Minister Launches MASSIVE Health Research Equipment

Minister Launches MASSIVE Health Research Equipment

Victoria Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips

Asthma Sufferers Set To Benefit From New Research Facility

Victor P Taffa

A New Computing Facility called MASSIVE or Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment is the latest tool in the fight against serious and life-threatening illnesses including lung disease, diabetes, AIDS and cancer.

Speaking at the official opening of the facility, Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said MASSIVE would be Australia’s first centre for excellence for computational imaging and visualisation, aiding in Australia’s research efforts.


“The first of its kind in Australia, MASSIVE provides researchers with the ability to construct and view high-resolution scientific images and 3D-models of their research subjects that were until now too large or too complex for any computer to visualise.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

“Diseases such as lung disease affect thousands of Australians and it is investments into research technology such as this that equip our researchers with the tools to combat serious diseases.”

At the opening, Mr. Rich-Phillips met with one of the Monash research teams that stand to benefit significantly from the new technology infrastructure.

“MASSIVE will be a powerful tool that will allow these lung disease researchers to extract previously hidden information like intricate 3D lung structure, revolutionising lung imaging and leading to new advances in the study of diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

MASSIVE is a partnership between some of the country’s leading technology providers and research institutions, including the Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO, Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and Monash University, with funding from the Victorian Government and the National Computational Infrastructure.

“It is the investment in projects like MASSIVE that underlies Victoria’s competitive advantage for research and technology-based innovation, setting us apart from the crowd both domestically and internationally.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.