Cardiovascular Bioengineering @ MCRI applies cutting-edge engineering, image processing and computational modelling techniques to understand and address cardiovascular problems in children. Our interests range from fundamental aspects of blood flow dynamics to improving clinical diagnosis and treatment of children with congenital heart disease, and from developing techniques for measuring blood pressure in children to applying these techniques to detect early signs of cardiovascular risk.
We are part of the Heart Research group within the Murdoch Childrens Research Insitute, the largest child health research organisation in Australia and one of the leading paediatric research institutes internationally. The Heart Research group is highly multidisciplinary and contains Paediatric Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Experimental Physiology, Cellular Biology and Cardiovascular Bioengineering teams. Our highly collaborative approach, world class facilities and clinical environment creates a strong interface between basic and clinical science.
We are closely linked with the Departments of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), Melbourne. RCH is one of the largest children's hospitals in the southern hemisphere and the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria (also treating children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales, other states around Australia and overseas). The paediatric cardiac centre is the largest in Australia, see here for more information.
Our students are enrolled through the University of Melbourne with the Department of Paediatrics or Melbourne School of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering). The University of Melbourne is the top-ranked university in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016). If you are interested in a pursuing a student research project with us see here.
Melbourne is a highly multicultural city that has been ranked as the world's most liveable city for six years in a row due to our high ratings in education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport. Parkville is located to the north of the Central Business District and is a major health service, education and research hub, with the University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital, Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Bio21 Institute, Royal Children's Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute all within walking distance.