NEWCASTLE INNOVATION CAN COORDINATE ACCESS TO RESEARCHERS WHO ARE SUPPORTED BY THE EXTENSIVE RESEARCH FACILITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE.

THESE FACILITIES STRONGLY SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY’S PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH, AND ARE REFLECTIVE OF THE BROAD RANGE OF RESEARCH CONDUCTED AT THE INSTITUTION.

UON researchers benefit from the world-class infrastructure of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), the Calvary Mater Newcastle and a network of central scientific support services.

Facilities include:

  • The Analytical and Bimolecular Research Facility (ABRF) provides technical expertise and instrument support for analytical and biological mass spectrometry, cell sorting and flow cytometry.
  • The Electron Microscopy and X-Ray (EMX) unit offers interdisciplinary services in transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction
  • Academic Research Computing Services (ARCS) support the sophisticated computing needs of UoN researchers, academic staff and research higher degree students.
  • UoN Researchers have access to specialised IT tools, such as clinical trials software, data storage and file sharing systems, high performance computing grids and video conferencing through the Research Technology Catalogue.
  • The animal research facilities operate in strict adherence to the requirements of legislation and in accordance with international best practice standards for animal health and welfare.

Australian National Fabrication Facility

The University of Newcastle is a member of the ANFF Materials node, one of eight nodes that form the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) network. ANFF provides industry with access to state-of-the-art fabrication capabilities through a network of over 500 specialised instruments across Australia (valued at more than $200m).

The ANFF assists in the design, development and fabrication of nanostructured electronic materials and devices.

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) facilities

NIER is located on a 3.8 hectare site and includes extensive mineral, chemical and related technical laboratories, offices and five industrial-scale pilot plant workshops.

Building capacity enables a significant increase in applied research facilities and training activities, and access to industrial scale facilities will ensure students graduate with industry-relevant experience.

When fully operational, the NIER research precinct will support some 300 researchers in purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities unrivaled in Australia.

Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

The new, state-of-the-art HMRI Building is a $90 million investment in the future of medical research and national and international health care.

The HMRI Building is located on the northern side of the John Hunter Hospital (JHH) campus, New Lambton Heights, in NSW, Australia.

The four-storey, 16,000 square metre facility allows co-location of biomedical and researchers and clinical researchers in close proximity to the region’s largest teaching hospital, facilitating effective translation of research into improved health outcomes.

HMRI_Building2.pngThe HMRI Building features:

  • PC2 certified laboratories
  • Specific Pathogen Free Zones
  • Clinical Trial Support Unit
  • Bio resource facility
  • Workstations and generic open plan laboratories
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Associated support staff offices and amenities

Centre for MR in Health

The new Centre for Magnetic Resonance in Health adjoins the HMRI Building, located on the John Hunter Hospital campus in Newcastle, NSW Australia.

In partnership with the University of Newcastle, the Centre is one of the first facilities in the world to house a state-of-the-art Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma 3T scanner devoted entirely to medical research imaging purposes.

The MAGNETOM Prisma is a new flagship 3T MR system that is nearly twice as powerful as any other 3-Tesla MRI system available, with its 80/200XR gradients.

This revolutionary new technology provides sharp, high-resolution pictures that allow fine structures to be viewed with minimal distortion while also providing new insights into how anatomy is structured and functions.

It affords researchers a clear insight into a raft of diseases and disorders – ranging from cancer to dementia, stress and stroke-related illness, chronic pain, concussion injuries and more.

HMRI Clinical Trials Centre

The state-of-the-art HMRI Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) is located in the HMRI Building, and is the focal point between the innovative research being undertaken across the region and the significant health benefits it holds for the community.

Complete with a specialised cough challenge clinic, lung function machine, expired nitrous oxide clinic, nutrition lab and pharmacy, the area allows researchers to conduct clinical trials with an unprecedented ability to retrieve accurate study results and track outcomes.

Calvary Mater Newcastle

At Calvary Mater Newcastle, the pursuit of scientific excellence takes an interdisciplinary approach.

In addition to the vast number of clinical trials available to patients throughout the hospital, there are also dedicated research laboratories located in the departments of Medical Oncology, Haematology and Toxicology, as well as a state-of-the-art dosimetry and computing facility located in Radiation Oncology / Medical Physics.