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New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

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A new institute that brings together biomedical engineers, clinical researchers and industry partners to develop real-world solutions for public health has been launched.

Located in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GCI) will be a hub for University of Melbourne researchers and industry partners to collaborate on developing new bionic devices, implants, drug treatments and assistive technologies like prosthetics, as well as diagnostics.

The institute is named after Professor Graeme Clark AC who invented the bionic ear along with his University of Melbourne colleagues, the first prototype multiple electrode implant device that successfully improved the ability of deaf people to understand speech.

The inaugural Director of the Graeme Clark Institute, Professor Mark Cook, says the Institute will link clinical and engineering fields in the pursuit of new solutions to public health.

“It’s fair to say that no biomedical engineering ins…

UQ Dentistry graduate: from childhood refugee to award-winning dentist

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A decade after fleeing his native Iran, Dr Hooman Baghaie, knows the importance of being able to smile. This is why the University of Queensland Bachelor of Dental Science graduate and childhood refugee gives back to those in disadvantaged communities.



“I arrived in Australia at the age of 12,” Dr Baghaie said. “My parents, my younger sisters and I were forced to leave Iran because we belonged to the Baha’i faith.

“Part of my development as a dentist has been to give something back to the community.

“I have been fortunate enough to be involved in numerous research projects with refugees, rural Australians and those suffering from mental illnesses.

“UQ has supported me to provide volunteer dental care in East Timor and Cambodia, and in Australia with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

Head of the UQ School of Dentistry Professor Pauline Ford said Dr Baghaie had achieved the highest clinical marks in both his third and fourth years of a Bachelor of Dental Science and described him as an…

What do your music preferences say about your study habits?

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It’s well known that certain human behaviours such as eating, having sex or shared social moments lead to a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

“Dopamine is a very common neurotransmitter, sometimes called a feel-good neurochemical. More accurately, it is released in response to a rewarding activity, and its presence helps drive our motivation and reinforces the activity that led to its release,” says University of Sydney Professor Alais.



Now music can be added to the list, since it’s been found that listening to emotionally engaging melodies also results in the release of dopamine—one of few intangible practices to do this.

Prof Alais discussed a behavioural study on rats to demonstrate the relationship between dopamine and motivation.

“Given two pathways to find a food reward, rats with high dopamine levels took the effortful path to receive twice the amount of food, while those with low levels took the easy path and received less food,” he says.

So, how does this relate to st…

Uni Reviews ranks JCU medicine as #1 in Australia

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James Cook University is Australia's Tropical University, and JCU medical graduates are be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.



Recently, Uni Reviews ranked the top Australian universities for medicine using a formula combining
medical school size (student numbers)student and graduate satisfaction with medicine courses (% satisfied)indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates). Medicine includes General Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Anaesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Internal Medicine and General Practice.

Uni Reviews presents independent reviews, ratings and rankings of Australian universities. Site content is published by UniCurve for the benefit of students. As listed by Uni Reviews, the top universities for medicine in Australia for 2017 are
James Cook UniversityUniversity of Western AustraliaMonash University James Cook University JCU Medici…

Monash University offers $4000 relocation grant for international pharmacy students

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Studying pharmacy at Monash University not only offers you the chance to experience life in another country, but it also gives you the opportunity to qualify as a pharmacist much more quickly than you would in Canada and begin your career earlier. Australian universities offer pharmacy degrees at an undergraduate level, which means you can enter straight from high school without needing to complete a university degree first.


Monash University is the No.1 pharmacy school in Australia, top 2 in the world In the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, only Harvard University ranked higher than Monash for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. At Monash you’ll have access to some of the country’s best-equipped facilities, alongside innovative teaching technologies such as MyDispense—a web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice. You will also undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies, …

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

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If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?



Absolutely! Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.
Your Pathway to CertificationApplication - Create an online application through the NDEB portal.Registration for the Examinations - Register for available examinations through your online profile.Proof of Graduation - Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.Certification - When you have passed bo…

Fighting fires with Bond physiotherapy students

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The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University is an innovative, problem-based learning curriculum based on small-group facilitated tutorials, resource sessions and learning in a clinical environment.


Students undertake studies in Bond University's $20-million, state-of-the-art building. Features include clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system, and also features a dedicated computer laboratory for students.

Sounds great, but let's not forget their amazing clinic

Bond Physiotherapy students have the unique opportunity to be placed in tactical environments for rehabilitation training during their degree. Here, Bond DPT student Adam Walker takes part in measuring rehydration levels in firefighters as th…