Dr Matt Petoe is a biomedical engineer with a keen interest in human perception, neuroscience and clinical research. Prior to joining the Bionics Institute in November 2012 he was involved in a number of projects aimed at improving clinical outcomes in different patient groups. Working with the Mater Mothers’ Hospital and The Hear and Say Centre in Brisbane, Matt’s PhD research investigated methods of improving the auditory brainstem response test – a diagnostic test used for neonatal hearing screening and assessing neuropathic hearing loss. His work improved the speed and robustness of the test, and received recognition in awarded patents and the formation of a hearing-screening technology company.

Following his PhD, he took up a Stroke Foundation Research Fellowship (Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand) and oversaw the recruitment and assessment of stroke patients receiving a novel therapy for upper limb impairment. This successful clinical trial demonstrated that ‘priming’ the brain before physiotherapy sessions promotes faster recovery of upper limb function following stroke.

Bringing these prior experiences together, Matt realised an ambition to work at the Bionics Institute and develop medical device technologies. He is currently working within the Bionic Vision research team and integrated a video camera and vision processing with the 24-channel prototype bionic eye during its first clinical trial (2012-2014). He is a chief investigator on an NHMRC project grant that is currently trialling the safety and efficacy of the next generation, wide-view bionic eye.

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Research projects

Bionic eye


Programming cochlear implants

Recent publications

  1. Ayton, L. N., J. F. Rizzo, III, I. L. Bailey, A. Colenbrander, G. Dagnelie, D. R. Geruschat, P. C. Hessburg, C. D. McCarthy, M. A. Petoe, G. S. Rubin, P. R. Troyk, and f. t. H. I. Taskforce. 2020. Harmonization of Outcomes and Vision Endpoints in Vision Restoration Trials: Recommendations from the International HOVER Taskforce. Translational Vision Science & Technology. 9(8): 25-25. doi: 1167/tvst.9.8.25. Full Text

  2. Kvansakul, J., L. Hamilton, L. N. Ayton, C. McCarthy, and M. A. Petoe. 2020. Sensory augmentation to aid training with retinal prostheses. Journal of Neural Engineering. 17(4): 045001. doi: 1088/1741-2552/ab9e1d.

  3. Ayton, L. N., N. Barnes, G. Dagnelie, T. Fujikado, G. Goetz, R. Hornig, B. W. Jones, M. M. K. Muqit, D. L. Rathbun, K. Stingl, J. D. Weiland, and M. A. Petoe. 2019. An update on retinal prostheses. Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 131(6): 1383-1398. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2019.11.029.

  4. Titchener, S. A., L. N. Ayton, C. J. Abbott, J. B. Fallon, M. N. Shivdasani, E. Caruso, P. Sivarajah, and M. A. Petoe. 2019. Head and Gaze Behavior in Retinitis Pigmentosa. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 60(6): 2263-2273. doi: 1167/iovs.18-26121. Full Text

  5. Mao, D., H. Innes-Brown, M. A. Petoe, Y. T. Wong, and C. M. McKay. 2019. Fully objective hearing threshold estimation in cochlear implant users using phase-locking value growth functions. Hearing Research. 377: 24-33. doi: 1016/j.heares.2019.02.013. Full Text

  6. Mao, D., H. Innes-Brown, M. A. Petoe, Y. T. Wong, and C. M. McKay. 2018. Cortical auditory evoked potential time-frequency growth functions for fully objective hearing threshold estimation. Hearing Research. 370: 74-83. doi: 1016/j.heares.2018.09.006.Full Text

  7. Titchener, S. A., M. N. Shivdasani, J. B. Fallon, and M. A. Petoe. 2018. Gaze Compensation as a Technique for Improving Hand-Eye Coordination in Prosthetic Vision. Translational Vision Science & Technology. 7(1): 2. Full Text

  8. Shivdasani, M. N., N. C. Sinclair, L. N. Gillespie, M. A. Petoe, S. A. Titchener, J. B. Fallon, T. Perera, D. Pardinas-Diaz, N. M. Barnes, and P. J. Blamey. 2017. Identification of Characters and Localization of Images Using Direct Multiple-Electrode Stimulation With a Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 58(10): 3962-74. Full Text

  9. Petoe, M. A., C. D. McCarthy, M. N. Shivdasani, N. C. Sinclair, A. F. Scott, L. N. Ayton, N. M. Barnes, R. H. Guymer, P. J. Allen, P. J. Blamey, and Consortium Bionic Vision Australia. 2017. Determining the Contribution of Retinotopic Discrimination to Localization Performance With a Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 58(7): 3231-39. Full Text

  10. Petoe, M. A., and M. N. Shivdasani. 2016. Are long stimulus pulse durations the answer to improving spatial resolution in retinal prostheses? Annals of Translational Medicine. 4(21): 434. Full Text

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