This feature issue of Biomedical Optics Express will comprise expanded papers from the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences that was held in San Diego, CA on 2-5 April 2017. The Congress includes topical meetings on Bio-Optics: Design and Application; Novel Techniques in Microscopy; Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery; Optical Trapping Applications; and Optics and the Brain.
All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review processes of the journals. The standard Biomedical Optics Express publication charges will apply to all published articles. To be eligible for publication, the paper needs to add substantial and/or significant new information to the original conference summary. Please see OSA's guidelines on expanded conference papers found here.
Significant advances in the development of optical techniques have led to an increasing role of optics in the study of and treatment of various problems in the life sciences, ranging from molecular level investigations to clinical treatment of patients. This feature issue will explore the latest advances in molecular probe development, life science imaging, as well as novel and more powerful optical instrumentation and its application to studying fundamental biological processes and clinical investigations. This progress in instrumentation development and its rapid application represents important enablers that permit studies not possible a few years ago. This feature issue will host research from leaders in the field whose contributions are significantly advancing the state of the art in biological and medical research through the use of optical technologies.
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Biomedical Optics Express and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the Feature Issue on Biophotonics Congress 2017.