Medical Bionics: An interdisciplinary approach – Bionics Institute

Medical Bionics: An interdisciplinary approach

Video of Bionics Institute Director, Prof Rob Shepherd’s presentation about the bionic eye prototype being developed for those with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited form of blindness.

On May 29, The University of Wollongong hosted an independently organised TEDx event which brought together leaders in the field of medical bionics in Australia to speak to an invited audience of 100 people from all walks of life.

Dr Robyn Williams, science journalist and broadcaster, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and introduced speakers to discuss advances in medical bionics from various points of views.

Bionics Institute Director, Prof Rob Shepherd spoke of the bionic eye prototype being developed for those with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited form of blindness.

Professor Mark Cook, an epilepsy expert from St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow of the Institute, spoke of advances in epilepsy treatments and the use of implants to predict and halt seizures (video link).

Prof Gordon Wallace from the hosting University spoke of the advances in nanotechnology and new conductive materials that hold great promise for the next generation of medical bionic devices (video link).

Sue Young spoke of her hearing loss in childhood, and after using hearing aids for many years her life-changing decision to receive bilateral cochlear implants (video link).

Photos from the TEDxUWollongong event

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