One of the great challenges of the 21st century is how to translate scientific advancements from physical sciences into medicine. This gap of knowledge is also clearly visible amongst multiple disciplines within medicine (i.e. neurosurgery and radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry and radiology and radiology and neurology). In this spirit, the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT; formerly the IBMISPS) has been successfully addressing this educational gap by bringing together physicians, surgeons, scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines to promote cross-disciplinary research and publication.
To foster increased dialogue between these communities, the SBMT is proud to announce that they have partnered with PLoS ONE, in order to create a special collection called NeuroMapping and Therapeutics. By doing so, the SBMT editorial board has decided to encourage its members to publish their research in PLoS ONE. These articles will then be brought together into a Collection that will highlight this content.
The aim of the SBMT NeuroMapping & Therapeutics (NMT) Collection is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research aimed at translation of knowledge across a number of fields such as:
- Neurosurgery (e.g. Image Guided Therapy/intervention, brain tumors and intraoperative navigation, nanoneurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, minimally invasive therapy, vascular neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery...)
- Neurology (e.g. movement disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, neurooncology, as well as image guided device implantation...)
- Psychiatry (e.g. medical imaging for psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, PTSD...)
- Radiology (e.g. fMRI, PET, Nuclear medicine, MR SPEC, MRI, MR-PET, DTI, CT-PET, Focused Ultrasound, SQUID MRI, low magnet MRI...)
- Neuroscience (e.g. stem cell, molecular neuroscience, image guided mapping of genes, proteomics, genomics...)
- Neuroengineering (e.g. iomaterial & tissue engineering, human brain Machine Interface, brain and spinal cord devices, nanomedicine, extraterrestrial/space medicine & clinical practice...)
- Policy (e.g. healthcare policy issues that affect the treatment delivery and usage of certain devices/drugs/imaging technologies...)
This Collection will contain a selection of those articles published within PLoS ONE, which the Editorial Board of the Collection feel are representative of the aims and scope of the SBMT society. It will continue to expand over time as the number of relevant articles grows and are added to the Collection.