Objective: To describe the development, design and function of an innovative international clinical research network for neuroimaging research, based in Australia, within a joint state health service/medical school. This Australian, US, Scandinavian Imaging Exchange (AUSSIE) network focuses upon identifying neuroimaging biomarkers for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease. Methods: We describe a case study of the iterative development of the network, identifying characteristic features and methods which may serve as potential models for virtual clinical research networks. This network was established to analyse clinically-derived neuroimaging data relevant to neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease, specifically in relation to subcortical brain structures. Results: The AUSSIE network has harnessed synergies from the individual expertise of the component groups, primarily clinical neuroscience researchers, to analyse a variety of clinical data. Conclusion: AUSSIE is an active virtual clinical research network, analogous to a connectome, which is embedded in health care and has produced significant research, advancing our understanding of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease through the lens of neuroimaging. © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2014.
Looi, J. C. L., Velakoulis, D., Walterfang, M. A., Georgiou - Karistianis, N., Macfarlane, M. D., Power, B., Nilsson, C. F., Styner, M. A., Thompson, P. M., Van Westen, D., Wilkes, F. A., & Wahlund, L. O. (2014). The Australian, US, Scandinavian Imaging Exchange (AUSSIE): An innovative, virtually-integrated health research network embedded in health care. Australasian Psychiatry, 22(3), 260-265. https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856214523494