Special Issue "Retinal Microvasculature in Health and Disease"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Cardiovascular Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nandu Goswami
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Guest Editor
Division of Physiology, Otto Loewi Research Center for Vascular Biology, Immunology and Inflammation, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerpl. 2, 8036 Graz, Austria
Interests: cardiovascular system; heart rate variability; gravitational adaptation
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Prof. Dr. Patrick De Boever
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Guest Editor
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium & Centre of Excellence Microbial Systems Technology, University of Antwerp, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium
Interests: cardiovascular health; microvasculature; retina; urban health; epidemiology; air quality; lung microbiome; skin microbiome; probiotics; functional foods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The retina is a unique tissue that allows conveniently visualizing the smallest blood vessels. Fundus imaging and optical coherence tomography can capture structural blood vessel changes, while techniques such as dynamic vessel analysis characterize the functional status of the retinal microvasculature. Retinal metrics derived from these imaging techniques have been used in clinical and epidemiological studies and public health investigations. These metrics have the potential to identify the early effects of health risk factors (such as physical (in)activity, air pollution, dietary factors, etc.), map physiological changes (such as endothelial dysfunction, vascular reactivity, etc.), and differentiate between disease severities (diabetes, cardiovascular complications, etc.). This special issue welcomes submissions on state-of-the-art investigations that use retinal image analysis, including artificial intelligence, to measure the status of the microvasculature in health and disease.

Prof. Dr. Nandu Goswami
Prof. Dr. Patrick De Boever
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microvasculature
  • endothelial function
  • blood vessel analysis
  • urban health
  • cardiovascular risk
  • image analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

  1. Role of retinal imaging in health and disease: current perspectives and updates (review)
  2. Obesity and metabolic disease and changes in the retinal microcirculation
  3. Effects of exercise and physical rehabilitation on the retinal vasculature
  4. The impact of lifestyle and environmental factors such as air quality on the microcirculation
  5. Application of retinal imaging in children to study the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis
  6. Changes in retinal vasculature are caused during viral infections such as covid, HIV,…
  7. Retinal vessel metrics for prediction of stroke and the identification of at-risk patients
  8. The role of the retinal microvasculature in neurological diseases
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