The 'Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS)' Special Interest Group

Welcome to the 'Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS)' Special Interest Group of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR)

The NIRS group was initiated in 2017 during the 2nd jENS meeting in Venice. The aim of this dedicated group of experts is to produce state-of-the-art methodological and clinical guidelines/recommendations regarding the use of NIRS in neonatal care.

  • Our objectives

    Our goal is to publish a series of papers that will interest both researchers and clinicians.

  • Meet the SIG Chair

    Elisabeth M.W. Kooi
    MD, PhD, Chair Special Interest Group Near Infrared Spectroscopy
    Beatrix Children's Hospital at the University of Groningen
    The Netherlands
  • Upcoming meetings of the SIG
    • Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) SIG Meeting: at EAPS 2024 in Vienna, Rome. (more info coming soon)
  • Publications
    • Hansen, M.L., Hyttel-Sørensen, S., Jakobsen, J.C. et al. Cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy monitoring (NIRS) in children and adults: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Pediatr Res (2022). (Link)
    • Bruckner, M., Wolfsberger, C.H., Dempsey, E.M. et al. Normal regional tissue oxygen saturation in neonates: a systematic qualitative review. Pediatr Res (2021). (Link)
    • Martini S, Thewissen L, Austin T, et al. Near-infrared spectroscopy monitoring of neonatal cerebrovascular reactivity: where are we now? Pediatr Res (2023). (Link
    • Levy PT, Pellicer A, Schwarz CE, et al. Near-infrared spectroscopy for perioperative assessment and neonatal interventions. Pediatr Res (2021). (Link)
  • How to engage with us

    Please contact the ESPR Secretariat via We will be more than happy to forward your request to the members of the NIRS SIG.

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ESPR Research Grant Programme

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The ESPR's meetings

The jENS and EAPS formats

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