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Australia launches new research training centre to focus on next-generation bioengineering

Australian Research Council (ARC) has recently launched the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering. Located at the University of Sydney, the Centre aims to focus on advances in important biomedical engineering research, including the development of personalised implant technology.

According to the CEO of ARC Professor Sue Thomas, 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.

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering is established with the aim of producing:

(1)    technologies that enable improved outcomes and cost-efficiencies in the clinical treatment of challenging medical conditions;

(2)    a skilled workforce to further advance the breakthroughs we make in this field; and

(3)    a framework to capture data for improving future generations of technologies and implants.

An integral role of ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres, including the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering, 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 future research leaders in Australia as they work directly with collaborating industry partners on real-world industry challenges.

At the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering, researchers will engineer innovative technologies to personalise orthopaedic implants targeted for the unique biological, physical and lifestyle characteristics of each recipient.

The centre runs a collection of multidisciplinary projects spanning the following themes:

(1)     Diagnostic technologies: to identify the required characteristics of the solution or implant,

(2)     Innovative biomaterials: including materials design and fabrication technologies to meet patient-specific needs.

(3)     Sensor and telemetry technologies: for continuous assessment and optimisation of the healing process while capturing data for refining the technology or implant.

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.

The new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering is receiving A$4.42 million over five years from the Australian Government through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

The Centre is led by Distinguished Professor Hala Zreiqat from the University of Sydney. The Centre will also collaborate with participating organisations, including 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, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Osseointegration Group of Australia.

As reported earlier in late April, Australia also welcomed the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices (AMMD Hub) which focuses on research partnerships that will develop cost-competitive technologies for the rapid production of medical devices to improve health of Australians and grow the country’s medical devices industry. The AMMD Hub is housed at the University of Queensland.

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