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Exploring Inner Space Connecting researchers with infrastructure, the National Imaging Facility (NIF) is an Australia-wide organisation providing state-of-the-art imaging capabilities GET IN TOUCH Exploring Inner Space NIF's grid of imaging facilities reaches across the nation, offering a range of leading-edge instrumentation and expertise to the Australian research community WHAT CAN NIF DO? Exploring Inner Space Established in 2007, the National Imaging Facility (NIF) is a $300m program of the Australian National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). WHAT IS NIF?

Application Themes

NIF provides state-of-the-art imaging capabilities for the imaging of human, animals, plants, and materials through three main themes of:

MRI of a berry cross-section showing segmentation
Animals, Plants & Materials Imaging 
Human Imaging
PET-CT image of rat
Molecular Imaging & Radiochemistry

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MRI brain slices with regions highlighted showing changes between females with and without children - from PLOSOne Changes in the brain related to parenthood News, Research Projects The Cognitive Neuroimaging Team at Monash Biomedical Imaging have discovered changes in brain structure between parents and non-parents... Continue Reading Thomas Shaw awarded MND Fellowship News With no known cure and over 2,100 Australians living with motor neurone disease (MND), there is a growing urgency to understand, diagnose, and treat this debilitating neurological disease. MND is a group of conditions causing the nerves in the spine and brain to lose function over time. Although symptoms can be managed for some time to...... Continue Reading Appointment of Independent Board Chair News, Press Releases We are delighted to announce that Professor Margaret Harding has accepted the position as the next Independent Chair of the Board of the National Imaging Facility (NIF). Margaret Harding is an experienced Board Director and higher education Senior Executive. She is currently Board Chair of NSW Circular, non-Executive Director at SmartSat CRC, Professor Emeritus at the...... Continue Reading Virtual tools for MRI analyses News, Research Projects Mr Shane Ehrhardt, PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, wants to know: Do training benefits accrued from one task affect cognitive performance on separate, untrained tasks? Working with Prof Paul Dux, Dr Hannah Filmer and Prof Jason Mattingley, Mr Ehrhardt is combining multiple methods, such as brain stimulation and MRI,...... Continue Reading fMRI Short Course at UQ News From Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd November 2020, a broad audience of PhD students, postdocs, associate professors, a radiographer and a clinician attended the University of Queensland (UQ) Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) short course. Class in session with NIF Facility Fellow, Dr Saskia Bollmann Participants were provided guidance by experts such...... Continue Reading CT and 3D printing improving clinical PPE Exemplars, Research Projects Frontline medical workers put themselves at risk during a pandemic to deliver critical health care and save lives. Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, and face shields can reduce the risk of infection. To prevent contamination through airborne droplets, healthcare workers can employ an air-purifying respirator to push filtered air into their face...... Continue Reading Exploring Bio-Aesthetics using CT Imaging News, Research Projects Using the NCRIS-enabled CT imaging capabilities at the NIF Monash Node, award-winning artist Valerie Sparks is exploring ways to collect, manipulate and present 3D datasets. Her art project in progress, named ‘Bio-aesthetic’, focuses on the rarely visualised interior of flora. “I have been exploring ways to create artwork from data collected using scientific equipment. This includes...... Continue Reading


Without the advanced imaging facilities supported by NIF, this project and a lot of other important and world-leading research would not be possible in Australia. These facilities give us a competitive edge that allows us to attract research investment from the USA and from international industry partners

Prof Christopher Rowe
Prof Christopher Rowe
Austin Health, 2017

I would absolutely recommend NIF services and resources to other researchers in my field. My overall experience was very positive, and I think these services could offer similar benefits to a breadth of researchers. The provided resources and expertise were not available anywhere else in the world, nor was there any substitute that could offer comparable support and capability.

Mr Dennis Dimond
Mr Dennis Dimond
PhD Candidate, University of Calgary
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