Good Gut Feeling with Ingestible Gas Sensing Capsule

Distinguished Professor Kouroush Kalantar-zadeh
Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors (CADES)
RMIT University

Tuesday 21st March

Starts 6:30 PM
(Networking and refreshments available from 6:00 PM)

Venue: The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA
Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra

All Welcome

Please register below

Abstract and Biograph in the Newsletter


We have developed a novel, low-cost and non-invasive medical device called “human gas sensor capsule” which has applications in diagnostics of gastrointestinal disorders and assessing dietary effects on the gut. The product is a capsule size indigestible electronic device that leaves the body after normal bowel transient. The capsule consists of gas sensors, micro-electronic circuits, small-sized harmless batteries and telecommunication components. The capsule allows for the accurate measurement of the concentrations four vital gases of O2, H2, CO2 and CH4 and also temperature. Intestinal gas profiles are then transmitted to an external small handheld device that communicates with a smart-phone that allows a real-time data display and analysis. We have successfully finished the animal and the first phase of human trials. The outcomes of these trials will be presented in detail in the talk. The outcomes show some extraordinary phenomena that can potentially revolutionise the fields of gastroenterology and food sciences


Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Centre for
Advanced Electronics and Sensors (CADES) at RMIT University, Australia and the node Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET). His research interests include chemical and biochemical sensors, nanotechnology, microsystems, materials science, electronics, gastroenterology, medical devices and microfluidics. Kourosh is the co-author of over 360 peer reviewed and highly cited scientific papers and books. He is the most highly cited academic in the field of electronics in Australia.


Note that attendance will attract 1.5 CPD points for EA members.


The Unicorn Club is next to the MHSOBA Scoreboard in the South-West Corner of the Melbourne High School grounds. Access the grounds from the Alexandra Ave. gate.
Parking is available along the top drive and near the Unicorn Club. The South Yarra station and Toorak tram are a 350m walk down Yarra St.

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
invites everybody to a Special Presentation

Minimally Invasive Wireless Neural Interfaces

Rikky Muller, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  University of California, Berkeley

Monday, 29 May 2017

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm  (refreshments from 5.00pm)  Charles Pearson Theatre  Building 171, Room 132  Parkville VIC 3053

All welcome
Please register by 22 May 2017

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
invites everybody to a Special Presentation

What if... our muscle cells thrive on gold?

Uma Suparamaniam, PhD Candidate
ARC Training Centre in BioDevices, Swinburne University of Technology

Tuesday 27th June
Hawthorn Community Precinct
584 Glenferrie road, Hawthorn VIC 3122

All welcome
Please register below. There are 20 places reserved for you

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
invites Members and Guests to a Special Presentation

Claire Davies
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Queen’s University Kingston Ontario Canada
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Departments of Surgery and Mechanical Engineering
The University of Auckland, NZ
Building and Designing Assistive Technology

Tuesday 18 July 2017
6.00pm (Note early start time)

(Networking and refreshments available from 5.30 PM)

Venue: The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA
Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra

All Welcome

Please register below
Abstract and Biograph in the Newsletter

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
invites you to a Special Event

Phenotyping cardiovascular disease with magnetic resonance methods
— the Oxford experience.

Professor Stefan Neubauer
Head, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Oxford University, United Kingdom

Tuesday 15 August 2017
5.00pm-6.30pm (Note early start time)

AMREP Lecture Theatre
75 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004

All Welcome

Prof Stefan Neubauer FMedSci FRCP

Development and Application of Magnetic Resonance Techniques for Phenotyping of Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical research in this area is carried out on 1.5 and 3T Siemens MR systems  at the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance  Research (link), where we employ state-of-the-art cardiovascular  magnetic resonance methods to assess aspects of cardiac function and  physiology currently inaccessible to conventional imaging methods.  Examples include tissue characterization methods (e.g. T1 mapping),  myocardialoxygenation (BOLD), 4D flow and 7 Tesla human imaging (7T  system installed 9/11). We also apply established CMR techniques to  study novel scientific hypotheses, e.g. in patients with  cardiomyopathies, ischemic heart disease and heart valve disease.  Examples include the development of diagnostic criteria for left  ventricular non-compaction, perfusion abnormalities in hypertrophic  cardiomyopathy, or assessment of irreversible myocardial injury  associated with revascularization (PCI or CABG). Our clinical science  programme is closely integrated with the clinical cardiac CMR service  (link) for the ORH NHS Trust, providing a truly translational research  environment.

