Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newsletter. April 2017

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The 2017 meetings of the Society will be held at The Unicorn Club in the grounds of Melbourne High School on Alexandra Avenue. The Unicorn Club is the Function Venue for the Melbourne High School Old Boys Association(MHSOBA). The Club has modern facilities, great accommodation and a cash bar with reasonable prices.
Entry is from Alexandra Ave. by vehicle or from Yarra St. through the pedestrian gate. Parking is near the Club or along the main drive in front of the main building.
Starting time is 6.30pm (1830). Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.

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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.

Prof Rikky Muller

Smart and connected medical implants are the next frontier in the Internet of Things (IoT) and  are set to revolutionize healthcare.For example Brain Machine Interface (BMI) systems have enabled control of artificial limbs through electronic signals recorded from the brain, providing  hope for patients with spinal cord injuries. However, today’s large and wired neural interfaces require substantial improvements in size, safety and longevity to transition from research labs  to clinical practice. In this talk, I will discuss how integrated circuit and microsystem‐based  implants greatly reduce size, infection risk and surgical complications, while enabling a lifetime  of safe chronic use.

Rikky Muller is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the  University of California, Berkeley.
She is Co‐director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center,a Core  Member of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses. She is also the Co‐founder of Cortera  Neurotechnologies, Inc a medical device company founded in 2013 where she previously held positions  as CEO and CTO.She specializes in the research and commercialization of miniaturized implantable  medical devices for neurological applications.    Prof Muller received her BS and MS degrees from MIT and her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley all in EECS. After  her graduate studies, she was a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer of Electrical and Electronic  Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Prior to her Ph.D. she worked as an integrated circuit designer  at Analog Devices, Inc. Prof. Muller was named one of MIT Technology Review's top 35 global innovators  under the age of 35 (TR35) in 2015, and one of MedTech Boston's top 40 healthcare innovators Under 40  in 2016. In 2017, she received the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lectureship and the ChanZuckerberg Biohub Investigatorship.


The Committee for 2017 are:




David Mason


David Smith


Robert Barnett


Lisa Karpinski

Medical Graduate


Non-Medical Hospital Staff

Rebecca Bailey

Educational Establishment

Paul Junor

Commercial Establishment

Dani Forster

Scientific Establishment

Darren Freeman

Student Member

Natalie Rode

General Committee

Scott Wade

Jono Nevile

Ewe-Jin Cheah

Jaimee Mayne
Leon Alexander

Immediate Past President

Shoo Chin Siah

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