Departments: From the Editor
Section Editor(s): Brey, Robin L. M.D.; Editor-in-Chief
All of us at Neurology Now are deeply committed to bringing you the best and most reliable information on a variety of neurologic conditions. We strive to be the place you can turn to for the latest in treatment options, advice for managing your condition, caregiver tips, and prevention strategies.
Over the years, we have expanded how we connect with readers, from print, to a website, then to social media channels, and more recently to our iPad, Digimag, and HTML-5 versions of the magazine. We have worked to keep up with all of the ways our readers get information. When we really thought about all the ways we connect with you and what our mission really is, we decided we needed to update our tagline from a “magazine for patients and caregivers” to what you see on the cover of this issue: “Your Trusted Resource for Brain Health.”
In addition, we are pleased to announce that the American Brain Foundation (ABF) is now recognized along with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the international professional association of more than 26,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, as the co-sponsor of Neurology Now. The logos for both organizations are on the cover of this issue. Our affiliation with the ABF is another way to bring resources, information, and educational and advocacy opportunities to our readers.
As the public education, outreach, and research support arm of the AAN, the ABF is dedicated to reducing the prevalence of brain disease in the United States by 50 percent by 2040. What a laudable and ambitious goal!
Imagine how much better life would be for so many people if this goal is actually achieved. That is what we all want—those of us who bring you Neurology Now, all of the neurology professional who are AAN members, and you, our readers. Sometimes you have to think big and dare to attempt what seems impossible to make important things happen.
The ABF partners with many disease-specific charities, voluntary health organizations, and patient advocacy groups to fund the most promising neuroscience research. Competitive research fellowships are funded by the ABF (and its partners) for young clinician scientists to entice them to commit to a career in neuroscience research. Given the lack of research funding for individuals at this entry stage, the scientific and medical communities warn that we are facing a “biomedical research brain drain,” which poses a very real threat to continued progress in neuroscience research. The ABF raises money to fund (and increase) the number of these research fellowships and to offer other types of grant funding.
In addition, the ABF raises awareness of the impact of brain diseases through the annual Neuro Film Festival. To enter, submit a video, no more than five minutes in length, telling a story about you or someone you know who is affected by a neurologic disease and why more research is needed. The deadline is February 26, 2014. For complete contest rules and submission guidelines, visit www.NeuroFilmFestival.com.
You can get more information about the resources available to you from the ABF, and how you can help pave the way for a cure for neurologic diseases at AmericanBrainFoundation.org.
Take good care,
Robin L. Brey, M.D.