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The NIF site for imaging data

The National Imaging Facility (NIF) is one of four projects implemented as part of the NCRIS Characterisation capability providing a grid of imaging facilities with nodes in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

The goal of the NIF is to provide state-of-the-art imaging of animals, plants and materials for the Australian research community. The NIF operates as an integrated grid of thirteen institutions, providing a range of leading-edge imaging instrumentation and advice and assistance in the optimal use of imaging to the research community.

Specifically, the NIF provides:

  • access to molecular imaging instrumentation, including a range of MRI and PET scanners;
  • development and validation of novel biomarkers/radioligands for in-vivo imaging using PET and MRI;
  • development and application of stable isotope-labelled analogues to new radio-ligands;
  • magnetic resonance spectroscopy, coil design and pulse sequence development;
  • application of these new technologies in large-scale trials in animal models of disease;
  • bio-mathematical modelling of tracer kinetic data and integration of the high-dimensional data in a dedicated neuroinformatics system;
  • the creation of databases of normative data, and a common platform of base data; and
  • links to existing national infrastructure for ultra-structural imaging and measurement technologies through the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility.

Projects

AMBMC - The Australian Mouse Brain Mapping Consortium (AMBMC) aims to provide researchers with access to a national facility to characterise their mouse models of neurological disease. The AMBMC will use state-of-the-art imaging, computational anatomy and image analysis to enable multi-dimensional statistical comparisons of brain anatomy between the mouse model and background strain.

Human 7T - A collection of 7T human brain MRI models built in ICBM152 space. These are built using a Minimum Deformation Averaging technique and have resolutions below 1mm isotropic. Multiple contrasts are included



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