Research undertaken in MBD encompasses the biology, engineering and clinical study of cochlear implants (bionic ear), hearing aids, retinal prostheses (bionic eye), brain implants for epilepsy, as well as intractable neurological & psychiatric disorders, with multidisciplinary research teams working to advance knowledge and capability in the areas of bionic hearing, bionic vision and neurobionics.
The Medical Bionics Department is located at the Bionics Institute which has laboratories within St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and in East Melbourne.
Professor Robert Shepherd is the Professor of Medical Bionics and inaugural Head of Department of the Medical Bionics Department, and Director of the Bionics Institute.
Department of Medical Bionics student projects are available through the Bionics Institute website.
Honorary Researchers and contacts at the department are: