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Sunday28 February 2021

At Swinburne University’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Ms Sarah Catchlove is investigating the alternations in cerebrovascular function and physiology. Her supervisors are Associate Professor Andrew Pipingas, Dr Helen Macpherson and Dr Matthew Hughes.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are focusing on ground-breaking research into a range of conditions suffered both by animals and humans. Dr Long, a neurosurgeon and the Head of Neurology at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, and his team are undertaking a new treatment for seizures known as counter-current stimulation. Read article.


We are delighted to present a series of case studies of students who have used equipment made available by VBIC. The case studies will be presented online and in our newsletter starting next month.

A number of students' PhD projects across institutions and sites have been supported by the use of equipment made available by VBIC.

If you or a student you know is nearing completion of a PhD and has been using equipment provided by VBIC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to hear about your experience! 

We recently asked what people think about the value of the guidelines for people putting in grant applications and/or ethics applications...

Dr Genevieve Grant, Lecturer in Law and ethics committee member at Monash University responded: 

"I commend VBIC for publishing these very useful guidelines. Incidental findings have the potential to create challenging ethical dilemmas for researchers and significant impacts for participants. Providing guidance on how to handle such findings will enhance the trust, responsibility and ethical equality that are central to the relationship between researchers and participants. The guidelines draw researchers' attention to critical issues that should be considered from the early stages of planning projects through to communicating with participants about the results."

Thank you Dr Grant for your supportive comments and for taking the time to provide feedback.

Any questions or comments regarding the guidelines can be directed to the VBIC Business and Support Manager, Dr Richard Huysmans.

The VBIC has produced a discussion paper on QC/QA for MRI data along with details for its proper design and implementation. 

The document contains general guidelines to develop a QC program, possible approaches and an addendum that outlines commonly used imaging markers.

You can download the PDF version here.