Volume 22, Issue 3
From the Editor
Ann Donnelly, ACNR Co-Editor
I am delighted to introduce another ACNR issue as 2024 begins. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to ACNR in 2023 and look forward to receiving and collaborating with multiple many new and old colleagues in 2024.
Last year, leading into this one, our profession has faced many challenges – with industrial action leading UK doctors to deeply examine how we are valued, and what we value. It is never an easy choice of career, but it is always fascinating and rewarding in many ways. I hope the best outcome for all is reached.
Thinking of better outcomes for all, equality has been an emerging theme in research – in this issue you can find ‘Democratising access to dementia research’ examined by Ruth Dobson, Rimona Weil and Niran Rehill.
Dr Vera Barbosa, Dr Samaneh Moghddacy and Dr David O Regan review the management of sleep disorders in patients with intellectual disability.
I am pleased to announce a new section editor for a series of articles on Myasthenia Gravis, Dr Stuart Viegas, with our first article authored by Dr Jennifer Spillane, who looks at ‘A new era of treatment options’. Dr Viegas has joined a number of new section editors, and we will be publishing our editorial family tree in our next issue.
Again, we have articles from two special authors who are the backbone of ACNR, and really, who make ACNR unique with their regular historical and interesting articles about the history of medicine or unusual clinical findings in neurology – that is Dr Andrew Larner (Saccadomania this issue) and Dr JMS Pearce (Piriformis syndrome) who are both endlessly fascinating in terms of their contribution to our journal and my own clinical knowledge, and who we cannot thank enough.
This issue contains a review of the British NeuroPsychiatry Association (BNPA) March 2023 meeting, looking forward to their next one coming up on the 14th and 15th of March 2024. Other meetings reviewed include the Lewy Body UK meeting, which will take place again on Friday 7th of June 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Dr Edward Newman and Dr Neil Ramsey review the 23rd International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement disorders which took place in Copenhagen. This will be in Philadelphia this year.
The Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Association meeting was on the 11th and 12th September 2023. They made special mention of the Dr John Paul Leach after-dinner speech filled with fun and laughter. Congratulations to Yvonne Leavy, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Epilepsy NHS Lothian for the award recognising her outstanding contribution to epilepsy nursing.
Among others, there is a book review by Dr Ronan McGinty of Dr Professor Simon Shorvon’s book- The Idea of Epilepsy, which is ‘an engaging history of epilepsy’.
See pages 24-25 for a comprehensive calendar of courses and conferences coming up in 2024. The events calendar on our website is continuously updated, and you can add details of events free of charge at https://acnr.co.uk/submit-an-event.
Don’t forget you can download a full PDF of this issue to read offline.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year.
Table of Contents
- Sleep disorders in Intellectual Disability; a brief narrative review
Vera Barbosa, Samaneh Moghaddacy, David O’Regan
Clinical Review Article
- Democratising access to dementia research
Ruth Dobson, Rimona Weil, Niran Rehill
Myasthenia Gravis Article
- Myasthenia Gravis – a new era of treatment options
Jennifer Spillane, Narmathey Thambirajah
History of Neurology
- The deep gluteal (piriformis) syndrome
- Time Shelter: Reminiscence therapy for dementia
- The Idea of Epilepsy: A Medical and Social History of Epilepsy in the Modern Era (1860–2020)
- British NeuroPsychiatry Association (BNPA)
- Lewy Body UK
- 23rd International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement disorders
- The Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Association