Special Issues

Life publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Algae Biotechnology: Green Chemistry for High-Value Products submission deadline 14 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5940
Keywords: algae; microalgae; metabolic engineering; high-value products; bio-factory; bio-refinery; phytoremediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Crosstalk between Cardiovascular Disease and Its Comorbidities submission deadline 14 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5330
Keywords: cardiovascular; comorbidities; diabetes; obesity; dyslipidemia; chronic kidney disease; cancer; lung disease; liver disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Recent Advances in Modern Thoracic Surgery submission deadline 14 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2989
Keywords: video-assisted thoracic surgery; robotic surgery; three-dimensional computed tomography; uniportal surgery; lung transplantation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Genetic Aspects of Vascular Diseases submission deadline 14 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1867
Keywords: genetic polymorphism; gene mutation; single nucleotide polymorphism; insertion/deletion polymorphism; functional polymorphism; linkage analysis; candidate gene association studies; genome-wide association studies; vascular disease; vascular inflammation; vascular homeostasis; atherothrombosis; embolism; aneurysm; hemangioma
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Genetic Insights into Liver Diseases
edited by Monica Mischitelli and
submission deadline 14 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 198
Keywords: liver genetics; liver disease progression; personalized medicine; genetic risk score
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Novel Materials and Technologies for Controlled Drug Delivery Systems submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 944 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart drug delivery systems; nanoparticles; 3D printing; microfluidics; transdermal delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Epigenetics and Cancer Therapy
edited by Luca Járomi and Gellért Gerencsér
submission deadline 22 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1169 | Submission Open
Keywords: epigenetics; cancer therapy; multidrug resistance (MDR); accumulation; biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Development and Application of Antimicrobials
edited by , and Adriana Garozzo
submission deadline 24 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 294 | Submission Open
Keywords: antiviral activity; antimicrobial activity; probiotics; bacteriocins; essential oils; natural extracts; drug delivery systems; drug development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Metabolic Health Advances: Surgery, Microbiome, and Beyond submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 173 | Submission Open
Keywords: metabolism; metabolic syndrome; surgical interventions; microbiome; microbe-based therapeutics; metabolic health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Thoracic Malignancies: From Prevention and Diagnosis to Late Stages submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 19795 | Submission Open
Keywords: NSCLC; personalized medicine; biomarkers; therapy; immunotherapy; theragnostic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Trends and Applications: 2nd Edition submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 14220 | Submission Open
Keywords: clinical physical medicine and rehabilitation; neurorehabilitation; cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; orthopedic rehabilitation; pediatric rehabilitation; geriatric rehabilitation; cancer rehabilitation; musculoskeletal pain management; physical therapy; occupational therapy; speech and swallowing therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
Advances in Novel Biomaterials-Based Fertilizing Products and Bio-Fertilizers for Sustainable Agricultural Production submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 12826 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials and bio-nanomaterials; bio-based hydrogels and polymers; lignocellulosic biomass and its derivatives; sustainable agriculture; biodegradability; stimuli-responsive fertilizer delivery; controlled-release fertilizers; bio-synthesis processes and characterization; control/sustained fertilizer release mechanisms; biofertilizers; plant growth-promoting microbes; fertilizers’ use efficiency; plant physiology; productivity; and quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Food Microbiological Contamination submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 12335 | Submission Open
Keywords: food safety; food microbiology; foodborne pathogens; food spoilage; food quality; food contamination; microbiological hazards; natural antimicrobials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Omics Biology in Diagnosis of Diseases: Advances in Bioinformatics and Data Analyses submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7666 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioinformatics; software and methods; clinical genomics; mendelian diseases; evolutionary and comparative genomics; whole-exome sequencing; next-/third-generation sequencing; whole-genome sequencing; multi-omics; microbiome diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging of the Skeletal System submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7332 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnetic resonance imaging; computed tomography; sarcoma; interventional radiology; bone and bones
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advances in Cell Biology and Drug Discovery
edited by
submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6899 | Submission Open
Keywords: target identification; target characterisation; hit identification; lead optimisation; molecular pharmacology; medicinal chemistry; molecular biology; computational chemistry; bioinformatics; toxicology; structural biology; pharmacogenetics; pharmacogenomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering)
