fNIRS offers insight into cognitive effects of nutrition

A recent study by UCL’s Clare Elwell and colleagues used functional near-infrared spectroscopy to explore the impact of nutrition on infant brain development in Africa.

This was the first use of a brain imaging method to study localized brain activity in African infants, Elwell said. Until now, much of our understanding of brain development in low-income countries has depended on more subjective behavioral assessments. The study demonstrated the possibility of monitoring the brain activity of infants in these countries to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction.

“We have high hopes of building on these promising findings to develop functional near infrared spectroscopy into an assessment tool for investigating cognitive function of infants who may be at risk of malnutrition or childhood diseases associated with low income settings,” she said.

Read more about the study here.

fNIRS Newsletter – April 2014

fNIRS2014 Abstract Submissions
The deadline for abstract submissions is June 16, 2014 for the conference that will occur in Montreal Oct 10-12, 2014. See http://fnirs2014.org for details.

fNIRS Course
A one-day educational NIRS Course will precede the fNIRS conference. The focus of this course will be twofold. Firstly, it will include an overview of the NIRS technique, with particular focus on the application of this technique for infancy research (to include practical demonstrations). Secondly, there will be a series of lectures on data analysis techniques given by invited speakers. The latter will include topics such as GLM modeling, image reconstruction, artifact detection, and probe localization and anatomy.

See details at http://fnirs2014.org/course/.

Society for fNIRS Elections
In preparation for the first elections for the Society, we are taking nominations for the positions President-elect, Secretary, and Board of Directors, please send nominations to Martin Wolf (Martin.Wolf@usz.ch). The nomination should include a brief bibliographic statement about the candidate that also touches on their interest in the position. The candidate should confirm that they accept the nomination. The bibliographic statement will be shared with the membership leading up to the elections. All past attendees of fNIRS2010 and fNIRS2012 are considered members of SfNIRS for the purposes of the election.

fNIRS Newsletter – November 2013

Early Announcement
fNIRS 2014
Montreal Canada
October 10-12, 2014
This conference is expected to start Friday morning and conclude Sunday afternoon.
It will be preceded the day before by an educational workshop.
Watch fNIRS.org for more details.
Abstract submission deadlines will be announced to this list-server as well as on fNIRS.org
Also visit the fNIRS2014 facebook page.

Neurophotonics
SPIE is starting a new journal called Neurophotonics (see the SPIE press release here).

Twitter and Facebook
fNIRS is on twitter and facebook. This is a good way to share information about new publications, and other news related to our society. Follow the links at fnirs.org.

fNIRS Special Issue in Neuroimage commemorating 20 Years of fNIRS.
Accepted are on-line and will appear in one of the next issues of Neuroimage.
You can browse the on-line ahead of print papers at
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/aip/10538119

The University of Picardie, France, Offers Course on Cerebral Oximetry and Optical Imaging

The GRAMFC laboratory at the University of Picardie, France, is offering a course on cerebral oximetry and optical imaging in Amiens this fall. The course will provide basic knowledge of and acquisition experience with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS); explore applications of cerebral oximetry in neonates; and discuss the benefits of optical imaging in the analysis of both language and epileptic networks. Practical sessions with the various systems available in the laboratory will be held every evening.

See here for further information.

July Newsletter

Early Announcement
fNIRS 2014
Montreal Canada
October 10-12, 2014
This conference is expected to start Friday morning and conclude Sunday afternoon.
It will be preceded the day before by an educational workshop.
Watch fNIRS.org for more details.
Abstract submission deadlines will be announced to this list-server as well as on fNIRS.org.

fNIRS Special Issue in Neuroimage
Accepted papers are appearing on-line.
You can browse the on-line ahead of print papers here.

Call for Papers in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
- ”Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in functional research of prefrontal cortex”
Further information here.
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 Aug 2013
Deadline for full article submission: 30 Sep 2013

fNIRS Course in Boston
Oct 24-25, 2013
at Massachusetts General Hospital. This 2-day course provides an introduction to fNIRS with hands-on training in the use of NIRS instrumentation. This is followed by lectures exemplifying applications of fNIRS. The second day then focuses on data analysis with hands-on training with Homer2.
Further information here.