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SfNIRS Newsletter, September 2018

Welcome to the September 2018 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter.

fNIRS 2018 Biannual Meeting 
The 5th fNIRS conference is less than one month away. This newsletter provides information about the conference.
To register please go to fnirs2018.org/registration/
PLEASE NOTE: registration will close on September 13, 2018. You will not be able to register onsite.
Registration for the educational course will close when we reach capacity.  Please register as soon as possible!
The online program can be seen at: easychair.org/smart-program/fNIRS2018/
The printable program and abstracts currently are under production. Stay tuned!
SfNIRS Elections
We encourage all members of SfNIRS to help elect the next president and new members of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Society. For Board of Directors, you can select up to six members. Follow the instructions on our website and at clubexpress (members only) www.sfnirs.clubexpress.com
You can find descriptions of all candidates at:
The deadline to cast your vote is September 18th
Early Investigator Award
We have three outstanding investigators as finalists for the Early Investigator Award: Kaja Jasińska, Lauren Emberson, and Sabrina Brigadoi.
Each finalist will present her work at the Tokyo meeting on October 6, 2018 at a special session that starts at 4:50 PM. The recipient of the award will be announced during the Social Event at the National Museum of Nature and Science.
Don’t miss it!
Abstract Submission Statistics
A total of 313 abstracts from 37 countries have been submitted. 253 have been selected for poster presentation and 35 for oral presentation. There will be an additional 13 invited talks.
Conference Venue
The conference will be held at the University of Tokyo.
The main venue for the conference is Yasuda auditorium and Faculty of engineering building.
The Social Event will be held at National Museum of Nature and Science. You can take advantage of free guided tours of the museum, as well as food and drinks.

Travel Information
The University of Tokyo Hongo Campus is located in the central part of Tokyo and is easily accessible from the Narita and Haneda Airports by public transportation:
For more information about travel in and around Tokyo, see:
Weather in Tokyo
Weather in Tokyo in early October is generally mild, around 15-25° C making October the best month to visit. It is not too hot or too cold, with many sunny days, but occasional rain. Pack accordingly.
Bruce Tromberg chosen as NIBIB director
We are delighted to announce Bruce Tromberg, a pioneering leader on NIRS and biophotonics, will lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at NIH. Read more at: nibib.nih.gov/news-events/newsroom/nih-taps-bruce-j-tromberg-phd-lead-national-institute-biomedical-imaging-and
Congratulations, Bruce! This is well deserved and is great news for SfNIRS  members.
Maria Angela Franceschini speaks at the NIH BRAIN Initiative Workshop
On August 24thMari gave a talk at an NIH Brain Initiative Workshop, which was designed to get input on how to best accomplish the ambitious scientific vision of the BRAIN 2025 report.
This fNIRS talk represented our field broadly, describing the most exciting research opportunities, as well as addressing current and future challenges. To bestrepresent the field, Mari polled the SfNIRS Facebook Group several times on what should be priorities for her to discuss. You can watch the ten minute talk at: youtu.be/USDkvfw8VbY
The entire workshop can be seen at: videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=28317&bhcp=1

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

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