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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Molecular Mechanisms of Preeclampsia
edited by Feng Li
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 37 | Submission Open
Keywords: preeclampsia; hypertension; proteinuria; placenta; fetal growth restriction; pregnancy com-plications; implantation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive and Developmental Biology)
Green Medicine: Unraveling the Medicinal Effects of Plant Extracts and Functional Foods submission deadline 22 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 140 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant extracts; phytochemicals; inflammation; obesity; liver disease; oxidative stress; antioxidants; diabetes; skin damage; aging
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Virus Genomics and Diversity
edited by Temitope O. C. Faleye, and
submission deadline 22 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 108 | Submission Open
Keywords: genomics; diversity; virus evolution; virus detection; genome sequencing; DNA sequencing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Eye Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition
edited by and Laura De Diego-García
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 5792 | Submission Open
Keywords: ocular treatment; ocular diseases; retina; anterior eye; posterior eye; ocular biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
The Role of Renewable Resources for Ecology and Human Health: 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5603 | Submission Open
Keywords: residual products; waste products; multidrug resistance; cancer; natural compounds and antioxidants; anti-inflammatory effect; antiviral properties; antifungal activity
Advances in Artificial Intelligence for Medical Image Analysis
edited by
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2698 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; medical imaging; deep learning for medical imaging; histopathological image analysis; medical diagnosis; visualization in biomedical imaging; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); X-ray computed tomography (CT); positron emission tomography (PET); medical image fusion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Radiobiology and Nuclear Medicine)
Prostate Cancer: 3rd Edition submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1985 | Submission Open
Keywords: incidence; mortality; diagnosis; histopathology; imaging; treatment; prognosis; case report; animals; humans; modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Recent Advances in Functional Genomics
edited by Katerina R. Katsani and
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 818 | Submission Open
Keywords: chromatin profiling; CRISPR screens; crop genomics; epigenome editing; epigenomics; interactomes; metagenomics; pharmacogenomics; phenomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Impact of Circulating Ketones on Physiology
edited by Maleah Winkler
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 100 | Submission Open
Keywords: ketones; ketone supplementation; beta-hydroxybutyrate; ketogenic diet; fasting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
New Insights into Breast Cancer: Current Controversies and Future Perspectives
edited by , Angela Bucaro and Flavia de Lauretis
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 97 | Submission Open
Keywords: breast cancer treatment; oncoplastic surgery; conservative mastectomy; breast reconstruction; sentinel node biopsy; chemotherapy; radiotherapy; integrated therapies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advances in the Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Embolism submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 70 | Submission Open
Keywords: pulmonary hypertension; pulmonary embolism; therapy; cardiac imaging; artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advances in Research in Biocatalysis: 2nd Edition
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 38 | Submission Open
Keywords: biochemical; biomedical; biomaterials; biocatalysis; biodegradation; biofuels; bioplastics; directed evolution of enzymes; environmental remediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology)
Current Research on Dermatology: Pathology, Clinical Manifestation, Investigation and Therapy: 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 15 articles | Viewed by 20594 | Submission Open
Keywords: demodex; endosymbionts; cutaneous microbiome; integrative medicine; optical coherence tomography; dermoscopy; confocal microscopy; cutaneous comorbidities keyword; inflammatory diseases; hair; skin cancer; comorbidities; skin surgery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Clinical Manifestations and Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11103 | Submission Open
Keywords: autoimmunity; immunobiology; vaccine; leucocytes; immune system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Natural Additives to Promote Organic and Sustainable Poultry Production submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 10238 | Submission Open
Keywords: poultry; sustainable intensification; product quality; physiological responses; nutrient digestibility; growth performance; carcass performance; Gut microbiota
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Mechanism, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Novelties in Dermatology: 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5844 | Submission Open
Keywords: physiopathology; skin sonography; dermoscopy; innovation; confocal microscopy; biological treatment; psoriasis; atopic dermatitis; immune-mediated diseases; urticaria; laser CO2
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Current Problems and New Horizons in Headache Clinical Practice
edited by , and Muneto Tatsumoto
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5282 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Trauma and Emergency: Beyond Damage Control Surgery: 2nd Edition
edited by , and Matteo Zanchetta
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2662 | Submission Open
Keywords: trauma surgery; emergency surgery; DAMP; damage-associated molecular pattern; post-injury inflammation; hemorrhage; transplant surgery; robotic surgery; danger model; PRR; pattern recognition receptors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Personalized Prevention and Treatment in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases
