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Journal of Biomedical Optics Special Section Calls for Papers

To submit a manuscript for consideration in a Special Section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the Online Submission SystemLeaving site. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors who pay the voluntary page charges will receive the benefit of open access.  

View the list of special sections that have already been published on the SPIE Digital Library.

Calls for Papers:

Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems

Special Series on Translational Biophotonics (Photonics West, San Francisco)

Special Series on Translational Biophotonics (Rice University, Houston)

Photoacoustic Imaging and Sensing

Advanced Laser Technologies for Biophotonics


Adaptive Optics for Biological Systems

December 2016

Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems

Guest Editors:

Thomas G. Bifano
Boston University
Photonics Center
Room 936
8 Saint Mary's Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215, United States
E-mail: tgb@bu.edu

Joel A. Kubby
University of California, Santa Cruz
Department of Electrical Engineering
1156 High Street, MS: SOE2
Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States
E-mail: jkubby@soe.ucsc.edu

Sylvain Gigan
Pierre and Marie Curie University
Laboratoire Kastler Brossel
24 rue Lhomond
75005 Paris, France
E-mail: sylvain.gigan@lkb.ens.fr


Call for papers: Wavefront engineering has greatly expanded the capability of optical microscopy and measurements in biological systems. Recent breakthroughs in measuring and controlling optical wavefront have led to many important applications, including deep tissue microscopy with improved imaging quality and depth, optical tweezers with sophisticated shape and momentum distribution, and three-dimensionally patterned optogenetic excitation. A new special section in the Journal of Biomedical Optics will highlight these achievements. We solicit papers that report on major developments and applications in the field of wavefront control technologies for biomedical applications.

We encourage submission of original research works and review papers, especially on the following topics:

  • adaptive optics for microscopy, ophthalmology, and optical coherence tomography
  • guide-star probes for wavefront measurement and light guiding in biological tissues
  • imaging neural connectivity and function in brain tissue
  • focusing light through scattering tissues (optimization, transmission matrix)
  • channel de-mixing for endoscopy
  • wavefront shaping for photoacoustic and acousto-optical imaging
  • applications of time-reversal in biological imaging, optical phase conjugation
  • shaped beams for light sheet and structured illumination microscopy
  • coherent optical adaptive techniques
  • computed optical imaging techniques
  • wavefront-shaping devices (deformable mirrors, spatial light modulators).

This call for papers is open to everyone. Participants in the 2016 conference on Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems II at Photonics West BIOS are encouraged to submit revised and expanded papers for consideration. All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Closed for submissions.

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Translational Biophotonics

Special Series on Translational Biophotonics
(Photonics West, San Francisco)

Guest Editors:

Bruce Tromberg, PhD
Beckman Laser Institute
1002 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, California 92612
E-mail: bjtrombe@uci.edu

Gabriela Apiou, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
Wellman Center for Photomedicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
E-mail: gapiou@mgh.harvard.edu

Kristen Kelly, MD
Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic
University of California, Irvine
E-mail: kmkelly@uci.edu

Conor L. Evans, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Wellman Center for Photomedicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
E-mail: Evans.Conor@mgh.harvard.edu

Call for Papers: The SPIE BiOS Translational Research Symposium at Photonics West (http://spie.org/PW16B/special-events/Technical-Event) highlights the unique challenges associated with translating biophotonics technologies from benchtop to bedside. This special series is intended to complement the Translational Research Symposium by providing archival peer-reviewed manuscripts that describe technologies and best practices that will further accelerate the translation of biophotonics research into clinical practice.

Papers should demonstrate how optics and photonics technologies can be used to solve healthcare challenges, including improving clinical outcome and enhancing cost-effectiveness. A range of topics will be explored, spanning from early phase feasibility studies to emerging strategies for disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Key concepts that will be addressed include:

  • Identifying clinical problems and unmet clinical needs
  • Matching biophotonics solutions to clinical problems
  • Developing clinical outcome measure(s) to assess efficacy
  • Describing operational barriers to clinical translation
  • Disseminating and adopting biophotonics technologies.

