Future Capabilities Uncategorized NIF is committed to enabling nationally significant research and meeting the unmet needs of imaging infrastructure in the Australian scientific community. NIF has awarded the following successful partners to realise essential capabilities for the research community. Preclinical PET/3T MRI
La Trobe University and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
This research capability will allow cutting-edge research into metabolic and......
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NIF’s Professor Fernando Calamante elected President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine News National Facility of Imaging’s (NIF) Co-Director of the University of Sydney/ANSTO joint node, Professor Fernando Calamante, has been elected President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). ISMRM draws on a multidisciplinary membership of over 9,000 clinicians, physicists, engineers, biochemists, and technologists who contribute to discovery, innovation and clinical translation in magnetic...... Continue Reading Drawing of an inflammasome NIF is helping Inflazome in the development of drugs for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease Exemplars, News Inflazome Ltd., a biotech start-up company founded in 2016, has been focusing on development of oral NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitors to address unmet clinical needs in a wide variety of inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Inflazome was acquired in 2020 by Roche for EUR 380 million, highlighting the value of translational research activities. Studies undertaken at the QLD Node...... Continue Reading COVID-19 Research at LARIF: Using fluoroscopy for lung ventilation analysis Exemplars, News, Research Projects LARIF has teamed up with Australian biomedical company, 4DMedical, and University of Adelaide scientists Associate Professor David Parsons and Dr Martin Donnelly to address the COVID-19 crisis, through testing a novel ventilator, the now patented 4DMedical ‘XV technology’, and a large animal model of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Associate Professor David Parsons and Dr Martin...... Continue Reading PET scans of plants, showing sodium uptake from roots to leaves PET for Plants Research Projects Clinical PET/CT scanners deliver non-invasive, precise anatomical and functional imaging of the human body. Did you know the same systems have been used to investigate plants? A team of cross-disciplinary researchers at the University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, and the University of British Columbia have teamed up to demonstrate the utility of clinical PET/CT scanners...... Continue Reading Open-Field PET News, Research Projects Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate behaviour, memory, and reward-based learning has challenged neuroscientists for decades. Until recently, research into these fundamental mechanisms in the brain has relied on invasive or confounding methodologies, limiting studies of neurological disorders that affect behaviour and learning, such as depression, age-related neurodegeneration, and addiction. Brain Function and Behaviour in Freely...... Continue Reading MRI brain slices with regions highlighted showing changes between females with and without children - from PLOSOne Changes in the brain related to parenthood Exemplars, News, Research Projects The Cognitive Neuroimaging Team at Monash Biomedical Imaging have discovered changes in brain structure between parents and non-parents... Continue Reading

Scientific Publications

It is required for NIF to be acknowledged in publications and presentations resulting from access to our instrumentation and expertise. 


Acknowledgements are evidence that investments in equipment and people have led to real research outcomes. This helps us to make the case for future investments – both in the next generation of instrumentation, and in the people needed to support user communities working in the facility.

Also, we find papers through online databases by searching for “National Imaging Facility” in the acknowledgements section. If you want to ensure your publications are recognised and promoted, make sure to appropriately acknowledge the facilities that enabled your work.

Acknowledgement is important to the future of research because it tangibly helps sustain world-class imaging capabilities in Australia. Help us to help you!

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