Federal Government commits $30 million to the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery

25 Mar 2019

Federal Government commits $30 million to the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery

We are delighted to announce a $30 million funding commitment from the Federal Government towards the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ACMD will keep the city at the global cutting edge of medical technology.

The Centre, which is the only facility where biomedical research and development takes place in a hospital, has already produced an incredible array of medical innovations. For Epilepsy sufferers there’s a head implant that talks to patient’s mobile phone, warning them when a seizure is imminent, and the 3D printing of human stem cells, which are injected into joints to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis. 

Researchers at ACMD have also developed a 3D printing technique that produces replacement human bones and uses surgical robots to fit them to cancer patients or trauma victims. 

Professor Mark Cook of St Vincent’s Hospital said this unique facility will be like nothing else in Australia. “There are very few of these sorts of arrangements like this in the world where you’ve actually got the bio-engineering facility in a clinical site.’’ 

The federal funding, along with the $60 million that has been promised by the state government, will allow the $180 million project to go ahead. Private philanthropy and commercial partners are expected to complete the required funding for this remarkable project.