DR Dean Freestone

DR Dean Freestone

Positions

  • Neural Engineering (Epilepsy, Brain Machine Interface)

Overview

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  • Dr Freestone’s research is focused on reverse engineering the human brain. He is developing methods to create a mathematical blueprint of the brain, so engineering methods can be used to treat neurological disorders. His research findings are about to be trialled in a brain implant designed to predict and control epileptic seizures in collaboration with the medical device company Medtronic. He also works closely IBM Australia, where the team is creating specialised computer chips that can interface with the brain and bypass broken neural circuits.

    Dr Freestone has a degree in Electronic Engineering from La Trobe University, where he won the Vice-Chancellor's Travelling Scholarship, the Tad Szental Prize for the best engineering final year student and the Hooper Memorial Prize for best final year project. In 2012, Dr Freestone completed his PhD in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne (and The University of Edinburgh on exchange), where he won the John Melvin Memorial Scholarship for the best PhD in Engineering and the University wide Chancellor’s Prize for PhD Excellence. Dr Freestone was the 2014-2015 Victorian Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, where he worked in the Neural Statistics Lab at Columbia University in New York City, USA. He is now a junior faculty member in the Department of Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, since October 2015.   

Publications

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Research

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Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2012
  • BEng (Hons), La Trobe University 2007

Awards and honors

  • Not in List, 2014
  • The Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis - 2013, The University of Melbourne, 2013
  • John Melvin Memorial Scholarship for Best PhD Thesis in Engineering 2012, The University of Melbourne, 2013

Supervision

Available for supervision

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