'MASSIVE' research opportunities

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For the first time, Monash researchers will be able to create, analyse, view and interact with high-resolution 3D samples of their work in close to real time.   

The research will have direct impact on the study of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and AIDS, and the development of future treatments for malaria and lung malfunction in premature babies.

The Australian Synchrotron’s Head of Science, Associate Professor Andrew Peele, said the expanded capabilities presented by the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE), were exciting for science and in particular, research. 

“In the past, the technology just didn’t exist to capture or view data or manipulate samples in a three-dimensional sense,” Dr Peele said. 

“Now we have a technology that allows us to do this in near real time and in 3D.”  

MASSIVE was unveiled by the Victorian State Minister for Technology, the Honourable Gordon Rich-Phillips earlier today. 

Monash bioengineering researcher Dr Andreas Fouras said the unique focus of MASSIVE had the capability to significantly advance research into fields such as lung research.

“MASSIVE will be a powerful tool that will allow us to extract information, such as intricate 3D lung structure, that was previously hidden within a huge amount of high resolution 3D data. It will be a platform for us to develop new imaging and visualisation techniques and we expect it to revolutionise lung imaging, leading to new advances in the study of diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis,” Dr Fouras said.