The University of Queensland's Cardiovascular Imaging Research Group provides clinical and research capability in cardiac imaging and image processing. This includes multi-modality techniques that are unique in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. To acknowledge the complex association of cardiovascular disease with other chronic disesases, our research is themed across the areas of diabetes, hypertension, renal disease, patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care.

We have expertise in new echocardiocardiographic imaging technologies such as tissue Doppler, strain and strain rate imaging, myocardial backscatter and contrast echocardiography. This work is carried out at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in our research echo/stress area and Department of Medicine.

The Group is comprised of researchers, physicians, PhD scholars, visiting scholars, research study nurses, research assistants and students. 

The centre's academic director is Associate Professor Tony Stanton, who is also a consultant cardiologist with Queensland Health. The group's general manager is Dr. Brian Haluska who also holds a position as a research fellow. The group works in close collaboration with Adjunct Professor Tom Marwick who founded the group in 1998, and Dr Sudhir Wahi.

Adjunct Professor Marwick is currently the Section Head of Cardiovascular Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and Dr. Wahi is a consultant cardiologist with Queensland Health and the director of the clinical echocardiography laboratory.

The Cardiovascular Imaging Research Group's work focuses on four themes to deal with the complex association of cardiovascular disease with other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and renal disease as well as to understand how cardiac imaging techniques can influence patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care.

  • Our cardiac imaging and image processing expertise is multi-modal and unique in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
  • Over the last five years, members of our research group have generated more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals  and have presented and lectured at major international meetings in Asia, the USA and Europe. 
  • Our research is informed by clinical need and expertise. We have close clinical associations with the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Cleveland Clinica, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Dr. Brian A. Haluska PhD, MSc (Hons, Clin Phys), RDCS, AMS, FASE
General Manager and Research Fellow

Address: UQ Cardiovascular Imaging Research Centre
UQ Medicine
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Ipswich Road
Brisbane QLD 4102
Phone: + 61 7 3176 5829