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 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

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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