Seminars and Events

Biomedical Seminars

Biomedical Seminars are held each week at the Bionics Institute and are open to the public. Registration is not required.

The seminars are held at the Institute, unless stated otherwise:

4-5pm each Friday

Start Time Title Speaker
04/05/2018 04:00 PM Defining the functional neuroanatomy of the urogenital organs to develop strategies for restoring autonomic and sensory function Professor Janet Keast, Chair of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne View
11/05/2018 04:00 PM Forensic DNA Analysis – What does the future hold? Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde OAM Director National Institute of Forensic Science, Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency View
15/05/2018 12:00 PM Development of an implantable device for the long term sensing of pressure Professor Simon Malpas, University of Auckland View
18/05/2018 04:00 PM Shining Light on Bioengineering – Design and Utilisation of Light Responsive Hydrogels A/Prof John S. Forsythe, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Monash Institute of Medical Engineering View
25/05/2018 04:00 PM Brain-inspired digital memories Shruti Nirantar, PhD candidate at Functional Materials and Microsystems, RMIT University View
01/06/2018 04:00 PM Rate Modulation and Speech Perception for Cochlear Implant Users Tim Brochier, PhD candidate, Bionics Institute View
08/06/2018 04:00 PM Beyond the Shannon limit: Chronic intracochlear electrical stimulation at high charge densities Prof Rob Shepherd, Head of the Medical Bionics Department, University of Melbourne and Principal Scientist at the Bionics Institute View
22/06/2018 04:00 PM Using fNIRS brain imaging for clinical management of hearing loss Prof. Colette McKay, Leader of the Translational Hearing Research Group, Bionics Institute View
29/06/2018 04:00 PM Generation of inner ear organoids derived from human pluripotentstem cells enriched with mechanosensitive vestibular like hair cells and otoconia: the evolution from 2D to 3D Cristiana Mattei, PhD student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne View
20/07/2018 04:00 PM Special multi speaker seminar: Overview of the cutting edge research conducted at the Micro-Nano Research Facility Prof. Arnan Mitchell, Prof. Yongxiang Li, Dr. Kate Fox, Dr. Paul Beckett, School of Engineering, RMIT University View
13/07/2018 04:00 PM Optimal energy-efficient coding in sensory neurons Prof Doug Jones, University of Illinois View
24/07/2018 12:00 PM Neural Interface in Artificial Tactile Sensation and Suprachoroidal electrical stimulation Dr. Xiaohong Sui Associate Professor at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University View
27/07/2018 04:00 PM The potential benefits of inhibiting Apoptotic Signal Regulating Kinase 1 in conjunction with aminoglycoside treatments Jackie Ogier: PhD candidate, Dept. of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne; Neurogenetics, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. View
03/08/2018 04:00 PM Innovate using Design Tools Philippe Guichard: DipMechE, University of Saint; Founder, Designer and Creative Director of D2 design and development View
10/08/2018 04:00 PM Exploiting the properties of neurotropic viruses to understand complex brain circuitry Dr. Alice McGovern: NHMRC Early Career Fellow, PhD Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne View
17/08/2018 04:00 PM Not sure whether you’re indecisive? Apply science to improve decision-making! BAppSc (Hons) (Electronics), PhD View
31/08/2018 04:00 PM Startling, Shocking, Magic Cat Bowl – A decade of behavioural preclinical hearing testing A/Prof James Fallon has a background in a range of areas relevant to his research at the Bionics Institute. He completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiology, 1997), a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Science, with honours, 1998) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2002) from Monash University. He then went on to investigate a range of phenomena related to the sense of touch at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in Sydney. In 2004 James joined the Bionics Institute to work as a Research Fellow in the Auditory Neuroscience research program, and was the Lions International Research Fellow from 2008 to 2010. He is currently Research Director and heads the Institute's pre-clinical neuromodulation work. His work involves the use of neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioural techniques to examine the changes that occur following neuromodulation. View
21/09/2018 04:00 PM Exploring the use of diamond in medical implants Kabir has completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physics from Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh. He has also completed a Master of Science degree in Physics with a major concentration in material science at the University of Memphis, USA. He has started his Ph.D. program in the Medical Bionics Department under the supervision of David Garrett (principal supervisor), the University of Melbourne in October 2014. Currently, he is a faculty member of Jahangirnagar University in Physics. View
05/10/2018 04:00 PM Commercialising biotech is just a series of steps: why make it sound so hard? Scientist, educator and entrepreneur Dr. Erol Harvey has made significant contributions to Australia through his world-leading export-oriented microfluidic engineering company MiniFAB, his distinguished academic career and his unwavering support for research commercialisation and entrepreneurship. He formed the Small Technologies Cluster, an incubator supporting commercialisation of new high-value medical device technology and has served on many Government and Academy of Technology & Engineering selection panels and working groups. Dr Harvey gained a PhD in Plasma and Laser Physics from Monash University and worked as a researcher in Oxford, UK, before joining his first startup to commercialise laser micromachining. He returned to Australia in 1999 to become a Professor of Microtechnology at Swinburne University and co-founded MiniFAB in 2002. He has served on the Boards of university spin-out companies, ARC Centre of Excellence, Co-Operative Research Centre and membership based Not-for-Profit entities, including MANCEF, a USA-based foundation for the commercialisation of micro and nano technology. In 2018 he was the Clunies Ross award winner for Entrepreneurship. View
12/10/2018 04:00 PM Giving the finger to Parkinson’s disease! Dr Thushara Perera has a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering (Hons) and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), where he won the Tad Szental Prize for best graduating engineer and the Hooper Memorial Prize for best final-year project. Dr Perera completed his PhD in neuroscience and joined the Bionics Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2012. Here, he worked as part of the Bionic Vision team to successfully trial Australia’s first bionic eye. At present, his research focusses on cutting-edge therapies for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Dr Perera’s role in innovation was recognised in 2016 with a prestigious veski Victoria Fellowship. View
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