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Journal of Biomedical Optics Special Section Calls for Papers

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Calls for Papers:

Protein Photonics for Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation: Honoring Prof. Osamu Shimomura, a Pioneer of Photonics for Biomedical Research

Quantitative Phase Imaging in Biomedicine

Optical Medical Imaging Standards

Clinical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging

October 2015

Protein Photonics for Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation: Honoring Prof. Osamu Shimomura, a Pioneer of Photonics for Biomedical Research


Katsumasa Fujita
Osaka University
Department of Applied Physics
2-1 Yamadaoka Suita, 565-0871 Japan
E-mail: fujita@ap.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp

Takeharu Nagai
Osaka University
Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research
Department of Biomolecular Science and Engineering
Mihogaoka 8-1, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 Japan
E-mail: ng1@sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp

Nathan Shaner
The Scintillon Institute
6404 Nancy Ridge Dr.
San Diego, CA 92121 USA
E-mail: nathanshaner@scintillon.org

Alexander Egner
Laser-Lab Göttingen eV
Optical Nanoscopy
Hans-Adolf-Krebs-Weg 1
Goettingen 37077, Germany
E-mail: alexander.egner@llg-ev.de

Call for Papers: In 1962, Professor Osamu Shimomura discovered the protein aequorin and the green fluorescent protein in a jellyfish Aequorea victoria. He isolated those proteins at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington to explore the curious question, "Why do jellyfish emit light?" His discovery has been combined with genetic engineering and has brought us an invaluable tool for biological research. Based on his discovery, Prof. Shimomura was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP.

In many scenes in current biology, fluorescent proteins have been utilized to visualize target proteins and structures in live cells and tissues. The usage of fluorescent proteins is not limited to labeling, but can also be used as reporters of intracellular environments such as ions and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) concentrations, pH, and temperature. In combination with fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) or fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) techniques, fluorescent proteins even allow us to trace the molecular-level dynamics of protein structures in live cells.

Recently, chemiluminescence, which was Prof. Shimomura's main research interest, became available to image intracellular targets even without light illumination. The discovery of fluorescent protein thus gave us the idea of using light-protein interactions for biological research. For example, optogenetics can manipulate cell and animal activities by light-induced conformational changes of rhodopsin.

In honor of Prof. Osamu Shimomura's ground-breaking contribution to biomedical photonics, we organize a special section in the Journal of Biomedical Optics on protein photonics for imaging, sensing, and manipulation.

This special section will cover research papers about photonics using light-protein interactions for live cell and animal imaging, sensing, manipulation, and related techniques. We encourage submission of original research works inspired by Prof. Shimomura's discovery and the nature of fluorescent proteins, especially in the following topics:

  • Microscopy and endoscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Optical sensing
  • Fluorescent protein
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Optogenetics.

Manuscripts due 15 March 2015.


November 2015

Quantitative Phase Imaging in Biomedicine

Guest Editors:

Gabriel Popescu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
405 North Mathews Avenue, Room 4055
Urbana, Illinois 61801
E-mail: gpopescu@illinois.edu

YongKeun Park
Physics Department
Guseung-dong Yueong-gu 373-1
Yuseong-gu 305-701, Republic of Korea
E-mail: yk.park@kaist.ac.kr

Call for Papers: Quantitative phase imaging (QPI) enables label-free quantitative assessment of biological specimens. There has been recent growth in the study of techniques and applications of QPI to address important biological questions, impossible to tackle with conventional optical imaging techniques. This rapidly emerging field enables the investigation of cells and tissues in terms of morphology and dynamics with nanoscale sensitivity over temporal scales from milliseconds to days. Quantitative measurements of intrinsic properties-optical, chemical, and mechanical-is likely to yield new understanding of pathophysiology of cells and tissues. By combining the principles of interferometry and holography, QPI provides unique capabilities not only for imaging, but for propagation of optical fields as well as their interaction with matter. As a result, QPI can be used for noniterative adaptive optics and for measuring light scattering. Thus, quantitative phase imaging has recently bridged the gap between the imaging and scattering disciplines.