A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for the Special Series on Translational Biophotonics (Photonics West) should be included with the paper.

Closed for submissions.

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Special Series on Translational Biophotonics
(Rice University, Houston)

Guest Editors:

Tomasz Tkaczyk
Rice University
Department of Bioengineering
Houston, Texas, United States
E-mail: ttkaczyk@rice.edu

Michal Pawlowski
Rice University
Department of Bioengineering
Houston, Texas, United States
E-mail: mep6@rice.edu

Mark Pierce
Rutgers State University of New Jersey
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Piscataway, New Jersey
E-mail: mark.pierce@rutgers.edu

The 2016 Translational Biophotonics Conference organized by SPIE and Rice University  (https://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/translational-biophotonics) is a discussion forum for academics, clinicians, and industry that highlights the unique challenges and pathways associated with translating biophotonics technologies from benchtop to bedside. This special series is intended to complement the conference by providing archival peer-reviewed manuscripts that describe technologies and best practices that will further accelerate the translation of biophotonics research into the clinical practice.

We invite papers that demonstrate how optics and photonics technologies can be used to solve healthcare challenges, including improving clinical outcome and enhancing cost-effectiveness. A range of topics will be explored, spanning from early phase feasibility studies to emerging strategies for disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Key concepts that will be addressed include:

  • Identifying clinical problems and unmet clinical needs
  • Matching biophotonics solutions to clinical problems
  • Developing clinical outcome measure(s) to assess efficacy
  • Describing operational barriers to clinical translation
  • Disseminating and adopting biophotonics technologies.

A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for the Special Series on Translational Biophotonics (Rice University) should be included with the paper.

Manuscripts due 1 Novemer 2016.

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April 2017

Photoacoustic Imaging and Sensing

Guest Editors:

Mark A. Anastasio, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
Department of Biomedical Engineering
St. Louis, Missouri 63130, United States
E-mail: anastasio@wustl.edu

Paul C. Beard, PhD
University College London
Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering

London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
E-mail: paul.beard@ucl.ac.uk

Quing Zhu, PhD
University of Connecticut
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States
E-mail: zhu@engr.uconn.edu

Call for Papers: Photoacoustic imaging is one of the fastest-growing areas of research in biomedical optics. Photoacoustic imaging methods are capable of deep tissue penetration, high ultrasonic resolution, and speckle-free optical contrast. Important emerging applications include in-vivo functional and molecular imaging of cancer, neurophysiology, and vascular disease in both human subjects and preclinical animal models. Major challenges in this field include the development of quantitative methods for functional and molecular imaging and their clinical translation. This special section will cover all topics related to photoacoustic imaging and sensing, including, but not limited to the following:

  • photoacoustic (optoacoustic) microscopy
  • photoacoustic (optoacoustic) imaging and computed tomography
  • photoacoustic (optoacoustic) sensing and spectroscopy
  • Endoscopic and interventional devices
  • Low-cost laser diode-based photoacoustic imaging devices
  • microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography
  • temperature imaging based on the photoacoustic effect
  • dual-modality optical-ultrasound imaging
  • contrast agents and genetic reporters
  • image reconstruction and signal processing algorithms
  • applications in biology and medicine.

This call for papers is open to everyone, and participants in the 2016 conference on Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing at Photonics West BIOS are invited to submit revised and expanded papers for consideration. Submissions should follow the guidelines of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, which can be found at http://spie.org/JBOauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://jbo.msubmit.net.

Closed for submissions.