State-of-the-art methods for experimental Magnetic  Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy, to non-invasively characterize  experimental models, are being developed at the BHF experimental MR unit (BMRU), co-led by Dr Jürgen Schneider, using a 9.4T high-field Agilent MR system.


Prof. Stefan Neubauer is a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Clinical Director of the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR), and Co-Director of the BHF Experimental MR Unit (Henry Wellcome Building of Genomic Medicine), at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, United Kingdom. Prof. Neubauer’s work over the past 25 years has been devoted to two areas, the development and application of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) imaging and spectroscopy, and the role of cardiac energy metabolism in ischemia and heart failure. He has published >300 original research articles and currently leads a group of ~40 co-workers. Editorial positions andcontributions to scientific bodies include his involvement with theSociety for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (President 2006-2008), Chairman of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (2008-2010), Associate Editor of the European Heart Journal and of the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance,Co-Editor of Magnetic Resonance Materials. Awards and Honours include the American Heart Association Paul Dudley White International Lectureship Award 2005 and the British Cardiovascular Society Thomas Lewis Lecture 2008. He is a fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. He is also the leader of the Heart Theme for the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
invites you to a Special Event
Clinical Engineering in the
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Speaker – Prem Krishnan
Chief Biomedical Engineer
Physical Sciences Department
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Tuesday 19 September 2017

5.30 Start

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
305 Grattan St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Numbers are limited to 20 members by Registration
Meet near Ground Floor Reception VCCC
Registration is now closed. All registrants will be notified by email
Abstract and Biograph in the Newsletter

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
and the EA Risk Engineering Society, Vic
invite you to
Avoiding Risk of Failures & Maximising Patient Safety - 
Engineering Lessons For Clinical Applications

Bill Contoyannis
Manager/Rehabilitation Engineer,

Tuesday 21 November 2017

6.30pm Start
(Networking and refreshments available from 6:00pm)

Venue: The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA
Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra

All Welcome. This is a joint meeting for RES and SMBE

Members of the Safety Institute of Australia are invited

The aim of this lecture is to highlight issues that govern aspects of clinical & technical technology failures particularly in relation to technology that goes "home" with the patient by looking at a range of incidents and statistics. 

By understanding  what went wrong which led to these incidents, patient safety can be maximised and failures can be minimised. 

Further, we will consider the practical management aspects of implementing "safe" processes from hazard identification, risk assessment, the controls which are put in place and all of the procedures which are defined and adopted.

This also outlines practices that will help you avoid litigation and is part of the overall quality process that is in place to ensure the best outcomes.

NAME:BILL CONTOYANNIS, Rehabilitation Engineer
•Manager, REHABTECH, (Prosthetics, Orthotics and Assistive Technology consulting services)
•Forensic Engineer, Dohrmann Consulting (Consulting Engineers  & Ergonomists)
•Rehabilitation Engineer, Melbourne Health, Monash Health Wheelchair and Seating Programs

Bill Contoyannis,
Bill is a senior forensic engineer with Mark Dohrmann and Partners Pty Ltd conducting investigations and providing expert advice .  He was instrumental in the setting up of REHAB TECH, a Prosthetics, Orthotics and Assistive Technology consulting service and research unit originally at Australia’s Monash University’s Centre for Biomedical Engineering and now a private entity.
He is a qualified rehabilitation Engineer with a degree in Mechanical engineering and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering and is an adviser to health departments, professional organisations and support associations throughout Australia.
He has been involved in a broad range of rehabilitation and assistive technology areas and has contributed to the field area of prosthetics for over twenty five years and with a range of activities including incident investigation, education, research, advice and clinical support.
He managed and conducted technical failure investigations on behalf of a nation-wide reporting scheme for over ten years. As part of this work he conducted formal training courses worldwide in patient safety, failures of assistive technology devices and litigation avoidance, and material science relating to the fabrication of artificial limbs, orthopaedic devices, wheelchairs and other assistive technology.
He is a co-author of Chapter 3 - Material Science, AAOS Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices, (Fourth Edition).
Bill has extensive experience in:
•The materials used in prosthetics and orthotics and the engineering and science applicable to their application.
•the investigation of incidents, injuries and component or product failures.
•the establishment of inspection intervals and equipment management schemes for the determination of life cycle and safe use analysis.
•liaison between clients, lawyers (attorneys) and the statutory bodies such as the Therapeutic Devices Branch, (Australia’s FDA) as well as expert advice at trial.


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SMBE Victoria Inc.

Notice of

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 21 November 2017

7.45 Start
(Follows Scientific Presentation)

Venue: The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA
Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra