Professor Rob Shepherd – Chair
University of Melbourne
Director of The Bionics Institute and Head of the Medical Bionics Department
Professor Rob Shepherd is the Director of The Bionics Institute and Head of the Medical Bionics Department, University of Melbourne.
He has an international reputation in the field of neural prostheses leading preclinical teams that have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of Cochlear’s bionic ear. His team developed a prototype bionic eye as part of an Australia-wide collaboration to develop a commercial bionic eye.
He has published over 195 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, 70 NIH reports, 270 conference abstracts, more than 80 invited keynote conference presentations and two patents. He is a chief investigator on more than $80m of peer-reviewed research funding and commercial contract research.
Professor Shepherd has overseen the expansion of the Bionics Institute and has widened the research portfolio to include retinal prostheses and the development of a neurobionic platform technology designed to alleviate a range of intractable and debilitating central nervous system disorders (e.g., epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and pain management) via central nervous system based neural prostheses. He established pathways for commercialisation of reserch within the Institute. In 2014 he was awarded the Garnett Passe Medal at the Royal Society of Medicine, London for his contributions to Otolaryngology.