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Contents: Jan/Feb 2014 issue

Posted in Editor's introduction on 5th Feb 2014


In this first issue of 2014, Camilla Clark and Jason Warren from the Dementia Research Centre, UCL review the neurology of humour in the healthy and diseased brain. They explain the functional imaging and electrophysiological evidence for humour’s subdivision into separable neural correlates, and show us how the study of the appreciation of humour can provide an opportunity to examine a range of diseases of the brain.

Michael Parkinson, Fion Bremner and Paola Giunti, from UCL, write a comprehensive review on Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS), which is increasingly recognised as an important cause of genetic ataxia, and not as rare as had been thought. The characteristic retinal features seen on optical coherence tomography are described by Fion Bremner.

Alex Leff, from the Institute of Neurology and Institute of Cognitive Neurology, UCL, reviews the innovative advances in rehabilitation for language and vision recovery after stroke, including web based therapies, and his article is introduced by David Werring.

Anish Bahra introduces our headache article, written by Philip Holland, from King’s, and Shazia Afridi from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, which provides a clear review of the latest evidence for the pathophysiology of the symptoms of migraine, focusing on abnormal sensory processing mechanisms.

We have two articles on Parkinson’s Disease. James Shine and Simon Lewis, from Sydney, write a clear overview of their model of the mechanisms underlying freezing of gait in Parkinson’s Disease, and Andrew Larner, from the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, dissects the few earliest descriptions of what may have been Parkinson’s disease before the publication of An Essay on the Shaking Palsy in 1817.

Angelos Kolias and colleagues from the British Neurosurgical Trainees Association (BNTA) describe their development of collaborative trainee-driven research networks in neurosurgery and the studies already underway. We have our usual conference, book and journal reviews, and hope you continue to enjoy ACNR into 2014.

Mike Zandi, Editor.