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The Society welcomes new board members and officers

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.

Society for fNIRS elections, nomination deadline Aug 15

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 dboas@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu 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:

Executive Committee
President, David Boas, term expires 2016
President-Elect, TBD
Treasure, David Boas
Secretary, TBD

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

David Boas

Portable brain-mapping device allows researchers to ‘see’ where memory fails student veterans

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.

New fNIRS-FD instrument capable of identifying affected areas of brain

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.

Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can’t

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.

Testing for concussion with portable fNIRS

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.

fNIRS offers insight into cognitive effects of nutrition

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.

fNIRS Newsletter – April 2014

fNIRS2014 Abstract Submissions
The deadline for abstract submissions is June 16, 2014 for the conference that will occur in Montreal Oct 10-12, 2014. See http://fnirs2014.org for details.

fNIRS Course
A one-day educational NIRS Course will precede the fNIRS conference. The focus of this course will be twofold. Firstly, it will include an overview of the NIRS technique, with particular focus on the application of this technique for infancy research (to include practical demonstrations). Secondly, there will be a series of lectures on data analysis techniques given by invited speakers. The latter will include topics such as GLM modeling, image reconstruction, artifact detection, and probe localization and anatomy.

See details at http://fnirs2014.org/course/.

Society for fNIRS Elections
In preparation for the first elections for the Society, we are taking nominations for the positions President-elect, Secretary, and Board of Directors, please send nominations to Martin Wolf (Martin.Wolf@usz.ch). The nomination should include a brief bibliographic statement about the candidate that also touches on their interest in the position. The candidate should confirm that they accept the nomination. The bibliographic statement will be shared with the membership leading up to the elections. All past attendees of fNIRS2010 and fNIRS2012 are considered members of SfNIRS for the purposes of the election.

SfNIRS Newsletter – November 2013

Early Announcement
fNIRS 2014
Montreal Canada
October 10-12, 2014
This conference is expected to start Friday morning and conclude Sunday afternoon.
It will be preceded the day before by an educational workshop.
Watch fNIRS.org for more details.
Abstract submission deadlines will be announced to this list-server as well as on fNIRS.org
Also visit the fNIRS2014 facebook page.

SPIE is starting a new journal called Neurophotonics (see the SPIE press release here).

Twitter and Facebook
fNIRS is on twitter and facebook. This is a good way to share information about new publications, and other news related to our society. Follow the links at fnirs.org.

fNIRS Special Issue in Neuroimage commemorating 20 Years of fNIRS.
Accepted are on-line and will appear in one of the next issues of Neuroimage.
You can browse the on-line ahead of print papers at

The University of Picardie, France, Offers Course on Cerebral Oximetry and Optical Imaging

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.