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Interested in discovering more about the Bionics Institute and how you can support our research?

Our fundraisers and Ambassadors are fundamental to supporting our research.

Get involved by raising awareness about bionics research through your club, school or workplace. We can organise an inspirational speaker from The Bionics Institute come and present to your group.

The Bionics Institute has a dedicated team of Ambassadors (volunteers who are cochlear implant recipients or parents of children with cochlear implants) who are passionate and keen to share their story with you and tell you more about the vital biomedical research being done by The Bionics Institute.

Call for research participants (February 2018)

Are you the parent or guardian of a child between the ages of 2 months and 5 years?

We are seeking children in this age group, with normal hearing, to participate in a research project that aims to improve the early language development in children born with a hearing loss.

We are using a new child-friendly optical imaging technique to study how the brain in a child responds to sounds and how it develops over time to support language development. The imaging system (see picture) consists of a cap that has little light sources and detectors, which the child wears while listening to sounds or watching a video.

As a participant, you and your child would attend the Bionics Institute (384 Albert St, East Melbourne) for one to three imaging sessions of about 2 hours duration. Your child will have a free hearing test and, if appropriate, a language assessment. Your travel expenses to the Bionics Institute will be reimbursed.

If you would like more information about the project, contact Virginia Olivares directly at the Bionics Institute on 9667 7522

Or email Professor Colette McKay or Virginia Olivares oncmckay@bionicsinstitute.org  or vroncagliolo@bionicsinstitute.org

How you can help

There are many ways you can support the Bionics Institute.

Our volunteer ambassadors love to share their stories of how the Cochlear Implant has changed their lives, or their children’s lives.They are available to speak at your community club or group meeting. Meet some of these amazing people whose lives have been changed by medical bionics and listen to their story.

Secondary school students can get involved by having a free dress day with a gold coin donation for the Instutute. 

If you have a cochlear implant or other bionic device, you can share your life-changing story of medical bionics by becoming an Ambassador.You can also register your interest to participate in our hearing research.

To book an Ambassador speaker for your school, group, or club, please complete this form and send it to pr@bionicsinstitute.org or call 03 9667 7507.






Why we need you

Australian health and medical research is world-class, with successes such as the cochlear implant, Gardasil vaccine, and 'spray-on skin', to name just a few.

However, Australia's funding of health research and development lags behind many other western nations.  

With NHMRC government grant success rates falling below 12 percent, there is a greater need for additional funding including philanthropic contributions. 

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