31 May 2018

New research training centre to focus on next-generation bioengineering devices

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the launch of a new Industrial Transformation Training Centre that will focus on advances in important biomedical engineering research, including the development of personalised implant technology.

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering was opened at The University of Sydney today.

The new Training Centre, led by Distinguished Professor Hala Zreiqat, is receiving $4.42 million over five years from the Australian Government through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

Professor Thomas said the Training Centre is supporting the next generation of biomedical engineers to meet Australia’s future health challenges.

“This new Training Centre aims to produce skilled graduates who will be ready to overcome industry-focused challenges in musculoskeletal regeneration,” said Professor Thomas.

“Tangible outcomes of the Training Centre will include the development of next-generation implants, such as embedded bioelectronic sensors to assess and optimise the healing process.

“Researchers will engineer innovative technologies to personalise orthopaedic implants targeted for the unique biological, physical and lifestyle characteristics of each recipient.

“An integral role of ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres is to provide the opportunity for early career researchers to gain experience in a real-world industry setting, within a highly driven research environment.

“This Training Centre will train our future research leaders, as they work directly with collaborating industry partners on real-world industry challenges.”

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering will be led by The University of Sydney, who will collaborate with participating organisations: The University of New South Wales; Swinburne University of Technology; University of Technology Sydney; Harvard University, USA; Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer; Peter Brehm GmbH; TI2 Medical Pty Ltd; Allegra Orthopaedics Limited; Osseointegration International Pty Ltd; Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; and Osseointegration Group of Australia.

For more information about the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme, please visit the ARC website.

Media contact: ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au