Official Launch – ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics was officially launched on Friday, November 12. Centre members, university staff, industry and clinical partners, advisory committee members and the Centre’s broader network met in-person to hear from official speakers Vice-Chancellor and President, QUT – Prof. Margaret Sheil AO, Centre Director – Prof. YuanTong Gu,  ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics, Australian Research Council (ARC) Executive Director – Engineering & Information Services – Dr. Robert Mun, and Centre Clinical Lead – Adj Prof. Ashish Gupta.

Joining the launch remotely from Canberra, ARC Executive Director Dr. Robert Mun officially opened the Centre, emphasising the impact of the Centre’s research on reducing “the health burden of musculoskeletal conditions through innovative technologies for diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating patients with orthopaedic conditions”.

Speakers highlighted the Centre’s dedication to training industry-ready graduates for a highly skilled multidisciplinary workforce, capable of creating and applying novel, clinically relevant biomechanical modelling, and simulation platforms, to actively transform the orthopaedic industry.

Following the official opening of the Centre, we were privileged to have a panel of experts from industry, research, higher-education, and the medical technology sector talk on diversity as a key to achieving meaningful innovation. Our panellists shared their personal and professional experience in building and managing diverse teams to achieve success in research, health care provision and commercial settings.

The Centre would like to sincerely thank our panellists:

  • Prof. Bronwyn Harch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) , The University of Queensland
  • Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) , Queensland University of Technology
  • Adj Prof. Ashish Gupta, Shoulder Surgeon, Queensland Orthopaedic Clinic; Director, QLD Unit for Advanced Shoulder Research
  • Mr Peter Cooke, past President- International, Wright Medical
  • Ms Chris Went, CEO, Greenslopes Private Hospital

 

The ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics launch provided a wonderful opportunity for the Centre’s PhD students and Post-doctoral Research Fellows to showcase their research on one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces, The Cube. The Cube delivered a unique interactive digital learning experience for Industry and University employees to engage and understand the research projects.

The Launch concluded with an evening of networking at the Old Government House, opened by Ms Leanne Harvey, University Registrar and Vice-President (Administration), QUT.

The Centre’s team would like to thank all of our distinguished guests and attendees who took the time to join us in marking this special occasion. It was a real privilege to have an in-person event and it would have been possible without you all.

Three leading national Training Centres combine forces

Our Training Centre aims to foster opportunities for Higher Degree Research candidates and early career researchers to participate in national collaborations and build a network within industry and academia.

To achieve this we have partnered with the ARC CMIT (Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies) and the ARC TCIBE (Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering).

Throughout May we had the pleasure of hosting three key visitors from our partner ITTCs:

      • Prof Peter Lee, Director CMIT, University of Melbourne
      • Prof Hala Zreiqat AM, Director TCIBE, University of Sydney
      • Prof Mark Taylor, Program Lead CMIT,  Flinders University

Each of our visiting Professors presented their Centre’s work to our team and the broader QUT Medical Engineering Research community. Many brainstorms were held to discuss collaborative initiatives targeting training for early career researchers, better engagement with industry partners as well as how to engage the future of STEM through school outreach.

Watch this space as we bring some of these ideas to life!

Prof Mark Taylor met with researchers from QUT’s Centre for Biomedical Technologies

 

Prof Hala Zreiqat AM and Centre Director Prof YuanTong Gu

Prof Mark Taylor presented on the future direction and challenges of FEA in Orthopaedics

Prof Peter Lee and the Joint Biomechanics team visited Herston Biofabrication Institute