The Ultrasound Education Group is part of the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and is located on the 6th floor of the Centre for Medical Research Building, co-located with The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The group comprises of three full-time academics and 10 professional staff including Edwina Coller (Manager). The academics; Prof Alistair Royse (cardiothoracic surgeon and Deputy Director of Surgery, UoM), Prof Colin Royse (anaesthetist), are also clinicians who work at Melbourne Hospitals, including Royal Melbourne Hospital and Senior Lecturer David Canty (anaesthetist). They supervise higher research degree students, undergraduate medical students performing research projects, and post-graduated clinicians pursuing active research and education projects.
Research themes include a wide range of ultrasound including transoesophageal echocardiography for cardiac surgery, clinical point of care diagnostic ultrasound of heart, lungs, abdomen, vascular, invasive procedures, and new techniques. Other active areas of research include cardiac surgery, cardiothoracic anaesthesia, postoperative quality of recovery in all types of surgery, and medical education.
In 2015 the unit was successful in obtaining the largest NHMRC grant awarded to a department from The University of Melbourne, which was for The International Multi-centre Randomised Trial on Transfusion Triggers in Cardiac Surgery, led from Ontario, Canada.