NMR, MRI and Diffusion Symposium

7th Biennial Western Sydney University Symposium on NMR, MRI and Diffusion

The Western Sydney University Symposium is held biennially and showcases theoretical developments and cutting edge applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Diffusion measurements.  The symposium will include platform and keynote lectures as well as poster presentations. 

The symposium allows us to showcase our world class facilities, research and University and brings together leading domestic and international experts on topics ranging from medical to environmental, mining and industrial applications. This will result in knowledge transfer amongst researchers and uptake by industry of cutting-edge methods. The symposium is open to all including people from outside academia (e.g., clinicians and industry) and students. Consequently, one aim of the conference is to inspire the next generation of students and secondly to allow current students to access some of the brightest researchers at the forefront of MRI, NMR and diffusion research.

The symposium fills a void in research symposia in Australia – the university is unique in holding the only symposium in Australia to cover this area of research. There is no dedicated association for researchers in Australia in the diffusion magnetic resonance field.


When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm                    29th November, 2016

Where: Western Sydney University, Campbelltown

Venue: Lecture Theatre 5 (CA21.G.03)

Audience: Open to all

Symposium Program 

 Western Sydney University 7th Biennial NMR, MRI and Diffusion Symposium – 29th November 2016 

Western Sydney University NMR, MRI and Diffusion Symposium –  29th November 2016
9:00 AM Opening Address and Session 1: Chair Prof. Bruce Cornell (Western Sydney University)
9:10 Prof. Peter Basser
National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
Diffusion MRI as a means to probe brain microstructure and infer function
9:50 Prof. Masaya Ishikawa
Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Visualization of freezing behaviours in cold hardy woody plant tissues using high resolution MRI
10:20 Ms Rebecca Hawker
Rational control of reaction outcome using ionic liquids: Predicting microscopic interactions using diffusion measurements
10:40 AM JEOL Morning Tea & Posters 
Session 2: Chair Associate Prof. Gary Dennis (Western Sydney University)
11:10 Dr David Raffelt
Florey Institute
Investigating white matter fibre density and morphology using a fixel-based analysis
11:40 Dr Hiroaki Sasakawa
JEOL, (partly via Skype)
Latest developments from JEOL
12:00 Dr Petrik Galvosas
Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Recent advances in NMR diffusometry and velocimetry
12:30 - 1:40 PM Lunch + ANZMAG Annual General Meeting 
Session 3: Chair Prof. Peter Basser (NIH)
1:40 A/Prof. Gary Liney
Ingham Institute
 Using MRI to guide radiation treatment of cancer
2:10 Dr Dmitry Shishmarev
University of Sydney
NMR of stretched red blood cells
2:30 A/Prof. Leigh Johnston
University of Melbourne 
Compartment and continuum models of diffusion-weighted MRI
3:00 - 3:30 PM Siemens Healthcare Afternoon Tea and Posters 
Session 4: Chair Prof. Rob Atkin (University of Newcastle)
3:30 Dr Michaela Tymichova
REDI, Western Sydney University
Working with Western Sydney University
3:50 Prof. Siegfried Stapf
Technical University of Ilmenau
Fun with variable magnetic fields: how and why
4:30 Dr Abhishek Gupta
Western Sydney University
Advanced MRI contrast agents and fast field cycling relaxometry
Session 5: Chair Prof. Bill Price (Western Sydney University) 
4:50 Prof. Gareth Morris FRS
Univ. Manchester, (via Skype)
DOSY: progress and pitfalls
5:30 PM Student Poster Prize Presentation and Closing Remarks Prof. Bill Price
6:30 PM Dinner at the Rydges Hotel, Campbelltown 

Venue & Getting There

Campbelltown Campus of Western Sydney University.
Lecture Theatre 5 (Building 21, Ground level, Room)

Drive - The campus is accessible using the M5, via the Narellan Road exit.
Parking is available in area P6, behind Building 21 (Symposium Venue)
$7 daily fee is applicable for Yellow marked bays only. Parking permits are available from vending machines throughout the P6 car park and Security car park.

Shuttle Bus – The Western Sydney Shuttle Bus operates from:

  • Campbelltown station (Farrow Road, immediately outside the station)
  • Macarthur Square (Kellicar Road, bus stand number three)
  • Campbelltown campus Building 21
  • Between the hours of 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

To use the shuttle bus service you will require a copy of your registration email.

The Western Sydney Shuttle Bus has also been made available to pick up from:

  • Rydges Hotel Campbelltown
  • Maclin Lodge, Campbelltown

Public transport - Use the interactive travel planner on this page or visit Transport NSW(opens in a new window) for up to date travel information.

Walk - The campus is a 10 minute walk from Macarthur Station. Exit the station at the 'Shopping Centre Bridge' and cross onto Goldsmith Ave, which leads into the campus.

Map - Campbelltown campus map (opens in a new window).


Rydges Hotel Campbelltown (opens in a new window) - WSU Shuttle pick up
* 2.4 km Old Menangle Road, Campbelltown NSW 2560 +61 2 4645 0500
Maclin Lodge (opens in a new window) - WSU Shuttle pick up
* 3.8 km 38 Queen Street, Campbelltown, NSW +61 2 4628 3788
 Campbelltown Colonial Motor Inn(opens in a new window)
* 4.2 Km 20 Queen St, Campbelltown NSW 2560 1800 464 866
 Ibis Budget Campbelltown(opens in a new window)
* 4.6 km 3 Rennie Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560 +61 2 4628 7340
Quest Campbelltown(opens in a new window)
* 4.7 klm 1 Rennie Rd, Woodbine NSW 2560 +61 2 4622 4900
The Hermitage (opens in a new window)
* 5.2 km 5 Grange Rd, Leumeah NSW 2560 +61 2 4628 1144
* Walking distances are quoted from Google Maps from the accommodation address to William Downes Avenue (Building 21 physical address)


Attendees are invited to display a poster of their research. 

There will be prizes for the best student posters on the day.


Free student registration at ANZMAG 2017 (opens in a new window)

2-6 December 2017, Mantra on Salt Beach Kingscliff NSW

Prize $200 Cash - Courtesy of Magritek
Prize £100 RSC  Book Voucher  - Courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry (opens in a new window)


Register here (opens in a new window) for the 7th Biennial NMR, MRI and Diffusion Symposium and Conference Dinner. 

Western Sydney University has recently changed to the OneStop secure payment system. 

Registration   Attendee - delegates attending the full day's symposium sessions. $ 70
Student - bona fide students attending the full day's symposium sessions. $ 50
Business Attendee - Business and industry people who have been invited by REDI  to attend Session 4, tour of the facility and the Symposium Dinner.$69
Presenter - Invited Speakers to register for symposium and conference dinner. Please use the voucher code issued with your invitation. Nil cost
Conference Dinner. The dinner is complementary for attendees who paid to attend our 2015 Symposium. You should have received a voucher code by email if eligible. If you haven't received your voucher code and believe you are eligible, please check your spam folder or contact r.grey@westernsydney.edu.au using the subject line "Nanoscale Conference Dinner Voucher". $ 69

Conference Dinner will be held at Rydges Hotel, Campbelltown; 15 Old Menangle Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560. (6:30 - 10:00 pm).

Further Information

Nanoscale Research Group nano@westernsydney.edu.au
Prof. William S. Price


+61 2 4620 3336

Mrs Robyn Grey


+61 2 4620 3456

Dr Mikhail Zubkov


+61 2 4620 3738


National Imaging Facility