Congratulations to the new board members Heather Bortfeld, Robert Cooper, Turgut Durduran, and Marco Ferrari; the new secretary of the society Martin Wolf; and the new president-elect Clare Elwell. They, with your guidance, will help shape the future of our Society.
Dear fNIRS Community,
In case you haven’t heard, we received 214 abstract submissions for fNIRS2014 in Montreal (see fnirs2014.org). The abstracts are being reviewed now and the schedule is expected to be finalized by early August. This exceeds the 147 submitted in 2012 and 47 submitted in 2010! It is going to be an exciting and busy conference.
Importantly, the Society for Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy is now preparing for its first elections. We are accepting nominations for President Elect, Secretary, and the Board of Directors. Nominations of candidates including a brief paragraph bio should be sent to Martin Wolf by Aug 15 at Martin.Wolf@usz.ch. Please contact David Boas at email@example.com if you have any questions about the positions. Watch your email in early September for information about the election. Results will be announced at the conference.
By-laws of the society can be found at fnirs.org. The current list of executive and board members is:
President, David Boas, term expires 2016
Treasure, David Boas
Board of Directors
Richard Aslin, term expires 2018
Hellmuth Obrig, term expires 2018
Joseph Culver, term expires 2018
Charles Nelson, term expires 2018
Ted Huppert, term expires 2018
Maria Angela Franceschini, term expires 2018
Gentaro Taga, term expires 2018
Martin Wolf, term expires 2018
Clare Elwell, term expires 2018
Yoko Hoshi, term expires 2018
Eiju Watanabe, term expires 2018
Arno Villringer, term expires 2018
UT Arlington researchers have successfully used a portable brain-mapping device to show limited prefrontal cortex activity among student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks. Read more about the study here.
Researchers with the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) in Mexico have reported a functional near-infrared spectroscopy device that could help monitor the rehabilitation of patients with neurological damage caused by stroke. Read more about the study here.
Joe Culver and colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have published a Nature Photonics paper describing an exciting new diffuse optical tomography instrument. The instrument covers two-thirds of a subject’s head and can image brain processes occurring in multiple regions and brain networks—those involved in “daydreaming,” for example. Read more about the study here.
In a recent post, BioOptics World looks at concussion evaluation with portable functional NIRS. Associate Editor Lee Dubay discusses two projects led by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences researchers, which demonstrate the potential of the technology for this very important application. Read the post here.
A recent study by UCL’s Clare Elwell and colleagues used functional near-infrared spectroscopy to explore the impact of nutrition on infant brain development in Africa.
This was the first use of a brain imaging method to study localized brain activity in African infants, Elwell said. Until now, much of our understanding of brain development in low-income countries has depended on more subjective behavioral assessments. The study demonstrated the possibility of monitoring the brain activity of infants in these countries to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction.
“We have high hopes of building on these promising findings to develop functional near infrared spectroscopy into an assessment tool for investigating cognitive function of infants who may be at risk of malnutrition or childhood diseases associated with low income settings,” she said.
Read more about the study here.
The GRAMFC laboratory at the University of Picardie, France, is offering a course on cerebral oximetry and optical imaging in Amiens this fall. The course will provide basic knowledge of and acquisition experience with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS); explore applications of cerebral oximetry in neonates; and discuss the benefits of optical imaging in the analysis of both language and epileptic networks. Practical sessions with the various systems available in the laboratory will be held every evening.
See here for further information.