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Contents: Sept/Oct 2015 issue

Posted in Editor's introduction on 19th Oct 2015

Mike Zandi head shotHow can we help augment brain recovery after stroke or other brain injury effectively and with finite resources? The issues of dosage, intensity, timing and nature of neurorehabilitation are increasingly debated in the rehabilitation community. Nick Ward, Kate Kelly and Fran Brander from the National Hospital tackle these issues in the context of upper limb motor recovery after stroke in our first article, further introduced by David Werring. Robotic technologies hold great promise in enabling us to deliver effective therapies of sufficiently high intensity and dosage which otherwise would be difficult to provide. We still need significant financial investment to enable us to provide more with less.

In our second article, Seyed Sajjadi and Jeremy Brown from Cambridge provide a solid clinical approach to the assessment process in suspected dementia, focussing on the art of clinical examination. The authors provide a helpful discussion adjudicating the turf wars of currently available short cognitive screening tools. This theme is developed by Andrew Larner who writes on mirror symptoms and signs.

Roger Barker writes an account of Alastair Compston’s Festschrift occasion in July this year, which was a hugely enjoyable celebration of a phenomenal career in clinical neuroscience. I, along with at least half of the current ACNR editorial board, have benefited immensely from having known DASC as a colleague and mentor over the years, and would like to add a personal thank you here.
Tom Isaacs of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust reflects on receiving his own diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease age 26, and shares his method for developing a research charity which has been highly innovative and effective in taking novel potential therapies to clinical trial. Collaboration and strong patient-involvement are two of the secrets of success shared here.

Sophie Russell, Stuart Vernon and Emma Tallantyre of the Association of British Neurologists Trainees (ABNT) describe their own attempts to provide high dosage and intensity (and free) training in clinical neurology to junior medical training doctors through e-learning and mentorship programmes.

This issue ends with our usual reviews, including journal reviews by Roger Barker and a book review by Andrea Cavanna, and we hope you enjoy reading it.

Mike Zandi, Editor

ACNR 2015;15(4):4.  Online 19/10/2015