SfNIRS Newsletter, January 2016

SfNIRS Updates January 18, 2016

fNIRS 2016

The 2016 fNIRS conference will take place in central Paris, October 13 – 16, 2016. For details on invited speakers, registration, and abstract submission please visit the conference webpage @ fnirs.org/conferences/fnirs2016-conference.


Blank award medal with ribbonEarly Investigator Award
The fNIRS Society is pleased to announce the establishment of an Early Investigators Award. Outstanding NIRS researchers who have recently graduated are eligible for this award. The first
awardee will be announced at the fNIRS 2016 conference in Paris. For more information visit: fnirs.org/conferences/fnirs2016-conference/early-investigator-award2016

Membership-Icon-ISfNIRS Membership
The membership management system will go online in March 2016. Regular two year memberships will cost $95, and student 2 year memberships will cost $50. . In addition to having opportunities to serve in positions for the Society, members will have member’s only access to aspects of the developing SfNIRS website, will receive a discount on conference registration, and will have membership subscription rates for Neurophotonics published by SPIE.

papersfNIRS Publications

The latest list of NIRS/NIRI publications assembled by Felix Scholkmann includes 206 new papers:
Issue 4 of Volume 3 (October-December 2015, 86 papers)
Issue 3 of Volume 3 (July-September 2015, 120 papers)

A list of papers highlighted in FB and Twitter in the last few months and collected by Rebecca Dewey can be found on our webpage.

job_postsJob opportunities
Post doctoral positions
are currently available at:

For students: The PhD program in Developmental and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston is now accepting applications.

iso9001fNIRS ISO standards
ISO.org has recently published new guidelines for fNIRS devices: IEC 80601-2-71:2015 Medical electrical equipment — Part 2-71.  The publication describes requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy equipment.
A new committee is currently preparing new guidelines for NIRS oximetry.

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 2.32.35 PMfNIRS news
BBC news aired a section on the London air ambulance trials hand-held (“Infra-scanner”) brain scanner.
Congratulations to Infrascanner.com for the cool device!
London babylab, as highligted in Nature, is deploying every technology it can to understand infant brains, and what happens when development goes awry.
The Optics Division at the Martinos Center has published a blog about their NIRS measurements at the Cure Hospital in Uganda.

header-013fNIRS lab at University of Michigan updates
University of Michigan’s fNIRS lab will participate in the second annual Michigan Brainhack event. Current challenges in fNIRS data modeling statistical analyses and real-time fNIRS signal processing will be presented. Also each semester University of Michigan’s fNIRS lab offers introductory 2-hour seminars on fNIRS technology and the basics of its use. in-person and remote-login attendants are welcomed, please inquire fNIRS-lab@umich.edu.

shimatzuBrain Function Laboratory at Yale updates
Shimadzu held demonstration of LABNIRS system and wearable LIGHTNIRS at the Brain Function Laboratory in November. Presentations on multimodal NIRS imaging, signal processing, and applications were held by attendees from Yale University, Haskins Laboratories, Princeton University, and University of Texas.


image011From Facebook & Twitter
The Society for functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy group on Facebook continues to grow. We now have 394 members!

Remember also to post your news in Twitter using #fNIRS

Featured Events

SPIE Photonic West
Photonic West, the largest laser, photonics, and biomedical optics conference, will be held in San Francisco February 13 -18 2016.

OSA Biomedical Optics Meeting
The Biennial topical meeting on “Translating Biomedical Optics from the Scientific Bench to Clinical Practice” will be held on April 25 – 28th, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. A Nirfast pre-conference workshop will be offered on April 24th.

Birkbeck-UCL fNIRS Training Course
Birkbeck-UCL fNIRS Training Course for beginners and advanced users will be held in London, 13-15th April 2016. Space is limited, please email s.fox@bbk.ac.uk or ubabla02@mail.bbk.ac.uk for further information.

ISOTT 2016
The 44th Annual Meeting of the International Society on Oxygen Transport to Tissue (ISOTT), will be held from Sunday July 10th to Thursday July 14th, 2016, in Chicago, USA.

fNIRS course @ the Martinos Optics Division
The 2016 fNIRS Hands-On Course @ the Martinos Optics Division will be held November 16-18, 2016 in Boston. Details at nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/training/fnirs.

The Society for fNIRS has adopted Neurophotonics as its official journal. Please consider submitting your next fNIRS article there.  Members of SfNIRS can obtain a membership rate for subscribing to the journal through SPIE using the SfNIRS member-only form provided here. Also, you can sign up to receive twice monthly email messages about new articles published in Neurophotonics. See the instructions here.

Neurophotonics – Special Issue
Please see the call for papers for the upcoming special section on “Clinical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging of the Brain”.  The submission deadline was December 1, 2015. More information can be found on the journal webpage.

Send any news items for future newsletters to news@sfnirs.org. Also, consider posting yours news on the SfNIRS Facebook group page and Twitter.

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