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Journal of Biomedical Optics Special Sections

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

Calls for Papers:

Biomimetic and Bioinspired Materials for Applications in Biophotonics

Vibrational Spectroscopy and Imaging

Nano- and Biophotonics Imaging, Sensing, Manipulation, and Spectromicroscopy and Nanoscopy

Photonics in Global Health

Laser Applications in Life Sciences

October 2014

Biomimetic and Bioinspired Materials for Applications in Biophotonics

Guest Editors:

Bahman Anvari

Bahman Anvari
University of California Riverside
Department of Bioengineering
211 Materials Science & Engineering Building
900 University Avenue
Riverside, California 92521-0001
E-mail: bahman.anvari@ucr.edu

Pablo del Pino
Paseo Miramón nº 182
20009 - San Sebastian, Spain
E-mail: pdelpino@cicbiomagune.es

Vikas Kundra
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Radiology
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77030-4000
E-mail: vkundra@mdanderson.org

Wolfgang Parak
Philipps Universitaet Marburg
Biophotonics and Physics Department
Renthof 7
Marburg, Germany 35037
E-mail: wolfgang.parak@physik.uni-marburg.de

Call for Papers: Biomimetic and bioinspired materials present an emerging field in the areas of biomedicine, bioengineering, and biological sciences. The aim of this special section is to present some of the current state-of-the-art research activities on the use of such materials in relation to the field of biophotonics. Illustrative topical areas are:

  • Design, fabrication, and characterization of optical biomimetic or bioinspired structures
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Interactions with surfaces and biological entities
  • Cell and tissue response, biocompatibility, or biodistribution
  • Optical sensing, diagnostics, imaging, and phototherapeutic applications
  • Modeling and simulation.

Closed for submissions.


November 2014

Vibrational Spectroscopy and Imaging

Guest Editors:

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen
Vanderbilt University
Biomedical Engineering Department
VU Station B Box 351631
Nashville, Tennessee 37235-1631
E-mail: anita.mahadevan-jansen@vanderbilt.edu

Michael D. Morris
University of Michigan
Department of Chemistry
930 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1055
E-mail: mdmorris@umich.edu

Wolfgang Petrich
Roche Diagnostics GmbH
DCRMF 6164
Sandhofer Straße 116
68305 Mannheim, Germany
E-mail: wolfgang.petrich@roche.com

Call for Papers: Vibrational spectroscopy provides molecular-specific information that has long been used in the field of biochemistry. Technical advances in the past two decades have led to the application of vibrational spectroscopy to address many biological and biomedical problems. In particular, near infrared (NIR) and mid-IR absorption, as well as Raman spectroscopy, have received tremendous interest in biomedicine. The fingerprint nature of these techniques allows precise analysis of biological materials that can be used for applications ranging from the macroscopic to the microscpic and submicroscopic levels. The development of semiconductor lasers and novel designs of fiber-optic probes have led to the potential of applying these techniques in vivo.

Researchers have applied Raman spectroscopy for such diverse applications as detecting cancer and other diseases in various organ systems, probing aging and fracture risk, detecting fingerprints and other biological fluids in forensic science, etc. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy has been successfully implemented in vivo in an animal model, and new methods such as stimulated Raman scattering have been developed. Infrared spectroscopy is being developed for burn assessment, probing infectious agents, developing automated pathology, and other applications.

We solicit manuscripts in the field of vibrational spectroscopy for biomedical applications that span from new technological developments to new applications and new methods of analysis, as well as validation of existing applications using these techniques. This special section will encompass methodologies that probe vibrational energies at tissue, cell, subcellular, and molecular levels. Such modalities include but are not confined to:

  • conventional Raman spectroscopy
  • spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS)
  • Raman microspectroscopy
  • surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
  • coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS)
  • stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS)
  • near and mid-infrared spectroscopy
  • near and mid-infrared microspectroscopy
  • terahertz spectroscopy.

The techniques may be applied in biology as well as medicine. Potential areas of application include but are not confined to:

  • histopathology
  • cytology
  • tissue and cellular probes and processes
  • subcellular and molecular probes and processes
  • protein and DNA analysis
  • pharmacology
  • analysis of biological fluids
  • infectious agents
  • disease identification
  • guidance of therapy
  • forensics.

Closed for submissions.


December 2014

Nano- and Biophotonics Imaging, Sensing, Manipulation, and Spectromicroscopy and Nanoscopy

Guest Editors:

Shean-Jen Chen

Shean-Jen Chen
National Cheng Kung University
Department of Engineering Science
1 University Road,
Tainan City 701, Taiwan
E-mail: sheanjen@mail.ncku.edu.tw

Arthur Chiou

Arthur Chiou
National Yang-Ming University
Institute of Biophotonics
155, Linong Street, Sec. 2
Taipei 11221, Taiwan
E-mail: aechiou@ym.edu.tw

Chien Chou

Chien Chou
Chang Gung University
Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering
259 Wen-Hwa 1st Road
Kwei-Shan, Tao-Yuan 333, Taiwan
E-mail: cchou@mail.cgu.edu.tw

Chau-Hwang Lee

Chau-Hwang Lee
Academia Sinica
Center of Applied Science
128 Academia Road, Section 2
Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan
E-mail: clee@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Ian Liau

Ian Liau
National Chiao Tung University
The Department of Applied Chemistry
1001 University Road
Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

