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Journal of Biomedical Optics Special Sections

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Calls for Papers:

Photonics in Global Health

Laser Applications in Life Sciences

Light for Life: International Year of Light 2015

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 July 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 to 2nd 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.


June 2015


Light for Life: International Year of Light 2015

Guest Editors:

Rainer Leitgeb
Medizinische Universität Wien
Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Waehringer Guertel 18-20
Vienna 1090, Austria
E-mail: rainer.leitgeb@meduniwien.ac.at

Katarina Svanberg
Lund University Hospital
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology
Box 117
Lund 221 00, Sweden
E-mail: katarina.svanberg@med.lu.se

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

Jürgen Popp
Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V.
Albert-Einstein-Str. 9
Jena 07745, Germany
Institut für Physikalische Chemie
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Helmholtzweg 4
Jena 07743, Germany
E-mail: juergen.popp@ipht-jena.de

Peter E. Andersen
Technical University of Denmark
Department of Photonics Engineering
Frederiksborgvej 399
Roskilde 4000, Denmark
E-mail: peta@fotonik.dtu.dk

Call for Papers: The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies:

Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society. (http://www.eps.org/?page=event_iyol)

With this special section of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, we would like to celebrate the International Year of Light by highlighting the revolutionizing impact that light and light-based technologies have on medicine and biology today, and will have tomorrow.

This special section goes along with a hot topics session dedicated to the theme of "Light for Life" at the upcoming European Conference on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) 2015 during the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, Germany (21 June-25 June).

We solicit papers that report on major developments in different fields of biomedical optics that have a significant impact in their contribution to better health. This could be improved imaging that offers better resolution and/or specificity, reduced health costs, portability, increased sensitivity, better quality of life, and higher patient comfort. Technologies that allow for noninvasive treatment monitoring, diagnosis, and screening, and novel approaches for disease detection, optical biopsy, or surgical guidance are all appropriate. Furthermore, we invite papers on novel microscopy techniques such as superresolution microscopy or quantitative phase microscopy, to mention a few, that give access to cellular and subcellular structures helping to understand the molecular mechanism in relevant biological and medical fields such as immunology, neurology, or cancer biology. Apart from imaging-related applications, we also invite papers on light-based treatment techniques, including laser immunology or photodynamic therapy, for example.

We encourage submitting authors to highlight the significance of their reported technique or development to the spirit of Light for Life. This special section is open to participants of ECBO 2015 and others whose work fits within the scope of this special section.

Manuscripts due 1 October 2014.


Published Special Sections:

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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