edited by Grigorios Panagiotou
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 844 | Submission Open
Keywords: personalized medicine; precision prevention; multi-omics; obesity; diabetes and endocrinology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Anatomy: 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 537 | Submission Open
Keywords: veterinary pathology; veterinary anatomy; SARS-CoV2 pandemic; climate change; environmental pollution; diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases; computer modeling of pathological processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
AI and Precision Medicine: Using Machine Learning for Disease Diagnosis and Prediction
edited by and Sarantis Chlamydas
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 371 | Submission Open
Keywords: AI; machine learning; cancer; cardiovascular diseases; neurological disorders; genomics; diagnosis; prognosis; treatment response; disease-risk prediction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
DNA Damage, Repair and Mutagenesis submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 220 | Submission Open
Keywords: genomics; epigenomics; genome instability; cancer; neurodegeneration; ageing; chemotherapy; replication; transcription; mutational signatures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Bioinformatics Tools and Machine Learning Methods for Biomarker Discovery
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 117 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioinformatics; machine learning; deep learning; biomarkers; multi-omics; NGS; single-cell; gene expression
(This special issue belongs to the Section Radiobiology and Nuclear Medicine)
Current and Future Perspectives of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
edited by Giuseppe Consorti, Lisa Catarzi and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 110 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; machine learning; deep learning; medical practices; artificial neural network; computational health informatics; predictive analytics in healthcare; ethics in AI for medical applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Role of Mitochondria in the Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular Diseases
edited by Yuriana Oropeza-Almazán and Héctor Chapoy-Villanueva
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 109 | Submission Open
Keywords: cardiovascular diseases (CVDs); mitochondria; mitochondrial dysfunction; ATP production; mitochondrial fission; mitochondrial fusion; electron transport chain; oxidative phosphorylation; mitophagy; cardiac hypertrophy; myocardial infarction; IR injury; mitochondrial ROS; ROS signaling; ion homeostasis; cardiac arrhythmias
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Nutritional Supplements and Cardiovascular Function in Athletes and Sedentary People submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 103 | Submission Open
Keywords: athletes; sedentary; eating habits; nutrition; endothelium; microcirculation; nutritional supplements; oxidative stress; antioxidants; NRF2-signalling pathway; functional food; cardiovascular function; prevention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Human Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology: 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 94 | Submission Open
Keywords: infertility; reproduction; reproductive endocrinology; male infertility; female infertility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive and Developmental Biology)
Mechanism, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Aortic Diseases: 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 88 | Submission Open
Keywords: aorta; aortic disease; aortic aneurysm; aortic dissection; penetrating aortic ulcer; aortic stenosis; arteritis; pathomechanism; diagnosis; pharmacological therapy; invasive therapy; endovascular therapy; open surgery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advances and Applications of Neuroimaging in Brain Disorder
edited by Julio Plata-Bello
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 79 | Submission Open
Keywords: neuroimaging; magnetic resonance imaging; positron emission tomography; near infrared spectroscopy; brain; dementia; schizophrenia; depression; brain tumors; multiple sclerosis; autism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Radiobiology and Nuclear Medicine)
New Horizons of Adipose Tissue Disorders: From Hormonal Issues to Loose Connective Disease submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 67 | Submission Open
Keywords: adipose tissue; lipedema; lymphedema; obesity; matrix; vascular and lymphatic disorder; connective tissue diseases; dysbiosis; inflammation; pain
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Feature Papers in Periprosthetic Joint Infection
edited by Andrea Sambri and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 63 | Submission Open
Keywords: orthoplastic approach; artificial intelligence; diagnosis and management of PJI; antibiotic therapy in prosthetic joint infections
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Nanomedicine as a Path to Counteract Infectious Disease submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 55 | Submission Open
Keywords: infectious diseases; nanomedicine; nanotechnology; nanoparticles; biomaterials; microbiota; biofilm treatment and/or eradication; antimicrobial activity; novel antimicrobial drugs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Nutrition and Chronic Disease
edited by and Yinhua Zhu
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 43 | Submission Open
Keywords: chronic disease; nutritional intervention; aging; risk factors; metabolism; inflammation; cell signaling; therapeutic target; mechanisms of action; drug discovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Current Approaches and Future Directions in the Treatment of Gynecologic Tumors: Molecular Biology, Diagnostic Advancements and Targeted Therapeutic Strategies submission deadline 1 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 66 | Submission Open
Keywords: gynecologic tumors; cervical cancer; ovarian cancer; endometrial cancer; vulvar cancer; vaginal cancer; gestational trophoblastic disease; molecular mechanisms; diagnostic advancements; novel therapies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Obstetrics and Gynecology Medicine: Go From Bench to Bedside submission deadline 8 Nov 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 9447 | Submission Open
Keywords: obstetrics; gynecology; translational research; translational medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Emerging Knowledge on Human Immunodeficiency Virus submission deadline 18 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 68 | Submission Open
Keywords: HIV; antiretroviral treatment; long-acting ART; pre-exposure prophylaxis; HIV surveillance; antiretroviral resistance; primary resistance; HIV epidemiology; special populations; cascade of care; HIV diagnosis
Focus on Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance
edited by
submission deadline 19 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 174 | Submission Open
Keywords: exercise; physical activity; nutrition; exercise physiology; sports performance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Current Knowledge and Future Perspectives submission deadline 21 Nov 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 14121 | Submission Open
Keywords: sleep apnoea syndrome— clinical and pathophysiological phenotypes; diagnosis and comorbidities; biomarkers; personalized treatment; predictors of outcomes; prognosis and mortality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Current Challenges in Space Neuroscience submission deadline 21 Nov 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6641 | Submission Open
Keywords: cognition; microgravity; sleep  ; stress; Martian and lunar dust; neural stem cells and progenitors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astrobiology)
Origin of Life in Chemically Complex Messy Environments: 2nd Edition submission deadline 22 Nov 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 10601 | Submission Open
Keywords: origin of life; complex chemical systems; prebiotic chemistry; prebiotic metabolisms; chemical evolution; prebiotic catalysts
(This special issue belongs to the Section Origin of Life)
Hemophilia
edited by
submission deadline 22 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 793 | Submission Open
Keywords: hemophilia A-B; bleeding disorders; coagulation disorders; clotting factors; hemostasis; inherited bleeding disorders; hemorrhage; replacement therapy; gene therapy for hemophilia; hemophilia treatment centers; hemarthrosis; prophylactic treatment; joint bleeds; hemophilia genetics; hemophilia carriers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Cancer Epidemiology, Survival, and Disparities: Past, Present, and Future
edited by Adam Barsouk
submission deadline 28 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 67 | Submission Open
Keywords: epidemiology; survival; oncology; cancer; disparities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
Clinical Update for Resuscitation Science
edited by Mitsuaki Nishikimi
submission deadline 28 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 56 | Submission Open
Keywords: resuscitation science; cardiac arrest; acute respiratory failure; acute circulatory failure; trauma
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Untangling Host-Symbiont Coevolutionary History in the High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) Era
edited by and Andrew D. Sweet
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6182 | Submission Open
Keywords: cophylogenetic methods; ectosymbionts; endosymbionts; epigenetics; introgression; long-read sequencing; genome architecture; genome evolution; hybridization; microbiomes; mutualist; parasite; phylogenomics; phylogeography; phylosymbiosis; population genomics; transcriptomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Evolutionary Biology)
The Implication of Psychoactive Substance Consumption submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3723 | Submission Open
Keywords: psychoactive substances; recreational drugs; therapeutic potential; toxicity; analytical approaches; consumption
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Structure, Dynamics and Energetics of Biomolecular Processes: Forces Driving Macromolecular Association, Folding, and Recognition
edited by and David P. Remeta
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1418 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular recognition and solvation; biomolecular structure and dynamics; ligand– receptor binding energetics; thermodynamic driving forces; macromolecular folding and stability; protein– nucleic acid interactions; intrinsically disordered proteins; liquid– liquid phase separation; protein aggregation and disease; drug discovery and optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology)
The Effects of Neurosteroids on Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
edited by Irina S. Balan
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 956 | Submission Open
Keywords: pregnane neurosteroids; androstane neurosteroids; sulfated neurosteroids; neuroactive steroids; neurological disorders; psychiatric disorders; therapeutic potential; neuroprotective properties; anti-inflammatory properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Cornea and Anterior Eye Diseases: 2nd Edition
edited by , and Giancarlo Montani
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 142 | Submission Open
Keywords: cornea; anterior eye; corneal dystrophy; dry eye; ocular surface; ocular imaging; contact lenses; myopia control with contact lenses; contact lens complications; primary eye care
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Pathogenesis, Pathological Features and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
edited by , Eunkee Bae and Wooyoung Im
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 98 | Submission Open
Keywords: insomnia; sleep apnea; parasomnia; cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia; digital therapeutics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Nutritional Supplementation, Body Composition and Performance in Athletes
edited by
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 53 | Submission Open
Keywords: optimal macro and micronutrients in exercise; plant-based food in sports nutrition; beetroot as ergogenic aid; body mass composition and nutrition practice; phase angle as VO2 max predictor; RED syndrome low and high energetic availability in sports praxis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
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