Upcoming Events


Guest seminar

There will be two presentations by Prof Kai-Nan An, Professor of Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July 2017.  We are most fortunate to have this great man visit Adelaide who over a lifetime created the modern understanding of biomechanics of the upper limb.

Prof An will be presenting on The Evolution of Biomechanical Assessment of Upper Limb Disorders.  

The details are:

Thursday 27th July 2017  

4.30 - 5pm Coffee and light refreshments
5pm - 6pm  Keynote lecture

Flinders University
Lecture theatre 1
1284 South Road
Tonsley  SA  5042

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Prof An will also be presenting to the MDRI group on ‘How to take concepts to research, then to product development’.  

The details are:

Friday 28th July 2017

1 - 1.45pm - presentation

Flinders University
Lecture theatre 2
1284 South Road
Tonsley  SA  5042

For more information or to register please contact debbie.cocks@flinders.edu.au.













Past Events 


APRIL 2017

Visiting researcher Dr Gianluca Tozzi gave a presentation on his research.  Dr Tozzi is at Flinders for two months to help develop our expertise in Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) and to create international collaborations with the newly formed Zeiss Global Centre at the University of Portsmouth.

Professor Gregory L Alexander from the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri presented on "Designing smart assistive technolgoies for early illness detection in detection in independent living settings". 

MARCH 2017

Open Bio Lab event

The MDRI opened the biomedical engineering and biomechanics labs at the Flinders @ Tonsley campus and invited current undergraduate students to come and tour the labs and talk with postgraduate students and staff about their research.

Following the lab tours there was an opportunity to learn about some of the research projects underway and meet some of our postgraduate students.


Professor Peter J Laz  from the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, University of Denver presented on Extending Subject Specific Biomechanical Models to Populations. 

Noel Chambers from the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation gave a presentation on Strategies for Success: National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation Funds.




Australian Semiconductor Techology Company (ASTC)

ASTC is an Adelaide-based global embedded electronics technology company that possesses a unique set of technology assets and skills, all focused on improving the economics and quality of any embedded electronic system development project.

A presentation was given on the company's products and capabilities. 


Dr David Ackland and Prof Peter Lee from the University of Melbourne gave presentations on their research during a visit to Tonsley.  

- Facing hope with 3D printing: applications in maxillofacial surgery (David Ackland)

- Mechanobiology of Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis (Peter Lee)

JULY 2016

'Collaborate to Innovate' networking event and unveiling of the MTPConnect Hub at Flinders University 

The MDPP held a networking event to hear from past MDPP clients on their experiences and learnings on engaging with a University and how this has influenced the progression of their medical device or assistive technology. The event included the offical unveiling of the MTPConnect hub at Flinders University and provided an opportunity to hear from Sue MacLeman (CEO, MTPConnect) on what is MTPConnect and how its draft "Sector Competitiveness Plan" will boost the competitiveness, productivity and innovative capacity of Australia's Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals sector.

MAY 2016

'Establishing a Sustainable Telehealth Business Model in Australia'.

MDPP clients attended an event which included a presentation by Frost & Sullivan. The presentation was followed by a panel session to specifically discuss 'Ageing and Technology'. The event bought together stakeholders from industry, research, clinical and government, and also provided a unique opportunity to network with delegates from a Finnish Health Tech Business Delegation visiting Adelaide (looking for opportunities/partnerships, and for some, potentially locations to establish regional headquarters).

MARCH 2016

A/Prof Pammi Raghavendra from Disability and Community Inclusion from the School of Health Sciences gave a presentation to share findings from a recently completed research project where young people with disabilities living in rural areas of South Australia were supported to learn to use social media to enhance their social networks.

Prof Tom Chau from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto was in Adelaide as a guest speaker at the 2016 Australasian Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine. 

'Avenues and considerations for entering global markets'. MDPP clients heard some of the lessons learnt, success/perils and experiences from local medical device companies as well as some experts who helped explain some of the considerations and avenues for exporting health technology products overseas.


Dr Noritaka Kawashima from the Research Institute of National Rehabiliation Centre for Persons of Disabilities, Japan gave a presentation on the current projects that his team are working on.