NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) is a key technology for determining
the structures of molecules and visualising the anatomy of living
tissue and microscopic structure. It has revolutionised chemistry,
physics, diagnostic medicine and structural biology. NMR is one
of only two techniques available for complete determination of the
structures of proteins, providing the fundamental molecular information
used in drug design programs.
The Queensland Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Network is funded with
assistance from the Smart State Research Facilities Fund (SSRFF).
QNN is a network of high field NMR equipment in Queensland which
supports a developing biotechnology industry in this State. The
facility allows researchers from universities, institutes and companies
to carry out high-resolution molecular structure determination and
imaging supporting research programs in a broad range of fields,
including biodiscovery, drug design, and neuroscience. The facility
attracts national and international researchers and establishes
Queensland as a central hub for NMR spectroscopy and imaging research
in Australia. QNN facilitates access by regional Queensland and
interstate centres to world class research infrastructure.