Announcement: The Herston Biofabrication Institute to open in 2017

On Monday QUT and Metro North Hospital and Health Services were able to officially announce that in 2017 the Herston Biofabrication Institute will open at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. 

The institute will offer opportunities for Australian scientists, engineers and clinicians to be employed in cutting-edge multidisciplinary research that will benefit people around the world, while attracting significant private sector and philanthropic investment.

Biofabrication researchers at the institute will be able to work closely with clinicians, industry partners and other research institutions located on the Herston Health Precinct, and engage with collaborators internationally through virtual networking technologies.

The institute's diverse spaces will be designed to promote collaboration around clinical issues and stimulate the generation of innovative research ideas and clinical applications. The FutureHear project will be just one part of the incredible research work that will be done at the institute in the field of biofabrication.

Watch this news piece to hear more:

For further information visit QUT's Institute for Health and  Biomedical Innovation page or read the vision document

12 Days to go! Crowdfunding Update

We're now down to our last 12 days of our crowdfunding campaign and it has been a very busy few weeks with lots of engagement opportunities.  Associate Professor Mia Woodruff was invited to present a keynote at the Brisbane Innovate Event on the 19 October in front of a large audience who was excited to hear all about the Hospital of the Future and how 3D printing is a disruptive technology in the field of medicine. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk opening the Brisbane Innovate Event

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk opening the Brisbane Innovate Event

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff giving her keynote on the Hospital of the Future and Disruptive Technology in Medicine.

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff giving her keynote on the Hospital of the Future and Disruptive Technology in Medicine.

Some examples of the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology groups research.

Some examples of the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology groups research.

The Hear and Say team were also busy with the Healthy Hearing Symposium at the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Thursday and Friday last week.  The team had four presentations in total including one from Dr. Wendy Arnott and Maureen Ross on learning outcomes for children with atresia and a brief overview on the FutureHear project.  

Back at QUT on Friday we also had a special visit from Advance Queensland and Queensland's first Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowby. We loved being able to share what we are doing! 

Queensland's first Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowby visiting the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Lab at QUT. 

Queensland's first Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowby visiting the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Lab at QUT. 

We'd also like to share a big shout out to all of our 137 supporters but especially Michael Eales and the team at Business Models Inc. who held the Flux event on the 13-15 October for their generous donation.

Keep sharing the word about our crowdfunding campaign at www.pozible.com/project/futurehear

Maureen, Mia and the FutureHear Team

 

Feature Post: Bethany's experience at QUT VC STEM Camp

This week we have a feature blog post from one of the year 11 high school students that our group had the pleasure of hosting during QUT VC STEM Camp last month.  Bethany, from St. Benedict's Collage, wrote this piece for her school newsletter.

Report from QUT Vice-Chancellors STEM Camp by Bethany Conroy Year 11

At the conclusion of Semester Two, I was offered a place to attend the QUT VC STEM Camp to be held during the Term 3 holidays. Last week, I was fortunate enough to spend a week at QUT participating in this program for high achieving Year 11 students. Over the week that I was at QUT I participated in various talks held by QUT researchers and people from industry. I was fortunate enough to meet Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garret AO, Rodger Lawrence, Chief Technologist for Innovation in HP Enterprise Services and Associate Professor Mia Woodruff. Along with other students also participating in this program, we discussed the world in ten years and listened to how these academics saw the future in ten years and the technological advances that we could expect to see.

