PhD scholarships to create medical tools for the future

In the near future, medical implants such as those used in hip replacements could be individually designed and 3D printed on demand for each patient. Your heart could be constantly monitored by a tiny, implantable or wearable device with wireless connectivity, while a bionic eye could restore lost vision.

These amazing medical advances are just a small sample of the projects currently being worked on at the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME). MIME is at the forefront of life-changing medical technologies, combining clinical research with engineering expertise.

Despite having multiple projects underway, MIME is entering an exciting new phase and are now searching for 15 talented students to take on a PhD scholarship in medical engineering.

According to Professor Laurence Meagher, the Deputy Director and Director of Research at MIME students will have the opportunity to work closely with clinicians on projects at the leading edge of medical engineering.

“We’re actively looking for engineering, science and IT students who want to make a difference. We believe this is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively with industry leaders”, Professor Meagher said.

Projects range across a number of areas such as therapies for musculoskeletal disease, cancer, heart and lung disease as well as regenerative medicine, and include the development of personalised 3D printed materials for reconstructive surgery, an engineered skin substitute for the treatment of burn injuries, and cancer therapies.

The area of medical technology is inherently multidisciplinary, and the PhD students will be supported by research experts from at least two disciplines relevant to their project, for example, clinical research and engineering, biomedicine or IT.

The final 15 PhD scholarship projects were shortlisted from submissions by the clinicians at MIME’s five partner hospitals - Monash, Alfred, Eastern, Cabrini and Peninsula Health.

According to Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Director of MIME, close collaboration with clinicians is what sets MIME apart from other medical engineering groups, enabling students to develop a holistic approach.

“The most exciting innovations in medicine today are emerging from interdisciplinary research in medicine, engineering, IT and science. The development of a bionic vision device by the Monash Vision Group is a great example of what can be achieved by the close collaboration of engineers, clinicians, physiologists, designers and industry partners,” Professor Rosenfeld said.

“Research at PhD level often results in high impact publications, new inventions and the generation of new intellectual property and commercial outcomes. We’re looking forward to finding and working with the next generation of outstanding medical engineering researchers. We envision that the impact of their work could be really powerful,” Professor Meagher added.

The scholarship is based on the Australian Postgraduate Award stipend rate, which is indexed annually.

For more information about the PhD scholarships, please visit the MIME website.