Conference 2022

Centre for Biomedical Technologies Conference

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November 2022

CBT Conference 2022 group photo

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM, a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher, is the only quadriplegic to graduate medical school in Queensland and the second person from Australia to have quadriplegia graduate from medical school. Dinesh works at the Gold Coast University Hospital’s emergency department.

He is a senior lecturer at Griffith University and an adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, a research fellow at the Jamieson Trauma Institute, a spinal cord injury researcher, and is involved in a range of other organisations. Dinesh was named the 2021 Queensland Australian of the Year, has been awarded Junior Doctor of the Year at the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, and in 2019, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia:

Dr Cherrell Hirst AO

Dr Hirst practised medicine for 30 years with a focus breast cancer diagnosis and support. Dr Hirst has held multiple positions as chair or director at various private companies, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations across health, education, insurance, and biotechnology. In 1994, she was appointed QUT Chancellor, the first woman appointed to such a role in QLD, leading the university through 10 years of growth. Her interest in life science research was a catalyst for a long career in Queensland’s biotech industry, with one of her most notable successes coming through her leadership at Peplin Biotech, a company sold for over $300 million.

Dr Hirst has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates, an Australian Government Centenary Medal, the title of Officer of the Order of Australia, is a former Queenslander of the Year, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a recent inductee to the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame:

Conference opens and Welcome to Country

Gregory Egert (Uncle Cheg) QUT Elder-In-Residence, D/Prof Christopher Barner-Kowollik QUT Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research) and Prof Travis Klein QUT Director of Centre for Biomedical Technologies















Gregory Egert (Uncle Cheg) QUT Elder-In-Residence (bottom left), D/Prof Christopher Barner-Kowollik QUT Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research) (bottom right) and Prof Travis Klein QUT Director of Centre for Biomedical Technologies (top)

Program presentation: Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering

Dr Indira Prasadam, Dr Nathalie Bock and Eamonn McKenna













Dr Indira Prasadam, Program Lead (top right), Dr Nathalie Bock on Gelatin and bioprinted polyethylene glycol-based hydrogels as ex vivo drug testing platforms for patient-derived breast cancer organoids (bottom), and Eamonn McKenna on Rapid spray nebulization fabrication of polycaprolactone nanofibre scaffolds for dermal tissue engineering (top left)

Program presentation: Medical Imaging, Biomechanics & Robotic Technologies

A/Prof Davide Fontanarosa, Dr Jessica Benitez, and Lionel Rayward













Chaired by A/Prof Davide Fontanarosa, Program Lead (centre), Dr Jessica Benitez on Novel mesh morphing method for numerical simulation of intracranial aneurysms based on 4DCT (left), and Lionel Rayward  on Engineering the perfect mattress: An FEM to predict the effect of mattress mechanics, age and anthropometry on biomechanical parameters in supine lying (right)

Program presentation: Medical Device Design & Manufacturing

Prof Prasad Yarlagadda, Chijioke Raphael Onyeagba and Lekshmi Appukuttan Kurup













Prof Prasad Yarlagadda, Program Lead (top), Chijioke Raphael Onyeagba on Surface Engineering of Thin Film Metallic Glasses for Biomedicals (bottom right), and Lekshmi Appukuttan Kurup on Low-pressure sensors using graphene porous foams (bottom left)

Program presentation: Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Prof Zhiyong Li and Dr Wendong Gao









Prof Zhiyong Li, Program Lead on Translating Biomechanics to Risk Stratification of Cardiovascular Diseases (left and right), and Dr Wendong Gao on Targeting hematoma regulation via platelet membrane coating for advanced clot-immunomodulation (centre)

CBT 2021 Grant Winner Presentations

Chaired by Prof Travis Klein

  • Prof Mia Woodruff: Implants and prosthetics for ear reconstruction
  • A/Prof Paige Little: Does body shape, size, and form influence how we lie when sleeping: A personalisation tool using statistical modelling
  • Dr Alka Jaggessar: Titanium dioxide nanostructures that deactivation respiratory syncytial virus
  • Dr Edmund Pickering: Numerical techniques for melt-electrowritten scaffolds
  • Dr Maria Antico: AI-based tomographic ultrasound image formation from a novel wearable ultrasound device

HDR Student & ECR Presentations

Dr Anjali Jaiprakash, Xiwei Fan, Jacqueline Roots, Dr Laith Alzubaidi, Dr Jiaqiu Wang, Dr Ashish Wadhawan and Dr Andrew Foster














Chaired by Dr Anjali Jaiprakash (top right)

