Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation

Preclinical research services

Supporting your research

From concept to completion, we can support the entire medical devices research and development cycle at one site, including:

  • consultation with leading clinical and scientific experts that can cover study design, ethical approval and budgeting
  • in vivo models designed using surgical and veterinary expertise
  • post-operative care
  • medical imaging including X-ray, clinical computed tomography and micro computed tomography
  • mechanical testing
  • histology and histomorphometry
  • compilation of publications, reports and presentations.


The expertise of our staff and researchers includes:

  • clinical and scientific experts for study design and development
  • preclinical research in mice, rat, rabbits, sheep and pigs
  • surgical training in human donors, pigs and sheep
  • in vivo digital X-ray and fluoroscopy, image analysis and visualisation
  • microCT, CT and MRI of necropsy specimen, image analysis and visualisation
  • biomechanical testing
  • histology, histomorphometry and immunohistochemistry from paraffin and resin-embedded samples
  • preparation of presentations, reports, and publications.

Research models

We specialise in establishing new experimental models, and our existing research models include:

  • osteoporosis (rat)
  • fracture healing (mouse, rat, sheep)
  • critical size bone defect (mouse, rat, sheep)
  • cancellous and cortical bone defects (rat, rabbit, sheep)
  • osteoarthritis (rat, sheep)
  • osteochondral defects (sheep, pigs)
  • biomaterial evaluation (rat, rabbit, sheep)
  • spinal fusion (sheep).


We were awarded GLP accreditation by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia in January 2016.


Medical Engineering Research Facility