Pei-Kuen Wei

Pei-Kuen Wei
Academia Sinica
Center of Applied Science
128 Academia Road, Sec. 2
Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan
E-mail: pkwei@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Call for papers: Photonics imaging, sensing, and manipulation to probe biological samples at the nano- and micro scale are expected to make a major impact in biomedical science and technology, not only in the basic understanding of biological, physiological, and pathological functions at the molecular level, but also in clinical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. To allow scholars and scientists in this intrinsically multidisciplinary frontier of research and development in science and technology to share their novel ideas, discovery, and invention, the Journal of Biomedical Optics invites manuscripts for a special section. This special section will cover a wide range of research topics on advanced biomedical imaging, optical sensing and manipulation, and nanophotonics, based on, but not limited to, Optics and Photonics Taiwan, International Conference 2013 (OPTIC 2013). This call for paper is open to anyone who wishes to submit a paper with scientific/technical contents that fit the main theme of this special section, regardless of whether the paper was presented in the conference or not.

Areas of interests for this special section include, but are not limited to:

  • Superresolution nanoscopy imaging
  • 3-D and 4-D live cell and tissue imaging
  • Adaptive optics for microscopy
  • Multidimensional fluorescence and Raman microspectroscopy 
  • Confocal and multiphoton-excitation microscopy
  • Advanced fluorescence imaging/spectroscopy
  • Light sheet microscopy
  • Phase and interference microscopies
  • Multiphoton coherent, nonlinear microscopies
  • Correlative light/electron microscopy
  • Laser manipulation and tracking, photoactivation
  • Bio- and nanomaterials, biosensors
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Endoscopy
  • 3-D image processing and visualization for multidimensional data
  • Other related R&D in biophotonics and molecular imaging.

Manuscripts due 1 May 2014.


December 2014

Photonics in Global Health

Guest Editors:

Nimmi Ramanujam

Nimmi Ramanujam
Duke University
Biomedical Engineering Department
PO Box 90281
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0281
E-mail: nimmi@duke.edu

Aydogan Ozcan Aydogan Ozcan
University of California Los Angeles
Electrical Engineering Department
420 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095-8357
E-mail: ozcan@ucla.edu
Youseph-Yazdi Youseph Yazdi
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
Department of Biomedical Engineering
208 Clark Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
E-mail: yyazdi@jhu.edu

Call for papers: Medical devices are indispensable in health care as tools for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Despite the exponential growth of scientific and technological development in low- and middle-income countries, the availability of and access to appropriate and affordable health technologies in in these countries is significantly lagging compared to that in industrialized nations. Medical devices based on light have the potential for significant impact on health care in resource-limited settings. Light has historically been used to visualize microscopic features in cells. Optical endoscopes enable visualization of hollow cavities within the human body. Technologies based on absorption, fluorescence, inelastic, and elastic scattering processes are increasing the wealth of information that can be rapidly and nondestructively measured from tissue. The challenge in global health is to translate these attributes of light into technologies that can provide accessible and affordable health care. This call for papers on photonics in global health will focus on advances in technological innovations in photonic devices, and translation of optical techniques into global health solutions. Topics appropriate to this special section include various photonics technologies and related applications, such as:

  • Point-of-care diagnostics
  • Translational clinical studies in resource-limited settings
  • Microscopy and endoscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Cytometry
  • Opto-fluidics and microfluidics
  • Optical sensing
  • Computational imaging
  • Nanophotonics and plasmonics
  • On-chip imaging and diagnostics
  • Telemedicine and wireless health.

Submissions due 1 May 2014.


May 2015

Laser Applications in Life Sciences

Guest Editors:

Alexander V. Priezzhev

Alexander V. Priezzhev
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Physics Department and International Laser Center
Vorobiovy Gory 1
119311 Moscow, Russia
E-mail: avpriezz@gmail.com

Herbert Schneckenburger

Herbert Schneckenburger
Aalen University
Institute of Applied Research
Hochschule Aalen
Beethovenstr. 1
73430 Aalen, Germany
Universität Ulm
Institut für Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Messtechnik
Ulm, Germany
E-mail: herbert.schneckenburger@htw-aalen.de

Valery Tuchin

Valery V. Tuchin
Saratov State University
Physics Department
ul. Astrahanskaya 83
410012 Saratov, Russia
Institute of Precise Mechanics and Control of the RAS
University of Oulu, FiDiPro
E-mail: tuchinvv@mail.ru

Call for Papers: Life sciences are an emerging field of laser applications. The aim of this special section is to present some of the current state-of-the-art research activities in this area that will be discussed at the 17th International Conference on Laser Applications in Life Sciences (LALS-2014) to be held in Ulm, Germany, 29th June-3rd July 2014 http://lals2014.ilm-ulm.de. The key topical areas are:

  • Biomedical imaging (optical coherence tomography, optoacoustics, elastic light scattering/manipulation of particles, diffuse optical imaging, microcirculation imaging)
  • Laser spectroscopy (infrared and Raman, clinical applications, fluorescence, terahertz spectroscopy, and imaging)
  • Laser-tissue interactions (femtosecond phenomena, light propagation, photodynamic therapy, low-level laser applications)
  • Light microscopy 
  • Nanobiophotonics
  • Novel optical devices and methods.

Participants of the conference, as well as other authors whose research is focused on laser biomedical applications, are invited to submit manuscripts.

Manuscripts due 1 September 2014.


Published Special Sections:

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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