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Translational Neuroimaging of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Call for Papers

Mood and anxiety disorders include all types of depression, bipolar, and anxiety disorders and are among the top 10 causes of disability worldwide. There is no effective diagnosis and treatment mainly due to our poor understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and particularly the lack of objective biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis. Advanced imaging techniques allow the noninvasive investigation of brain in vivo. In conjunction with the innovative image analysis, imaging has shown great promise not only in giving us better understanding but also in assisting in diagnosis, predicting treatment response, and monitoring therapeutic effects on the mood and anxiety disorders.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that seek to investigate the mood and anxiety disorders using the advanced imaging techniques. We are particularly interested in articles introducing the novel imaging techniques and image analysis methods for characterizing the mood and anxiety disorders in patients and also in animal models, understanding the underlying mechanism, and measuring outcomes from the therapeutic intervention. Investigations using the imaging techniques which are of clinically translational value are particularly welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent developments in imaging and image analysis
  • Morphological/functional correlates in the disorders
  • Microstructure using diffusion tensor imaging
  • Brain function with task fMRI/resting-state fMRI
  • Structural/functional connectivity with MR imaging
  • Illness classification/prediction of treatment response
  • Probing brain metabolism with MR spectroscopy/PET/SPECT
  • Characterizing the disorders with multimodal imaging

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/neuroscience/tnmd/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 4 October 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 27 December 2013
Publication DateFriday, 21 February 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Qiyong Gong, Huaxi MR Research Center (HMRRC), Department of Radiology, Psychiatry and Neurology, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China

Guest Editors

  • Yong He, State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Georg Northoff, Unit of Mind, Brain Imaging and Neuroethics, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1Z 7K4
  • John A. Sweeney, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390-9086, USA