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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Large Language Model and Large Vision Model for Life Sciences
edited by
submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 458 | 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)
Advances in Substance Abuse and Addiction
edited by , and Chieh-Liang Huang
submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 174 | Submission Open
Keywords: addiction medicine; opioid pharmacology; substance abuse; addictive disorders intervention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
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 1144 | 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 | 5 articles | Viewed by 10850 | 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 5104 | 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 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2899 | 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 2457 | 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 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1801 | 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 768 | 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 618 | 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)
Mathematical Methods and Data Analysis in Health and Biomedical Sciences: 2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 569 | 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
Advanced Strategies in Fracture Treatments
edited by and Chun-Yu Chen
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 496 | 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)
Non-coding RNAs: Genomics, Biogenesis, Mechanisms, and Functions
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 301 | 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 213 | 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 203 | 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 183 | 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)
Current Updates on Vestibular Neuritis
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 159 | 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)
Clinical Research on Male Reproduction
edited by Andrea Crafa
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 150 | 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 134 | 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 72 | 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 5232 | 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 104 | 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 1341 | 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 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1996 | 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 | 6 articles | Viewed by 13252 | 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 3469 | 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 177 | 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 100 | 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)
Natural Bioactives: Exploring Their Therapeutic Potential submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 8949 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioactive compounds; medicinal plants; bioactive metabolites antioxidant properties; anti-inflammatory properties; antitumor properties; cytotoxic properties; antipsychotic properties; anxiolytic properties; neuroprotective properties; hypotensive properties; vasorelaxant properties; antimicrobial properties (antiviral; antibacterial; antifungal; and antiparasitic properties)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Chronic Renal Failure and Cardiovascular Disease—from Molecular Aspects to Clinical Practice submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3080 | 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 5348 | 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 3862 | 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)
Binocular Vision Parameters and Dysfunctions: Types, Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3274 | Submission Open
Keywords: binocular vision; binocular dysfunctions; eye movements; fixations; saccadics; aberrometry; accommodation; eye-tracking; eye coordination; accommodative dysfunctions; vergence dysfunctions; oculomotor dysfunctions; visual rehabilitation; diplopia
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Imaging Methods in Metabolic Conditions submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1248 | Submission Open
Keywords: bone; atherosclerotic plaque; body weight; adipose tissue; vascular calcification; CT; MRI; ultrasound
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
New Insights into the Treatment of Aortic Valve Disease
edited by Stephen Gerfer, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh and
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1036 | Submission Open
Keywords: aortic stenosis; aortic insufficiency; endocarditis; aortic valve surgery; aortic root surgery; open heart surgery; minimally invasive heart surgery; transcatheter– aortic valve implantation (TAVI/TAVR); biological valve replacement; mechanical valve replacement; rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement (RDV); oral anticoagulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Coagulation and Its Disorders: From Molecular Mechanisms to Clinical Management submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 881 | Submission Open
Keywords: coagulation; bleeding disorders; thrombotic mechanisms; animal models; molecular mechanisms; disseminated intravascular coagulation; fibrinolysis; new diagnostic tools and treatment; inflammatory response; thrombin generation; coagulation alterations induced by hepatic and metabolic disorders; drug-induced coagulation alterations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Enhancements in Screening Pathways for Early Detection of Lung Cancer: Current Direction and Innovative Proposals
edited by , Roberto Crisci and
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 240 | Submission Open
Keywords: lung cancer screening; early diagnosis; multidisciplinary pathways; liquid biopsy; exhaled breath condensate; molecular imaging; sublobar resection; artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Novel Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disease submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 12158 | Submission Open
Keywords: gastrointestinal disorders; diagnosis; treatment; prognosis; biomarkers; artificial intelligence; gut microbiome; endoscopy; gastrointestinal cancer; oncology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Pulmonary Hypertension: Insights on Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5019 | Submission Open
Keywords: pulmonary hypertension; pulmonary arterial hypertension; pathophysiology; diagnosis; risk stratification; management; pharmacotherapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Research Progress of Cultivation of Edible Fungi
edited by Yajie Zou
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4175 | Submission Open
Keywords: edible fungi; cultivation; domesticate; substrate; biological efficiency; nutritional properties; functional compounds; sustainability; commercialization; emerging species
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
New Horizons in Vision Science, Optometry and Ocular Surface—2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2945 | Submission Open
Keywords: clinical optometry; binocular vision; ocular surface; refractive surgery; contactology and dry eye disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Comprehensive Care for Critically Ill Children: A Multidisciplinary Approach
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2938 | Submission Open
Keywords: pediatric patient; neonate; congenital malformation; sepsis; acute respiratory syndrome; polytrauma; oncology; multidisciplinary management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Gender Medicine: Are Gender Differences Important for Medicine?
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2330 | Submission Open
Keywords: gender/sex differences; heart; brain; and renal diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advances in the Biomedical Applications of Plants and Plant Extracts
edited by and Annamária Pallag
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1689 | Submission Open
Keywords: herbals; plant extracts; polyphenols; anthocyanins; isolation; characterization; preparation; oxidative stress; apoptosis; inflammation; dermatitis; CNS; new target molecules
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Advances in Food Bioactive and Gut Microbiota Interactions
edited by , and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1175 | Submission Open
Keywords: phenolics; gut microbiota; chronic diseases; metabolism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Exercise Discussion in the Cardiovascular Field
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1167 | Submission Open
Keywords: aerobic exercise; resistance exercise; athletic training; blood pressure; arterial stiffness; endothelial function; cardiovascular disease; aging
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Surgery and Research: 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 966 | Submission Open
Keywords: hip; knee; ankle; surgical intervention; treatment and complications; lower extremity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
New Insights into Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging
edited by , , and Salvatore Lavalle
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 754 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; machine learning; deep learning; image analysis; precision medicine; image-guided interventions; decision support systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Radiobiology and Nuclear Medicine)
Advanced Nanotechnology in Modern Agriculture
edited by Meng Jiang, Ruiqing Li and Ning Xu
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 592 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural systems; agrochemicals; crop breeding; growth and development; nanotechnology; postharvest preservation; stress mitigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Interaction between Dietary Components and Gut Microbiota: Their Effect on Human and Animal Health
edited by , Dimitrios Arapoglou and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 579 | Submission Open
Keywords: gut microbiota; dietary components; disease prevention and development; probiotic and prebiotic; omics approaches; animals’ gut health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
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