SPARK Melbourne Cohort 2019

The inaugural SPARK Melbourne teams have spent the last few months putting together their developmental plans and establishing their milestones for the duration of the course. 6 teams have been selected to take part in the program which will see them receive tailored mentoring, advice and networking as well as milestone funding over the next two years. 

Find out more about the SPARK Melbourne course here or keep reading for more info on the team members and projects!

SPARK Melbourne projects and their team leads

Dr Fiona Brownfoot  – Senior Research Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

A novel device that would continuously monitor fetal wellbeing in labour.

Dr William Figgett – Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

For novel therapeutics for autoimmune disease.

Dr Laura Downie – Senior Research Fellow, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences 

For a point-of-care medical device for dry-eye diagnosis.

Dr Brendon Chua – Senior Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

For a dual functional immunostimulant that protects against seasonal influenza.

Dr Farhad Goodarzy – Senior Research Fellow, St Vincent’s Hospital

For technology that translates brain signals to robotic movements

Dr Matias Maturana – Research Fellow, St Vincent’s Hospital

For a high-fidelity fully-implantable seizure prediction system.