Sydney Imaging’s Hybrid Theatre is a new research and training hub, located in the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) at the University of Sydney. The site was officially launched in April by Elizabeth Koff, NSW Secretary of Health who stated that “Sydney Imaging is one of Australia’s most sophisticated biomedical imaging facilities reserved for research and education – a rarity in the world. It is a boon for the NSW and Australian health research community, and for our broader society which will ultimately benefit from discoveries made there.”
Sydney Imaging acts as a hub for the University’s faculties and affiliated research institutes including The Baird Institute. A significant amount of our research will be carried out there and this will enable us to more rapidly translate evidence into state of the art clinical practice so that we can gain the very best outcomes for patients. Imaging technology allows researchers to study complex biological systems and disease processes non-invasively and provides biological insights into scientific and medical problems that are not available by other means.
Professor Paul Bannon, chair of The Baird Institute is also Academic Director of The Hybrid Theatre. The theatre combines a range of biomedical imaging technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics and pioneering surgical practice and training. Image-guided and robotic surgery are used to develop and perfect the complex surgical procedures of tomorrow, resulting in less invasive techniques and better outcomes. Professor Bannon stated at the launch that “the key objective is to sustain medical research and to drive it, specifically the high end or cutting edge translational research!”