News and events
2 April 2020
Researchers from Monash Biomedical Imaging have developed a way to combine magnetic resonance and positron emission tomography (MR-PET) data through a joint image reconstruction system that also improves the quality and speed of images generated by simultaneous MR-PET scanners.
13 February 2020
Magnetic resonance imaging of lung tissue has previously been difficult to achieve but the recent development of using hyperpolarised xenon as a contrast agent has revolutionised the field of functional lung imaging. Now MBI researchers have developed a machine that can reliably produce hyperpolarised xenon for MR lung imaging.
10 February 2020
Monash Biomedical Imaging will provide advanced MR-PET imaging expertise for a project that has the potential to improve treatments for the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
MBI team leader attends prestigious PM awards
17 October 2019
Leader of MBI's Cognitive Neuroimaging Team, Dr Sharna Jamadar, attend the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science awards ceremony in Canberra last night. These prizes are Australia’s most prestigious science awards and last night's event celebrated 20 years of the PM’s Prizes.
14 October 2019
The impact of a serious pregnancy condition that affects millions of unborn babies globally could be minimised by improved imaging techniques. Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash Biomedical Imaging scientists used advanced imaging techniques to analyse magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to detect subtle brain injury associated with fetal growth restriction (FGR), a condition that leads to babies not growing optimally in the womb.
Travel Award assists imaging and deep learning knowledge
12 September 2019
Rebekah Chiu, a student with the Imaging Analysis Team, has been awarded a Medical Image and Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) Travel Award to attend the 2019 MICCAI Conference in Shenzhen, China. As part of her visit she will access additional tutorials and workshops, and experience many opportunities to network and learn from experts in imaging and deep learning.
Early career researcher wins award for MRI research
5 September 2019
Dr Phil Ward from the Cognitive Neuroimaging Team has been awarded the Jenny Redman Early Career Researcher Publication Prize for Psychological Sciences, Monash University, for his paper 'Combining images and anatomical knowledge to improve automated vein segmentation in MRI', which was published in NeuroImage.
MBI researchers receive prestigious investigative grants
3 September 2019
Congratulations to Dr Sharna Jamadar and Dr Phil Ward from MBI's Cognitive Neuroimaging Team on receiving prestigious NHMRC Investigator Grants. This funding secures their research for the next five years. Their work on healthy ageing using MBI's simultaneous MR-PET scanner is world-leading.
Advanced MRI analysis detects brain injury in foetal growth
27 August 2019
New research published in NeuroImage shows the effects of fetal growth restriction on brain development. The MRI scanning and analysis for this research was conducted at Monash Biomedical Imaging using the 3T MRI Skyra.
MR-PET procedure filmed for visual journal
20 August 2019
Dr Sharna Jamadar and her Monash Biomedical Imaging colleagues spent a whole day filming one of their MR-PET imaging procedures for the Journal of Visualised Experiments. The team were filmed conducting the procedure, 'Radiotracer Administration for High Temporal Resolution Positron Emission Tomography of the Human Brain: Application to FDG-fPET'. The paper is currently available online with the video soon to follow.
15 August 2019
Individualised precision medicine to treat a range of human diseases will be the focus of the newly formed Monash University Network of Excellence for Molecular Imaging and Precision Radiopharmaceuticals.
17 July 2019
Myth busted! You DON'T need to drink 8 glasses of water a day, according to Monash Biomedical Imaging's Associate Professor Michael Farrell. “Drink when you want to, and chances are this behaviour will keep your fluid balance on an even keel.” Read why Associate Professor Farrell gives this advice in Elemental.
2 June 2019
Questions about consciousness have puzzled humanity for centuries. In a recent Convergence Science Network event held at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Associate Professor Nao Tsuchiya from the Monash Neuroscience of Consciousness group discussed the latest neuroscience research on consciousness. These scientific discoveries may help answer the philosophical questions about consciousness. View the event.
