NIRStralia 2019 wrap-up

By David Highton and Roger Meder

We were delighted to host an fNIRS symposium (NIRStralia at the recent NIR2019 conference ( in the Gold Coast Australia. The International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy NIR2019 conference covers wide ranging applications of NIRS techniques from agriculture to satellite imagery and the development of related hardware.

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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!

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Chasing (late) photons in the brain: classic and null distance approaches to time domain fNIRS

By Alessandro Torricelli – Politecnico di Milano – Dipartimento di Fisica, Milan (Italy)

Can you imagine fNIRS in a smartphone? With existing steady state or continuous wave (CW) fNIRS technologies this could be just science fiction since miniaturization of a setup is not enough. If we want NIR light to reach brain cortex, at an average depth of 15 mm from the scalp, we would need in fact to place light source and photodetectors at a relative distance of at least 35 mm. This is ruled by the Physics of photon diffusion as presented in Martelli et al. 2016.

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NIRStralia Symposium 2019

By David Highton. On behalf of the NIRStralia organising committee.

We are delighted to be hosting the NIRStralia SfNIRS endorsed symposium within the biennial meeting of the International Council for NIR Spectroscopy (NIR2019) on 17-18th Sept. Hosted on the idyllic Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia this meeting offers a unique opportunity to engage and share research across the broadest range of NIR applications.

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