Professor Karen Reynolds

Dean (Research) and Director MDRI and MDPP
College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University

“Innovative medical devices and assistive technologies have the ability to radically transform the lives of older Australians – helping people to stay in their own homes for longer and enjoy a greater quality of life. Technology can be a key enabler of care, supporting decision making, monitoring, rehabilitation, engagement and independence.   Whilst these technologies are important, they must be easily accessible to drive consumer uptake. Ultimately, successful technology development and integration requires collaboration between end-users, researchers, industry, clinicians and technology providers. Join me in this session to explore the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to device development and some of the key findings underpinning technology as a driver of change for the ageing well population.”

Professor Karen Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) and the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) as well as Dean (Research) of the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University.

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) was established by Karen as an innovative and highly-successful initiative which harnesses university expertise to help companies or inventors looking to develop cutting-edge medical devices and bring their products to market. The program has energised the medical technology industry in South Australia by encouraging and facilitating partnerships between medical researchers and South Australian manufacturers.

Karen she is considered as one of Australia’s leading researchers in the fields of biomechanical modelling, simulation for medical training, and smart instrumentation for medicine and surgery. Recognised for her outstanding contributions, Karen was named one of Zonta Club of Adelaide’s Women of Achievement for 2017, Engineers Australia David Dewhurst Award in 2016, South Australian Scientist of the Year 2012, elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences in 2011, and awarded Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2010. In 2012 Karen was awarded the Flinders University inaugural title of Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor for her extensive achievements across the fields of teaching, research and leadership.