The new Medical Bionics Department will be located at the Bionics Institute to conduct research and research training. While this new agreement enhances our relationship with the University, it does not change the Bionic Institute’s status as an independent research institute. Our strong links with the Melbourne School of Engineering will continue.
Professor Rob Shepherd, Bionics Institute Director and Head of the newly formed Medical Bionics Department said, “This agreement represents a significant opportunity for both institutions. By working together we will be able to address significant medical and health concerns and achieve outcomes which would potentially not be achievable by either organisation alone. The establishment of this new Department will allow us to build on our existing international reputations by combining our complementary strengths and research capabilities.”
Professor James Angus, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences welcomed the agreement as “further evidence of the close collaboration between biomedicine and engineering in identifying innovative solutions to health challenges”.