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 

Confirmed Speakers    Prof. Peter Basser - National Institute Health, USA
Prof. Gareth Morris - School of Chemistry, University of Manchester, UK. (via skype)
Dr Petrik Galvosas - Victoria University, Wellington, NZ.
Dr David Raffelt - Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Victoria.
Prof. Masaya Ishikawa - Applied Biological Science, Tokyo University of Science, Japan.
Prof. Siegfried Stapf - University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany.
Rebecca Hawker - PhD student, University of New South Wales
Symposium Opening and Welcoming Address - Prof. Bruce Cornell 
Session 1 - Prof. Bruce Cornell (Adjunct Prof. WSU, Director Surgical Diagnostics Pty Ltd.)
Session 2 - A/Prof. Gary Dennis (Director of Research, WSU.)
Session 3 - Dr Peter Basser (NIH, USA.)
Session 4 - Prof. Rob Atkin (School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Newcastle University.)
Western Sydney University will soon be home to the first fast field cycling nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (FFC NMR) in Australia.Many of the most important chemical processes involve the slow dynamics of molecules that occur in the range between nanoseconds and milliseconds. This includes a diverse range of phenomena from clinical to industrial importance such as MRI contrast and the development of new MRI contrast agents, to the durability of concrete, filtration and even food spoilage. Such slow motions are difficult to measure at the fixed high magnetic field strengths of traditional NMR spectrometers (normally > 7 T) and Magnetic Resonance Imagers (typically 1.5 or 3 T). However, measuring the longitudinal relaxation time ("T1") of a molecule as a function of the observation frequency (especially at lower frequencies) - known as nuclear magnetic resonance dispersion or NMRD - is a particularly powerful means for probing slow molecular dynamics. The FFC NMR allows the NMRD profile to be measured from about 10-6 T up to the maximum field allowed by the magnet (3 T in our case). Examples of problems addressed using FFC NMR include filtration, imbibition, conduction and wettability, protein hydration, dynamics of polymers and liquid crystals, MRI contrast agents, durability of cements and concretes, determination of oil to water ratios in rock cores, filtration and water purification in soils, catalysis.
Symposium Closing and Presentation of Poster Prizes - Prof. Bill Price.
Conference Dinner - Rydges Hotel, Campbelltown (Old Menangle Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560).

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 km38 Queen Street, Campbelltown, NSW+61 2 4628 3788
 Campbelltown Colonial Motor Inn(opens in a new window)
* 4.2 Km20 Queen St, Campbelltown NSW 25601800 464 866
 Ibis Budget Campbelltown(opens in a new window)
* 4.6 km3 Rennie Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560+61 2 4628 7340
Quest Campbelltown(opens in a new window)
* 4.7 klm1 Rennie Rd, Woodbine NSW 2560+61 2 4622 4900
The Hermitage (opens in a new window)
* 5.2 km5 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. 

RegistrationConference attendee$ 70
Bona fide students$ 50
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
Invited Speakers please register for symposium attendance and conference dinner using the voucher code issued with your invitation.Nil cost

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 Groupnano@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