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The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
invite you to
Optocapacitive Stimulation of Neurons: A new pathway in neuroscience

Professor Paul Stoddart

 Director, ARC Training Centre in Biodevices, Swinburne University of Technology

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Starts 6:30 PM

(Networking and refreshments available from 6:00 PM)

Venue: The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA

Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra
See special car parking arrangements below

Please register below

All welcome

Abstract and Biograph in the Newsletter


Emerging techniques for the optical stimulation of nerves are having a major impact in neuroscience, providing new ways to study the nervous system and influence its function. While techniques based on optogenetics and photoactive molecules require the introduction of exogenous light responsive materials, it is known that neurons can also be stimulated directly by the transient heating associated with the absorption of infrared light by water. However, all of these techniques are limited by the penetration depth of the visible or infrared wavelengths in tissue. Gold nanoparticles with a plasmon absorption peak in the near-infrared transmission window of tissue have been used to improve the efficiency of infrared neural stimulation. Gold nanorods were stabilized by the addition of a polyelectrolyte layer or a silica shell. After incubation with the coated particles, NG108-15 neuronal cells showed good preservation of proliferation and cell membrane integrity. When spiral ganglion neurons were cultured with the nanorods and exposed to 780 nm light, patch clamp experiments exhibited action potentials. These results demonstrate that nanorod absorbers can enhance the process of infrared neural stimulation, suggesting potential future applications in neural prostheses.

Paul Stoddart graduated with BSc (Honours) in physics and PhD in laser spectroscopy from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. After working on industry-focused surface science and microanalysis problems in a national lab for three years, he joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2001. He is currently the Director of Swinburne’s Australian Research Council Training Centre in Biodevices, which received the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Award in 2014. As a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne, his research interests include applied optics, biophotonics and medical devices, with a particular focus in the areas of optical nerve stimulation, optical fibre sensors and Raman spectroscopy.

Change of Date and Location
The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
invites you to the March Meeting
Wednesday 21 March 2018
at The Austin Hospital Heidelberg.

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

Martin Kiernan
Clinical Director of GAMA Healthcare
Dr Guy Braverman
Managing Director GAMA Healthcare Ltd

Education Precinct Lecture Theatre
Level 4 Austin Tower, Austin Hospital,
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg Victoria 3084
6.30 pm (6.00 Networking)

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.

Dr Guy Braverman

Dr Guy Braverman is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of GAMA Healthcare Ltd, the manufacturers of Clinell. Guy was a medical doctor at the Royal Free NHS Hospital in London when his passion in microbiology lead him to identify the need for a product that both cleans and disinfects. This idea started GAMA and the creation of the Clinell Universal Wipes. Guy‪s passion for research and innovation have seen GAMA at the forefront on infection prevention and control and collaborating on several exciting research projects with Universities.

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The coming week (16-20 April 2018) is crowded with events in the Biomedical Science spectrum so the Society has cancelled the April meeting (Tuesday 17 April) and leaves the week to our noted associates. The following events are available for your interest. Registration is required.

17 April- In The Know: Darren Kelly by Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering
Date and Time:Tue. 17 April 2018 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm AEST
Location Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, 792 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000

18 April-  The latest in stroke research
Date  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AEST)
Location The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health 30 Royal Parade Parkville, VIC 3052 Australia
Organised by The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

And for the Cybernauts:
16 April- Melbourne Crypto and Blockchain Convention 2018 by Wholesale Investor
Date and Time: Mon. 16 April 2018 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Location: CQ Functions, Room 1, 2 and 3, 113 Queen Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
Note that the  Melbourne Crypto and Blockchain Convention is a commercial event and may involve a sales approach.

The Convergence Science Network is hosting the following talk. This talk is reported to be full but there may be vacancies.

19 April Heart Matters - Technologies for Treating the Failing Heart Professor Ulrich Steinseifer
Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm.
Venue: Auditorium The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity 792 Elizabeth Street Melbourne 3000

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria has invited two noted speakers from the
30th Annual SMBE (NSW) Inc. Biomedical Engineering Training Seminar and Conference,
held in Tweed Heads Australia between 25th to 28th March 2018,
to talk to the Society in May and June.