The main goal of the week was to complete a research project and present our findings to our peers at the conclusion of the week. I participated in a research project facilitated by Associate Professor Mia Woodruff, her team and QUT student ambassadors. The project I worked on was Biofabrication: Biomedical Printing is Hear. The end goal of our project was to construct a life like prosthetic ear which can be used as a cosmetic solution for people born with from microtia. Microtia is a congenital birth defect that causes children to have an underdeveloped or malformed ear. In some cases, children have one unaffected ear, this can be scanned and biofabricated to create another ear. Failing this a parent or sibling’s ear can be scanned instead. The process involved scanning the patient’s ear using an iPad, and then using free computer software to develop a 3D model. This model was then 3D printed. An inverse mould of this model was developed and finally skin coloured, medical grade silicon was poured into the mould to form the prosthetic ear. Associate Professor Mia Woodruff said that the goal was to have these prosthetics ready for implantation at the end of next year. This is the first stage of Associate Professor Mia Woodruff’s Future Hear project, further stages involve creating a living ear and then bionics to help these children hear.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience, getting to be part of a project that will change research in the health field and many people’s lives. I enjoyed working with other likeminded students as well as the academics, and thank Associate Professor Mia Woodruff and her team for putting together an amazing project and working with us for the week. I also would like to thank Science Curriculum Leader, Ms Guthrie for her support in helping me apply for and attend this program. Without her I would not have had this amazing opportunity. I would encourage other students to apply for this program as it is an amazing experience.

We're so glad to read such a fantastic review of the week from Bethany and we're so thankful for her enthusiasm and engagement with our project. 

QUT VC STEM Camp

Biofabrication - Biomedical 3D Printing is Hear

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting 16 year 11 high school students from across Queensland for the QUT VC STEM Camp.  The week was filled with presentations, workshops, careers fairs and most of all a lot of fun.  The week was topped off with a talent show on Thursday night and presentations from all of the 160 students that attended on Friday.

Our program was called "Biofabrication- Biomedical 3D Printing is Hear" and we were one of the ten groups that participated in the week.  We set our students up to work their way through 3D scanning, 3D modelling and 3D printing either a bone defect or an ear prosthetic.  All the programs we used were free to use which allows the students to see the resources that available to them right now to learn the basic of this exciting world of 3D technology.

Day 1. Real World Futures Q&A with Roger Lawrence, Dr. Mia Woodruff, Taj Pabari and Dr. Geoff Garret AO.

Day 1. Real World Futures Q&A with Roger Lawrence, Dr. Mia Woodruff, Taj Pabari and Dr. Geoff Garret AO.

Day 2. Students setting up their skull model to scan.

Day 2. Students setting up their skull model to scan.

Day 3. Group C celebrating their completed ear model which has just been sent to the printer.

Day 3. Group C celebrating their completed ear model which has just been sent to the printer.

Day 3. The students got to come up to the lab and mould a prosthetic ear from silicone using a 3D printed mould.

Day 3. The students got to come up to the lab and mould a prosthetic ear from silicone using a 3D printed mould.

Day 4. Taking a break from writing presentations

Day 4. Taking a break from writing presentations

Day 5. VC STEM Camp Breakfast with keynote speaker Catherine Ball

Day 5. VC STEM Camp Breakfast with keynote speaker Catherine Ball

Day 5. Our final goodbye after an incredible week!

Day 5. Our final goodbye after an incredible week!

We would like to thank all of our students for bringing so much enthusiasm and excitement to the week.  Special thanks also has to go to the STEM team at QUT for all their planning for the week, the student ambassadors who assisted especially Max and Matt from our team. 

Crowdfunding Rewards

Check out our FutureHear crowdfunding gifts

Our favorite thing about crowdfunding is that we have the opportunity to give back a little something to our supporters to say thank you.  We've got a whole range of 3D printed gifts, tours or workshops that you can pick from in return for pledging your support for our 3D printed ears project for children with microtia. Below we have listed our rewards so you can see what could be yours and if you spot something you like or want to read more about our project go to www.pozible.com/project/futurehear

$25 Pledge - Cool 3D Printed Necklace

A 3D printed charm necklace plus a thank you shout out via social media.

$25 Pledge - QUT Community Kaleidoscope 

Join our community! Have your own personalised 3D printed butterfly publicly displayed in our Biofabrication laboratory at the Institute for Future Environments, QUT Gardens Point.  You will also be thanked via social media.

$50 Pledge - Biofabrication Tour with Mia and the Team

Personal 3D Printing lab tour with Mia and the team at QUT, Brisbane.  You will also get a 3D printed gift key ring to take home.

$100 Pledge - Wall of Joy! 3D Kaleidoscope Art

Create a beautiful 3D personalised artwork at Hear and Say for kids and families to enjoy.  We will decorate the reception with large beautiful multi-coloured 3D printed butterflies.  Be part of this creative art installation! Includes a thank you shout-out via social media.