28 May 2019
World renowned cardiologist and researcher Stephen Nicholls will lead the new Victorian Heart Hospital, and expand his research at Monash University. Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) will be a key partner in the Hospital's research and innovation, with its researchers accessing MBI's latest preclinical imaging facilities.
2 April 2019
A world-first technology that combines virtual reality, a brain computer interface and magnetic resonance imaging is providing new insights into brain activity during complex emotional states.
1 April 2019
Monash University researchers are part of a global team that has developed and applied world-first non-invasive computer technology to explore how the brain processes information when under the influence of hallucinogens, like LSD.
Speaker: Dr Thomas Andrillon
27 February 2019
When we focus our attention on one thing, our brains rapidly change attentional focus. Even though we may feel like we’re paying full attention to something, these rhythmic brain mechanisms suggest our brain itself never stops searching for other things to attend to.
Speaker: Dr Darshini Kuruppu
13 December 2018
Monash University researchers have used MBI’s EEG facilities to investigate how attention is focused and diverted, and how attention interacts with what we consciously perceive.
11 December 2018
Dr Sharna Jamadar from Monash Biomedical Imaging's Cognitive Neuroimaging Team has been selected to join the prestigious 2019/20 Superstars of STEM program.
Entry into the program is highly competitive and Dr Jamadar will spend the next two years undertaking activities that aim to remove society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM.
MRI helps diagnose Leadbeater's Possum illness
4 December 2018
A Leadbeater's Possum from Healesville Zoo was behaving outside his normal routine, so a team of veterinary specialists and imaging experts from Monash Biomedical Imaging worked together to find out what was causing this possum to be unwell. Using MBI's small animal MRI scanner, the team discovered lesions on the possum's brain and he was diagnosed with a neurological condition. Treatment for 'Phoenix' the possum commenced straight away and he is now responding well and being closely monitored.
30 November 2018
MBI Director, Professor Gary Egan, will be the lead investigator with Australia's first Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) facility. Professor Terry O'Brien, Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Associate Professor Christoph Hagemeyer, head of the NanoBiotechnology Laboratory at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases at the Central Clinical School will be Chief Investigators.
The newly funded MPI machine, along with the recently installed 9.4T MRI, PET-CT and high resolution structure CT-FLECT machines, will make the Alfred Research Alliance (ARA) Preclinical Imaging Facility, led by Dr David Wright, the most advanced in the country, and one of the leading such facilities in the world.
Speaker: Prof Gary Egan
6 November 2018
Aortic aneurysms are a degenerative disease that generally occur in the abdominal region and affect people over the age of 65 years. They are a silent killer with a mortality rate over 90 percent. Researchers from Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute’s (BDI) Cardiovascular Disease group are using Monash Biomedical Imaging’s Vevo2100 Ultrasound in their preclinical trials of novel drugs to stabilise established abdominal aortic aneurysms.
23 October 2018
Improved treatments for debilitating brain disorders may only be possible through interdisciplinary research efforts that work towards the common goal of improving our understanding of the brain. A new research group located at Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) is using computational neuroscience to investigate neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Computational neuroscience uses mathematical models and theoretical analysis to find new ways to understand the brain’s working mechanisms.
Morphology of the cerebral cortex in brain development and degeneration
Simultaneous functional PET and functional MRI from data perspective
Date: Thursday, 8 November 2018
Speaker: Dr Kamlesh Pawar
11 September 2018
Speaker: Dr Phillip Ward
Speaker: Dr Adeel Razi
Speaker: Dr Ian Harding
Speaker: Dr Sharna Jamadar
Skyra 3T MRI upgrade - technical seminar
The Skyra 3T MRI scanner will be upgraded to the latest platform, E11, which will improve image quality for users and boost the flexibility, consistency and efficiency of the scanner. In this seminar, Siemens Healthineers will provide an overview of the capabilities of this new platform. View seminar flyer
Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Topic: From simultaneous to synergistic MR-PET (and back again)
Date: Thursday, 10 May 2018
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm (a light lunch is provided)
Venue: MBI Auditorium, 770 Blackburn Road, Clayton
The obesity epidemic: how the brain responds to food choices
27 March 2018
MBI imaging expert a key speaker at international conference22 March 2018
One of Monash Biomedical Imaging’s research fellows will deliver three oral presentations at the world’s biggest conference for imaging scientists later this year. Dr Kamlesh Pawar will present at the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting in Paris, 16-21 June. His presentations will include his research on novel pulse sequence development and deep learning based image reconstruction methods, which aim to improve the image quality and reduce the scan time of MR imaging.
