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The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to

2019 Program Planning Meeting
Tuesday 15 January 2019

6.30pm (1830 AEDT)

Venue: The Tower Hotel Bistro
686 Burwood Rd HAWTHORN EAST

The Tower Hotel and the Bistro are centrally located in Hawthorn East on the corner of Burwood Road and Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East.
There is adequate free parking after 6.00pm beside the hotel and the Auburn Station is 5-10 minutes walk.
Please join us for this important meeting.r

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to

Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices

A/Prof Graeme D Rathbone
Neurobionics Project Manager
Bionics Institute, East Melbourne, Australia.

This talk will be followed by an introduction to wine appreciation
incorporating some Yarra Valley tastings to round out the session

Tuesday 19 February 2019
6.30pm (1830 AEDT) Network from 6.00pm

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

The Society for Medical and Biological Engineering Victoria Inc
February 2019 Scientific Meeting

Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices

Abstract:  The Bionics Institute has a 35 year history of high-level research and has developed a commercial outlook via contract research. More recently the BI embarked on the design and development of implantable (Class III) medical devices and the associated manufacturing pathways. 

In the medical devices world there has been substantial growth in the field of "Neuromodulation". This is an expensive business requiring relevant research skills, proof of concept, pre-clinical trials, device manufacture and clinical trials capability. Interested groups need to understand the regulatory compliance ecosystem including quality management systems, relevant international standards together with the complexities of manufacturing devices suitable for human implantation. 

This creates an opportunity for the Bionics Institute to offer an advisory service to groups who are interested in commercializing their research in this field but may not have either the resources or experience to do so. 

This seminar, "Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices" will discuss how this can be achieved from our position in Australia.

Bio:  Graeme has worked in the private, public and academic sectors. He has lectured in biomedical engineering, control systems, design and development; initially at RMIT then LaTrobe University and (p/t) at the University of Melbourne. He held various academic management positions. He has undertaken neuro-stimulation research at the Bionics Institute over the last 12 years including supervision of Masters and PhD students. Since retiring from LaTrobe University six years ago he has worked part-time for the Bionics Institute as well as Blamey-Saunders Hearing, managing the development of new projects. Research included Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI), Bionic vision (BI - BVA) and recently the Bionics Institute's minimally invasive implantable epilepsy monitor, Epi-Minder.

In 1996 Graeme and his brother established Yering Station Winery in the Yarra Valley and in 2005 Graeme purchased the Diamond Valley Vineyards brand in the Yarra Valley. Predominately a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer the current releases are a fine collection of elegant, restrained and expressive cool-climate wines of quality.

Graeme will deliver a short expose on wine appreciation with some samples from his winery available to try.

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to

Technologies for Treating the Failing Heart

Professor Ulrich Steinseifer
Professor of Medical Engineering
Monash Institute of Medical Engineering and
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University,
Department of Cardiovascular Engineering
Helmholtz Institute of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Tuesday 19 March 2019
6.30pm (1830 AEDT) Network from 6.00pm

The Royal Women’s Hospital
Seminar Room 7A 7B Seventh Floor (Level 7)
20 Flemington Road Parkville 3025

Please register below All welcome
Abstract and Biograph in the Newsletter

The Society for Medical and Biological Engineering Victoria Inc
March 2019 Scientific Meeting

Technologies for Treating the Failing Heart
Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, currently claiming more than 17 million lives a year. By 2030, it is even expected that almost 24 million people will die from CVDs, mainly from heart disease and stroke. The largest percentage increase will occur in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The largest increase in number of deaths will occur in the South-East Asia Region.
The most important behavioural risk factors of heart disease and stroke are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use. They are responsible for about 80% of coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.

As of today, several treatment options are available for cardiovascular diseases, ranging from effective and inexpensive medication to complex surgical procedures requiring medical devices, such as stents, heart valve prostheses, cardiac assist devices or even total artificial hearts.

The presentation will provide an overview over the current technologies of such medical devices, particularly for supporting the circulatory system once the heart is failing. It will also address major research challenges related to their development and application.

