Multi-disciplinary research spans advanced design and prototyping, underpinned by data and nano-sciences

At the contemporary convergence of health, science and engineering and empowered by digital technology, ADaPT researchers are at the forefront of Industry 4.0.

With particular underpinning expertise in harnessing data in the computational design process for the creation of digital twins, as well as foundational micro and nano science, they can support a range of technology applications in the medical field and in other industries.

Research themes/projects

  • 3D functional biomechanical models (Digital Twins)
  • Functional nano-materials
  • Spinal Repair and Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Virtual Surgery & personalised surgery guides
  • Regenerative medicine for orthopaedics
  • 3D bio-printing
  • Industrial Design
  • Underpinning data science

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Related Institutes & Centres

  • Institute for Integrated & Intelligent Systems
  • Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre
  • Centre for Clean Environment & Energy
  • Menzies Health Institute Queensland
  • Griffith Centre for Biomedical Rehabilitation
  • Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery

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Our Researchers

As disciplines converge in the development of new technologies, ADaPT researchers are drawn from a number of engineering and scientific fields as well as health and medicine. Across nano-chemistry, biomechanics, electronic and mechanical engineering, ICT, and biomedical science, diverse research and experience combine to create medical, environmental and industrial solutions.

Research in action

3D FUNCTIONAL BIOMECHANICAL MODELS (DIGITAL TWINS)

Underpinning advanced computational modelling including creating the ‘personalised digital human’. Professor David Lloyd, Professor David Thiel, Dr Chris Carty, Dr David Saxby, Dr Claudio Pizzolato, Dr Laura Diamond.

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FUNCTIONAL NANO-MATERIALS AND ELECTRONICS

Various projects underway at Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre and Centre for Clean Environment & Energy to research and design new materials (including biomaterials) for medical, environmental and clean energy applications.

Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen, Professor Huijun Zhao, Professor Shanqing (Eddy) Zhang), Professor Qin Li, Professor Sima Dimitrijev, Professor John Dobson, Professor Evan Gray, Dr Muhammad Shiddiky, Dr Yantao Li

SPINAL REPAIR AND NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION

Combining development of a biological spinal repair treatment using 3D printed nerve bridges with personalised neurological rehabilitation utilising functional neuromusculoskeletal models.

Professor David Lloyd, Dr Claudio Pizzaloto (GCore), Associate Professor James St John (Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research), Professor David Thiel (Assistive Devices)

VIRTUAL SURGERY AND PERSONALISED SURGERY GUIDES

Use of personalised models to simulate and plan orthopaedic surgeries, simulate outcomes, and design and 3D print surgical instrumentation for children with cerebral palsy and other lower limb impairment.

Dr Chris Carty, Dr David Saxby, Professor David Lloyd

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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE FOR ORTHOPAEDICS

Mechanobiology and Biologic Therapies for neuromusculoskeletal tissues, including novel wrist repair surgery (GCORE)

Professor Randy Bindra, Professor Mark Forwood, Dr Matthew Barton, Dr David Saxy, A/Professor Chris Vertullo

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN/ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES

Dr Sam Canning, Chris Little (3D scanning and visualisation technologies), Derek Smith (Technical Manager ADaPT 1.0)

Related research:

Underpinning data science - Professor Jin Song Dong, Professor Bela Stantic, Professor Vladimir Estivill Castro

Engineering and sensor technology – Professor Geoff Tansley, Professor David Thiel, Dr Hugo Espinosa, Professor Hong Guan

Personalised Medicine – Professor Geoff Tansley, Professor Nigel McMillan