The Biological Resource Imaging Laboratory (BRIL) is a unit of the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre located in the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. BRIL is focused on providing state-of-the-art in vivo and ex vivo Preclinical Imaging and Flow Cytometry services.

Preclinical Imaging

The BRIL imaging facility offers researchers access to a variety of imaging systems including clinically relevant technologies such as Computed Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound. Whole-body bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging and endoscopy are also available. BRIL provides a range of support services including surgical support, surgical microscopy, physiological monitoring, body composition analysis and microwave fixation services. All of the instruments are located within a specific pathogen-free PC2 animal facility, ensuring that a full breadth of research projects can be performed and facilitating multimodality imaging within a single experiment. Some of the imaging capabilities can support very high-resolution images of clinical samples, fixed specimens and materials. The facility is one of the best equipped of its kind in Australia, placing UNSW at the forefront of biomedical imaging. Training and expertise in the use of instruments and related animal support is provided by BRIL staff.

Flow Cytometry

The BRIL flow cytometry core facility is located on the lower ground floor of the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. The state-of-the-art facility offers a range of services including flow cytometry sorting and cell analysis and particle analysis. Instruments include 3 cell sorters and 3 cell analysers permitting simultaneous assessment of up to 21 parameters. The sorters are contained within customized PC2 certified biosafety cabinets to facilitate safe sorting of sample requiring this level of biocontainment including genetically modified cells or organisms and cells of human origin. Particle analysis capabilities comprise dynamic light scattering and a Nanosight instrument to be added in 2015. The BRIL flow facility staff provide expert sorting services, training and advice. To use the flow facility or to get more information, please contact the BRIL flow cytometry staff.