FutureHear, bringing research and industry together to work towards a common goal, creating future solutions for children with microtia. 

 
 

MICROTIA This congenital disorder occurs in 1 in 6,000 births world wide. It causes a deformity of one or both ears in which the outer ear is underdeveloped or absent. Microtia is almost always accompanied by Atresia because the baby's outer ear and the ear canal develop together during pregnancy. For more infomation and support please go to the Australian Microtia and Atresia Support Centre

Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group

Our research aim is to generate new knowledge on tissue-scaffold interaction leading to next generation technology development. Our pre-clinical studies have demonstrated the success of our biofabrication approach to tissue engineering in vivo. With continued intensive research, we aim to translate this revolutionary technology from the laboratory into routine clinical use.

 

PhD UON, BSc (Hons) UON Mia is an expert in bone tissue engineering with extensive experience in all aspects of biomaterial scaffold fabrication techniques and pre-clinical models and has built a world-leading histology laboratory.

PhD UON, BSc (Hons) UON

Mia is an expert in bone tissue engineering with extensive experience in all aspects of biomaterial scaffold fabrication techniques and pre-clinical models and has built a world-leading histology laboratory.

Associate Prof Mia Woodruff
Group Leader

PhD QUT, BAppSci QUT Sean’s background is in theoretical and computational modelling, computer software, hardware engineering and 3D visualisation systems.

PhD QUT, BAppSci QUT

Sean’s background is in theoretical and computational modelling, computer software, hardware engineering and 3D visualisation systems.

Dr. Sean Powell
Post Doctoral Fellow

MEng UNSW, BEng(Hons) UNSW Rena's background is in medical and mechatronic engineering.

MEng UNSW, BEng(Hons) UNSW

Rena's background is in medical and mechatronic engineering.

Rena Cruz
PhD Candidate

BEng. (Medical) QUT Maureen's background is in cardiovascular research and 3D printing.  She is co-located between Hear and Say and the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group.

BEng. (Medical) QUT

Maureen's background is in cardiovascular research and 3D printing.  She is co-located between Hear and Say and the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group.

 

Maureen Ross
Biomedical Science Honours Student

 

 
 

Hear and Say

Our aim is to help all children to hear, listen and speak so they can attend a regular school, have wider career choices and can more fully participate in their community. Hear and Say interfaces state-of-the-art hearing technology (digital hearing aids and implantable technology such as cochlear implants) with the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach. We are committed to using clinical research to measure outcomes.

 

AO, Adjunct Associate Professor UQ, PhD UQ, HonDUniv USQ, BSpThy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert AVT  

AO, Adjunct Associate Professor UQ, PhD UQ, HonDUniv USQ, BSpThy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert AVT
 

Dr. Dimity Dornan
Founder & Executive Director

Dip Teach (Primary/Early Childhood)

Dip Teach (Primary/Early Childhood)

Simone Cheadle
Microtia and Atresia Program Coordinator

PhD, BSPath (Hons); Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), University of Queensland; DipLM

PhD, BSPath (Hons); Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), University of Queensland; DipLM

Dr. Wendy Arnott
Research and Innovation Manager

 

MPhil (Audiology), BA, DipAud, MAudSA, LSLS Cert AVT, RNC

MPhil (Audiology), BA, DipAud, MAudSA, LSLS Cert AVT, RNC

Emma Rushbrooke
Clinical Director

Interested in reading some of our published work? Click on the logos below to take you to our publications. 

 
 

We would like to thank the following organisations for their contributions to our work:

  • Advance Queensland for their support through a 2016 Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant and a PhD top up
  • The Cecilia Kilkeary Foundation for their generous donation