Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging


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10:3-4 online 19 December 2023

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11:1 scheduled for March 2024

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Aims & Scope

Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging (BSI) is a multidisciplinary journal devoted to the timely publication of basic and applied research that uses spectroscopic and imaging techniques in different areas of life science including biology,  biochemistry, biotechnology, bionanotechnology,  environmental science, food science, pharmaceutical science, physiology and medicine.   Scientists are encouraged to submit their work for publication in the form of original articles, brief communications, rapid communications, reviews and mini-reviews.

The journal is dedicated to providing a single forum for experts in spectroscopy and imaging as applied to biomedical problems, and also for life scientists who use these powerful methods for advancing their research work.  BSI aims to promote communication, understanding and synergy across the diverse disciplines that rely on spectroscopy and imaging. It also encourages the submission of articles describing development of new devices and technologies, based on spectroscopy and imaging methods, for application in diverse areas including medicine, biomedical science, biomaterials science, environmental science, pharmaceutical science, proteomics, genomics, metabolomics, microbiology, biotechnology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, etc.

Techniques covered include, but are not limited, to the following:

• Vibrational Spectroscopy (Infrared, Raman, Teraherz)
• Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy
• Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR, ESR)
• UV-vis Spectroscopy
• Mössbauer Spectroscopy
• X-ray Spectroscopy (Absorption, Emission, Photoelectron, Fluorescence)
• Neutron Spectroscopy
• Mass Spectroscopy
• Fluorescence Spectroscopy
• X-ray and Neutron Scattering
• Differential Scanning Calorimetry
• Atomic Force Microscopy
• Surface Plasmon Resonance
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging
• X-ray Imaging
• Electron  Imaging
• Neutron Imaging
• Raman Imaging
• Infrared Imaging
• Terahertz  Imaging
• Fluorescence Imaging
• Near-infrared spectroscopy

Editorial Board


Prof. Parvez I. Haris, PhD, FRSC, FRSPH  
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
De Montfort University
The Gateway
Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel.: +44 (0)116 250 6306

Editor for Asia

Prof. Z. Yu
Department of Chemistry
Hetian Building
Tsinghua University

Beijing 100084
Tel.: +86 10 627 8138

Social Media Editor

Dr. Eid Brima
Department of Chemistry
College of Science
King Khalid University
Abha 61413
Saudi Arabia

Editorial Board

Ahmed Aamouche
Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

Alessandro Alimonti
Italian National Institute for Health
Rome, Italy

Y. Asakawa
Tokushima Bunri University
Tokushima, Japan

Malgorzata Baranska
Jagiellonian University
Krakow, Poland

Sevgi Bayari
Hacetepe University
Ankara, Turkey

J. Sabine Becker
Research Center Juelich
Juelich, Germany

Alper Bozkurt
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, USA

B. Busser
Grenoble University Hospital
Grenoble, France

Hugh Byrne
FOCAS Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dublin, Ireland

Murali Chilkapati
Tata Memorial Centre
Mumbai, India

Minhaeng Cho
IBS/Korea University
Seoul, Korea

Daniel O. Cicero
University of Rome “Tor Nergata”
Rome, Italy

S. Cohen
Center for Biophysical Pathology, Rutgers-NJMS

J.G. Contreras
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí, Mexico

L. Davenport
Brooklyn College of CUNY, New York

Michael Davies
The Heart Research Institute
Sydney, Australia

Pavlina Dolashka
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Sofia, Bulgaria

Pavel Dorozhkin
Moscow, Russia

S. F. El-Mashtoly
Ruhr-University Bochum
Bochum, Germany

Marco Ferrari
University of L'Aquila
L'Aquila, Italy

Yuji Furutani
Institute for Molecular Science, JST PRESTO "Chemical conversion of light energy"
Myodaiji, Okazaki, Japan

Francisco Galindo
Universitat Jaume I de Castellón
Castellón de la Plana, Spain

Amir Gandjbakhche
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD, USA

Peter Gardner
Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
University of Manchester
Manchester, UK

Klaus Gerwert
Lehrstuhl für Biophysik
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

