As you read this newsletter, hopefully you will see how NIF is making a difference. 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. Our Facility and Informatics Fellows are key to the success of NIF, and are working to build engagement with our international partners in Global BioImaging (Kirk Feindel visits Belguim), and improve the processes within our facilities (Gary Perkins wins an award). These are activities that turn a hardware facility into an infrastructure capability.

As we close the year, it is worth reviewing where we want to go, how we went, and what we should be thinking about for 2018. 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.

In this newsletter, you will read about our engagement through national conferences, which offers a path for outreach; helping us to plan. But, we need to do more, we need to better engage with you. We have changed our structure, with the implementation of thematic teams, in which academic and industry users will play a critical role. We want you, our researchers, to join us, to plan the future. If you have any ideas, we would love to hear from you.

The NIF team wishes all our readers and their families a great Christmas holiday season, a time of reflection, relaxation and renewal. We look forward to 2018, and the opportunity to work with you and to achieve your goals.

CEO – Graham Galloway


Research Projects

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alzheimers disease

Researchers at the Florey have invented a breakthrough imaging technique to describe in micro-detail the brain degeneration occurring in people with early Alzheimer’s and the full-blown disease. Using the Siemens 3T Trio scanner at the Florey node of the National Imaging Facility (NIF), researchers have identified the precise locations of brain degeneration in a cohort... Read more

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During 2017 the National Imaging Facility (NIF) nodes at the University of Western Australia (UWA), University of Queensland (UQ), University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Monash University collaborated on a national project to enhance the quality, durability and reliability of data generated by NIF through the Trusted Data Repository project. ●        Quality pertains to... Read more

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Symposia & Events

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Swinburne Brain Imaging Symposium 2015: Principles and Applications of Magnetoencephalography

Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne has one of the most advanced brain imaging facilities in the world. The entrepiece of this facility is a 306 sensor magnetometer, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more

Advanced Imaging & Visualisation in Research

The Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE) is Australia’s specialised High Performance Computing facility for Imaging and Visualisation. Read more

Workshop on Preclinical Molecular Imaging

Hosted by NIF's University of New South of Wales and University of Sydney/ANSTO Nodes: Read more

Seminar on Radiotracers for Neuro Research

Gain a better understanding of molecular imaging for neuroscience, psychiatry and pharmacology, and learn more about radiotracer availabilities. Please join us for a discussion on the next C11 or F18 radiotracers that are most suitable for your research, and ways to arrange their availability. Read more

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