Professor Simon Malpas

BSc Hons, Vic., PhD Otago


Simon Malpas is a graduate of Victoria University and the University of Otago. Simon did postdoctoral research in Japan, UK and Australia before returning to New Zealand in 1996 to an academic position in the Department of Physiology. He joined the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in the same year.

Simon's long term collaboration with David Budgett lead to the development of implantable devices for monitoring neural signals. This research was later commercialised through the spin-out company, Telemetry Research. In 2012 Telemetry Research merged with Millar Instruments of Houston, Texas. Simon is Chief Scientific Officer for the company.

Millar Instruments maintains a strong research and development programme which collaborates with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute's research team to produce novel telemetry devices for scientific research. The telemetry systems developed from these research programmes have been exported to over 30 countries and led to a rapid growth in revenue.

Read more information about Millar Instruments at the company's website.

Research | Current

Simon's research interests lie in the development of novel implantable devices for clinical and research use. A specific area of focus is in the development of a device to improve the lives of people with hydocephalus.


  • Pickering award for commercialisation of technology, Royal Society of New Zealand, 2014
  • Finalist Science and Health section, Bayer Innovators Awards, 2009
  • Young Investigator Award in Regulatory and Integrative Physiology, American Physiological Society, 2003
  • Arthur C. Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology and Medicine, American Physiological Society, 2002
  • Butland Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Auckland, 2002
  • Butland Distinguished Research Award in Medical Science, University of Auckland, 1999

Areas of expertise

  • Cardiovascular control
  • Medical device development

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chen, F. Y. B., Budgett, D. M., Sun, Y., Malpas, S., McCormick, D., & Freestone, P. S. (2017). Pulse-width modulation of optogenetic photo-stimulation intensity for application to full-implantable light sources. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 11 (1), 28-34. 10.1109/TBCAS.2016.2577042
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Freestone, David Budgett, Daniel McCormick, Beverly Chen
  • McBryde, F., Malpas, S., & Paton, J. (2017). Intra-cranial mechanisms for preserving brain blood flow in health and disease. Acta Physiologica, 219 (1), 274-287. 10.1111/apha.12706
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Fiona McBryde, Julian Paton
  • Emans, T. W., Janssen, B. J., Pinkham, M. I., Ow, C. P., Evans, R. G., Joles, J. A., ... Koeners, M. P. (2016). Exogenous and endogenous angiotensin-II decrease renal cortical oxygen tension in conscious rats by limiting renal blood flow. The Journal of Physiology, 594 (21), 6287-6300. 10.1113/JP270731
  • Koeners, M. P., Ow, C. P., Russell, D. M., Evans, R. G., & Malpas, S. C. (2016). Prolonged and continuous measurement of kidney oxygenation in conscious rats. Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1397, 93-111. 10.1007/978-1-4939-3353-2_9
  • Stehlin, E. F., McCormick, D., Malpas, S. C., Pontré BP, Heppner, P. A., & Budgett, D. M. (2015). MRI interactions of a fully implantable pressure monitoring device. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 42 (5), 1441-1449. 10.1002/jmri.24909
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel McCormick, David Budgett, Beau Pontre
  • Clark, T. M., Malpas, S. C., McCormick, D., Heppner, P., & Budgett, D. M. (2015). Implantable multi-modal sensor to improve outcomes in hydrocephalus management. IEEE Sensors Journal, 15 (10), 6027-6035. 10.1109/JSEN.2015.2451655
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel McCormick, David Budgett
  • Guild, S. J., McBryde, F. D., & Malpas, S. C. (2015). Recording of intracranial pressure in conscious rats via telemetry. Journal of Applied Physiology, 119 (5), 576-581. 10.1152/japplphysiol.00165.2015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah-Jane Guild, Fiona McBryde
  • Clark, T. M., Malpas, S. C., McCormick, D., Guild, S.-J., & Budgett, D. M. (2015). New multimodal data obtained in-vivo from a single ultra-miniature transducer. Biomed Microdevices, 17 (4)10.1007/s10544-015-9984-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel McCormick, David Budgett, Sarah-Jane Guild


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 103C
New Zealand

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