This newly established program that is growing fast includes multitudes of projects that involve state-of-the-art image acquisition and analyses. This centre also provides services to the referrals by external departments and collaborators that want to assess their patients and/or research subjects for musculoskeletal health or losing/gaining weight and fat mass.
Musculoskeletal system declines with ageing and in many other system diseases (e.g. metabolic, cardiovascular or neurologic conditions). In addition to bone, muscle and fat volume assessment in the body (imaging), we are capable of measuring the degree of fat infiltration into various tissues (most notably bone and muscle, that exerts lipotoxic effects on those tissues) using our image analyses software and in house skills.
We welcome new collaborators, members and projects.

Dr Ebrahim Bani Hassan DrVM, DrVSc, PhD, GCALL, GCUT, Fel.IBLAIM
Program Director
Ebrahim is a veterinary surgeon and internist, and a Fellow of IBLAIM. His speciality is musculoskeletal pathobiology, imaging and image analysis; and also holds PhD and postdoc experiences in the field. He is currently working on the pathobiology and diagnostics of osteosarcopenia, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and osteoarthritis. He is interested in studying the interactions between bone muscle and fat tissues, as well as musculoskeletal decline in association with other system diseases (e.g. metabolic, cardiovascular and neurological conditions). Ebrahim is in charge of the clinical imaging and image analysis facilities at AIMSS and welcomes well-designed collaborative projects on musculoskeletal health and pathobiology. This program at the moment is nursing a very young project on the 3D printing of bone. Watch the space for the exciting news.

Dr David Scott
Project Director
Dr. David Scott (PhD, 2010) is an exercise scientist whose research focuses on the effects of age-related changes in body composition on physical performance, falls and fracture risk. He is a current NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Monash University and also holds an Honorary appointment at The University of Melbourne. He conducts studies on the effects of sarcopenia and obesity on bone and muscle health in older adults, and the role of exercise and vitamin D in preventing falls and fractures. He has expertise in dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, peripheral quantitative computed tomography and objective assessments of physical activity and muscle function.

Dr Ali Ghasem-Zadeh
Project Director
Ali Ghasem-Zadeh is medical physicist and senior research fellow in the Department of Medicine and Endocrinology, Austin Health, University of Melbourne. He is an expert on medical imaging and quantitative imaging for bone microstructures analysis, particularly in DXA, High Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography and Micro-CT imaging. Ali has authored and co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the field of bone microstructural assessment and osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis (diagnostics, prevention and treatment)
  • Sarcopenia (diagnostics, prevention and treatment)
  • Osteosarcopenia (diagnostics, prevention and treatment)
  • Osteoarthritis (diagnostics, prevention and treatment)
  • Obesity and its effects on health with particular focus on the musculoskeletal system
  • Frailty (diagnostics, prevention and treatment)
  • Falls and fractures (prevention)
  • Musculoskeletal, fat and nervous system crosstalk
  • Accelerated rehabilitation of immobilised patients
  • Improved imaging and image analysis of the musculoskeletal system
  • Improved analyses of microscopic images