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  • MERF ANNUAL REPORT 2008 5

    ANNUAL REPORT 2008

    For Period 1 st July to 31 st December 2008

    Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering

    Our Mission :

    “Make a positive difference to people’s lives by improving health care through clinically relevant r esearch.”

    M E R F

    Medical Engineering Research Facility

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    (Front Cover – Medical Engineering Research Facilities at The Prince Charles Hospital Campus, Staib Road, Chermside).

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    PAGE NOS 1. DIRECTOR’S REPORT ………………………………………………………………………………………... 2. INTRODUCTION TO MERF …………………………………………………………………………………… 3. REPORTING PERIOD ………………………………………………………………………..………………… 4. HIGHLIGHTS …………………………………………………………………………………..………………… 4.1 – BUILDING AND PLANNING ASPECTS OF MERF 4.2 – OPENING OF MERF 4.3 – THE FIRST SURGICAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS 4.3.1 – STRYKER SPINAL WORKSHOP 4.3.2 – MEDTRONIC CARDIOABLATION WORKSHOP 4.5 – STAFFING AT MERF 4.5.1 – RESEARCHERS UTILISING MERF FACILITIES 4.5.2 – QUT RESEARCH STUDENTS UTILISING MERF FACILITIES 4.6 – THE BIAXIAL INSTRON MACHINE 4.7 – DONATION OF HYPERBARIC CHAMBER 5. BREAKTHROUGHS ……………………………………………………………………..……………………… 6. PROGRESS ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    6.1 – RESEARCH AREAS 6.2 – ACTIVITIES IN RESEARCH LABORATORIES 6.2.1 – PROJECTS CONDUCTED IN 2008 6.2.2 – PROJECTS PLANNED IN 2009 6.3 – EDUCATION AND TRAINING FACILITIES

    7. EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH AT MERF ……………………………………………………………………….. MARTIN WULLSCHLEGER

    KATRINA MCDONALD JOHANNES REICHERT KIMBLE DUNSTER 8. MERF GOVERNANCE AND ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE………………………….………………. 8.1 – MERF GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE 9. SCHOLARSHPS AND FELLOWSHIPS ………………………………………………………………………. 9.1 FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT 9.2 HIGHER DEGREE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 10. COMMERCIALISATION ……………………………………….……………………………………………… ATTACHMENT 1 – PUBLICATIONS ……………………………………………………………………………………… ATTACHMENT 2 – GRANTS ………………………………………………….. ………………………………………. ATTACHMENT 2.1 – NATIONAL COMPETITIVE GRANTS ATTACHMENT 2.2 – OTHER GRANTS

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    1. DIRECTOR’S REPORT BY PROFESSOR MARK PEARCY

    In 2003 a small group of researchers identified a need to provide specialist research and training facilities for close collaboration between researchers and clinicians. Discussions with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons also highlighted the lack of formal anatomical and surgical skills education for surgical trainees. The developing collaboration between QUT researchers and The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) staff led to discussions about a joint research and training facility. This culminated in a bid being submitted to the Queensland Government’s Smart State Research Facilities Fund (SSRFF) from QUT’s

    Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering in collaboration with TPCH in January 2004. In June of that year the SSRFF awarded funding for this joint venture between QUT and TPCH to establish the Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) at Chermside. QUT provided additional funding to complete the construction and fit out, ably supported by The Prince Charles Hospital in the provision of land as well as equipment and staff. Our industry partners, Medtronic and Stryker, also provided support through the provision of funds and equipment. MERF is a complex facility housing anatomy laboratories, operating theatres and research laboratories in a compact building. The user group, architects and builders took great care in producing a building of world-class standard in order that the vision of what MERF should be might be achieved. (Testimonials from both national and international clients have subsequently indicated that MERF is indeed world-class.) Staff began moving into the building in March 2008 and the first formal workshop was held in July of 2008. Since then the activity undertaken in MERF has accelerated. In 2008 six workshops were held for 131 participants and activity in 2009, which will be reported in the next annual report, shows a remarkable growth as our reputation for providing first-class training develops. The research undertaken in the first six months of operation from July 2008 has also grown rapidly with 39 projects gaining ethics approval for research in MERF and 11 projects undertaken or commencing in the level 2 research laboratories. The complex nature of the activities conducted in MERF has required a significant effort by the staff to obtain all necessary licences and that compliance with all regulations is ensured. These are detailed later in the report but deserve mention here because of the great team effort by the staff to ensure that MERF is able to function to its potential. The excitement of MERF is that it has a unique combination of facilities and resources to address clinically relevant issues through collaborative research between clinicians, engineers and scientists and clinically relevant training not available anywhere else. The highlights for me in 2008 were the first anatomical and surgical skills workshop in July showing that we could deliver a superb training experience; the official opening on Tuesday 16th September 2008, a milestone in recognising that the dream was becoming reality; the successful use of the operating facilities by researchers from the TPCH; and perhaps most importantly the growing pride of the staff team in their role in MERF as it becomes a busy facility. 2008 has seen the commissioning of MERF and the beginning of activity. The prospects for 2009 are very exciting as we see research and training collaborations develop. Professor Mark Pearcy PhD, DEng, FIEAust, CPEng(Biomed) Director of MERF Professor of Biomedical Engineering Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering

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    2. INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH FACILITY

    MERF Foyer and Breakout Area

    The Queensland Government Smart State Facilities Fund awarded $5,000,000 to Queensland University of Technology in June 2004 to establish the Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside. QUT provided funding of $4.15 million to complete the construction and fit out, with funding and equipment support from industry partners, Medtronic and Stryker. The Prince Charles Hospital is supporting this $10.7 million facility by providing land as well as equipment and staff support. MERF is designed to meet Australia’s emerging needs in orthopaedic and artificial organs research. It provides a comprehensive suite of research and training facilities at the one location, including: � Research aimed at solving problems identified by clinicians in their practice, and directed or co-

    directed by the clinicians; � Research into new techniques, materials, devices, procedures, and manufacturing techniques for

    medical devices; and � Training of clinicians and other professional health workers in new products and techniques. 3. REPORTING PERIOD Initially it was expected that MERF would be functional in 2007, however, due to the complex nature of the building staff did not start moving into the building until March 2008 and functional activity began with the first workshop in July 2008. Correspondence in November 2008 between Professor Arun Sharma, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Commercialisation, QUT and Mr Brian Anker, Deputy Director-General, Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry, Queensland State Government addressed the issue of MERF not providing an annual report until 2009. A deed of variation was signed on 17 June 2009 revising the Schedule for MERF income and expenditure which, with evidence of compliance with this revised Schedule, triggered the final draw down of SSRFF funding for the building of MERF. Whilst this is the MERF Annual report for 2008 it is reporting on activity for the period 1st July – 31st December 2008.

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    4. HIGHLIGHTS 4.1 Building and Planning Aspects of MERF M