$200 Pledge - 3D Printed Phone Case

3D printed phone case with your name in either our FutureHear phone case design or a plain design.  Includes a thank you shout-out via social media.

$350 Pledge - 3D Printed Gift Card

Awesome 3D printed greeting card, welcome placard or table centre piece.  Choice of colours and designs including

  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries

$1000 Pledge - 3D Printing Workshop with Mia and Team

3D printing workshop and tour for 5 people with the FutureHear team.  This is a fantastic gift for high school students and teachers or business's wanting to find out more about 3D printing.

$2500 Pledge - Corporate reward

3D printed personalised designed and branded (corporate logo) key rings (QTY 100).  You'll also be featured as a sponsor at our events - we have lots planned.

$5000 Pledge - VIP Gala Table

VIP champagne reception with the FutureHear team and celebrity guests at the 2017 annual Hear and Say Gala.  You will also receive a 3D printed badge or brooch to wear.

Please help support our crowdfunding campaign to fund $200,000 for our research.  Every bit counts towards making our project a success.

Maureen, Mia, Dimity and the FutureHear team

Crowdfunding Launch

We like to think outside the box at FutureHear and we've decided to extend that way of thinking to our project funding.  This weekend marked the official launch of the FutureHear crowdfunding campaign.  https://pozible.com/project/futurehear

FutureHear Team Chris, Dimity, Maureen Mia and Sean. Crowdfunding launch on the weekend.

We are aiming to raise $200,000 to fund our 3D printed prosthetic ear project for children with microtia (born without and ear or with an incomplete ear). We are confident we are going to get there but to do it we need you to join us in spreading the word and supporting our cause. See our fantastic platform below:

Pozible home page

Pozible home page

The crowdfunding campaign provides a fantastic platform for us to raise funds for our project and to also provide some incredible gifts in return to our supporters.  These include 3D printed necklaces, gift cards and artwork, as well as tours and workshops in our 3D printing laboratory (keep an eye out over the next few days for another post to find out more).

FutureHear display at the Australian Microtia and Atresia Conference.  A small preview of some of our pledges.

FutureHear display at the Australian Microtia and Atresia Conference.  A small preview of some of our pledges.

We had an incredible time over the weekend launching our crowdfunding at the annual Australia Microtia and Atresia Conference which is held at Hear and Say. Associate Professor Mia Woodruff, Dr. Wendy Arnott and Dr. Sean Powell all presented alongside pediatricians and surgeons.  We were lucky enough to also have Minister Anthony Lynham and Thomas Broich of the Brisbane Roar join us to support the launch.

The FutureHear team with Thomas Broich of the Brisbane Roar

The FutureHear team with Thomas Broich of the Brisbane Roar

We would like to thank everyone that was involved in success of the weekend and especially those who have already pledged their support to our campaign.

Our visit from Deputy Minister of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek

On Friday, 29th July 2016, the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology laboratory was visited by Deputy Minister of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek.  Tanya Plibersek is also the Shadow Minister for Education and the Shadow Minister for Women and our laboratory was selected to showcase to her some of the fabulous work being done in the area of STEM by women at QUT.

We loved being given the opportunity to showcase our FutureHear project and some of our other biofabrication research with Tanya.

Hear and Say's 2016 Hollywood Gala

Join us on the red carpet and help raise funds for a fantastic cause! Hear and Say's annual gala will be held on the 27 August at the Brisbane Convention Centre with a Hollywood theme.

If you purchase your tickets before the 31 July you go in the draw to win two premium tickets to see the Wallabies v South Africa on 10 September with thanks to Suncorp Stadium.

For more information on how to buy tickets visit the event page.

Women in Technology STEMed Event

Come find us at the Women in Technology STEMed event on Sunday 29th May at the Royal International Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds.  The Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Team and Hear and Say have shared exhibit and you will be able to hear our experts Mia Woodruff and Emma Rushbrooke give presentations on their work.

To read more about the event and buy tickets go to the STEMed page.

We hope to see you there!