It is well accepted that imaging research underpins moden translational advances in most clinical fields with particular benefits for cancer, dementia and ageing, mental illness and brain development. However, current hospital imaging resources are inadequate for research into human health and disease due to the demands of managing caseload and clinical emergencies.
In creating HIRF, academic, commercial and health care partners have been brought together to explore new pathways for improving the human condition. The facility will allow clinicans to be directly engaged in the research agenda while providing them with the opportunity to evaluate newly developed technologies in controlled environments.
As well as providing an evidence-base for new and improved treatments, the partnership approach will lead to more cost-effective health care and improved clinical outcomes: a scenario which constitutes a fundamental change in the culture and delivery of health care.
The HIRF Vision is to be a world-leading facility by combining state-of-the-art, multi-modality, imaging capabilities with excellence in translational medical research and training in the areas of dementia and ageing, mental illness, brain development and cancer.
Our mission is to provide Queensland researchers and clinicians with access to cutting-edge imaging technologies to observe disease processes in patients. This will support meaningful reform in health care delivery and place Queensland at the frontier of human imaging research, clinical trials and patient care.