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SfNIRS Newsletter, April 2017



fNIRS 2018
fNIRS2018 will be held at the University of Tokyo, Japan on October 5-8, 2018.
Gentaro Taga has shared some initial information on the organization of the meeting: fnirs.org/conferences/fnirs-2018-conference. More information will be available in the coming months. In the meantime, mark your calendars!

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Neurophotonics special issues
The submission deadline has passed for the fNIRS special section in Neurophotonics. The number of submissions broke all records for the journal and the topics span the diversity of the field. As papers are accepted, they will appear online, so be sure to pay attention to the table of contents to see the latest work at neurophotonics.spiedigitallibrary.org/issue.aspx
Thanks to all that submitted to this special section. It will be repeated every two years following the fNIRS conference.
David Boas


Feature Paper
Communicating with completely locked-in people using an fNIRS-based brain-computer interface

A fNIRS paper published in January this year in PLOS Biology got broad news coverage (BBC, CNN, NBC New, The Guardian, Zeit, Nature, Der Spiegel). The paper reported successfully implementing a brain-computer interface (BCI) that allowed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients in a locked-in state to communicate by answering “yes” and “no” questions via thought.
By Felix Scholkmann

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Feature Story – Open Water
Technological revolutionary, Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, has recently launched Open Water to create wearable infrared-based approaches to obtain functional MRI-level resolution of brain function. As described in a TEDx in October, 2016, Dr. Jepsen plans to utilize consumer grade LCD display technology, optimized for the near-infrared, along with holographic image reconstruction strategies to generate low-power, low-weight opto-electronics that will be fabricated into fully wearable imaging caps.
By Adam Eggebrecht


Feature Event: MexNIRS Symposium
The Ist Mexican Symposium on Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Neuroimaging (MexNIRS), will be hosted in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico on October 20-21, 2017. The event aims to provide a unique forum for the NIRS community to review the current status of global NIRS research.
Dr. Felipe Orihuela-Espina tells us his plans for this meeting at: fnirs.org/mexnirs-symposium


Global NIRS Challenges Updates
Opportunities to integrate NIRS into global health projects are rapidly expanding and several research groups are addressing the challenges to advancing the technique as a successful neuroimaging tool in resource poor settings. An inspirational aspect of these projects is the multi-institute cross-disciplinary collaborations that are formed to achieve this work.Current collaborative research projects are underway in The Gambia, Bangladesh, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast. Read more at fnirs.org/global-nirs-challenges-2017-updates.By Sarah Lloyd-Fox, Katherine Perdue, Gary Boas and Kaja Jasinska


Research News – BabyLux Final Event
BabyLux Final Event will be held in Milan on April 28, 2017. BabyLux – An Optical Neuro-Monitor of Cerebral Oxygen Metabolism and Blood Flow for Neonatology – is a project that aims to provide an innovative and reliable tool to monitor and assess brain blood flow and oxygenation in extremely preterm neonates. The results achieved by the project will be presented during the event.
By Sabrina Brigadoi


From the Secretary – Membership
The Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy is rapidly growing. In a single year, the number of members has reached 339. Membership has many benefits: a discount on fNIRS conference registrations, reduced subscription cost to the SPIE journal Neurophotonics, access to SfNIRS member-only web content (e.g. the literature reviews on fNIRS), and subscriptions to the regular newsletter and emails. The membership fee is only $95 for two years for full members and $50 for two years for students. We encourage you to join the society and become part of this vibrant community. You can find instructions on how to join here: fnirs.org/membership
Martin Wolf
 Picture3 Job Opportunities
(Source: Facebook; please keep posting!)
Postdoctoral positions are currently available at: Northeastern University Boston; University of Calgary; INAOE Puebla, Mexico; ICFO, Barcelona, Spain; University of East Anglia, UK; Birbeck, London; Baylor, Scott & White, Temple, TX; Concordia, Montreal, Canada.
For students: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences/ University Leipzig, Germany and ICFO, Barcelona, Spain.
List prepared by Luca Pollonini.


SfNIRS Webpage News
Dany Forster has created a new page listing all  meetings related to fNIRS for the next year: fnirs.org/resources/relatedmeetings
Luca Pollonini has created a new page listing hardware and software projects, datasets and non-profit initiatives for wide dissemination of fNIRS fnirs.org/resources/nonprofitopenaccess
Please let them know if they missed any.


From the Communication Committee
The two-year term for the original Communication Committee (CommComm) members is ending this month. While we encourage current members who are active to remain on for another term, we are also looking for new members with fresh perspectives to help spread the word about ongoing and up-and-coming NIRS applications.
If you are interested in getting involved as a member of the Communication Committee, please email Maria Angela Franceschini and Heather Bortfeld directly.
The current CommComm line up can be viewed at the following link:fnirs.org/about-us/officers/commcomm.


fNIRS Publications
A list of papers collected by Gemma Bale and highlighted on FB and Twitter in the last few months can also be found on our website fnirs.org/publications-highlights-april-2017.
We are working on a new format for the NIRS/NIRI publications list (Members only).


Technology NewsBrite23
Artinis launches new fNIRS hardware: the Brite23.. The Brite23 is a lightweight, user-friendly, plug-and-play fNIRS device with minimal set-up time. It uses multichannel LED’s: 11 transmitters and 7 receivers at 3.5 cm distance, resulting in 23 deep measuring channels with 100 Hz and 24 bits resolution.


Facebook Group
The Society for functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy group on Facebook continues to grow. We now have 630 members.
The role of the Facebook (FB) group is to promote members’ research progress, facilitate discussions, and exchange information. The FB group is the primary source of information for the newsletter, so please share!


fNIRS Training Opportunities



Free MCX/MMC workshop this summer
We invite current and prospective MCX/MMC users to complete a short online survey at https://goo.gl/5k2tyE to help us better prepare for this free workshop in the summer.
You can read more at fnirs.org/mcxmmc-workshop/
and please fill in the online survey!
Qianqian Fang


fNIRS course @ the Martinos Optics Division
The 2017 fNIRS Hands-On Course @ the Martinos Optics Division will be held November 1-3, 2017 in Boston.
More details at nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/training/fnirs.


fNIRS UK meeting
London, 7th September 2017
We are hosting a free, one-day event to bring together UK developers and users of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The aim of the meeting is to bring together the fNIRS community in the UK. The day will include a series of invited talks from groups across the UK, a poster session and a discussion regarding the future of the fNIRS UK community.
Gemma Bale


Birkbeck-UCL NIRS Workshop, London, UK
22nd – 24th March 2017
Our annual Spring NIRS training workshop took place in March covering a range of areas from principles and theory, clinical and research applications through to advanced data analyses. A huge thank you to the enthusiastic researchers who attended this workshop. Thanks to our team who helped make this possible: Anna Blasi, Sarah Lloyd-Fox, Laura Pirazzoli and Rob Cooper.
Sarah Lloyd-Fox


fNIRS training course @ UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
24th – 26th March 2017
The Laboratory of Biomedical Optics at UNICAMP offered, for the first time, a hands-on training course on fNIRS. The course covered the basics of the technique, including experimental protocol and data analysis with HomER, and addressed more advanced applications with functional connectivity and DCS. Thanks to everyone who attended the course, and to David Boas for his support and (remote) participation! A huge thank you to our lab team, who helped making this course possible, and we look forward to our second course in March 2018.
Rickson Mesquita

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.The Communication Committee © The Society for functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy.

The Communication Committee © The Society for functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy