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Biomedical Imaging: Role and Opportunities of Medical Imaging in the “-omics” Era

Call for Papers

Personalized medicine is gradually transitioning from a concept to a realm based on the fast progression of the genomic, proteomic, and metabolic understanding of the human body. Meanwhile, multimodality imaging is also quickly expanding its role in medicine with fast technological and methodological improvements in instrumentation, imaging probes, and quantitative image-derived parameters. As imaging and -omics technologies look at the human physiology in quite different ways and scales, physicians and scientists are beginning to realize the importance to put all types of information together. It has become an important topic to integrate multimodality imaging and the -omics data to evaluate a person as a whole and help us understand a disease from different aspects.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the ongoing efforts to integrate imaging data with the advanced “-omics” information, including data obtained for genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics of human beings. We are particularly interested in articles that include in vivo imaging data and one or more modalities that provide microscopic evaluation of molecular physiology in a cell or DNA/RNA level. Potential topics include, but not limited to:

  • Technology development of information management, processing, and integration, such as data mining and multivariable/multiparametric analysis, of the in vivo data obtained from imaging and the “-omics” methods
  • Use of information integration in understanding mechanisms of human physiology within the context of normal tissue and malignancy functions
  • Application of multimodality information integration to help patient management in real clinical scenarios.; example modalities include but are not limited to CT, MR, PET, SPECT, and ultrasound
  • Latest technologies of imaging or the “-omics” that may enable better integration of the two methodologies to improve the personalized medicine
  • Specific role of imaging when it is combined with the “-omics” data
  • Current limitations and opportunities for the information integration of imaging and “-omics” data

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/radiology/omic/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 20 December 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 14 March 2014
Publication DateFriday, 9 May 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Tzu-Chen Yen, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan

Guest Editors

  • Dimitris Visvikis, Inserm, Brest, France
  • Tinsu Pan, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Imaging Physics, Houston, TX, USA
  • Yu-Hua Dean Fang, Molecular Imaging Center, Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan