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Journal of Biomedical Optics Special Section Calls for Papers

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Calls for Papers:

Translational Biophotonics (Photonics West, San Francisco)

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Optogenetics and Label-Free Optical Spectroscopy

Ryan Farraro, Omid Fathi, Bernard Choi, “Handheld, point-of-care laser speckle imaging,” J. Biomed. Opt. 21(9), 094001 (2016), doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.9.094001

Translational Biophotonics

Guest Editors:

Bruce Tromberg, PhD
Beckman Laser Institute
Irvine, California
E-mail: bjtrombe@uci.edu

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

Darren Roblyer
Boston University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts
E-mail: roblyer@bu.edu

Aaron Aguirre
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
E-mail: aaguirre1@mgh.harvard.edu

Call for Papers: The SPIE BiOS Translational Research Symposium at Photonics West (http://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/photonics-west/translational-research) highlights the unique challenges associated with translating biophotonics technologies from benchtop to bedside. This special section is intended to complement the 2017 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.

This call for papers is open to everyone, and participants of the 2017 Translational Research Virtual Symposium held in San Francisco, California are invited to submit results presented at the conference. Submissions should follow the guidelines of JBO, which can be found at http://spie.org/JBOauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jbo.msubmit.net. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed.

Submissions due 15 April 2017.


Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Optogenetics and Label-Free Optical Spectroscopy

Guest Editors:

Stefan Andersson-Engels
Tyndall National Institute
Irish Photonics Integration Centre
Cork T12RSCP, Ireland
E-mail: stefan.andersson-engels@tyndall.ie

Peter E. Andersen
Technical University of Denmark
Department of Photonics Engineering
Frederiksborgveg 399
Roskilde, Denmark
E-mail: peta@fotonik.dtu.dk

Call for Papers: Every second year, an international graduate summer school is held on The Island of Ven in Sweden, organized between the Technical University of Denmark in Denmark and Tyndall National Institute in Ireland (www.biop.dk/biophotonics17/). At the school, 60 graduate students and postdocs from all over the world participate. When applying for admission into the school, students submit a three-page summary of their research, and they are selected on the basis of their summary. This call for papers reflects core topics of the school and highlights the fields optogenetics and label-free optical spectroscopy, respectively.

Cardiac Optogenetics
Optical targeting (stimulation or recording) allows distributed parallel access to thousands and even millions of cells and locations at the same time, and within the tissue setting; optical targeting is high-throughput by nature. To implement an "all-optical approach" to stimulate and record fast biological processes, such as neuronal or cardiac activity, one needs to inscribe light sensitivity to the underlying cells and tissues. This is done in a relatively straightforward way using optogenetic methods, i.e., genetically expressing fast-responding light-sensitive proteins from lower organisms into mammalian cells and tissues, including into human cells (patient-obtained stem-cell-derived cardiomyocytes or other cells). Combined with automated optical systems for stimulation and recording, this all-optical approach can yield a high-throughput platform for drug discovery, disease modeling, and cardiotoxicity testing. Implementation examples will be shown of such an automated platform. Furthermore, computer-aided feedback control and patterned light stimulation can facilitate the precise "wave steering" of electrical activity in live cardiac tissue for optical control of potentially lethal abnormalities, cardiac arrhythmias.

In-Vivo Label-Free Optical Spectroscopy
The application of spectroscopic technologies in medicine is a rapidly emerging and powerful approach for disease detection and therapy. Spectroscopic methods offer the great advantage of obtaining molecular information directly from the examined sample, e.g. cells or tissue, in a label-free manner to provide a clinician with adequate support in the form of clinically-relevant information under ex vivo and but also in vivo conditions. Within this contribution, we will particularly highlight recent advances in in-vivo optical spectroscopy for a differential disease diagnosis allowing for an accurate and early treatment. In this context, it has been demonstrated that the combination of different complementary spectroscopic techniques to a multimodal approach significantly increases the diagnostic reliability and holds great promise to achieve an in-vivo optical biopsy. We will start with discussing the basics of the most important spectroscopic techniques, like linear and nonlinear Raman and fluorescence technologies, diffuse optics, optical coherence tomography, photoacoustic imaging, etc., and their potential for in-vivo studies, e.g., their implementation as fiber probes to perform endospectroscopy. Overall, we will provide a summary on ongoing efforts in in-vivo multimodal optical spectroscopy for medical diagnosis and discuss the potential and limitations of these multimodal spectroscopic approaches to address existing unmet needs in intraoperative histopathology.

Contributed Papers
In addition to the above-mentioned topics, areas of interest for this special section include, but are not limited to:

  • Photoacoustic tomography or microscopy, acousto-optical imaging
  • Optical coherence tomography: light sources, systems, and applications
  • Nonlinear microscopy, coherent Raman scattering microscopy, and high-resolution microscopy techniques
  • Biomedical optical spectroscopy and imaging: systems and applications
  • Tissue optics
  • Optical trapping and manipulation, and their applications in biophotonics
  • Lasers, supercontinuum lasers, fiber lasers and their biomedical applications.

Manuscripts due 1 October 2017.


Published Special Sections:

Advanced Laser Technologies for Biophotonics (September 2017)
Guest Editors: Martin J. Leahy, Tia E. Keyes, Valery V. Tuchin, and Alexander V. Priezzhev

Photoacoustic Imaging and Sensing (April 2017)
Guest Editors: Mark A. Anastasio, Paul C. Beard, and Qing Zhu

Translational Biophotonics (2016)
Guest Editors: Bruce Tromberg, Gabriela Apiou, Kristen Kelly, and Conor L. Evans

Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems (December 2016)
Guest Editors: Thomas G. Bifano, Joel A. Kubby, and Sylvain Gigan

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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