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Early Investigator Award 2022

By Ilias Tachtsidis

Since 2016, the fNIRS Early Investigator Award recognize noteworthy contributions made to fNIRS by a member at an early career stage

Past recipients were:

  • 2016: Rob Cooper, University College London
  • 2018: Kaja Jasińska, University of Toronto
  • 2021: Wesley Baker, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Nominations for the 2022 award are now open

The award includes a certificate and a cash prize

Nomination deadline: July 15, 2022

Nominations will be evaluated by the Award Committee with the final selection made by the SfNIRS Board of Directors

The award will be announced at the fNIRS 2022 biennial meeting and the awardee will give a presentation during the awards ceremony session


Statement on Ukraine

The Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy condemns the military aggression against Ukraine and stands with all the people who oppose this war.
We stand in solidarity with the scientists, the research community and all Ukrainian people who are currently under siege in Ukraine and we denounce the atrocities against childrens, civilians, cities and hospitals. We join the scientific and global community in calling for peace and an immediate end to this conflict. 
Should you wish to lend assistance, a list of organizations who are attempting to provide help appears below: 
  • Colleges at The Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, in Warsaw Poland are actively helping scientists and students displaced from Ukraine. Information of this effort can be found on their Facebook group. Alternatively go on their website for more information and contact details. 
  • Science for Ukraine is an organization which aims to support scientists from Ukraine by promoting and listing opportunities across the globe. 
  • A list composed and maintained by Ukraine Global Scholars, (the list is here)
  • WaveJobs: Photonic Aid For Ukraine, the photonics employment-searching portal, is listing work and academic opportunities in photonics for those fleeing Ukraine in need of employement elsewhere. WaveJobs is actively accepting job postings from employers offering positions to refugees from Ukraine and is dedicated to creating a network of contacts between employers and those in need of opportunities.
  • UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation, and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.
  • The International Rescue Committee is preparing to provide critical aid to displaced families affected by conflict in Ukraine.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross seeks to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.
  • Voices of Children is helping to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the Ukrainian conflict and helps them to overcome consequences of armed conflict. 
  • Save the Children, which has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, is providing psychosocial support, distributing winter kits and hygiene kits and providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs such as food, rent, medicines, and other vital resources. 
  • The UN Refugee Agency contributes to emergency relief efforts and helps provide humanitarian assistance to those in crisis. The UNHCR is currently taking donations to send aid to families in Ukraine.
  • Caritas is a Polish charity organization currently accepting donations for the “Aid For Ukraine” fundraiser to supply urgent hygiene and basic material assistance along with financial assistance to people in need due to the invasion. 

We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for those effected by the conflict, which has brought unimaginable pain and suffering. If anyone wishes to contact SfNIRS for support or help, you can contact the Diversity Equality and Inclusion (DEI) committee via Guy Perkins g.perkins@pgr.bham.ac.uk or the Society board members at admin@fnirs.org


Year end message from the President of the fNIRS Society

Dear SfNIRS members

I wish you all a happy New Year!

As we reflect on 2021, we can all feel pride about our accomplishments in the past year.


SfNIRS Newsletter, September 2018

Welcome to the September 2018 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter.


SfNIRS Newsletter, June 2018

Welcome to the June 2018 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter.


fNIRS 2018 is Approaching

The fNIRS 2018 meeting will be held in Tokyo, Japan on October 5-8, 2018.
We received 300 abstract submissions.Nearly 450 participants are expected to travel to Tokyo for this event. This is the biggest meeting for the society thus far. We also plan to have three early morning sessions that will involve discussion of specific issues for fNIRS research.


By Adam Eggebrecht

The Washington University Optical Radiology Labs of Joe Culver and Adam Eggebrecht will soon release a new Matlab-based toolbox called NeuroDOT.

The Algorithms journal Special Issue on NIRS

By Felipe Orihuela-Espina

The recent special issue on “Algorithms for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Cerebral Oximetry and Near-Infrared Imaging” in the journal Algorithms was announced. It covers new developments regarding algorithms, methods and ideas related to signal processing and data analysis for fNIRS, cerebral oximetry and NIRI measurements.

fNIRS Training Course at Campinas

By Sergio Novi

Last April, the Biomedical Optics Lab (LOB) at the University of Campinas (Prof. R. Mesquita, PI) held the second version of its 2-day fNIRS training course. The course was a success, attended by more than 20 researchers who were highly enthusiastic about learning material ranging from the basics to state-of-the-art issues in fNIRS.


The first joint Italian-French Workshop on Cerebral Oximetry and fNIRS

By Sabrina Brigadoi and Alessandro Torricelli

From June 13thto June 15th the first Joint Italian-French Workshop on “Cerebral Oximetry and functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (ifNIRS2018)” took place in Milan at Politecnico di Milano.