N. Gierlinger
University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences
Vienna, Austria

Elisabetta Giorgini
Polytechnic University of Marche

Kristine Glunde
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD, USA

Juan Carmelo Gomez-Fernandez
Universidad de Murcia
Murcia, Spain

Duncan Graham
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, UK

J.-X. Guo
The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an JiaoTong University
Xi'an, China

Abigail Haka
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, USA

Takafumi Hamaoka
Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University
Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan

Stavros Hamodrakas
Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens
Athens, Greece

Ruquan Han
Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University
Beijing, China

Hans Hebert
Karolinska Institutet
Huddinge, Sweden

Elizabeth Hillman
Columbia University
New York, NY, USA

Hoi-Ying Holman
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA, USA

Zhiwei Huang
National University of Singapore

Haruto Ishikawa
Biophysical Chemistry Lab., Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University
Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan

N.R. Jagannathan
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India

Risto Kauppinen
University of Bristol
Bristol, UK

Eamonn Kennedy
University College
Dublin, Ireland

Johann Klare
University of Osnabrück
Osnabrück, Germany

K. Kneipp
Technical University of Denmark
Lyngby, Denmark

Wolfgang Knoll
Austrian Institute of Technology
Vienna, Austria

Hisataka Kobayashi
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD, USA

Z. Kóta
Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Szeged, Hungary

Christoph Kraft
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Jena, Germany

M. Krishna
Chilakapati Laboratory, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Center
Navi Mumbai, India

Cristina Kurachi
São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Carlos
São Paulo, Brazil

Jeongkyu Lee
University of Bridgeport

Bernhard Lendl
Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Division Environmental and Process Analytics, Vienna University of Technology
Vienna, Austria

Jianjun Li
National Research Council
Ottawa, Canada

Shan-Yang Lin
Yuanpei University
Hsinchu, Taiwan

Hong Liu
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK, USA

H. Peter Lu
Bowling Green State University

Qing Lu
Shanghai Renji Hospital
Shanghai, China

Sandra Luber
University of Zurich

A. Macnab
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

M.P. Marques
University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal

Airton Martin
Laboratório de Espectroscopia Vibracional Biomédica – LEVB, Instituto de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento - IPD, Universidade do Vale do Paraíba – UNIVAP, Urbanova, São José dos Campos
São Paulo, Brazil

Koichi Matsuo
Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center, Hiroshima University
Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan

James M. McDonnell
Kings College London
London, UK

Lisa M. Miller
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY, USA

Konstantin Momot
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia

Cristina Muntean
National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

D. Naumann
Robert Koch Institute
Berlin, Germany

Takumi Noguchi
|Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan

S.J. Perkins
University College London
London, UK

Ronei J. Poppi
University of Campinas
Campinas, Brazil

Hidetoshi Sato
Kwansei Gakuin University
Hyogo, Japan

F. Severcan
İstanbul Kemerburgaz University
Istanbul, Turkey

Zhifeng Shao
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

Jun Shen
National Institute of Mental Health, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Unit, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, NIMH
Bethesda, MD, USA

Hideyuki Shinzawa
Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan

Pranav Shrivastav
Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Gujarat University
Ahmedabad, India

Stavros Sifakis
University Hospital of Heraklion
Crete, Greece

Lorna Smith
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Gregory Stephanopoulo
MIT, Cambridge

L. Sun
Research Center of Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai University

Tom Sutherland
Central Melbourne Medical Imaging
Melbourne, Australia

Fabio Tanfani
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Ancona, Italy

Keisuke Tominaga
Kobe University
|Kobe, Japan

Hans Vogel
University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada

W. F. Wolkers
Leibniz Universitaet
Hannover, Germany

Ed X. Wu
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Gilwon Yoon
Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Seoul, South Korea

Zhiwu Yu
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Canada

Haishan Zeng
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Denise Zezell
Laboratory of Biophotonics, Center for Lasers and Applications, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Cidade Universitária
São Paulo, Brazil

Jin Zhang
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

G. Zhu
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China

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Book series: Advances in Biomedical Spectroscopy is a book series that complements the journal Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging (BSI). This book series is devoted to in-depth discussion of specific spectroscopic and imaging techniques. Latest advances in the application and development of these methods in health, life and biomedical sciences are covered. The books are intended to serve the needs of experienced scientists and early stage researchers in both academia and industry. See here for more information.

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