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Neurophotonics Special Section Calls for Papers

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Call for Papers:

Pioneers in Neurophotonics: Special Section Honoring Professor Amiram Grinvald


Amiram Grinvald

July-September 2017

Pioneers in Neurophotonics: Special Section Honoring Professor Amiram Grinvald

Guest Editors:

Ron D. Frostig
University of California Irvine
Departments of Neurobiology and Behavior and Biomedical Engineering
Irvine, California 92697
E-mail: rfrostig@uci.edu

Carl Petersen
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Faculty of Life Sciences
Brain Mind Institute
Laboratory of Sensory Processing
CH-1015, Lausanne, Switzerland
E-mail: carl.petersen@epfl.ch

Call for papers: Neurophotonics is pleased to announce the second in a continuing series of special sections honoring pioneers in neurophotonics. This special section will honor Professor Amiram Grinvald from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. For more than four decades Prof. Grinvald has been a leader in inventing, developing, and employing optical methods to study the living central nervous system, especially the sensory cortex.

As a post-doctoral fellow in Larry Cohen's laboratory at Yale University, Grinvald learned to employ voltage sensitive dyes and helped in expanding their application to simultaneously probe the activity of many neurons at a period when neurons were probed one-at-a-time with a metal microelectrode. He continued to develop this research direction as an independent researcher at Weizmann in parallel with continuous development of new and better voltage sensitive dyes to study the spatiotemporal characteristics of cortical assemblies. During his long sabbatical in Torsten Wiesel's laboratory at the Rockefeller University, New York, Grinvald and his team discovered intrinsic signal optical imaging, a functional imaging method that enabled high-spatial resolution imaging of cortical functional architecture. Using only light illumination without applying any exogenous substances, this technique enabled for the first time mapping of several types of columnar structures from the same cortical area and the study of their relationships. In parallel, Grinvald and his team have pioneered the study of the underlying sources of intrinsic signals and their relationship to neurovascular coupling mechanisms. These advances, together with continued improvements in voltage sensitive dyes imaging, have allowed Grinvald and his team to gain insights into principles underlying cortical processing, perception, higher brain functions, and potential neural codes used by neuronal assemblies. In recent years Grinvald has also developed a new research focus on the retina. Evidence for the major impact of his research endeavors can be gleaned from his numerous publications in top scientific journals.

Manuscripts are solicited on a variety of topics related to optical measurement of functional architecture of cortex and retina, processing, perception and higher brain functions, and their underlying hemodynamics and neurovascular sources. Manuscripts are expected to reflect the impact of Prof. Grinvald's many contributions to the field of neurophotonics over the course of his long, distinguished career. Submissions from Prof. Grinvald's many past students and collaborators are especially encouraged.

Manuscripts due 1 December 2016.

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