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From the Editorial Board

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology: June 2010 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - pp 186-187
doi: 10.1097/WNO.0b013e3181e1f6bb
From the Editorial Board
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Section Overviews

Lanning B. Kline, MD

To be successful, the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology must meet and hopefully exceed the expectations of its readership. First and foremost, the journal is committed to publish original research, both basic and clinical. Next, given the nature of our subspecialty, unusual cases with important teaching points allow us to constantly evaluate our diagnostic acumen and clinical practice. Finally, reviews highlighting evolving concepts in neuro-ophthalmic disorders, discussions of controversial topics affecting evaluation and treatment of our patients, and the importance of clinical-pathological correlation in better understanding disease mechanisms are all subjects of great interest to our readers. Meeting these expectations will be accomplished through a number of regular sections that will appear in the journal. Organized by leaders in neuro-ophthalmology, section editors outline below their objectives in keeping the readership current in dealing with the challenges encountered in neuro-ophthalmology.

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Photo Essay

Timothy J. McCulley, MD

The Photo Essay section is designed primarily for the presentation of clinical cases that are best represented in pictures. This includes cases with unique imaging findings or ones in which a few good photos are all that is needed to tell the story. Although photo essays lend themselves to descriptive studies, they do not necessarily have to be so limited case reports. Smaller investigational contributions in which pictures are the main measure would make welcome additions. For example, findings of newly developed imaging techniques applied to neuro-ophthalmic disorders would be welcome.

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State-of-the-Art Review

Randy H. Kardon, MD, PhD, Grant T. Liu, MD

The purpose of the State-of-the-Art Review is to provide readers with new insight into the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of a variety of conditions that are encountered by neuro-ophthalmologists in their care for patients. These reviews will bridge the gap between what has previously been published and new findings that are shifting thinking toward a new conceptual framework of specific disorders. New findings will include diagnostic techniques, pathophysiologic mechanisms, and evolving treatments. Authors who are invited to write a State-of-the-Art Review or those who would put forth an unsolicited submission should have personal research and clinical expertise in the subject area chosen, in order to present their own data in addition to highlighting relevant literature on the topic. Summary art and photographs will provide essential content for this section in order to help readers visualize the State-of-the-Art concepts being discussed.

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Basic Science in Neuro-Ophthalmology

Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD, Jeffrey L. Bennett, MD, PhD

Basic Science in Neuro-ophthalmology is dedicated to presenting original scientific manuscripts investigating the pathophysiology of neuro-ophthalmic disorders. Submitted manuscripts should use translational or clinical scientific methods to investigate molecular, immunologic, or physiologic mechanisms of disease. Hopefully, the readership will gain a greater appreciation of the science as well as the art of our subspecialty.

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Clinical-Pathological Case Study

Neil R. Miller, MD

As in other fields of medicine, clinical-pathological correlation remains an important means in understanding disease mechanisms in neuro-ophthalmology. To this end, this section will consist of cases presented in a manner similar to those that appear in the Clinical-Pathological Case (CPC) section of the New England Journal of Medicine. They will be culled from those presented at the Walsh Section of the annual meeting of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. The format will consist of an initial case presentation by the primary author, followed by comments from a neuroradiologist on diagnostic imaging studies. Further information from the primary author will follow, leading up to biopsy results, autopsy results, or both, which will be discussed by a neuropathologist. The diagnosis will then be revealed, and the primary author will discuss the salient features of the condition. We hope that the cases presented in this section will be useful to the reader not only for their general importance in our field but also for the uniqueness that made them “Walsh cases.”

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Point Counter-Point

Andrew Lee, MD, Valérie Biousse, MD

The goal of the Point Counter-Point section is to provide our readers with expert discussion of controversial topics in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. We will avoid topics for which solid evidence is available and emphasize controversial issues that make the practice of neuro-ophthalmology so challenging. Upcoming topics include whether corticosteroids should be used to treat nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, whether positive neuromyelitis optica (NMO) antibodies should alter our management of optic neuritis, whether indirect traumatic optic neuropathies should be observed or treated, and whether new treatments for radiation optic neuropathies are truly efficacious. Readers of the journal are encouraged to let us know what they would like to be debated in the Point Counter-Point section. We welcome your comments.

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Literature Commentary

Mark L. Moster, MD, Michael S. Lee, MD

Literature Commentary presents abstracts on research relevant to the field of neuro-ophthalmology. Articles reviewed are chosen from both the neurology and ophthalmology literatures. Commentary on the merit (or lack thereof) of each article and its relevance to neuro-ophthalmic practice is provided from a neurologic and ophthalmologic perspective.

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Books Received

Michael S. Vaphiades, DO

Books Received is designed to provide our readership a survey of recently published texts of interest to neuro-ophthalmologists. The section will outline the contents of each book, intended audience, details on figures and photographs, and price. Hopefully, this will give the reader the necessary information to decide whether to purchase the textbook for themselves or their residents, fellows, or medical students.

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Neuro-Ophthalmology News

Kathleen B. Digre, MD

Neuro-ophthalmology News will feature articles that may affect the practice of neuro-ophthalmology. It will also highlight on-going activity of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and showcase a variety of topics including medical education, academic issues, and clinical practice. We welcome comments and suggestions to keep this section vital and informative.

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