SfNIRS Newsletter, November 2016

 

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fNIRS 2016
Paris, October 13 – 162016
We had a really great meeting in Paris with 368 total attendees:
182 MD and PhD, 156 Students, and 29 Sponsors.
The field is steadily growing as shown by the large number of students and sponsors.For more statistics click here.
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From Paris to Tokyo
We are happy to announce the next fNIRS conference will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
The conference will be hosted by the University of Tokyo, October 5 – 8 2018.
Gentaro Taga and Turgut Durduran will chair the conference.

 image005 Early investigator award results
Three outstanding researchers were chosen as finalists for the Inaugural SfNIRS Early Investigator Award. Each presented a first-author abstract at the Paris meeting.

After much deliberation by the selection committee based on CVs, letters of support, and the conference talk, among other things, Dr. Robert Cooper was named our 2016 Outstanding Early Investigator.

Congratulation Rob, well deserved!

To read more about the selection process click here.

 image007 New officers
Clare Elwell is now the President of the Society.
David Boas is now the past President.
President elect will be elected in two years.
The new members of the Board of directors are:
Judit Gervain, Felix Scholkmann, Ippeita Dan, and Alessandro Torricelli.
The new communication committee members are:
Gemma Bale, Dani Forster and Luca Pollonini.

Congratulation to them all.

 Membership-Icon-I SfNIRS Membership
We currently have 231 members: 107 from Europe, 91 from North America, 27 from Asia, 4 from Australia and 2 from South America.
By countries the most members come from:
USA 73, UK 27, Canada and Italy 15,  Japan, Germany and France 12, Switzerland 11, Spain 9, Republic of Korea 8, Nederland 7.
 

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Minutes of General Assembly – Blogs and Forum
We have posted the minutes of the General Assembly in our ClubExpressserver. Because of the tight meeting schedule in Paris we didn’t have time for discussion. We hope we can have the discussion online and to that end we have started a member only blog.

Please contribute to it, as your input is important!

In the same members-only interface, we have started a Forum. The first topic open for input is “how to make fNIRS more visible outside the Society”. We hope to get your input and suggestions on this important topic.

Instructions on how to get to the Forum and blog are here. We will keep you posted on future discussion, and you can chose to follow them by setting your email preferences.

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On October 26th, our president, Dr. Clare Elwell gave a spotlight talk during the closing session of the Grand Challenges 2016 conference in London.Read more about this in a post prepared by Sarah Lloyd-Fox.

Also don’t miss Clare Spotlight talk filmed by Gates at the link here.

Directly from the village of Moapé, Côte d’Ivoire, Kaja Jasinska shared with us news of her project using fNIRS to study literacy development. See fnirs.org/kaja-in-westafrica

 image015 Call for Papers! Special issue in Neurophotonics
Special section on fNIRS aims to recognize the advances occurring in the field. Submit manuscripts on topics related to functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Manuscripts due 1 March 2017. For more info click here.

We wish to remind you that Neurophotonics is the official journal of the Society. It is now indexed in Web of Science – Science Citation Index Expanded as well as Pubmed. 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.

 papers fNIRS Publications
The latest list of NIRS/NIRI publications assembled by Felix Scholkmannand Sabrina Brigadoi includes 210 new papers:
Vol. 4, Issue 2 (April-June 2016)

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

 image017 Standards for cerebral tissue oximeters
A “New Work Item Proposal” (NWIP) was recently submitted to ISO to prepare an international device standard for cerebral tissue oximeters. Linked to the general standard IEC 60601-1 “Medical electrical equipment“, this standard will cover particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of cerebral tissue oximeter equipment. For more information, contact: Alessandro Torricelli
 image019 New non-profit hardware developments
Alexander von Luehmann, PhD student at Technical University of Berlin has developed an “open NIRS” hardware platform for a wearable NIRS device (opennirs.org) and published it online with all details and documentation.

Maria Angela Franceschini and David Boas at Harvard-MGH have founded NeuLucea non-profit organization with the mission to support scientists in the adoption of novel optical technologies for studying the brain and other organs.

 image023  Coming soon: PHOEBE
Phoebe (Placing Headgear Optodes Efficiently Before Experimenting) is a software that aims at optimizing the placement of fNIRS optodes prior to an experiment. The software was developed by Luca Pollonini at the Optical BioImaging Lab at the University of Houston, in collaboration with  the Oghalai Lab at Stanford University and the Bortfeld Lab at UC-Merced.
 

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Job opportunities
Post doctoral positions are currently available at:University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Stanford University School of Medicine, in the USA; KU Leuven in Belgium.

For students: University of Picardie, Amiens , France; The Nalecz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland.List prepared by Rebecca Dewey

 

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NIRS in the news
Electro Optics News Article: Optical monitoring of neonatal brain injury: towards the development of compact clinical systems
Evening Standard: Shining a light on babies’ brains for nutrition study
Science Daily: Infants use prefrontal cortex in learning
BusinessWire: Cephalogics Demonstrates Repeatability of Brain Imaging Results in Visual Stimulation Study
Euronews: New ray of hope for premature babies
ETHealthworld: Google Glass-type device to soon read your brain
Knowridge Science Report: Brain waves can be used to protect cyber security
The Scientist: SSI Announces the Release of its LIGHTNIRS Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy system
BostInno: This MIT-Based Fitness Wearable Could Change the Game Entirely
Medgadget: Cerebral and Tissue Oximetry Devices 2016 Market Segmentation Application, Technology & Market Analysis Research Report to 2020
 image032 From Facebook & Twitter
The Society for functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy group on Facebookhad a great burst with the fNIRS meeting. We  now have 536 members! We are very pleased with the success of this service which promotes discussion and dissemination.Keep posting your news in Twitter using #fNIRS

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

Disclaimer: While we encourage translation of fNIRS technology to commercial products by our members, the Communication Committee and the fNIRS society doesn’t endorse any for-profit or non-profit entity and doesn’t receive any compensation for reporting news about commercial products.

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