Current Opinion in Neurology was launched in 1988. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of neurology is divided into 14 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editor for this issue.
Professor Hans-Peter Hartung received his undergraduate training at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Glasgow, Oxford and London. After graduation as MD in 1980 he served an immunology fellowship at the University of Mainz. He started his career in neurology at the University of Düsseldorf, where he became Assistant Professor in 1987. He was appointed professor and head of the MS clinical research group and Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Würzburg in 1990 and moved in 1997 to Graz, Austria, to become Chairman of the University Department of Neurology. He is currently Chair of the Department of Neurology at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, a position he has held since 2001.
Professor Hartung's clinical and research interests are in the field of basic and clinical neuroimmunology and in particular multiple sclerosis. He has authored and co-authored more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited seven books.
He has been involved as member of steering and safety monitoring committees in numerous international multi-centre therapeutic trials in multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome and CIDP.
He serves amongst others on the executive boards of ECTRIMS as President, the European Charcot Foundation, the International Society of Neuroimmunology, WHO Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis, GBS Foundation International, the Medical Advisory Board of the International (IMSF) and the German MS Society. He is also member of the Editorial Board of a number of international journals. Professor Hartung is a Corresponding Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Corresponding Member of the American Neurological Association and Fellow of the American Heart Association.