November 2011

Karen Reynolds elected as Fellow of ATSE

Professor Karen Reynolds has been elected as a 2011 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

"It is an enormous honour to be recognised in this way by my peers", said Professor Reynolds.

This recognition follows a number of other recent achievements by Professor Reynolds, who was also last year's Australian Professional Engineer of the Year.

For more information, please refer to an article in The Australian.   

Professor Michael Bull finalist for Scientist of the Year

FMDAT associate member, Professor Michael Bull has been named as one of the four finalists for the title of Scientist of the Year in the South Australian Science Excellence Awards.

This is a fantastic achievement and is due recognition for an outstanding career which spans more than three decades.

The South Australian Science Excellence Awards' Scientist of the Year recognises those who have demonstrated excellence in a field of science or technology and who have made a major contribution of national and international standing in their field of research.

More than just fun and games

Indaily, October 6 2011

Computer games can produce hours of endless fun, but for children with physical disabilities the simple joystick could significantly improve their everyday lives.

The previously unexplored benefits of using 'haptic' gaming to restore tactile sensory loss - specifically in the hands of children with cerebral palsy - is the focus of a world-first study led by researchers at Flinders University.

For more information, refer to the full article on Indaily.

28 September 2011

Robot brings 3D to study of joints

A new robot developed by Flinders University engineers is poised to revolutionise the way we study the performance of normal and diseased joints and their artificial replacements by simulating joint motion. 

The Hexapod Robot (pictured) - the most advanced of its kind in the world and the only one of its kind in Australia - was launched at Flinders University on Tuesday 27 September. 

To read the full news release click here.

Download the Hexapod Robot flyer (PDF 422KB)  for more information about the Hexapod Robot, including specifications.


Member Grant Successes

Congratulations to the following members who have been successful in securing the following grants:


  • Associate Professor Peter Catcheside et al: The clinical effectiveness of a simple new treatment for supine-dependent obstructive sleep apnoea ($512,776)

ARC Linkage

  • Professor Michael Bull et al: Conservation management of the endangered Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard ($510,000)
  • Dr Melanie Swalwell with Dr Denise deVries et al: Play it again: creating a playable history of Australasian digital games, for industry, community and research purposes ($186,000)

ARC Discovery

  • Professor Leon Lack et al: Biological and behavioural rhythms of Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder ($205,000)

Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation (CRF)

Women's and Children's Hospital Research Foundation

  • Dr Ray Russo with Mr David Hobbs and Professor Karen Reynolds et al: Determining the prevalence of sensory dysfunction in the hands of children with Cerebral Palsy ($45,300).  Click here for more information about this project.


26 August 2011

David Hobbs beats pressure of the egg timer

Congratulations to Mr David Hobbs (PhD Candidate and FMDAT member) on winning the final stage of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition at Flinders University.

One of eight students who took part in Friday's final, David won first prize for his presentation on his project which looks at haptic gaming to help children with cerebral palsy.

David will travel to Perth next month to take part in the Australia and New Zealand grand final of the 3MT competition.

For more information and to see the list of finalists click here.

19 July 2011

'Opportunities for innovation in medical device development from across the world'

On Tuesday 19th July, the MDPP held a free networking breakfast, 'Opportunities for innovation in medical device development from across the world'.  Current Adelaide Thinker in Residence Prof Göran Roos was the guest speaker and provided a comprehensive presentation about the future for medical device development in South Australia.  With 70 attendees from industry, government and research institutions, the breakfast provided a great opportunity to gain a broad perspective of medical development in a manufacturing context.

Please click here to download a copy of the Medical Devices (PDF 2MB)  presentation by Prof Roos.


27 June 2011

L-R: K Pope, S Randhawa, K Reynolds & D Hobbs
L-R: K Pope, S Randhawa, K Reynolds & D Hobbs
ALTC Citations a ringing endorsement of teaching at Flinders

Congratulations to Prof. Karen Reynolds, Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Pope, Sherry Randhawa and David Hobbs on their outstanding achievement on being awarded the ALTC Citation - For teaching, supporting and inspiring students to learn, innovate and succeed as professional biomedical engineers. A special thanks to Kate Deller-Evans for her contributions in preparing the submission.

This is a fitting reflection of the hard work, dedication and commitment shown by all.

Overall, Flinders University received nine citations - equal first with Deakin.

For more information, please refer to the Flinders News item.


15 June 2011

Medical Device Commericialisation: European Strategies for Growth

On Wednesday 15 June, the Department of Trade and Economic Development - in conjunction with the MDPP, Australian Institute of Commercialisation and AusMedtech – hosted a free presentation with guest speaker, Mr Peter Feuereisel.

Peter is a biomedical engineer with significant worldwide medical device commercialisation experience.

In his presentation, Peter introduced some successful European commercialisation models and clusters, and provided advice on how to export to Europe and how to make use of Intellectual Property as a source of ideas.

Currently in Australia, he is on an exchange program, working with the AIC for the next 6 months.

To download a copy of his IP PowerPoint presentation, please visit the DTED website

27 May 2011

Open Biomedical Engineering Lab

Approximately 30 undergraduate engineering students from Flinders University attended this event, kindly sponsored by Engineers Australia. There were a number of biomedical engineering research projects on display, and current Higher Degree Research students and staff were available to demonstrate and discuss them with the undergraduates. This was a great opportunity for students to see the real life applications of biomedical engineering and interact with some of the more 'hands on' projects (such as the medical training simulators). It is proposed that similar events be held annually to showcase some of the cutting edge and real life engineering projects that members of FMDAT are working on. 


13th May 2011

Shopping Simulator

A Shopping Simulator, developed by the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care, was launched by the Minister for Ageing, Jennifer Rankine on Friday 13th June. The prototype simulator allows patients to move through a virtual supermarket to demonstrate whether they are capable of undertaking the everyday task of supermarket shopping.

To view the press release click here.

To watch a short video by Indaily News click here.


29 March 2011

DTED launch new Commercialisation Program for SA Medical Device Companies

The Medical Device Commercialisation Program (MDCP) is a $500,000 per annum, competitive commercialisation program funded by the South Australian Government, through the Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED).

For more information about the grants available, please refer to the MDPP website.


14 February 2011

FMDAT Research Showcase

Over 80 people from Industry, Government, external research organisations and Flinders University attended this showcase event to learn about some exciting medical device research and collaboration opportunities with Flinders.  Guest speaker, Dr. Jeff Armitstead, ResMed, provided an interesting insight into the beginnings and recent developments of ResMed.

A special 'thank you' to Jeff and also to our event sponsor, National Instruments for their contribution.