This year’s MEDTECH INNOVATION COMPETITION, organised by the Biomedical Engineering Program @ USYD in conjunction with the Westmead Precinct Development Group is taking place this Friday 3rd November. The competition will include 20 clinician-guided student teams presenting innovative medtech solutions. Prototypes & demonstrations will be exhibited on the night. The projects are guided by Concord Neurosurgeon, A/Prof. James van Gelder, and other clinical and industry experts.
DATE: Friday 3rd November: 6pm – 8:30pm
VENUE: Westmead Hospital
Does our cultural background affect our perception of pain? Apparently, it does. Read the full story about Australian research on cultural perceptions of pain and its implications on pain management approaches:
The next Clinical & Research Meeting will feature the following presentation:
‘SUcceSS trial: Randomised Placebo-controlled surgical trial on lumbar spinal stenosis’ by David Anderson, PhD candidate, Principal Physiotherapist at Sydney Spine Institute
This NHMRC-funded trial will be the world’s first to elucidate the treatment effect of decompression spinal surgery for central spinal canal stenosis. 160 people with symptomatic central lumbar spinal canal stenosis, who have failed to respond to a course of conservative care, will be randomly allocated to receive either decompressive surgery or placebo surgery. The trial will be conducted in Sydney and Melbourne with leading spine surgeons. Two SSI associates (David Anderson
and A/Prof James van Gelder
) are involved in the study with David Anderson being the PhD student and A/Prof van Gelder an advisor and participating surgeon.
Faculty of Engineering and IT first-year PhD student Suri Susilo recently took part in the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, an intensive week-long new ventures leadership program attracting young entrepreneurs across the globe.
Suri was able to thrive in the program and her business idea – a “smart” pillow system to optimise spine neutrality – was chosen as one of the top 25 ideas, securing her a coveted spot as ‘CEO’ in the program. Suri has been developing her product with clinical assistance from the Sydney Spine Institute.
With real-world experience and a new start-up company under her belt, she is now progressing her smart pillow concept through a PhD, also in biomedical engineering.
Read the full story here!
Biomed students with SSI clinicians at Biomed Innovations 2015
The first multidisciplinary meeting of the year took place on Wednesday 1 March 2017.
Title: “Something for Everyone” (Journal Club)
Presenter: A/Prof. James van Gelder
Scientific articles presented and discussed:
- Surgical versus nonsurgical treatment of chronic low back pain: A meta-analysis based on current evidence
- Central sensitization in chronic low back pain: A narrative review
- Percutaneous Vertebroplasty versus Conservative Treatment in Aged Patients with Acute Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Clinical Study
- Return to Play in Elite Athletes after Lumbar Microdiscectomy: a Meta-analysis
- Laminoplasty versus laminectomy and fusion for multilevel cervical compressive myelopathy: a meta-analysis
- Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations
Sydney University Biomedical Engineering Students showcase their research at the Sydney Spine Institute on Wednesday 14 December 2016. The students are working on clinical problems such as novel ways to monitor brain pressure, regenerative spinal discs and rapid manufacturing of custom built body implants.
Biomedical PhD and Honours students under the supervision of Dr Philip Boughton, biomedical engineering program manager and lecturer at Sydney University, collaborate with neurosurgeon A/Prof. James van Gelder to identify real world clinical problems and solutions. The students’ research involves use of laboratory methods, manufacturing techniques and mathematical modelling. This collaboration allows direct application of biomedical innovations to clinical neurosurgery.
To download the invitation, please click here: 2016-biomed-innovations.
To download invitation in PDF, click here: 2016 GP Seminar
Prof. van Gelder’s article on degenerative spondylolisthesis in San Doctor’s Summer 2015 Edition.
San Doctor, published 5 times per year just for doctors, contains informative medical articles written and submitted by San Specialists – many of whom are recognised experts in their field.
To download the article in PDF, click here: SAN doctor summer 2015