could help predict your risk of developing a musculoskeletal condition.
- 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.
- HealthTech Innovation Challenge 2020
This year the HTIC is back and better than ever with the opportunity to share in $100k of Seed Funding.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 2019 BridgeTech Program Launch
The BridgeTech program specialises in the commercialisation of medical technology including medical devices and diagnostics.
- 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.
- Launch of the University of Melbourne and Fourier Intelligence Robotics Laboratory
Graeme Clark Institute HealthTech Innovation Challenge reaches a significant milestone.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.