A new addition to Monash’s world class medical research facilities is Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI), an internationally unique facility which expands Victoria’s capabilities in biomedical imaging and research.
MBI is the Monash link of the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability (VBIC). VBIC brings together all key Victorian players in biomedical imaging and enables increased collaboration and sharing of capabilities and infrastructure to benefit translational research and global competitiveness in priority health areas. VBIC provides a coordinated network of capabilities and research capacity in biomedical imaging to support universities and medical research institutes for:
- Cancer imaging – Monash University, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC), Prince Henry’s Institute, Southern Health, CRC for Biomedical Imaging Development (CRC-BID)
- Large animal imaging – University of Melbourne
- Cognitive and clinical neurosciences research – Florey Neuroscience Institutes (FNI), Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI), University of Melbourne, CSIRO, Alfred Health, Southern Health, Swinburne and Monash Universities
- Maintenance of existing research capabilities in small animal MR – FNI, Parkville – and large animal CT – University of Melbourne
Biomedicine focuses on the precision imaging of biological material and is used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease just to name a few.
Imaging remains an important aspect of medical research, and the capabilities available through VBIC and the MBI facility position local researchers to remain at the leading edge of neurosciences, neurodevelopment, respiratory medicine and oncology. MBI features advanced Siemens equipment, including pre-clinical and clinical scanners.
Through VBIC the Victorian Coalition Government is supporting the delivery of innovative outcomes. This includes the linking of Universities to small and medium enterprises, as well as strategic alliances with global companies such as Siemens.