Melissa Louey, mentee in the 2019 MedTech-Pharma program in VIC (The University of Melbourne)

Melissa Louey attained a Bachelor of Biomedicine followed by a Master of Engineering (Biomedical) at The University of Melbourne in 2013. Since graduation, Melissa has worked as a Biomedical Engineer at the Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Laboratory at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Whilst working in gait analysis, Melissa developed a keen interest in movement analysis and how it can support the management of children with cerebral palsy.

Melissa is a current PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Melbourne and studies in affiliation with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Melissa’s PhD project focuses on children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy, one of the most debilitating forms of childhood disability causing uncontrolled movements and abnormal postures. Current clinical tools that evaluate the efficacy of treatment and grade the severity of dyskinesia are imprecise and insensitive to change. Melissa aims to address this issue in her research studies by developing a clinically feasible tool to objectively measure the severity of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy.

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