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SfNIRS Newsletter June 2019

Welcome to the June 2019 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter. This newsletter covers the period since our last newsletter, which came out in March 2019. The amount of news that our community has generated in this period is hard to fit into our newsletter. Here is our best effort at summarizing it all. We hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we did preparing it!

The Society in the social networks
An executive summary of your social network posts.
Continue reading.
By you!

fNIRS 2020 update
Latest updates on how preparations are evolving for the Society’s next biennial meeting: Prof Richard Aslin will be the Keynote speaker; pre-meeting educational course proposals….
Continue reading.
By Maria Angela Franceschini

Longitudinal study using fNIRS finds first evidence of developmental differences between Gambian and UK infants
Investigators at Birkbeck, University of London, University of Cambridge and University College London have discovered that infants at 5 and 8 months of age in The Gambia and the UK have functionally distinct developmental trajectories.
Continue reading.
By Luca Pollonini.

Chasing (late) photons in the brain: classic and null distance approaches to time domain fNIRS
Can you imagine fNIRS in a smartphone? Starting more than 10 years ago in Milan we have been pursuing what in the beginning was just a crazy idea: fNIRS at null source detector distance.
Continue reading.
By Alessandro Torricelli.

Unsupervised analysis of fNIRS in the everyday world
As fNIRS progresses into more natural and life like environments, new challenges in the acquisition and analysis of its signals emerge. A new blind source separation framework, recently published in NeuroImage, aims to provide some remedies.
Continue reading.
By Meryem Yücel.

Prof Elwell gave the hot-topics talk at SPIE Photonics West
Find the video of her plenary at SPIE digital library.

A wrap-up of recent training courses
The last quarter has seen several training courses on fNIRS imaging organized by different groups. Continue reading for an overview and future plans.
By the course organizers.

…and a heads-up about forthcoming events.
From fNIRS-UK to NIRStralia; no matter your geographical hemisphere, the calendar of fNIRS-related activities continues to grow.
By the events organizers.

NIRS in the news
fNIRS continues to hit the news! SPIE, NIH, Science Trends, and others have made comments on fNIRS studies: from neuroergonomics and brain computer interfaces, to teaching 5th graders scientists of tomorrow, to the latest applications in hyperscanning and the development of instrumentation.
By Heather Bortfeld and Felipe Orihuela-Espina.

fNIRS publications
Keep yourself up-to-date on the latest fNIRS publications. Remember to announce events on the SfNIRS Facebook group site or on Twitter using the hashtag #fNIRSpublication
By Felipe Orihuela-Espina.

New Facebook group posting rules
The SfNIRS board has recently approved new posting rules for the Society’s Facebook group. This will be available on the FB site for anyone to consult.
By SfNIRS board and the communications committee.

Society website content update and rearrangement
If you have visited the Society website lately, you may have noticed a few changes. We kept the aesthetics, but some out-of-date content has been removed and new content has been added: The site has been made more friendly for reading on your smartphone, and the lead menu has changed. The resource page has been revised. There is a new site map. All yearly events have been reorganized in the new calendar of events. The information about the Society’s journal, Neurophotonics, has been moved under “publications”. More changes are coming soon.
By Stacey Ladieu, Mari Franceschini and Felipe Orihuela-Espina.

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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