Dr Noel Chambers from the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation presented on how the NFMRI help benefit mankind through the prevention or eradication of diseases. The Foundation offers research grants and seeks to partner with biomedical researchers to identify, evaluate and support innovative and high quality research projects with identified impact objectives.
Dr Chambers presented on the funding available from the NFMRI and how to successfully engage with industry, venture capital and big pharma.
Peter Cripton PhD from the University of British Columbia presented on:
Injury Biomechanics – preventing injuries in the blink of an eye
Injury biomechanics is the field associated with the development and evaluation of safety equipment such as seat belts, airbags, ski bindings and helmets. The design of these devices requires a knowledge of the tolerance (or breaking point) of various tissues and organs of the body such as the brain, skull, facial bones, spinal cord, femoral bone etc. The tissue’s tolerance must be synthesized with the expected loads during a crash, fall or other injurious event in order to conceptualize devices or approaches to prevent the injury from happening.
In this presentation Dr Cripton reviewed the methods and models used in this field and discussed the work in the prevention of spinal column, spinal cord, brain and femur fractures.
Susann Keohane, IBM Global Research Leader for the Ageing Initiative gave a presentation on: Artificial intelligence (AI) is forging a new partnership between humanity and technology.
With AI technology, the trove of data and cognitive powers, we have the capability to meet the needs and quality of life expectations of hundreds of millions of older adults. From healthy aging to chronic diseases, Susann presented the ways that innovative thinking using cognitive AI technology is blazing the trail to deliver new types of products and services to support the world’s aging population.
Dr Kathryn Stok from the University of Melbourne gave a presentation on: "Advances in imaging joint health: a preclinical perspective".
Kathryn's research work merges solid engineering approaches with biological advancement; exploring global health challenges from both a basic science and a technological perspective.
Dr Robert Acres, Industry Support & Outreach Scientist from Australian Synchrotron gave a presentation to MDRI members on: The Australian Synchrotron for Biotech and Medical Devices”.
Dr Acres gave an overview of the facility and showed some examples and case studies of how their capabilities have been applied in the health and biotech sector. He also spoke about the different ways to access the synchrotron and highlight their industry engagement program.
Prof Kai-Nan An, Professor of Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA gave two presentations on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July 2017. Prof An is known to have created the modern understanding of biomechanics of the upper limb.
Prof An presented on 'The Evolution of Biomechanical Assessment of Upper Limb Disorders' and ‘How to take concepts to research, then to product development’.
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".
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)
'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.
'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).
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.