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VICTOR CHANG CARDIAC RESEARCH INSTITUTE

INNOVATION CENTRE

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Innovation Centre
gives researchers access to state-of-the-art equipment
and cutting-edge technologies.

Proudly supported by the NSW Government, the Innovation Centre is heralding a medical research revolution in our search to solve the unsolved.

The Innovation Centre features high-throughput, revolutionary tools and equipment including: 

  • MRI scanners 
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Micro-CT 
  • iPSC automated robotics 
  • Cryo-electron microscope

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Innovation Centre is pushing the boundaries of knowledge by facilitating a new era of collaboration between researchers across the state, around Australia and the Asia Pacific, transforming the landscape of cardiovascular research.

This equipment is accelerating the opportunities of discovering cures for heart disease, and bringing us closer to realising precision or “personalised” medicine of the future, which has only ever been imagined before.

Take a look inside the Innovation Centre

Stem Cell Production Facility

The Stem Cell Production Facility utilises the most advanced robotic technologies for the generation and maintenance of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) that have been reprogrammed from human skin or blood cells.

Cell Function & Screening Facility

This facility is a high-throughput Phenotyping hub for disease modelling and drug screening with platforms that enable population-level phenotyping or drug responses across hundreds of samples, under different conditions/environments simultaneously.

Micro Imaging Facility

Specialising in the three-dimensional imaging and analysis, the Micro Imaging Facility features cutting-edge microscopes enabling non-destructive scanning of small samples up to five times faster, revolutionizing the field by cutting imaging time from hours to minutes.

Cryo-electron Microscopy Facility

The Facility houses a biological electron microscopy platform with 240,000-times magnification. With highly sensitive cameras, it offers 3D insights into frozen macromolecular structures, cellular components, cells, and tissues with never-seen-before clarity.

Metabolomics Facility

State-of-the-art liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry systems in the Metabolomics Facility are capable of measuring between one and several thousand metabolites simultaneously in a single sample, and up to hundreds of samples per day.

Preclinical Imaging Facility

The Preclinical Imaging Facility houses a cutting-edge 7T PET-MRI. By merging positron emission tomography (PET) with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), assessment of physiological and metabolic response are combined with functional and structural measures.

Clinical Imaging Facility

The purpose-built Facility inside Australia’s first dedicated cardiac imaging hub is equipped with the most advanced CT technology with a state-of-the-art MRI enabling advanced applications for the diagnosis and characterisation of heart function and disease.

Meet the Team

Meet the brains of the Innovation Centre.

Read the biographies of the experts behind the most advanced microscopy platforms, high-throughput, revolutionary tools, CT and robotic technologies.

Innovation Centre Grants

The 2021 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant winners have been announced.

Keep an eye out and follow us on LinkedIn for 2022 Grant Application Open Dates.