Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Auckland MRI Research Group

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become recognised as an essential investigation in a variety of cardiac and related medical conditions. The superb precision and accuracy of MRI for cardiac parameters has led to increasing use of MRI by international pharmaceutical companies for investigating treatment benefit. This precision allows either the sample size for clinical trials to be dramatically reduced thereby controlling costs or for previously inaccessible endpoints to be obtained.

The Auckland MRI Research Group (AMRG) has researched, developed and tested clinical image analysis software in association with Auckland UniServices Limited. Part of this software has been licensed to one of the largest global MRI providers, Siemens Medical Systems. AMRG is recognised by Siemens as their no. 1 cardiac development site in the world.

Dedicated staff have extensive experience in the running of international pharmaceutical trials including study design, protocol definition, paperwork, site training (internationally), image transfer by CDROM and internet, and analysis and reporting of results. Extensive operating procedures have been developed for data management, including RAID server backup, DVD and CDROM archiving, documentation, database management and storage in fireproof safes. 

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  • 2003 winner of the Computerworld Award for Excellence in Information Technology for Biotechnology
  • Completion of baseline analysis of ONTARGET MRI substudy international clinical trial, comprising 330 cardiac MRI studies performed in 6 countries worldwide
  • Awarded Health Research Council of New Zealand project grant, 2003-2006
  • Licensed MRI analysis software and intellectual property to Siemens AG for worldwide distribution, and renewal of Siemens consulting agreement
  • AMRG cardiac MRI anatomical atlas (hosted by http://atlas.scmr.org/ ) is one of the top hits for Google search for 'Cardiac MRI'
  • Associate Professor Young awarded a National Institute of Health grant for the 'Cardiac Atlas Project'