Innovative Aquaculture and Fish Reproduction submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6169 | Submission Open
Keywords: fish reproduction; fish propagation; pond fish breeding; innovation is aquaculture; fish genetics; nursing of fish fry; zooplankton management in ponds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Research Advances in Surgical Urology
edited by and
submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3694 | Submission Open
Keywords: surgical urology; endourology; surgical techniques; surgical oncology; prostate cancer; urothelial cancer; robotic-assisted surgery; benign prostate hyperplasia; continence surgery; urolithiasis management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Alkaloids: Extraction, Analysis and Function Research submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2419 | Submission Open
Keywords: alkaloids; biological activity; chemical profiling; structural elucidation; computational experiments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Pathophysiology and Therapy of Neuropathic Pain
edited by and Maximilian Sebastian Schaefer
submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1117 | Submission Open
Keywords: neuron; neuropathic pain; neuralgia; nerve damage; neuropathy; neural circuit; nervous system; sensitization; channelopathy; pain
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Large Language Model and Large Vision Model for Life Sciences
edited by
submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 496 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; large language model; large vision model; images; videos; single cell; protein design; spatial omics; drug discovery; digital twin
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology)
Effects of Physical Training on Youth Athletes' Physical Performance, Health and Well-Being
edited by , and Oliver Gonzalo-Skok
submission deadline 29 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1344 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological maturation; strength; endurance; speed; sleep; psychosocial; physical activity; conditioning; long-term athlete development; body composition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Obesity: Precision Diagnosis, Personalised Treatment, Patient Engagement and Recognition as a Disease
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 12146 | Submission Open
Keywords:   obesity policies;   adipose tissue;   body composition;   patient advocacy;   weight bias;   genetics;   physical pain;   hormonal appetite dysregulation;   eating disorders;   trauma;   mental health;   environmental exposure;   food exposure;   market economy;   sedentary work;   family conflict
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Interdisciplinarity in Cardiovascular Diseases: From Pathophysiology to Diagnosis and Treatment—2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5628 | Submission Open
Keywords: interdisciplinary team; cardiovascular diseases; cardiovascular complications; gastro-esophago-enterology and hepatology; metabolic associated steato-hepatitis; gut microbiota; nephrocardiology; pulmonary diseases; rheumatology diseases; endocrinology diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Current Trends and Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Gynecological Cancers
edited by Ozlen Saglam
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3418 | Submission Open
Keywords: gynecological cancer; biomarkers; immunotherapy; genetics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Vitamin D in Autoimmune and Infectious Diseases submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2585 | Submission Open
Keywords: vitamin D; autoimmunity; rheumatoid arthritis; systemic lupus erythematosus; systemic sclerosis; infectious agents; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
From Stem Cells to Embryos, Congenital Anomalies and Epidemiology
edited by , Soultana Meditskou and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2172 | Submission Open
Keywords: stem cell research; human embryonic development; birth defects epidemiology; birth defects prevalence; maternal and fetal medicine; congenital anomalies prevention; ultrasound evaluation; pre-birth assessment; prenatal screening; healthcare
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
Eye Manifestations of Systemic Disease, 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1048 | Submission Open
Keywords: age-related macular; degeneration diabetic retinopathy; ocular trauma; retinal detachments; hereditary retinal and macular diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Fertility Preservation in Female and Male Benign and Malignant Conditions: 2nd Edition
edited by Arianna D’Angelo, Suman Dadhich and Ali Thwaini
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 869 | Submission Open
Keywords: oncofertility; fertility preservation; cancer; oncology; fertility; egg freezing; embryo freezing; sperm freezing; freezing; IVF; premature ovarian failure; premature ovarian insufficiency; testicular failure; ovarian tissue freezing; PESA; TESE
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive and Developmental Biology)
Advanced Strategies in Fracture Treatments
edited by and Chun-Yu Chen
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 787 | Submission Open
Keywords: state of the art; peri-articular fracture; osteoporotic fracture; fragility fracture; treatment protocols
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Mathematical Methods and Data Analysis in Health and Biomedical Sciences: 2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 750 | Submission Open
Keywords: mathematical modeling; graphical representations of data and of research outcomes; computational statistics; health and biomedical informatics; bioinformatics methods; techniques in data analysis; data interpretation; applications of computational methods in health and medical sciences
Current Updates on Vestibular Neuritis
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 367 | Submission Open
