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Laura Diment

DPhil student in Engineering Science

Research interests

  • Additive manufacturing for customised prosthetics
  • Prosthetic comfort in low-resourced settings
  • Simulating the human body to inform design of user-specific rehabilitation devices
  • The human thermoregulatory system
  • Body sensor networks
  • Training technicians in low-resourced settings to develop assistive devices

Education

2015-2018 Reading for a DPhil in Engineering Science, University of Oxford 

2009-2012 BEng (Biomedical) with First Class Honours, Flinders University

Work experience

2017 Junior Dean, Brasenose College, Oxford University

Welfare and disciplinary role for university students

2016-2017 Tutor/demonstrator, Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University

Topic: Biomedical Modelling and Monitoring

2013-2015 Research Associate, Medical Device Partnering Program, Flinders University 

Designing, prototyping and testing novel medical and assistive devices.

2012-2015 Lecturer/tutor, School of Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics, Flinders University 

Topics: Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomechanics, Engineering Design, Professional Skills and Electronics

2012-2015 Engineering On Country South Australian Rep, Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Building partnerships with Aboriginal communities and planning cultural awareness events.

2013 Biomedical Engineer, Motivation Australia

Training Papua New Guinean Mobility Technicians in wheelchair assembly and fitting

2011 Research Intern, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Development of a virtual art program for children with cerebral palsy

Awards and scholarships

2017 Brasenose College Senior Hulme Scholarship

2016 Best Oral Presentation at the RECOUP International Conference on Ergonomics

2016 Newton Bhabha Phd Placement Grant

2015 John Monash Scholarship, General Sir John Monash Foundation

2014 Best Presentation, Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference

2014 Best Business Plan (Postgraduate Category and People's Choice Award), Flinders University

2014 Engineers Australia Young Biomedical Engineer - Conference Paper prize

2014 New Venture Institute Enterprise Workshop Scholarship and 3rd place

2013 International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Student Design Challenge - 3rd place

2012 Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (SMBE) Outstanding Honours Project Award

2012 Flinders University Most Outstanding Engineering Honours Project Award

2012 Chancellor's Letter of Commendation, Flinders University

2012 Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Scholarship

Journal publications

Diment, L., Thompson, M. and Bergmann, J. (2017). The efficacy and effectiveness of 3D printed medical devices: A systematic review. BMJ Open (in press).

Diment, L., Thompson, M. and Bergmann, J. (2017). Three-dimensional printed upper-limb prostheses lack randomised controlled trials: A systematic review. Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Diment, L., Ruthenbeck, G., Dharmawardana, N., Carney, A., Woods, C., Ooi, E. and Reynolds, K. (2015), Comparing surgical experience with performance on a sinus surgery simulator. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 86(12); 990-995.

Dharmawardana, N., Ruthenbeck, G., Woods, C., Elmiyeh, B., Diment, L., Ooi, E., Reynolds, K. and Carney, A. (2015). Validation of virtual reality based simulations for endoscopic sinus surgery. Clinical Otolaryngology, 40(6); 569-579.

Diment, L. & Hobbs, D. (2014). A gesture-based virtual art program for children with severe motor impairments - development and pilot study.  Journal of Assistive, Rehabilitative & Therapeutic Technologies. 2: 23206 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/jartt.v2.23206

O'Brien, E., Mohtar A., Diment, L. & Reynolds, K. (2014). A detachable electronic device for use with a long white cane to assist with mobility. Assistive Technology. 26(4); 219-226. 

Conference publications

Diment, L., Bergmann, J., Moulic, S., Thompson, M. (2017). The effect of a lower-limb prosthesis on skin temperature. In ISPO UK Annual Scientific Meeting. Cambridge, UK.

Diment, L., Bergmann, J., Thompson, M. (2016). 3D printed upper limb prosthetics are not backed by clinical evidence. In Trent International Prosthetic Symposuim. Glasgow, UK.

Diment, L., Bergmann, J., Moulic, S., Thompson, M. (2016). Temperature and prosthetic discomfort. In MEIbioeng 16. Oxford, UK.

Diment, L., Bergmann, J., Moulic, S., Thompson, M. (2016). Data-driven prosthetic socket design: using sensors to assess discomfort. In RECOUP International Conference on Ergonomics. Bangalore, India.

Diment, L. & Hobbs, D. (2014). Interactive Technologies that Engage Children with Disabilities in Visual Art – A Review. In the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference. Canberra, Australia.

Diment, L., Hobbs, D. & Chau, T. (2013). A Gesture-based Virtual Art Program for Children with Severe Motor Impairments – Development and Pilot Study. In the 7th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. Goyang, South Korea.