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A New fNIRS System from China

by Chunming Lu

Over the past decade, fNIRS has become increasingly popular for brain scanning in China. While more and more groups are applying fNIRS in their research programs, others are trying to develop systems. In 2015, a new system, BrainScan N3001, was released. BrainScan N3001 is the first commercially available fNIRS system developed in China by a Chinese company, Psyche-Ark Ltd, known for its BrainScan series.

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fNIRS Symposium at Boston University Neurophotonics

By Meryem Yucel

Boston University Neurophotonics Center hosted a one-day fNIRS symposium and reception this January (http://www.bu.edu/neurophotonics/2017/09/27/fnirs-symposium-2018/). Organized by David A. Boas, Juliette Selb -and me-, the symposium featured compelling application talks by experts in the field.

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NIRStralia recap

By Dany Forster

The first ever Australian NIRS meeting NIRStralia happened on 31 January 2018. The event was hosted by Dr Justin Skowno of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and was the first time that both NIRS clinicians and researchers will came together to share their knowledge and experiences of NRIS. There were 35 attendees from all over Australia with representation from the UK. The program focus was on the use of NIRS to monitor cerebral oxygenation in neonates and adults.

 

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MexNIRS 2017 Recap

By Kaja Jasinska and Felipe Orihuela-Espina

On Oct 20-21, 2017, the Mexican Symposium on NIRS Neuroimaging (MEXNIRS) was held at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica – INAOE (National Institute for Astrophysics Optics and Electronics) in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, México

 

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First Italian-French Workshop

By Sabrina Brigadoi

Save the date for a joint Italian-French workshop (Cerebral oximetry and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS))!

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Pittsburg- Campinas fNIRS Courses

By Sergio Novi

The coming months hold great opportunities for advancing your fNIRS skills! Following the recent fNIRS course in Boston University (November, 2017), the Biomedical Optics Lab at the University of Campinas (Dr. R. Mesquita, PI) and the NIRS Optical Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (Dr. T. Huppert, PI) will provide fNIRS courses.

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Publications Highlights February 2018

The following publications where shared in FB, Twitter and other social media

List compiled by Xiaosu (Frank) Hu

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SfNIRS Newsletter, October 2017

Welcome to the October 2017 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter.

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fNIRS: an Application in Hearing Augmentation

By Heather Bortfeld and Luca Pollonini

IMG_1102A feature story in the September 11th issue of The Herald Sun highlighted recent work at the Bionic Hearing Institute in Melbourne, Australia using fNIRS to evaluate hearing impaired children. The lead researcher of Bionic’s clinical hearing program, Colette McKay, says she aims to develop fNIRS as an objective measure of preverbal infants’ hearing status both with and without hearing intervention (e.g., hearing aids, cochlear implants). The goal of this application is to maximize children’s opportunity for normal language and brain development. Because early access to hearing is crucial for the development of cortical networks involved in language perception and production, early intervention treatments such as hearing aids and cochlear implants are critical. The problem is that infants and young children have no way of letting clinicians know what, if anything, they are hearing. This is where fNIRS comes in as a potential tool for identifying what, if any, hearing a young child has, and how his or her hearing intervention, whether via an aide or an implant, is providing critical auditory input.

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Strengthening the Society: first steps towards standardization

By Alessandro Torricelli

Since its foundation in October 2014, our Society has been incessantly growing. The attendees at the last meeting in Paris in October 2016 largely outnumbered those in Montreal 2014 and London 2012. Similarly, the papers published in the Society’s journal Neurophotonics have been constantly increasing both in number and in quality. In this scenario, our Society is regularly promoting the exchange of ideas among old and new members through meetings, workshops and review papers.

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