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September 2017

Advanced Laser Technologies for Biophotonics

Guest Editors:

Martin J. Leahy
National University of Ireland, Galway
School of Physics
Galway, Ireland
E-mail: martin.leahy@nuigalway.ie

Tia E. Keyes
Dublin City University
School of Chemical Sciences
Dublin 9, Ireland
E-mail: tia.keyes@dcu.ie

Valery V. Tuchin
Saratov National Research State University
Research-Education Institute of Optics and Biophotonics
83 Astrakhanskaya str. Saratov 410012, Russia
E-mail: tuchinvv@mail.ru
http://optics.sgu.ru

Alexander V. Priezzhev
Lomonosov Moscow State University
International Laser Centre
and
Physics Department
Leninskie Gory, 1, Moscow 119991 Russia
E-mail: avp2@mail.ru

Call for papers: The past half century has seen enormous advances in laser technology and its application to biology and medicine. New laser technologies have been fundamental to the most important biological discoveries and have enhanced patient outcome in a broad spectrum of medical diagnosis and interventions including cancer, diabetes, cardiology, ophthalmology, and dentistry. Important barriers are being challenged, including the depth/resolution quotient. New imaging and sensing modalities are becoming established in the clinic, including optical coherence tomography (OCT) in ophthalmology, skin cancer, and cardiology. A new special section in the Journal of Biomedical Optics will highlight these achievements. We solicit papers that report on major developments and applications in the field of advanced laser technologies for biological, biomedical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and theranostic applications.

We encourage submission of original research works and review papers, especially on the following topics:

  • laser technologies for microscopy, ophthalmology, and optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • laser technologies applied to biological discovery
  • imaging structure and function in the brain
  • new lasers for imaging and sensing applications
  • diffuse optical spectroscopy and structured illumination frequency domain imaging
  • laser technologies applied to dentistry and oncology
  • femtosecond lasers for cell/tissue imaging, therapy, and surgery
  • nanobiophotonics and laser biosensing
  • laser trapping and manipulation of biological particles
  • Raman and fluorescence spectroscopic and imaging techniques
  • super-resolution optical imaging.

This special section is targeting submissions from the 24th annual International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT-2016) to be held 12-16 September 2016 in Galway, Ireland, and the associated Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School in the previous week (September 5-9). Participants in these and related events are encouraged to submit revised and expanded papers for consideration. This call for papers is open to everyone. All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Manuscripts due 1 December 2016.

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Published Special Sections:

Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside (October 2016)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche, Bruce Tromberg, Israel Gannot, Jana M. Kainerstorfer, and Fatima Chowdhry

Clinical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging (September 2016)
Guest Editors: Marco Ferrari, Joseph P. Culver, Yoko Hoshi, and Heidrun Wabnitz

Tissue and Blood Optical Clearing for Biomedical Applications (August 2016)
Guest Editors: Dan Zhu, Bernard Choi, Elina Genina, Valery V. Tuchin

Polarized Light for Biomedical Applications (July 2016)
Guest Editors: Igor Meglinski, Tatiana Novikova, Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, and Valery V. Tuchin

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Photoacoustic Tomography and Fiber-Based Lasers and Supercontinuum Sources (June 2016)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Optical Medical Imaging Standards (December 2015)
Guest Editors: David W. Allen, Maritoni Litorja, and Jeeseong Hwang

Quantitative Phase Imaging in Biomedicine (November 2015)
Guest Editors: Gabriel Popescu and YongKeun Park

Protein Photonics for Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation: Honoring Prof. Osamu Shimomura, a Pioneer of Photonics for Biomedical Research (October 2015)
Guest Editors: Katsumasa Fujita, Takeharu Nagai, Nathan Shaner, and Alexnader Egner

Light for Life: International Year of Light 2015 (June 2015)
Guest Editors: Rainer Leitgeb, Katarina Svanberg, Nimmi Ramanujam, Jürgen Popp, and Peter Andersen

Special Section on Laser Applications in Life Sciences (May 2015)
Guest Editors: Alexander V. Priezzhev, Herbert Schneckenburger, and Valery V. Tuchin

Vibrational Spectroscopy and Imaging (November 2014)
Guest Editors: Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Michael D. Morris, and Wolfgang Petrich

Biomimetic and Bioinspired Materials for Applications in Biophotonics (October 2014)
Guest Editors: Bahman Anvari, Pablo del Pino, Vikas Kundra, and Wolfgang Parak

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Optical Coherence Tomography and Biomolecular Imaging with Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy (July 2014)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Nanobio-Based Optical Sensing and Imaging (May 2014)
Guest Editors: Min-Gon Kim, Woo Keun Song, Kun Ho Lee, and Bahman Anvari

