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Contents: May/June 2015 issue

Posted in Editor's introduction on 19th Oct 2015

todd-hardy-biggerDear readers, do not adjust your set! Mike Zandi remains at ACNR and is in robust health. It is merely that from now on there will be a sharing of opening editorial responsibilities between myself, Mike and our fellow Co-Editor, Sian Alexander. So without further ado, let me introduce the latest articles.

In this issue Ruth Wood, from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery, and Dennis Chan, Cambridge, survey the role of the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex in spatial memory as it relates to the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, citing Nobel prize-winning contributions in the field.

Anke Hesiek, Cambridge, and Malcolm Taylor, Birmingham, write a clear account of the genetics of ataxia telangiectasia and highlight the clinical variability which can arise as a result of differences in ATM kinase activity. They stress the importance of screening for important co-morbidities and the value of a multidisciplinary approach to management.

In our neurosurgical article, Adam Williams, from the Severn Deanery, and Tim Nokes and Peter Whitfield from Plymouth, emphasise the critical importance of managing coagulopathy in neurosurgery and discuss the relevant decision-making difficulties pertaining to the use of thromboprophylaxis in the neurosurgical patient.

In our Rehabilitation article, Helen Currie, Helen Paterson and Stephen Block from London report on the range of assisted communication devices in patients with speech difficulties and present an interesting experience of what it is like to be reliant upon such a device for communication in the real world.

In a topic close to my own heart, Richard Davenport, Edinburgh, and Richard Butterworth, Milton-Keynes, write an enjoyable remembrance of their training year in Australia, and encourage applications for future Australasian Neurology Fellowships through the ABN.

The issue also contains Bianca Neumann May, Norfolk, on the inner workings of her Psychological Well-Being support group for stroke patients, and a thought-provoking article from Alex Massey of the Neurological Alliance on “invisible” neurological patients. In addition, there are reviews of the 2015 ABN conference in Cambridge and the 2014 Encephalitis Society Meeting in London and the usual helpful journal article and book reviews. We hope you enjoy.

Todd Hardy, Co-Editor

ACNR 2015;15(2):4. Online 19/10/15