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Impact

Whether it is industrial processes, understanding human neural responses, or visualising brain structure and function in laboratory or native animals, imaging is an important tool. Anyone in the research community is aware that there has been a marked emphasis on impact. Research needs new discovery, as the driver of future development, but we also need to look for ways to reach out to the community and find out how that discovery can make a difference, be it economic, better health, environmental protection, or better quality of life; the NIF team is looking at what is needed to drive impact.

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 Continue Reading Cancer cells killed by honeybee venom Exemplars Breast cancer, the most common cancer in women worldwide, may one day be treated using the venom of the European honeybee. Dr Ciara Duffy from Western Australia's Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has found that venom from honeybees can rapidly Continue Reading CT as part of the Forensic Science SA toolkit Exemplars A post-mortem examination, or autopsy, is a forensic technique for learning about the conditions of a person’s health at the end of life. These are typically carried out as part of a coronial inquiry to establish the cause of death. Continue Reading MR PET machine at UQ - close up in operation National Preclinical PET QA Exemplars, News The NIF Molecular Imaging & Radiochemistry (MIR) Theme is a group of NIF Fellows, Directors, and users of NIF facilities that focus on state-of-the-art radiochemistry and molecular imaging applications using PET, SPECT, and MRI. Integrating preclinical PET systems into a Continue Reading The Australian Epilepsy Project Exemplars The Australian Epilepsy Project (AEP) will change the lives of people living with epilepsy by reducing uncertainty surrounding diagnosis and fast-tracking the path to optimal treatment using the combination of advanced imaging, genetics, cognition, and artificial intelligence. Such improvements will result Continue Reading Nighttime vision of the Australian Night Parrot Exemplars NIF Facility Fellow Dr Karine Mardon used CT to scan the intact skull of an exceedingly rare species, the Australian Night Parrot. These scans were compared to related parrots, finding that the night parrot may not be any better at Continue Reading Supporting Australia’s Healthcare and Research Ecosystem Exemplars, News, Press Releases The Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) exists to enable national-scale research facilities, thereby facilitating Australian researchers to address critical national and global challenges effectively and efficiently. NCRIS projects provide equipment, resources, analysis tools and, importantly, expertise. These facilities Continue Reading CT renders of the skulls and face of a NZ Fur Seal. Image courtesy of David Hocking Fish spines as a source of pathology Exemplars Using CT at the Monash Node of NIF, a multidisciplinary team of researchers are investigating the diets of New Zealand fur seals. Dr Hocking et al have discovered fish spines embedded in the head of a seal, suggesting Continue Reading Depiction of the epilepsy source in the brain, and a graph showing seizures dropping off after intervention Improving the lives of patients with epilepsy Exemplars A 20-year-old man with a five-year history of disabling seizures was suffering up to 500 seizures per month; his schooling was disrupted, and all the standard non-invasive tests gave conflicting results. Surgical resection was performed correlating with the earliest EMSL Continue Reading Photo of the national museum long gallery. (c) Aust Museum Imaging data: a treasured national asset Exemplars NIF Facility Fellow Dr Karine Mardon, of the QLD NIF Node, transformed micro-CT imaging data of museum specimens into an interactive art exhibit. at the Australia Museum Westpac Gallery. Read more here. Continue Reading

Testimonials

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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