Professor Anthony Burkitt

Research Interests

  • Computational Neuroscience (Neural plasticity; Epilepsy)
  • Medical Bionics (Retinal implants; Cochlear implants)

Personal webpage


Professor Anthony Burkitt is the Research Director of Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) and Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

BVA is a partnership of world-leading Australian research institutions collaborating to develop an advanced retinal prosthesis, or bionic eye, to restore the sense of vision to people with degenerative or inherited retinal disease. The partners of Bionic Vision Australia are the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the Bionic Ear Institute, the Centre for Eye Research Australia and NICTA.

In December 2009 Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) was awarded $42 million from the Federal Government. Professor David Penington says the grant, provided over four years, will take the team to the point where commercial development of an implant at the back of the eye, responding to wireless transmission of vision, will become a reality. 

Recent Publications

  1. Erfanian Saeedi N, Blamey PJ, Burkitt A, Grayden D. Learning Pitch with STDP: A Computational Model of Place and Temporal Pitch Perception Using Spiking Neural Networks. PLoS Computational Biology. Public Library of Science. 2016, Vol. 12, Issue 4.
  2. Oxley T, Opie N, John S, Rind GS, Ronayne SM, Wheeler TL, Judy JW, McDonald AJ, Dornom A, Lovell T, Steward C, Garrett DJ, Moffat BA, Lui EH, Yassi N, Campbell B, Wong YT, Fox KE, Nurse ES, Bennett IE, Bauquier S, Liyanage KA, Van Der Nagel NR, Perucca P, Ahnood A, Gill KP, Yan B, Churilov L, French C, Desmond PM, Horne MK, Kiers L, Prawer S, Davis S, Burkitt A, Mitchell PJ, Grayden D, May C, O'Brien T. Minimally invasive endovascular stent-electrode array for high-fidelity, chronic recordings of cortical neural activity. NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY. Nature Publishing Group. 2016, Vol. 34, Issue 3.
  3. Kameneva T, Maturana MI, Hadjinicolaou AE, Cloherty SL, Ibbotson MR, Grayden D, Burkitt A, Meffin H. Retinal ganglion cells: mechanisms underlying depolarization block and differential responses to high frequency electrical stimulation of ON and OFF cells. JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2016, Vol. 13, Issue 1.
  4. Wong Y, Wong YT, Halupka K, Kameneva T, Cloherty SL, Grayden D, Burkitt A, Meffin H, Shivdasani MN. Spectral distribution of local field potential responses to electrical stimulation of the retina.. J Neural Eng. 2016, Vol. 13, Issue 3.
  5. Spencer M, Nayagam D, Clarey JC, Paolini A, Meffin H, Burkitt A, Grayden D. Broadband Onset Inhibition Can Suppress Spectral Splatter in the Auditory Brainstem. PLOS ONE. Public Library of Science. 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 5.
  6. Kameneva T, Abramian M, Zarelli D, Nesic D, Burkitt A, Meffin H, Grayden D. Spike history neural response model. JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2015, Vol. 38, Issue 3.
  7. Kameneva T, Zarelli D, Nesic D, Grayden D, Burkitt A, Meffin H. A comparison of open-loop and closed-loop stimulation strategies to control excitation of retinal ganglion cells. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 14.
  8. Erfanian Saeedi N, Blamey P, Burkitt A, Grayden D. Application of a pitch perception model to investigate the effect of stimulation field spread on the pitch ranking abilities of cochlear implant recipients. Hearing Research. Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 316.
  9. Kerr R, Grayden D, Thomas D, Gilson M, Burkitt A. Coexistence of Reward and Unsupervised Learning During the Operant Conditioning of Neural Firing Rates. PLoS One. Public Library of Science. 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 1.
  10. Kameneva T, Grayden D, Meffin H, Burkitt A. Feedback stimulation strategy: control of retinal ganglion cells activation. International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). IEEE Press. 2014.
  11. Ayton L, Blamey P, Guymer R, Luu C, Nayagam D, Sinclair NC, Shivdasani M, Yeoh J, McCombe M, Briggs R, Opie N, Villalobos J, Dimitrov P, Varsamidis M, Petoe M, McCarthy C, Walker JG, Barnes N, Burkitt A, Williams C, Shepherd R, Allen P. First-in-Human Trial of a Novel Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis. PLOS ONE. Public Library of Science. 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 12.
  12. Kerr R, Grayden D, Thomas D, Gilson M, Burkitt A. Goal-directed control with cortical units that are gated by both top-down feedback and oscillatory coherence. FRONTIERS IN NEURAL CIRCUITS. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2014, Vol. 8.
  13. Kiral-Kornek F, O'Sullivan-Greene E, Savage CO, McCarthy C, Grayden D, Burkitt A. Improved visual performance in letter perception through edge orientation encoding in a retinal prosthesis simulation. Journal of Neural Engineering. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2014, Vol. 11.
  14. Baroni F, Burkitt A, Grayden D. Interplay of intrinsic and synaptic conductances in the generation of high-frequency oscillations in interneuronal networks with irregular spiking. PLoS Computational Biology. Public Library of Science. 2014, Vol. 10, Issue 5.
  15. Meffin H, Tahayori B, Sergeev E, Mareels I, Grayden D, Burkitt A. Modelling extracellular electrical stimulation: III. Derivation and interpretation of neural tissue equations. JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2014, Vol. 11, Issue 6.

Anthony Burkitt

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Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Parkville
University of Melbourne
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