Monash Biomedical Imaging's Prof Gary Egan, Dr Sharna Jamadar and Dr Zhaolin Chen have received an ARC Linkage Grant to develop new techniques to improve the data produced by MR-PET scanners. Their work to better fuse the MR and PET data will enable researchers to discover new aspects of the brain that are not possible using each technology alone.
28 January 2018
Monash Biomedical Imaging's Prof Gary Egan and A/Prof Michael Farrell, along with researchers from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, have used magnetic resonance imaging to discover the area of the brain that regulates our fluid intake and tells us when to stop drinking by predicting when we have consumed enough to rehydrate.
19 December 2017
Monash Biomedical Imaging’s new CT technology is helping researchers to digitally archive extinct Australian animals, while other investigators are using the scanner’s high-resolution power to develop realistic 3D surgical training simulators.
17 December 2017
The Victorian Heart Hospital is a partnership between the Victorian State Government, Monash University and Monash Health. It is a Victorian flagship health project, which will deliver world-leading cardiac services and boost the Victorian economy through innovation, education and research. Monash Biomedical Imaging will be a key partner in the Hospital's research and innovation.
12 December 2017
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners are expensive equipment capable of producing large amounts of valuable research data. For investigators to maximise their research outcomes, the data they obtain from MRIs must be stored securely, its quality verified, and it should be accessible to the wider research community.
Victoria Fellowship awarded to MBI researcher
31 October 2017
Monash Biomedical Imaging's Dr Phil Ward was one of 12 early career researchers to receive a Victoria Fellowship this year. He will use the award to study new magnetic resonance imaging techniques at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre and learn the skills needed to bring MR-based oxygen and blood-flow imaging into MR-PET research in Victoria. He will also visit the world first high-field MR-PET being developed at Forschungszentrum Jülich.
14 July 2017
A $2.2m donation from the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund, supported by $1m from Monash University, will establish BrainParkTM, a cutting-edge clinical research platform as part of the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, and located at Monash Biomedical Imaging.
17 May 2017
Research led by Monash Biomedical Imaging's Associate Director, A/Professor Michael Farrell, has revealed the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the human body and stops us from over-drinking, in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
5 May 2017
The brains of "super agers" are being studied using our MR-PET simultaneous scanner to find out why they remain sharp in their senior years while others decline.
1 Nov 2016
Monash Biomedical Imaging researchers have been awarded two Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants to help further our understanding of memory and cognitive control.
Psychophysiological award for Sharna Jamadar
4 October 2016
The Society of Psychophysiological Research recently awarded Monash Biomedical Imaging's Dr Sharna Jamadar as the co-recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology. Dr Jamadar also addressed the Society at its meeting in Minnesota, USA.
24 Aug 2016
Applications are now open for the first Bridge to MassChallenge Australia startup competition, which provides winning entrants with free access to high-calibre commercialisation know how, start-up mentoring and entrepreneurial leadership.
16 Jul 2016
Monash Biomedical Imaging researcher Dr Sharna Jamadar is heading to Antartica as part of the Homeward Bound Project. Dr Jamadar will join 76 other women on the trip, to develop leadership, and focus on climate, biological and earth systems research.
25 May 2016
A revolutionary MR-PET imaging scanner that will help develop new therapies and medical devices to improve healthcare outcomes was officially launched at Monash Biomedical Imaging on 5 May.
4 May 2016
Monash Distinguished Professor Jon Shah, a world leader in MR-PET technology development and biomedical imaging, has been presented with a veski innovation fellowship.