One of the great challenges of the 21st century is how to translate scientific advancements from physical sciences into medicine with respect to the brain mapping and therapeutics field. This gap of knowledge not only exists between physical sciences and medicine but also is clearly visible amongst multiple disciplines within medicine (i.e., neurosurgery and radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry and radiology, and radiology and neurology). The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) has been addressing this educational gap by bringing together physicians, surgeons, scientists, and engineers from multiple disciplines in order to foster cross disciplinary research and publication. To facilitate this cross-disciplinary education SPIE is collaborating with SBMT in introducing a special section of Neurophotonics on Brain Mapping and Therapeutics with the intent of capturing the diverse and exciting work in this emerging field.
Submissions are open to all interested researchers working in these areas of neurophotonics. We hope your contribution to this special section will enable us capture state-of-the-art technologies and scientific developments in the field and highlight the progress and the shortfalls so together we can push the boundaries of science and technology in the field of neurophotonics.