The Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF) is one of the few dedicated human imaging research facilities in Australia, and the first in the country to devote itself entirely to clinical research. HIRF is purpose built to facilitate clinical trials, housing ground breaking imaging technology that rapidly translates research findings into clinical practice.
HIRF is a partnership between Metro North Hospital and Health Service, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, The University of Queensland, and Queensland University of Technology. HIRF adjoins the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, providing access to patients and staff for clinical trials. HIRF features state-of-the-art clinical scanners, the PET/CT, PET/MR and 3T Prisma MRI, which are setting a new benchmark in Australia revolutionising patient care, and make the facility a leading global force in clinical imaging research.
Working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, the facility undertakes a wide variety of research projects ranging from infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, and injuries, with the majority of research in the fields of oncology and neurosciences. Researchers at HIRF use state-of-the-art biomedical imaging technology to enhance understanding of the human body and improve patient diagnoses and treatments through research and training.