Keywords: vestibular neuritis; vertigo; vestibular nerve; diagnosis; treatment; pathophysiology; clinical management; vestibular rehabilitation; emerging technologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Non-coding RNAs: Genomics, Biogenesis, Mechanisms, and Functions
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 320 | Submission Open
Keywords: ncRNA-interacting proteins; ncRNA modification; ncRNA biogenesis; ncRNA degradation; ncRNA decay; function; disease; therapeutic targets
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Diseases submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 241 | Submission Open
Keywords: early diagnosis; screening; treatment; public health; oral diseases; AI
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Acari: Biodiversity, Biogeography and Taxonomy Studies
edited by Pavel B. Klimov
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 221 | Submission Open
Keywords: phylogenetics; systematics; evolution and co-evolution; biodiversity; ecology; host associations; role of mites in agriculture and medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Cardioncology: From Molecular Mechanisms to Advanced Imaging and New Treatments
edited by , Giuseppe Pacileo and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 212 | Submission Open
Keywords: cardiotoxicity; echocardiography; cardiac magnetic resonance; cardiac computed tomography; serum cardiac biomarkers; cancer therapy; arrhythmias; cardiotoxicity treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Clinical Research on Male Reproduction
edited by Andrea Crafa
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 178 | Submission Open
Keywords: male infertility; male fertility; male sub-fertility; idiopathic male infertility; male reproduction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
New Updates in Adipocytes and Adipose Tissue: 2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 151 | Submission Open
Keywords: adipose tissue; obesity; inflammation; thermogenesis; adipokines; insulin resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Drug Treatment of Addictive Behavior
edited by Krisztian Toth
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 86 | Submission Open
Keywords: addictive behavior; drug treatment; pharmacological interventions; innovative techniques; relapse prevention; co-occurring disorders; future directions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Pulmonary Hypertension: From Bench to Bedside: 2nd Edition
edited by Satoshi Akagi
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5586 | Submission Open
Keywords: pulmonary arterial  hypertension; chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension; imaging; physiological tests; genetics; inflamation; metabolic dysfunction; proriferative signaling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Understanding Comorbidities in Gynecologic Diseases: A Holistic Approach to Women’s Health submission deadline 11 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 124 | Submission Open
Keywords: women’ s health; women’ s disease; systemic diseases; comorbities; systemic approach; multi-organ
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive and Developmental Biology)
Conservative Management of Chronic Disease
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1424 | Submission Open
Keywords: chronic disease  ; conservative management; trial protocol; clinical research; interventions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Microbiota in Health and Disease
edited by Amélia Sarmento and
submission deadline 16 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2573 | Submission Open
Keywords: microbiota; microbiome; dysbiosis; diet; metabolism; immune regulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Fungal Disease Epidemiology: Current State and Future Prospects
edited by
submission deadline 18 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 14452 | Submission Open
Keywords: epidemiology; aspergillosis; candidiasis; mucormycosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Related Disorders: Pathophysiological Traits and Strategies for Treatment
edited by
submission deadline 24 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3999 | Submission Open
Keywords: obstructive sleep apnea; sleep fragmentation; cardiometabolic dysfunction; inflammation; co-morbidities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Pathogenic Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Hypertension: Insights and Implications
edited by Shengyu Mu and Sankar Devarajan
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 192 | Submission Open
Keywords: hypertension; cardiovascular disease; blood pressure; pathogenesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Effect of Various Water Pollutants (Stressors) on the Health of Humans and Animal Models
edited by
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 118 | Submission Open
Keywords: water pollutants; pesticides; heavy metals; fish; humans; hematology; histology; health implications; bioaccumulation factor
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Chronic Renal Failure and Cardiovascular Disease—from Molecular Aspects to Clinical Practice submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3704 | Submission Open
Keywords: cardiovascular disease (CVD); chronic kidney disease (CKD); ESKD; heart; vascular calcification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Effects of Environmental Factors on Challenges of Plant Breeding submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5770 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant breeding; winter hardiness; sowing time; adaptation to cold/frost; physiology of cold/frost tolerance; snow cover
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Fish Nutrition, Production, and Welfare
edited by Liviu-Dan Miron, , and
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4073 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquaculture; fish nutrition; fish welfare; water quality; fish disease; feed additives; rearing systems; modern feeding technologies; waste management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
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