BMRI scientists awarded High Performance Preclinical Image of the Year

6 October 2009

Researchers from the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) have been awarded the Siemens High Performance Preclinical Image of the Year for cutting edge work in the development of small animal imaging technology.

Awarded at the 2009 World Molecular Imaging Congress in Montreal, the Siemens 'New Point of View' Image of the Year awards recognise the tremendous advancements occurring in the preclinical research arena.

The winning entry in the category of 'High Performance' demonstrated for the first time brain images of glucose metabolism in a fully conscious rat, a breakthrough made possible by a technique developed by researchers at the BMRI that combines optical motion tracking with event-by-event motion correction of microPET imaging data.

While it is well known that anaesthesia can alter neurological function, it is universally used in microPET rodent imaging to avoid the effects of motion on image quality.

'The techniques used in this imaging project have the potential to overcome the undesirable effects of anaesthesia in microPET brain imaging, and to enable entirely new types of behavioural and physiological experiments that require the animal to be in a conscious state,' said Associate Professor Roger Fulton, Chief Investigator on the study.

The entry was the outcome of collaborative research undertaken by BMRI scientists from the School of Physics and the Faculty of Health Sciences under an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. The award winning team members are Roger Fulton, Steven Meikle, Andre Kyme, Victor Zhou, Kata Popovic, Mahmood Akhtar, Wencke Lehnert, Michael Kassiou and Ingalill Karlsson.

Conscious rat brain imaging
Conscious rat brain imaging

View the winning Power Point entry