15 May 2018

 Medical IT Training Simulator
 Cybersecurity of medical devices
 Simon Cowley, RoyalMelbourne Hospital

Abstract and Biography in the Newsletter


May Meeting - A Double Feature
Medical IT Training Simulator and Medical Device Cybersecurity

Medical IT Training Simulator

Healthcare organisations have a number of medical IT systems (such as physiological monitoring systems) that demand highly skilled biomedical engineers/technicians to support. The training simulator provides an environment for biomedical engineers/technicians (BMEs/BMETs) to develop skills on these complex medical IT systems in a controlled and measureable environment. Similar to clinical simulation environments, this training simulator can be used to train BMEs/BMETs on realistic scenarios for medical IT systems, such a system failures, hardware faults, along with cybersecurity incident response and recovery.
The simulator recently received an Australian Biomedical Engineering Innovations Award (ABEIA)

Medical Device Cybersecurity

Medical device cybersecurity is a risk to the safe, effective and secure use of medical devices in healthcare. Compromised medical devices can impact the capacity of a healthcare organisation to perform its primary business functions, caring for and treating patients. In addition, healthcare organisations have a wealth of sensitive data, highly sought after by criminal elements, which leads them to be a favourable target. Collaboration, a whole-of-business strategy and effective controls are essential to mitigate the cybersecurity risk of medical devices.

This presentation will provide an overview of the common vulnerabilities for medical devices, that if exploited, could result in a cyber incident. A list of effective cybersecurity controls, which align well with medical device manufacturer and regulatory requirements, will also be presented.

Simon Cowley is Acting Manager – Clinical Engineering Department at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). Simon has extensive experience in healthcare technology management, specialising in medical IT and medical device cybersecurity. Simon also holds certifications in PRINCE2 project management and Cybersecurity. Currently employed at RMH for 10 years, Simon has previously worked in biomedical engineering for other Victorian healthcare organisations and biomedical service companies. Simon also has extensive experience from the industrial control system (ICS) sector prior to moving into healthcare.

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria has invited two noted speakers from the
30th Annual SMBE (NSW) Inc. Biomedical Engineering Training Seminar and Conference,
held in Tweed Heads Australia between 25th to 28th March 2018,
to talk to the Society in May and June.

 EVE: A platform to support expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy journey
 Transforming Healthcare With Blockchain Technology

 Josh Farrington,
Innovation Manager, CabriniTechnology

Tuesday19 June 2018

Starts 6:30 PM

(Networking and refreshments available from 6:00 PM)

Venue: The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA

Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra

Please register below on Eventbrite

All welcome

June Meeting

Eve  A platform designed to enhance the pregnancy experience for expectant mothers

Expectant mothers are often overwhelmed by the abundance of information made  available to them. Eve has been designed to serve as a single source of  truth by providing evidence based content to expectant mothers in a form which is easy to navigate, always available and tailored to the mother’s pregnancy. The tablet  based application provides users with access to a variety of tools to  monitor the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby, and transmits this data back to the hospital midwives in real time via the Midwife Portal. Eve has recently been piloted at Cabrini  Hospital with a high level of success.

This project was submitted to the Australian Biomedical Engineering Innovation Awards, winning 2nd prize. The ABEIA link is:

Discussion - Transforming Healthcare¬ With Blockchain Technology

The Technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has the  potential to transform many aspects of healthcare including the way we  capture, store and report on patient data, manage the hospital supply chain and operate clinical trials.  Smart contracts in healthcare will enable further automation and will  play a role in reducing administration expenditure. We’ll cover off the  fundamentals of blockchain technology and explore some of the innovative use cases in health.

Josh Farrington has a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering (with a  major in Biomedical Engineering) and an MBA. He has been with Cabrini  Technology Group for over 12 years, during which time he has worked in a variety of technical, consulting and operations management roles in the biomedical field. He has recently moved into the role of Innovation  Manager, which sees him apply his diverse skillset to develop technology based solutions capable of augmenting existing models of care.


The Committee of the SMBE Victoria has invited an International Speaker to the Special July meeting next Tuesday 10 July to talk about Real World Engineering

 Humanitarian Engineering

Sarah Davies
 Humanitarian Aid in the World
Chemical Engineer

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Starts 6:30 PM

(Networking and refreshments available from 6:00 PM)

Venue: The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA

Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra

Please register below on Eventbrite

All welcome

Abstract and Biography in the Newsletter


July Meeting
Abstract and Bio

Sarah Davies is a chemical engineer with extensive experience in the delivery of humanitarian aid in countries recovering from disaster or conflict. Sarah initially spent 10 years working in water and sanitation in the private sector and made the switch to the humanitarian sector 14 years ago working in some 20 countries since. Most recently she has been involved in the response to the movement of the Rohingya population from Myanmar to Bangladesh and completed assignments in North Korea and Syria.

Applying her skills as an engineer Sarah has worked to improve the health of communities through better water supply, sanitation and hygiene through interventions ranging from building simple pit latrines in remote locations through to working on a larger scale with municipal service providers installing mechanical pumps and repair of sewerage networks.

Sarah has used her engineering training not only in the applied sense of finding technical solutions but more importantly understanding how to work with people within different cultures and contexts to ensure interventions are appropriate and sustainable.

Sarah will talk about her experiences and in particular the way her engineering training and experience prepared her for her roles in international aid organisations which has at times extended way beyond her initial ideas of what engineers can contribute.

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