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00001665-201201000-0000100001665_2012_23_1_habal_craniofacial_1editorial< 26_0_2_1 >Journal of Craniofacial Surgery© 2012 Mutaz B. Habal, MDVolume 23(1)January 2012p 1–2Craniofacial Biology, Science, and Technology: Futuristic and Realistic, Indeed[Editorial]Habal, Mutaz B. MD, FRCSC, FACSEditor-in-Chief Tampa, Florida mbhabal@verizon.netThe state is made for man, not man for the state. And in this respect, science resembles the state. ………..Albert EinsteinThe past is needed as a means to predict the future.…………………………ConfuciusTo fret on the past a waste to harpoon the future, same focus on the present.… Buddha……It wouldn’t do for us to have all our dreams fulfilled. We would be as good as dead if we had nothing left to dream about………………Lucy Maud MontgomeryFew are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.………Albert EinsteinReligion and spirituality is between man and his God, while science is for man to share with his fellow man to sustain progress and innovation.……….AnonymousA knock on the door of my office about 3 decades ago took me away from my deep thoughts about a patient’s condition that I had just finished addressing and made me focus on the charming young lady who stood in front of me, with European elegance and a sophisticated smile, to introduce herself and the young handsome man trailing behind her, whom she introduced as her younger brother. The weather was gloomy; it was summer in my city, with constant rain and overcast skies. It was also hot and muggy, which was nothing unusual, as it gets more uncomfortable by the late afternoon and early evening when the humidity makes you feel as if you are in a sauna with all of your clothes on. The entourage of two had come on behalf of their head of operations, who was quartered overseas, to ask me to be the co-editor of a newly proposed journal on craniofacial surgery. They wanted me to know that craniofacial surgery was a new frontier in plastic surgery, performed by trained plastic surgeons, representing a high quality of care for patients. They understood that the guideline would still hold true today. Even though the matrix phenomenon originated with other surgical specialties, the main theme was the principles of plastic surgical procedures that is based on innovation, imagination, and excellence. They wanted to make sure we had a joint venture between the east and the west of the Atlantic basin. They already had selected my co-editor, who was pleased to know I was the one chosen to work with him on this new venture. The duo were certain that with the history and success of Advances in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which I had been editing for a few years, I would be more than willing to get involved with this new journal, particularly as the primary mission would be educational. They presented their proposal to me along with a gift, a book written by one of the leaders in the field of surgical repair of congenital deformities. The book still resides in my library, along with other valuable information that has not gone out of date. I asked the guests what they would consider to be indicative of a successful journal and what the title would be of the monumental task they proposed. They answered that if I managed to publish 10 volumes, that would be enough for them, and it would be smooth sailing thereafter, for as long as I wanted it to continue. Their response created for me a clear focus: educational value as the primary mission of The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.The original proposal with that publisher never came to fruition, but the clear focus remained. I had the memory of the proposal, the vision, innovative thoughts, and persistence. I had the exemplary work of the various editorial boards over the years, their diligence and, above all, their loyalty to the journal. And I had the dedication of a cadre of authors around the world who contributed immensely to our advancement through descriptions of their innovations. The spectacular results of their craft made us all so humble, that such a small family of specialists could achieve so much. As a group, we are less than 1% of the critical mass of the specialty of plastic surgery, not counting the expansive matrix of other specialties and specialists with whom we work, some of whom are humble enough to keep the tradition of working together to get the job done and done well. This commitment continues to today.In this issue of the Journal, two major themes go hand in hand to keep us aware of what is entailed in the future of the specialties we represent. One is science and technology. Drs Stephen Warren and Michael Longaker spearheaded this theme, bringing science and technology to the forefront of the specialty of craniofacial surgery, as we face complex daily changes in our practices. Their energy and thoughtfulness as well as their interest in basic science and technology are well noted in their writings as a driving force in the specialty of reconstructive craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery. The other theme is the centennial year of Dr Bernard Sarnat. What could be more appropriate than to combine these two great forces in our field in a signature issue with all the support we received from our friends, colleagues, and mentors, and to receive the first endorsement of Dr Sarnat’s centennial year from no less than Joseph Murray, our distinguished Nobel laureate. Dr Sarnat’s lifelong dedication to craniofacial biology was exemplified in the awards and honors he received over many years for his work. But, as my mentor keeps repeating in sailing school, “Sometimes the wind blows in a different direction than we plan and desire.” While this issue was in production, we were faced with the sad news of the death of Dr Sarnat, who on his way to the hospital acknowledged the honor and gave us a list of the friends and colleagues he wanted to receive a signed copy. The Journal will honor that wish, but without Dr Sarnat’s signature on this signature issue. James Bradley, working with the Sarnat family, will distribute the issues in person, mostly to friends and colleagues and to collaborators with Dr Sarnat in his many years of research in craniofacial biology. It was his original contributions that inspired many of us in the younger generation, starting with Seth Thaller, who also worked tirelessly on getting this project completed on time.The Journal family is pleased to dedicate this issue to the memory of the person who was instrumental in keeping the science part of the specialty, and allowing it to live and be included in the educational process. We are proud to recognize this focus on science with a bit of deviation from techniques that usually dominate a surgical journal like ours. We on the editorial board try to balance the publisher’s page allowances considering the fact that we are always impacting the Journal’s impact factor. Contributors to the Journal truly demonstrate that the value in the future of craniofacial surgery will be more on basic science and less on techniques, for the principles will last forever as techniques come and go. We also witness the leaders of our specialty bringing science to the forefront and showing with experimental and clinical research that the regeneration of bone is the way to go in making any changes to the craniofacial skeleton to alter the abnormal anatomy and biologic boundaries.Mutaz B. Habal, MD, FRCSC, FACSNo caption available.Editor-in-ChiefTampa, Floridambhabal@verizon.netCraniofacial Biology, Science, and Technology: Futuristic and Realistic, IndeedHabal, Mutaz B. MD, FRCSC, FACSEditorial123