Optical Coherence Tomography and Interferometry: Advanced Engineering and Biomedical Applications (February 2014)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Kirill V. Larin, and Alex Vitkin

Advanced Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (January 2014)
Guest Editors: Chi-Kuang Sun, Arthur Chiou, Fu-Jen Kao, Chien Chou, and Chen-Yuan Dong

Special Section on Optical Elastography and Measurement of Tissue Biomechanics (December 2013)
Guest Editors: Ruikang K. Wang, David D. Sampson, Stephen A. Boppart, and Brendan F. Kennedy

Optical Imaging, Sensing, and Light Interactions in Cells and Tissues (November 2013)
Guest Editors: Natan T. Shaked, Shy Shoham, Bruce J. Tromberg, and Israel Gannot

Special Section on Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Honoring Prof. Roger Tsien, a Pioneer in Biomedical Optics (October 2013)
Guest Editors: Vasilis Ntziachristos, Samuel Achilefu, Yingxiao Peter Wang, and Michael Lin

Optical Methods of Imaging in the Skin (June 2013)
Guest Editor: Jürgen Lademann

Multiphoton Microscopy: Technical Innovations, Biological Applications, and Clinical Diagnostics (March 2013)
Guest Editors: Paul J. Campagnola, Chen-Yuan Dong, Karsten Koenig, Jerome Mertz, Peter T. C. So, Chris Xu

Laser Technologies for Biomedical Applications (October 2012)
Guest Editors: Ekaterina Borisova, Herbert Schneckenburger, Alexander Priezzhev

Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside (August 2012)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche, Jana M. Kainerstorfer, and Bruce Tromberg

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Optical Coherence Tomography and Medical Imaging Using Diffuse Optics (July 2012)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Photoacoustic Imaging and Sensing (June 2012)
Guest Editors: Mark A. Anastasio and Paul C. Beard

Endomicroscopy Technologies and Biomedical Applications (February 2012)
Guest editors: Xingde Li and Warren S. Grundfest

FRET at 65 (January 2012)
Guest editors: Ammasi Periasamy, Steven S. Vogel, and Robert M. Clegg

Hard-Tissue Optics and Related Methods (July 2011)
Guest editors: Daniel Fried, Andreas Mandelis, and Michael Morris

Photonics and Nanotechnology in Biophysics and Biomedical Research (May 2011)
Guest editors: Bahman Anvari, Raoul Kopelman, and Luke P. Lee

Coherent Raman Imaging Techniques and Biomedical Applications (February 2011)
Guest editors: Eric O. Potma, Ji-Xin Cheng, and X. Sunney Xie

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Michael Feld (January 2011)
Guest Editors: Ramachandra Dasari, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, and Andrew Berger

Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside (November/December 2010)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche, Bruce Tromberg, and Jana Maria Kainerstorfer

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Prof. Tayyaba Hasan (September/October 2010)
Guest Editors: Brian W. Pogue, Georges A. Wagnieres, and Lothar D. Lilge

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Photodynamic Therapy and Optical Micromanipulation for Biophotonics (July/August 2010)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing (March/April 2010)
Guest Editors: Lihong V. Wang and Alexander A. Oraevsky

Optical Methods in Vascular Biology and Medicine (January/February 2010)
Guest Editors: Bernard Choi, Brett Bouma, Dai Fukumura, and Rakesh K. Jain

Nanophotonics for Diagnostics, Protection, and Treatment of Cancer and Inflammatory Diseases (March/April 2009)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Rebekah Drezek, Shuming Nie, and Vladimir P. Zharov

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Diffuse Optics and Optical Molecular Imaging (July/August 2008)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Visible Fluorescent Proteins (May/June 2008)
Guest Editors: Alberto "Alby" Diaspro and Ammasi Periasamy


Optical Clearing of Tissues and Cells (March/April 2008)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Ruikang K. Wang, and Alvin T. Yeh

Small-Animal Optical Imaging (January/February 2008)
Guest Editors: Vasilis Ntziachristos, Joseph P. Culver, and Bradley W. Rice

