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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 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 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 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 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 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

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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