CRE in Neuroimaging

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Led by Prof Roland Bammer

Our CRE in Neuroimaging is focused on performing cutting-edge research on nascent neuroimaging techniques and translating it into widespread clinical practice via a world-first vertical, vendor-neutral imaging integration platform.

Our platform will allow us to sustainably provide equitable access to state-of-the-art neuroimaging, and improve the journey of all Australians with diseases including:

  1. Brain tumors
  2. Dementia
  3. Cerebrovascular disease

Our platform will address issues of utmost importance in current clinical care including: (1) lack of imaging harmonisation, which impairs longitudinal and cross-institutional comparability which is necessary for treatment monitoring and prognostication; (2) barriers to cross-institutional data exchange which often prevents treating clinicians from accessing patients’ previous imaging examination and adds enormous staffing costs for each hospital, as imaging studies are often transferred and integrated into PACS manually; and (3) underutilisation of advanced imaging that improves patient outcomes due to a paucity of trained technical and sub-specialist clinical staff to implement and interpret these nascent techniques, especially in regional Australia. This gives rise to care inequities, inconveniences patients and delays diagnosis and treatment since increased demand for imaging services in major public hospitals results in excessive wait times and patients must travel.

Our platform will decrease the burden on both imaging providers and rural patients by enabling even the most peripheral sites to perform best-practice diagnostic neuroimaging, so patients can have their imaging done locally.

Our CRE network includes 27 participating institutions:

  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University and Medical Centre
  • Deakin University
  • RMH
  • St. Vincent’s Hospitals
  • Geelong Hospital
  • Austin Hospital
  • Box Hill Hospital
  • Alfred Hospital
  • Ballarat Regional Health
  • Florey Institute of Neuroscience
  • RBWH
  • QIMR
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • University of Western Australia
  • Dept of Health WA;
  • University of Sydney
  • Digital Health CRC
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • CSIRO
  • Australian Brain Alliance
  • University of Erlangen
  • Stanford University