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Mr Michael Warburton

Michael began his PhD studies with the Bionics Institute in June 2020, after completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Honours) at RMIT University Melbourne in 2019.

Michael’s PhD focuses on the investigation of a recently discovered neural signal found within a small structure in the brain, the Subthalamic Nucleus. By understanding the characteristics of this signal we may enable its use in the control of deep brain stimulation devices that adapt to patient needs.

Michael is fascinated by brain computer interfaces, particularly those used to treat and grow our understanding of neurological and psychiatric conditions. With origins tied to the invention of the Cochlear implant and continued expansion across the field of medical bionics, Michael saw joining the Bionics Institute as an opportunity he couldn’t miss.

Michael is hoping to improve outcomes for Parkinson’s disease patients receiving deep brain stimulation therapy by making a valuable contribution to the knowledge and tools available to clinicians.

As a student within the Bionics Institute I have been surrounded by a wealth of expertise from clinicians, scientists and engineers, all of whom are passionate to pass on their knowledge and help me succeed. Michael Warburton

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