The Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability (VBIC) provides a coordinated network of capabilities and research capacity in biomedical imaging to support universities and medical research institutes. The $25M investment by the Victorian State Government and the grant recipients, has provided the Victorian biomedical imaging research community with access to cutting-edge imaging equipment.
Imaging methods such as Computed Tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), magneto-encephalography (MEG) and others, are key tools for basic research in neurosciences, cancer and other diseases and for development of new medical treatments and diagnostics. Without this infrastructure our universities and clinical researchers would be unable to pursue equivalent research and development opportunities that are available to other biomedical disciplines.
VBIC establishment funding included the acquisition of seven new instruments, recruitment of expert personnel, and new courses in biomedical imaging. By enhancing our ability to conduct the highest quality of biomedical research, increasing skilled jobs in Victoria and linking these imaging resources across our research institutions, this initiative promotes Victoria as one of the world's elite medical research locations and facilitates collaboration with national and international partners.