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Professor James Fallon, CTO and Head of Research Operations

Prof James Fallon is Chief Technology Officer and Director of Research Operations at the Bionics Institute, and Head of the Medical Bionics Department, University of Melbourne.

Professor Fallon’s mission is to develop devices that monitor or modulate neural activity for managing health conditions.

He does this by forging expert teams of bioengineers, neuroscientists and clinicians who translate research into clinically meaningful outcomes.

Professor Fallon has two decades of internationally recognized experience with in vivo electrical stimulation and recording, supported by grants totaling over $25 million and commercial research totaling over $5 million.

His work has generated over 100 research publications and more than 10 patent families/applications, including several granted patents under license to medical technology companies.

Most importantly, his research has led to the development of devices/technologies in several clinical trials including for cochlear implants, bionic eyes, deep brain stimulation and inflammatory bowel disease.

Professor Fallon is actively engaged in mentoring and supervision of both students and staff, with a particular emphasis on enabling early- to mid-career researchers to rapidly translate research findings; align with industry standards of device development under the Institute’s ISO 9001 certification; and facilitate progression to first-in-human clinical trials.

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ORCID: 0000-0003-2686-3886

Google Scholar: James Fallon

Top 5 Publications

PR1 Richardson, R.T., Thompson, A.C., Wise, A.K., Ajay, E.A., Gunewardene, N., O’Leary, S.J., Stoddart, P.R., Fallon, J.B. 2021. Viral-mediated transduction of auditory neurons with opsins for optical and hybrid activation. Scientific reports: 11, 11229.

PR2 Payne, SC, Furness, JB, Burns, O, Sedo, A, Hyakumura, T, Shepherd, R & Fallon, JB. 2019. Anti-inflammatory effects of abdominal vagus nerve stimulation on experimental intestinal inflammation. Frontiers in Neuroscience 13, 418.

PR3 pern, M., Fallon, J.B. 2010. Current waveforms for neural stimulation charge delivery with reduced maximum electrode voltage. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering: 57, 2304-12.

PR4 Fallon, J.B., Irvine, D.R.F., Shepherd, R.K. 2009. Cochlear implant use following neonatal deafness influences the cochleotopic organization of the primary auditory cortex in cats. Journal of Comparative Neurology: 512, 101-114.

PR5 Fallon, J.B., Macefield, V.G. 2007. Vibration sensitivity of human muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs. Muscle and Nerve: 36, 21-9.

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