Professor Steinseifer holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany. During his professional career, he held various positions in the medical device industry, ranging from Project Manager at the largest German hospital supplier (B. Braun Melsungen AG) to Director and CEO of a German, French and US based start-up enterprise (Triflo Medical Inc). In addition, he made successful use of his industrial experience as a freelance consultant and entrepreneurial coach, and (co-)founded seven start-up companies in the field of medical devices and engineering services.

He is now Professor of Medical Engineering at the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, and he also heads the Department of Cardiovascular Engineering at the Helmholtz Institute of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to a Special Event

Risks from pathogens in healthcare environments – Where does decontamination come in?

Martin Kiernan
Clinical Director of GAMA Healthcare

Thursday 28 March 2019

6.00pm at The Royal Women’s Hospital
Conference Room A Ground Floor (Level G)

20 Flemington Road Parkville 3025

Risks from pathogens in healthcare environments – Where does decontamination come in?

Environmental risks from pathogens associated with healthcare-acquired infections
Whose job is it to decontaminate?
How can the environment and multi-patient devices be made safe for the next patient?
Challenges in decontamination and materials compatibility
The importance of collaboration between users and manufacturers of devices and decontamination systems.
Martin Kiernan

Martin has worked in infection prevention and control for 27 years in a variety of settings. He is a Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Richard Wells Research Centre at the University of West London and Clinical Director of GAMA Healthcare, where he is responsible for clinical research and education. Prior to this he was Nurse Consultant and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in the North-West of England.

Martin has been a member of the Department of Health (England) advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance, prescribing and healthcare-associated infection for the past ten years, is past president of the Infection Prevention Society and has led the scientific committee for the Healthcare Infection Society international conferences in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

His research interests centre on environmental hygiene, surveillance and urinary catheter-associated infections. He has presented at many international conferences, has published over 50 papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to a Special Event

A New Frontier: 3D Printing in Medicine and Surgery

Dr Jason Chuen
Director of Vascular Surgery at Austin Health
Director of the Austin Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory

Tuesday 16 April 2019

6.00pm at The Royal Children’s Hospital
Health Education Learning Precinct (HELP) Area 36

50 Flemington Road Parkville 3025

A New Frontier: 3D Printing in Medicine and Surgery
As disruptive technologies sweep across our  current medical landscape, significant challenges are posed to  clinicians, scientists, patients, regulators and the broader public as  they struggle to keep up with the rate of change. This presentation seeks to highlight the key innovations currently impacting healthcare and  society as a whole, and raise the necessary questions we should be  asking ourselves in order for humanity to keep up with the ever changing landscape of technological innovation. We share our experiences of  being at the forefront of some of these technologies through the Austin  Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory's journey and future directions.
Jason is a Clinical Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences based at the Austin Hospital Department of Surgery. He is a Specialist Vascular Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Jason is Director of Vascular Surgery at Austin Health and is also the Director of the Austin Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory, formed in collaboration with The University of Melbourne Department of Mechanical Engineering. His many community and clinical governance roles include being past-chair of the RACS Victorian Regional Committee, Councilor to AMA Victoria, membership of advisory committees to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and President of the Australian Chinese Medical Association of Victoria. Jason maintains a strong interest in multiculturalism, diversity, safety and quality in healthcare, surgical education, simulation and training, as well as systems innovation and medical device development.  

 Can we now mimic brain function?
Professors Madhu Bhaskaran and Sharath Sriram
Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group
RMIT University.

Monday 20 May 2019

Venue: Auditorium, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Time:6.00pm - 7.00pm

Please register at the Convergence Science Network

All welcome, limited spaces

Can we now mimic brain function?
Professors Madhu Bhaskaran and Sharath Sriram

Professors Madhu Bhaskaran and Sharath Sriram, run an  electronics and materials research centre at RMIT. They will share how  they are creating and using advanced nanoscale, flexible electronics  technologies to mimic brain function, create wearable patches that  monitor UV and dangerous gases. They will also discuss their  collaboration with an industry partner, Sleeptite, where advanced sensor technologies are used for aged care applications.

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