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Australia-Korea Bioengineering workshop | February 2020‌

The first of 2 Joint Australia-Korea Bioengineering workshops was held at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, hosted by the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute and sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-Korea Foundation. The event’s organiser, Professor Simon Moulton said the workshop was all about connecting Australian and Korean researchers and clinicians working in bioengineering with the goal of developing research projects and programs. This would lead to improvements in health outcomes in the long-term through the development of projects that work on issues common to both Australia and Korea. In addition, it is hoped it will lead to the exchange of students between Australia and Korea which will provide valuable training and increased skills for the students.

35 people attended over the 1.5 days discussing research topics from drug delivery for cancer treatment, materials for tissue engineering through to the sympathetic nerve recording and its implications in cardiology. The workshop also had a dedicated PhD session which provided the students with the valuable opportunity to share the work with their peers. The student session was particularly productive and gave Swinburne students and ECRs the opportunity to give an “invited presentation”, which will be beneficial for their future career development.

The second meeting is scheduled to take place at Inha University Korea in the first week of July this year. It is hoped that a contingent of Australian researchers and clinicians can attend this meeting to strengthen further the networks established in Melbourne.

Prof Moulton would like to thank the following sponsors of the event: Swinburne, DFAT, the Australian Korean Foundation, the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, BioFab3D Facility, Sunchon University Korea, and Inha University Korea.