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Nicholas Opie

Associate Professor
Medicine - Royal Melbourne Hospital
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A/Prof

Nicholas Opie

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Vascular Bionics
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A/Prof

Nicholas Opie

 

A/Prof Nicholas Opie is a biomedical engineer with experience in neural prostheses and co-head of the Vascular Bionics Laboratory. He completed his BE (Hons) and BSc undergraduate degrees at Monash University in 2007, his MBA at Melbourne Business School in 2018 and was awarded his PhD in 2012 for research developing a bionic eye.

He was employed as the Surgical Program Coordinator on Bionic Vision Australia's retinal prosthesis project, and was integral in development and preclinical validation of the technology designed to restore rudimentary vision to the profoundly blind. This device was implanted in three patients in 2012 with great success. In 2012, A/Prof Opie was awarded a $1.33M grant from US defence organization DARPA to develop a minimally invasive brain machine interface. This funding, and subsequent funding totaling more than $15.5M has enabled Dr Opie to establish and co-lead the Vascular Bionics Laboratory within the Department of Medicine at The University of Melbourne; a laboratory which has grown to support more than 35 graduate and undergraduate researchers. He is leading the research team conducting preclinical safety and efficacy trials on a device capable of recording neural information from within a blood vessel, which may enable direct brain control of wheelchairs, exoskeletons and computers to people with paralysis. Dr Opie is a Founding Director and CTO of Synchron, a company incorporated to translate endovascular bionic technology into clinical application.

Projects

Displaying the 22 most recent projects by Nicholas Opie.

22

Projects

Project Types


17

Research Grant


4

Research Contracts


1

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 43 most recent scholarly works by Nicholas Opie.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2018

UNESCO Netexplo Award Winner (Stentrode)

2017

SMART100 Companies (Synchron)

2017

INDEX Design Award (Stentrode)

2017

Westpac Bicentennial Fellowship

2016

3rd Place, Brain Computer Interface Award

Annual BCI Award

2016

Dean's Commendation Award (Leadership)

2014

Researcher in Business Scheme Awardee

2014

TRIP Fellowship

2013

1st Place, MedTech's Got Talent

Small Technologies Cluster

2012

Ian Potter Travel Fellowship

2008

NICTA Special Postgraduate Scholarship

NICTA Special Postgraduate Scholarship

11

Awards

Credentials

Positions


Associate Professor

Medicine - Royal Melbourne Hospital

Australasian Neuroscience Society (Ans)

Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS)

Institute Of Electrical And Electronic Engineers (Ieee)

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

American Association For Teh Advancement Of Science (Aaas)

American Association for teh Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Education


Master of Business Administration

Melbourne Business School

Doctorate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (Hons)

Monash University

Bachelor of Science

Monash University