Thushara Perera

East Melbourne, Victoria

Biomedical engineer, research fellow

Having started his career working on the bionic eye project, Thushara has turned his attention to improving the diagnostic accuracy of Parkinson’s disease. There is currently not a conclusive test for this long-term degenerative disorder, which means that those crucial early years when treatment is most effective are lost. Thushara has invented the BIRD, a device that aims to detect signs of Parkinson’s disease through finger movements. After a promising pilot, he wants to conduct a large clinical trial with the help of volunteer neurologists. Thushara’s ultimate goal is for this diagnostic and tracking tool to be in every Australian health clinic.