'Research funding a global challenge'

Prof Robert (Rob) Shepherd is the director of Bionics Institute, and Professor of Medical Bionics, Medical Bionics Department, the University of Melbourne.

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Prof Rob Shepherd, director, Bionics Institute, and Professor of Medical Bionics, Medical Bionics Department, the University of Melbourne

He is an expert in the field of safety and efficacy of neural prostheses using both in-vitro and in-vivo research techniques. He was part of Graeme Clark's original cochlear implant team and has 35 years of experience working in the field of medical bionics.

He has established the world's pre-eminent laboratory for performing chronic electrical stimulation studies across a wide variety of animal models and neural applications.

The Australian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) organized a speaker series with eminent Australian researchers to India.

Among them, Prof Rob Shepherd visited India and was seen in Bangalore in December 2013, with the aim to raise awareness of Australian research and facilitate collaborative linkages with Indian researchers and institutions.

"We hope to set up more collaborations to understand the clinical needs of organizations in India, and work together to develop applications for the Indian community, which can have significant potential offering lowest of costs," began Prof Shepherd.

Of late, the Victorian government has been very proactive in driving commerce and research education in collaboration between India and Australia.

 

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