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Honoring F.F. Jobsis (November/December 2007)
Guest Editors: David T. Delpy, Marco Ferrari, Claude A. Piantadosi, and Mamoru Tamura

Optical Diagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside (September/October 2007)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche and Abby Vogel

Optical Coherence Tomography in Ophtalmology (July/August 2007)
Guest Editors: Wolfgang Drexler and James G. Fujimoto

Photonics in the Auditory System (March/April 2007)
Guest Editors: Bahman Anvari, William E. Brownell, Dennis M. Freeman, and Mats Ulfendahl

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Honoring Professor Ashley J. Welch (July/August 2006)
Guest Editors: E. Duco Jansen and Sohi Rastegar

Cardiovascular Photonics (March/April 2006)
Guest Editors: Laura Marcu, Guillermo J. Tearney, and Kenton W. Gregory

Optical Diagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside (September/October 2005)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche and Israel Gannot

Chemical and Genetic Sensors in Biomedical Research (July/August 2005)
Guest Editors: Samuel Achilefu, Christopher H. Contag, Alexander P. Savitsky, and Ralph Weissleder

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy (May/June 2005)
Guest Editors: Michael D. Morris, Andrew Berger, and Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

Optics in Neuroscience (January/February 2005)
Guest Editors: David A. Boas, Ph.D. and Ron D. Frostig, Ph.D.

Optics in Breast Cancer (November 2004)
Guest Editors: Sergio Fantini, Ph.D., K. Thomas Moesta, M.D., and Brian W. Pogue, Ph.D.

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Prof. Watt Webb (September 2004)
Guest Editors: David W. Piston and Elliott Elson

Biomedical Optics and Women's Health (May 2004)
Guest Editors: Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Michele Follen

Optics of the Human Skin (March 2004)
Guest Editor: J. Stuart Nelson

Ophthalmic Diagnostics (January 2004)
Guest Editors: Rafat R. Ansari and J. Sebag

Multiphoton Microscopy (July 2003)
Guest Editors: Ammasi Periasamy Ph.D. and Alberto Diaspro Ph.D.

Tools for Biomolecular and Cellular Analysis (October 2002)
Guest Editors: Richard B. Thompson and Fran Ligler

Tissue Polarimetry (July 2002)
Guest Editors: Lihong V. Wang, Gerard L. Coté, and Steven L. Jacques

Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy: From Benchtop to Bedside (January 2002)
Guest Editors: Amir H. Gandjbakhche, Michael Patterson, and Michele Follen

Frontiers in Microscopy (July 2001)
Guest Editors: M. J. Booth and T. Wilson

Advances in Contrast Agents, Reporters, and Detection (April 2001)
Guest Editors: Darryl J. Bornhop, Christopher H. Contag, Kai Licha, and Catherine J. Murphy

Continuation of Special Issue Honoring Professor Britton Chance (July 2000)
Special Issue Honoring Professor Britton Chance (April 2000)
Guest Editors: Arjun G. Yodh and Bruce J. Tromberg

Medical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (October 1999)
Guest Editors: Kazuo Okada and Takafumi Hamaoka

Photodynamic Therapy (July 1999)
Guest Editors: Piotr Ziókowski, Krzysztof Symonowicz, Beata J. Osiecka, Jerzy Rabczyski, and Jerzy Gerber

Biomedical Applications of Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging (January 1999)
Guest Editor: Michael D. Morris

Optical Diagnostics of Biological Fluids (January 1999)
Guest Editors: Alexander V. Priezzhev and Toshimitsu Asakura

Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinics (January 1999)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Halina Podbielska, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger

Interferometry in Biomedicine: part 2 (July 1998)
Interferometry in Biomedicine: part 1 (January 1998)
Guest Editors: Halina Podbielska, Christoph K. Hitzenberger, and Valery V. Tuchin

Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging of Tissues (October 1996)
Guest Editors: Marco Ferrari, David T. Delpy, and David A. Benaron

Light Scatter and Fluorescence of the Eye Lens (July 1996)
Guest Editor: Barbara K. Pierscionek


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