​Director's welcome to the Bionics Institute 

Welcome to the Bionics Institute, an independent medical research institute affiliated with the University of Melbourne. 

In 2011 we changed our name from the Bionic Ear Institute to the Bionics Institute to reflect the breadth of our research activities in the field of medical bionics.  

The Institute has three major research themes:  

  • Bionic Hearing – research centred around the development of improved solutions for adults and children with hearing impairments, including new technologies for use in cochlear implants and hearing aids, and the development of novel drug delivery strategies to the inner ear

  • Bionic Vision – a collaboration with our Bionic Vision Australia partners to develop retinal prostheses for patients with severe blindness

  • Neurobionics – the development of implantable devices for the diagnosis and treatment of central nervous system disorders such as treatment-resistant epilepsy, and severe movement disorders and psychiatric conditions

The Bionics Institute is passionate about multidisciplinary research that leads to clinical outcomes that improve lives.  Many of our staff have successfully taken a concept through to clinical application. We also have a great network of very talented collaborators covering clinical research, engineering and the sciences. These activities and outcomes are underpinned by the Institute’s extensive expertise in project management.  

Our other passion is the training and mentoring of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and clinicians working in this exciting field.  If you see opportunities for collaboration or to undertake a higher research degree as you navigate our website, please contact us.

Rob Shepherd

Director, Bionics Institute
Professor of Medical Bionics, University of Melbourne


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OUR VISION is to lead the world in the development of innovative bionic health solutions through research.

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