Conference Chairs

Conference Organising Chair 
Prof. Jeffrey Rosenfeld 
The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

Jeffrey Rosenfeld is the Foundation Director, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME); Professor of Surgery, Monash University; Senior Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery at the Alfred Hospital; and Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences (USUHS). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS). 3-D printing is a major theme within MIME, and Prof Rosenfeld has an interest in advanced 3-D printed models for surgical simulation and bionic vision.

Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Keith McLean 
CSIRO Manufacturing

Keith McLean has a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Following work in industry he undertook postdoctoral research in Scotland and New Zealand before joining the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1989 working on surface modification and characterisation for ophthalmic and other polymeric biomaterials applications. He was Research Director for Biomedical Materials and Devices from 2006 to 2014 leading a multi-disciplinary team of materials scientists and biologists developing biomaterials and implantable devices. He became Director of CSIRO Manufacturing in 2014 leading >400 scientists working in chemical, biomedical and advanced manufacturing including Biomedical 3D Printing. McLean is the Secretary of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering and a Past President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. He won the 2004 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Research and the 2009 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement. McLean is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University and was recently appointed Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE).

Conference Scientific Chair

Prof. Laurence Meagher, MIME 
The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

Laurence Meagher is the Deputy Director/Director of Research at the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering and Professor in Monash University’s Department of Material Science and Engineering. 

Prior to joining Monash University, he worked at CSIRO Manufacturing. Over the last 18 years, his research focus has been biomedical materials, most notably in the area of silicone hydrogel contact lenses, where he was part of a team that developed the CIBA Vision’s second-generation Air OPTIXTM product. More recent research interests include the development of bioactive surface coatings for commercial applications such as synthetic, chemically defined materials for scaled ex vivo stem cell expansion, polymeric and liposomal vehicles for drug and protein delivery, “stealth” and bioactive coatings for biomedical implants and antibacterial materials and surface coatings for biomedical devices. Many of the approaches use controlled radical polymerisation techniques such as atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerisation and include both surface initiated and solution polymer strategies. 

Since joining Monash University, amongst other research areas, he has been applying the approaches used to develop bioactive surface coatings to prepare hydrogel systems useful in 3D cell culture and cell bioprinting, as well as the use of 3D printed, degradable polymer scaffolds in regenerative medicine. 

Lead Industry Engagements

Prof. Heather St John 
The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

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