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The Bionics Institute (BI) is an independent, non-profit, research organisation working in the field of medical bionics. Medical Bionics is a field of research combining bio(logy) and (electro)nics in order to develop implantable devices designed to provide treatments following damage to neural or muscle tissue. These devices have the potential to offer solutions to a wide range of debilitating conditions where other treatments are either unavailable or have failed.
Our research focuses on three key areas:
Bionic Hearing - Aims to improve the performance of the cochlear implant (bionic ear) and hearing aids, and enable their application to many more adults and children with hearing impairment. Our projects include: research to enhance the perception of music and speech in noise; the development of techniques to promote the survival of the hearing nerve; and understanding how the brain responds to the long-term electrical stimulation provided by cochlear implants.
Bionic Vision - As part of the Bionic Vision Australia consortium, we are developing a bionic eye to provide sight and independence to people with degenerative and genetic eye diseases. We are using our expertise in perception and engineering, as well as safety and biocompatibility studies, to establish safe surgical procedures and effective electrical stimulation strategies for the bionic eye. The first clinical trials of this device are scheduled for 2013.
Neurobionics - This research aims to develop implantable devices to detect, predict, and suppress abnormal brain activity. Over the next five years, we aim to develop a medical bionics platform - a flexible implantable device that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions by tailoring the device to suit each application. These applications include drug-resistant epilepsy, motor disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease and essential tremor), and severe psychiatric disorders (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorders).
Their CB No: 93867.