IHBI Labs & Facilities Showcase

Day 1 Lunch Break | 1:30PM 16 August 2018

Hear about available equipment and research capacity within the:
– Research Histology Laboratory
– Genomics Research Centre
– IHBI Cell Analysis Facility
– Gait/Neuroscience Labs
– IHBI Building & Logistics
– Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF)
– Exercise and Environmental Ergonomics (E3) Lab
– Vision and Eye Program
– PC2/PC3 Labs
– TRI Seahorse XFe96 Analyser

Research Histology Laboratory

Ms Felicity Lawrence

 The RESEARCH HISTOLOGY LABORATORY is a multi-user, core facility that supports and services the histology and imaging needs of researchers at QUT. The laboratory performs morphological investigations on human, animal and plant samples, and their interactions with bioceramics and medical devices. Specialist technicians and instrumentation permit both routine and advanced paraffin, cryo and resin histology, complemented by high throughput, state of the art imaging and scanning in both brightfield and fluorescence modes.

IHBI Cell Analysis Facility

Dr Christina Theodoropoulos

 The IHBI CELL ANALYSIS FACILITY provides staff and students at QUT and the wider community, with a suite of state-of-the-art imaging and cell analysis instrumentation to facilitate imaging and analysing the molecular and structural organisation of cells, tissue and bioengineered materials. Our facility is run by qualified operators and provides comprehensive training in all aspects of microscopy and cell analysis from experimental design, sample preparation, instrument operation and data analysis.

Exercise and Environmental Ergonomics (E3) Lab

Prof Ian Stewart

 The EXERCISE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ERGONOMICS LAB comprises a dedicated research facility located on QUT’s Kelvin Grove Campus. The lab comprises facilities capable of simulating extremes of temperature, humidity and altitude. In conjunction with metabolic, cardiovascular and thermal physiological monitoring capability, for both laboratory and field work, the research team investigates the limits of human physiology to optimize occupational safety and athletic performance.

Gait/Neuroscience Labs

Prof Graham Kerr

 Program leader Professor Graham Kerr founded and leads the Movement Neuroscience Research group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, which enables multidisciplinary clinical and research programs in ageing and neurodegenerative disease. Prof Kerr will introduce the Gait/movement, Dynamometer, Electrodiagnostics, Neuroassessment, Brain stimulation and Neuroimaging labs.

Vision & Eye Program

Dr Andrew Zele

 The VISION AND EYE PROGRAM has an international reputation for excellence in research. It is at the forefront of a range of research developments that underpin major technological advances in the understanding of refractive error development, the visual optics of the eye, biomechanics and imaging of the eye, visual performance during driving, eye health in children and the indigenous population and the understanding of image forming and non-image forming vision in the healthy eye and in disease. The laboratory has a sophisticated range of measurement and analysis techniques. These include methods to investigate the shape of the cornea, the optical characteristics of the eye, visual performance of contact lenses and the biometric properties of the eye.

Genomics Research Centre

A/Prof Larisa Haupt

 The GENOMICS RESEARCH CENTRE undertakes research on the genetic basis of disease through the use of its unique population resources and the application of genetic studies to common, complex human disorders. The GRC translates its research through its NATA accredited DNA Diagnostic Facility and in addition provides advice and service provision for genetic and genomic studies including RNASeq and whole exome sequencing and is a ThermoFisher Scientific Ion Torrent Service Provider.

PC2/PC3 Labs

Ms Lorrelle Allen

 Our building at 60 Musk Avenue in QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus has been designed to encourage transdisciplinary, high-impact research, ultimately enabling researchers to solve global health challenges experienced today and into the future. Our state-of-the-art facilities, designed to encourage collaboration and foster a culture that is engaging and inclusive, includes infrastructure considered the gold standard in their respective fields. These facilities include open plan certified PC2/BC2 facilities, certified PC2/BC2 primary and continuous cell culture rooms, facilities designed to PC3/BC3 standards (currently operating at PC2/BC2) and shared core and specialised equipment to meet the needs of researchers.

Logistics & Facilities

Mr Matt Newman

 The IHBI BUILDING LOGISTICS AND FACILITIES team underpins the functional operation of IHBI. Building and Logistics Coordinator, Matt Newman, will provide an overview of the features of the facility and services, as well as some tips on ‘distaster planning’ for when there’s a -80 freezer break down at 3AM or other logistical complications that potentially can lead to much loss and heartbreak!

Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF)

Dr Roland Steck

 The MEDICAL ENGIEERING RESEARCH FACILITY (MERF) supports medical devices research and development cycle in a state-of-the-art QUT facility. We enable cutting-edge research here at QUT, and also support health research advances at the Prince Charles Hospital. We have capabilities for preclinical studies, including post-explantation evaluation, and facilities for hands-on skills training for surgeons, theatre staff and sales personnel. We provide a responsive service in a GLP-accredited environment, with well-established animal and cadaver research, and training models. Our dedicated team comprises international experts and includes surgeons, veterinary scientists and a quality assurance personnel.

TRI Seahorse XFe96 Analyser

Dr Jennifer Gunter

 Last year, IHBI and TRI co-funded a Seahorse XFe96 Analyser. The Seahorse is a unique piece of kit that uses label-free technology to detect real-time changes in cell bioenergetics, processes supporting critical functions including cell signalling, proliferation, activation, toxicity and biosynthesis. Specifically the Seahorse measures oxygen consumption and extracellular acidification which are key indicators of mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis. The machine is housed on level 3 of TRI.