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SPIE launches Neurophotonics journal with special section on BRAIN Initiative

New SPIE journal Neurophotonics adds to the rapidly growing understanding of the brain

IMAGE: The new journal 'Neurophotonics' covers advanced optical methods and applications for imaging and manipulation of the brain.

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BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA — The advanced optical methods and applications for imaging and manipulation of the brain that are driving a revolution in the neurosciences were the inspiration behind Neurophotonics, a new peer-reviewed journal published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The first issue coincides with the launch of the BRAIN Initiative in the United States, and a special section features articles that lay out a vision for and provide examples of the impact that optics and photonics will have on advancing our understanding of how the brain works. The journal began publication in May and all articles will be freely available online through 2015.

SPIE Member David Boas, a professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School and a physicist at Massachusetts General Hospital. is the journal's editor-in-chief.

"Neurophotonics provides a highly visible focal point to facilitate and accelerate the rapidly expanding impact of this discipline," Boas said. "A key goal is to foster a greater awareness and interaction among the photonics, neuroscience, and clinical communities that reflect the diversity of the discipline."

Papers will cover topics such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy, optogenetics, photoacoustics, optical coherence tomography, laser speckle contrast imaging, neural stimulation, energy metabolism, Alzheimer's disease, and calcium dynamics. Among articles in the first issue:

Upcoming special sections will focus on causal control of biological systems with light and light microscopy of connectivity. In addition, a special section honoring neurophotonics pioneer Lawrence Cohen is being organized for the July 2015 issue.

Neurophotonics initially will be printed quarterly, increasing in frequency as the journal grows, with each article published online upon approval.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.


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