SfNIRS Newsletter, May 2012

fNIRS 2012 Conference

Registration is now open for the fNIRS 2012 Conference Oct 26-28, 2012 in London. See here for details. Early registration deadline is September 30, 2012. But please register early as space is limited.

The format of this year’s conference includes contributed orals and posters. There will be ample time for poster viewing and discussion. Abstract deadline for contributed papers is August 13, 2012. See here for details.

fNIRS Course

A two-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. Registration is now open. See here for details.

Software

Homer2 is now available for download here. Homer2 is the long awaited upgrade of Homer. It has a similar GUI interface, but now more easily supports group analyses and re-configuration of processing streams. Further, it enables users to integrate their own processing algorithms into the processing stream. Underneath the GUI, all of the processing functions can be accessed at the script level, adding additional flexibility. Users are encouraged to contribute their own scripts for public dissemination within Homer2.

Call for Papers – Special Issue in Neuroimage

Neuroimage is planning a special issue to celebrate 20 years of functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Submitted papers are due by January 1, 2013. More information can be found here.

Recent Publications

There was a special issue on “Exploring the Body with Light” in the new Journal of NIRS.

Spectroscopy Now

The plenary speaker from fNIRS2010, Marco Ferrari, has published his lecture as a review paper in Neuroimage. It is presently available electronically at the journal ahead of print:

Marco Ferrari and Valentina Quaresima, “A brief review on the history of human functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) development and fields of application,” Neuroimage (in press) 2012.

Job Postings

Check out the new job postings here.