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From the Editor…

Posted in Editor's introduction on 11th Mar 2021

Todd Hardy

It is a distinct pleasure to introduce this 20th anniversary edition of ACNR. Over the last 20 years the world of journal publishing has seen many changes with perhaps the biggest being the rise of pay-to-publish open access journals. We are proud at ACNR that we have remained open access while resisting article charges, and that we have been able to continue to publish quality peer reviewed articles of interest to our international readership.

The success of ACNR has been due to the support of authors who choose to publish their excellent work with us, to our advertisers who appreciate our credibility and reach, to our dedicated publishing team of Anna Phelps and Donna Earl led by the incomparable Rachael Hansford, to our editorial team including former Editors, Mike Zandi and Sian Alexander, and to my current Co-Editor, Ann Donnelly. Last but not least, ACNR is indebted to the vision of founding editor, Roger Barker, who along with Rachael Hansford conceived of ACNR as a journal dedicated to short reviews of the latest in clinical neuroscience so that specialists and non-specialists could keep abreast of the latest developments.

The last 20 years have also seen relentless progress in clinical neurology, and ACNR thought it pertinent to publish a series of articles over the next few issues which summarise the most significant advances in different subspecialty areas to highlight the progress that has been made during ACNR’s lifetime.

In this issue, former ACNR editor, Roger Barker from Cambridge has returned with a distillation of the last 20 years of progress in Parkinson’s disease. In his article, he anticipates that new insights into pathophysiology may lead to disease modifying therapies. Mark Manford from Bristol has similarly taken on the challenge of summarising 20 years of advances in epilepsy from changes in diagnostic criteria through to improved understanding of drug therapies. The 20 years of changes in the Association of British Neurologists since John Newsome Davies was President in 2000 are reviewed by David Burn from Newcastle.  Also in this issue, Clare Bolton and Sleep Editor Kirstie Anderson, from Newcastle, opine on the importance of asking our patients about daytime somnolence and provide practical advice regarding sleepy drivers.

Mary Galea, Aurora Messina, Bridget Hill, Catherine Cooper, Jodie Hahn and Natasha van Zyl from Melbourne examine the latest in restoring hand function using peripheral nerve transfer surgery in spinal cord injury.

Eminent Australian Neurologist, John Pollard, reflects on his career in neurology in an interview with foundation trainees Johnny Tam from Edinburgh and Leah Mercer from Oxford. Professor Pollard, among many achievements, pioneered the use of intravenous immunoglobulin and plasma exchange in Australia for neurological diseases such as myasthenia gravis, and he reminisces about his professional life and close ties with British neurology.

Regular and valued ACNR contributor, Andrew Larner from Liverpool seizes on the anniversary of ACNR to address the topic of exceptional memory or hypermnesia. Another valued, regular contributor JMS Pearce from Hull writes a biography of John Russell Reynolds, a giant in the nascent field of epileptology in the 19th century, and one of the first Neurologists appointed to what is now the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.

Our case report is from Eva Bunting, Andrew Barritt, Nigel Leigh, David Wright and Waqar Rashid from Brighton on the topic of giant cell arteritis without headache. Our conference reports are by Charly Billaud from Birmingham reviewing Encephalitis 2020 and Georgina Hill reviewing the UK Stroke Forum 2020. Andrew Larner and Janet M Dube also contributes book reviews. We hope you enjoy this historic edition of ACNR.