This active area of study and development in QPI is the central theme of this special section, which is intended to highlight work presented at the Conference on Quantitative Phase Imaging, Photonics West 2015. Submissions from nonparticipants of the conference are also encouraged. Topics appropriate to this special section include:

  • Imaging
  • Spectroscopy
  • Light scattering
  • Algorithms and imaging processing in QPI
  • QPI of cells and tissues.

Closed for submissions.


December 2015

Optical Medical Imaging Standards

Guest Editors:

David W. Allen

David W. Allen
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Sensor Science Division, MS 8443
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899
E-mail: dwallen@nist.gov

Maritoni Litorja

Maritoni Litorja
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Sensor Science Division, MS 8443
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899
E-mail: maritoni.litorja@nist.gov

Jeeseong Hwang

Jeeseong Hwang
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division, MS 815.00
325 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80305
E-mail: jeeseong.hwang@nist.gov

Call for Papers: Optical medical imaging promises to change the way medicine is practiced by providing rapid, low-cost, noninvasive diagnostics and treatment monitoring. This field has made steady progress over the last two decades at the research bench and is now beginning to benefit patients. The translation of optical medical devices depends on the use of standards for verification and validation. In many cases there are no relevant existing standards and researchers have to create them in conjunction with the device development. This includes but is not limited to optical coherence tomography (OCT), fluorescence imaging, confocal imaging, hyperspectral imaging, and photoacoustic imaging. This call for papers is focused on the need for standards and proposed solutions to those needs. The special section is intended to highlight work presented at the NIST Optical Medical Imaging Workshop 2014. Submissions from nonparticipants of the workshop are also encouraged.

Topics appropriate to this special section include:

  • Calibration methods
  • Measurement uncertainty
  • Traceability
  • Physical, digital, and virtual phantoms
  • Verification/validation methods
  • Performance metrics
  • Clinical outcomes in relationship to instrument performance
  • Best practices
  • Image analysis algorithms.

Manuscripts due 1 May 2015.


September 2016

Clinical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging

Guest Editors:

Marco Ferrari
University of L'Aquila
Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Via Vetoio, 67100, L'Aquila, Italy
E-mail: marco.ferrari@univaq.it

Joseph P. Culver
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Radiology
4525 Scott Avenue
Campus Box 8225
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
E-mail: culverj@wustl.edu

Yoko Hoshi
Hamamatsu University
School of Medicine Medical Photonics Research Center
Department of Biomedical Optics
1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu
Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan
E-mail: hoshi-yk@igakuken.or.jp

Heidrun Wabnitz
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Department of Biomedical Optics
Abbestr. 2-12, 10587 Berlin, Germany
E-mail: heidrun.wabnitz@ptb.de

Call for Papers: The Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) was founded in 1996. In the fourth issue of 1996 and in the first issue of 1997, JBO published a Special Section on Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging of Tissues, guest edited by Marco Ferrari, David T. Delpy, and David A. Benaron. The special section included 12 articles. In 2016, JBO will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and there has been enormous progress in this field. A new Special Section on Clinical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging in JBO and a parallel special section in the new SPIE journal Neurophotonics will highlight these achievements.

We solicit papers that report on major developments and applications in different fields of clinical near-infrared spectroscopy and imaging that have a significant impact on diagnosis and treatment of diseases and promotion of health. This includes near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) instrumentation that offers reduced health-care costs, portability, increased sensitivity, resolution and/or specificity in disease diagnostics, higher patient comfort, better quality of life, etc.

We encourage submission of original research works especially in the following topics:

  • Advances in technology and instrumentation
  • Multimodal imaging: NIRS combined with other techniques
  • Novel approaches to NIRS data analysis
  • Near-infrared diffuse optical tomography (DOT), fluorescence DOT (FDOT)
  • Tissue oximetry: brain, muscle, other organs
  • Detection of brain lesions: hematoma and edema
  • Perfusion monitoring: diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), indocyanine green (ICG) bolus tracking
  • Functional NIRS: neurodevelopment, cognitive studies, aging, psychiatric disorders, etc.
  • Optical imaging and spectroscopy of breast cancer: diagnosis and therapy monitoring
  • Novel applications: detection of skin disorders, arthritis, etc.

Authors submitting papers with a focus on the brain are encouraged to submit to a parallel special section in Neurophotonics that will run concurrently with JBO and with the same guest editors.

Manuscripts due 1 December 2015.


Published Special Sections:

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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