About us Our people Clinical collaborators Associate Professor Peter De Cruz A/Prof Peter De Cruz is one of Australia’s leading inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) specialists; he is the Director of the IBD service at the Austin Hospital and a Senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. A/Prof De Cruz has been highly impressed by the depth and breadth of talent within the Bionics Institute and is excited about the prospect of turning dreams into reality. Research project Crohn's Disease “I feel incredibly privileged to be part of such a fantastic team that has taken a proof-of-concept from pre-clinical research, to a world first-in-human clinical trial to assist Crohn’s disease patients. The Bionics Institute is a unique medical research institute that promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration involving engineers, bench-side researchers and clinicians to help solve very complex clinical problems. The Institute attracts some of the very best and brightest in their respective fields and has provided an open forum to enable its group of clinicians and multi-disciplinary researchers to work together to address questions of unmet need. The environment has been nurtured and developed to propel the academy of health, science and medical research forward to the limits of the imagination.” – A/Prof Peter De Cruz Further information Click here to read A/Prof De Cruz's story.