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Latest Issue
Mar 2019

Exploring uncharted territories

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR justine.murphy@photonics.com
The human brain has billions of neurons and trillions of connections. And despite extensive research by scientists worldwide, much of it is still puzzling. According to the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), while there have been developments in neuroscience research in recent years, “the underlying causes of most of neurological and psychiatric conditions [such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, and traumatic brain injury] remain largely unknown due to the vast complexity of the human brain.”

Advancements in technology and evolving optical techniques, such as multiphoton imaging, are stimulating neuroscience research, leading scientists into the brain’s uncharted territories.

In our cover story, Contributing Editor Farooq Ahmed takes a look at such advancements, including two- and three-photon microscopy, which are poised to outshine confocal imaging when studying intact, living tissue. Find Novel Multiphoton Imaging Techniques Reveal Brain’s Secrets (link).

Also in this issue:

• Adaptive optics (AO) and OCT are the focus of an article by Nishant Mohan, Ph.D., vice president of the OCT division of Wasatch Photonics, and Cicely Rathmell, the company’s vice president of marketing. They dive into the latest developments in both AO and OCT in relation to ophthalmology. See AO-OCT Comes into Focus, (link), to learn how these two technologies are enhancing 3D imaging of retinal structures, and how their pairing is key to clinical diagnostics and research.

• Quing Zhu, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, examines a dual imaging technique: photoacoustic/ultrasound imaging. This emerging diagnostic imaging tool is offering new hope for ovarian cancer detection and diagnosis. Find Zhu’s article — Dual Imaging Method Holds Promise as a Tool for Cancer Diagnostics — (link).

• In The Growing Role of Lasers in Treatments for Better Blood Flow, (link), Contributing Editor Hank Hogan discusses how the treatment of diseases of the heart, arteries, and veins is evolving thanks to advancements to laser technology — including new wavelengths, lower-cost systems, and more rugged setups. The resulting improved outcomes for patients could potentially make therapy less expensive.

Enjoy the issue!

Mike Wheeler
An accomplished journalist and editor, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonic Media's editorial operations, spanning print, online, and video. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advances in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Chris Bergonzi
Managing Editor Chris Bergonzi has more than 35 years of experience editing, managing, and writing for consumer publications and peer-reviewed journals covering business, management, technology, and science.
Susan Petrie
Susan Petrie is Senior Editor of Photonics Spectra and has two decades of experience with print and digital publications. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Bennington College.
 
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience in newspaper and magazine publishing, marketing, and public relations. She is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics and produces industry-focused podcasts.
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics, and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
 
Hank Hogan
Contributing Editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing Editor Marie Freebody is a freelance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Farooq Ahmed
Farooq Ahmed has covered the physical and biological sciences for over a decade. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Columbia University.
 
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