Hyperpolarised gas functional lung and molecular imaging (ARC LIEF Grant administered by Monash University) (2013–2014)
The objective of this equipment and facilities grant is to significantly enhance Australia¿s capability for doing
magnetic resonance (MR) functional lung imaging research via (i) construction and installation of a polariser
to generate hyperpolarised noble gases, and (ii) acquisition of specialised MR coils for lung imaging. This will
enable internationally-competitive cutting-edge physiological research into neonatal lung development and
mechanisms across a broad range of respiratory pathophysiology. It will also enable research into and
development of novel molecular imaging modalities without requiring ionising radiation exposure. This will
greatly enhance scientific understanding of animal and human lung physiology and pathophysiology.