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Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

Department of Environment and Science

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Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF)

Inside a research operating theatre

IHBI, Queensland University of Technology

MERF is the first facility to support the full cycle of basic biomaterial and medical device research from pre-clinical studies to training. MERF is designed to meet Australia's emerging needs in orthopaedic and artificial organ research, and provides a comprehensive suite of research and training facilities at the one location. MERF’s clients include all of the major multinational orthopaedic, surgical and medical device companies.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Pre-clinical testing -Surgical Training
  • Mechanical Testing

Facilities and major equipment

  • Physical Containment Class 2 (PC2) Small Animal Holding
  • Physical Containment Class 2 (PC2) laboratory
  • Mechanical Testing Laboratory
  • Surgical Training Laboratory
  • Biological Research Facility- Large Animals
  • Medical Imaging Facilities

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Staib Rd, Chermside, Brisbane, 4032

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
19 June 2019