  • Xiwei Fan: Advanced mass spectrometry imaging technique provides novel approaches to understanding the lipid fingerprinting of osteoarthritis progression
  • Jacqueline Roots: Difference in stiffness of short & long head of bicep muscle measured with shear wave elastography with influence of elbow angle
  • Dr Laith Alzubaidi: Deep Transfer Learning for Shoulder Abnormalities Detection Using X-ray Images
  • Dr Jiaqiu Wang: A performance evaluation of optical coherence elastography (OCE) method
  • Dr Ashish Wadhawan: Fracture classification using deep learning algorithms
  • Dr Andrew Foster: The Burden of Fracture Related Infection: a 10-Year Population-Based Epidemiological and Health Economic Study

Poster session – scientific posters by emerging CBT researchers

The Cube at QUT













HDR Student Rapid Fire Presentations

Jordan Davern, Alexander Terrill, Laura Milton, Jonathan Gospos, Shital Ashok Wakale, Angus Weekes, Norman Ilich, Rachel Chalmers, Zizhen Ding and Roshan Gurung















Chaired by Jordan Davern (top left)

  • Alexander Terrill: Continuous functionally graded gyroid metamaterials using fused filament fabrication 3D printing
  • Laura Milton: Tissue-specific hydrogels for local niche generation in multi-tissue platforms
  • Jonathan Gospos: Advanced imaging techniques provide an insight into the destructive nature of osteosarcoma in a tissue engineered rat model for research
  • Shital Ashok Wakale: Comparison of young & old BMSC-derived extracellular vesicles in osteoarthritis treatment
  • Angus Weekes: Engineering mechanical compliance in small diameter tissue-engineered vascular grafts (TEVGs)
  • Norman Ilich: Comparing erosion mechanisms between two distinct bioresorbable polymers to design a single-dose delayed release vaccine implant
  • Rachel Chalmers: Current progress on 3D-printing spine orthoses for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
  • Zizhen Ding: Rationally-designed self-shaped ceramics through heterogeneous green body compositions
  • Roshan Gurung: Influence of callus stiffness on the mechanical performance of the Biphasic Plate

HDR Student & ECR Presentations

Chaired by Prof Prasad Yarlagadda

  • Julien Taylor Clegg: Validating StarPEG-heparin hydrogels as an ex vivo drug testing system for breast cancer
  • Silvia Cometta: Melimine-modified 3D printed PCL scaffolds for the prevention of biofilm-related biomaterial infections
  • Jorge Amaya: 3D biofabrication of miniaturized hydrogel cellularized patient-specific vessels
  • Dr Lan Xiao: Modulating macrophage energy metabolism via autophagy activation in T2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) for tissue healing improvement
  • Dr Anna Jaeschke: Dissecting the role of the tissue microenvironment in ovarian ageing and infertility

ARC Training Centres session

Presenters from the ARC Training Centres session











Chaired by Prof Travis Klein

  • Prof Laurence Meagher: ARC Training Centre for Cell & Tissue Engineering Technologies
  • D/Prof Dietmar Hutmacher: ARC Training Centre for M3D Innovation
  • Prof Peter Pivonka & Dr Wolbert van den Hoorn: ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics
  • Prof Jonathan Roberts & A/Prof Markus Rittenbruch: Australian Cobotics Centre

Conference awards

2022 Conference award winners
Presented by Prof Travis Klein and Dr Anjali Jaiprakash

  • Laura Milton: People’s Choice Best Oral Presentation
  • Hoang Son Pham: Best HDR Poster
  • Edmund Pickering: Best ECR Oral Presentation
  • Angus Weekes: Best Rapid Fire Presentation
  • Luke Hipwood: Best HDR Poster
  • Brenna Devlin: People’s Choice Best Poster
  • Addison Suhr (not pictured): Best ECR Poster

Biomedical Industry Network Event

The event was hosted by the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, in conjunction with the Centre for Biomedical Technologies:

Panel on Success for future innovation: Moderated by Dr Anjali Jaiprakash, Deputy Director, Centre for Biomedical Technologies, QUT. Panelists included Dr Michael Wagels, Clinical Director Herston Biofabrication Institute, Director Australian Centre for Complex, Integration Surgical Solutions; Jenna Lyon, Enabling Technologies Manager, Stryker R&D Lab (interviewed), Brisbane; Dr Erin Evans Executive Director, Life Sciences Queensland; Dr Sha Pather, Chief Operating Officer, Akunah and Dr Kym Baker, General Manager, Patheon, by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Pop-up speakers: Paddy Lynch, Chief Technology Officer, De Motu Cordis; A/Prof Tony Parker, Chief Scientific Officer, Surgical Biofix; Dr Sean Powell, Chief Technologist, aptium3D; Dr Sha Pather, Chief Operating Officer, Akunah and Lisa Cavallaro, Senior Manager – Business Growth Brisbane Economic Development Agency

Photos from the Biomedical Industry Network Event

Find out more

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Thank you to our sponsors and trade displays

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