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 Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Rajiv R. Ratan
Dr Rajiv (Raj) Ratan received his B.A. in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College, USA, in 1981 and received the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship in Medicine. He completed an M.D. and Ph.D. at the New York University School of Medicine, USA, where he graduated as a member of AOA in 1988. He completed his Ph.D. with Dr Michael Shelanski (Chair of Pathology at Columbia University) and Dr Frederick Maxfield (Chair of Biochemistry at Cornell), where he focused on novel methods to monitor calcium gradients in living cells.
Dr Ratan completed an Internship in Medicine at the University of Chicago, USA, and was a Neurology resident. He then became the Chief Resident in Neurology at Johns Hopkins, USA (1991–1992). He was awarded the Jay Slotkin Award for excellence in research while a resident and subsequently received the Passano Foundation Clinician Scientist Award while completing a fellowship in Neurorehabilitation and a post-doc in the Department of Neuroscience at Hopkins. In 1994, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Neurology and Rehab Medicine at Hopkins and he started his own lab with the help of his post-doc mentor, Dr Jay Baraban.
In 1996, he was recruited to set up the Neuroprotection Laboratory in the Department of Neurology and Program in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School (Harvard Institutes of Medicine and Beth Israel Hospital), USA. He became an Associate Professor at Harvard in 1999. In 2002, Dr Ratan moved to Burke to Direct the Research Institute. He was formally appointed the Winifred Masterson Burke Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Medical College, USA, in 2004 and named an Associate Dean for the medical college in 2011.
Yutaka Yoshida received his PhD degree with Dr Tadashi Yamamoto at University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1999. As a PhD student, he learned molecular biology and mouse genetics. After he received his PhD degree, he joined Dr Thomas Jessell lab at Columbia University, USA. In Jessell lab, he focused on understanding molecular mechanisms underlying formation of monosynaptic sensory-motor circuits in the developing spinal cord.
In 2008, he started his own lab as an assistant professor in division of Developmental Biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), USA, where he continued to work on monosynaptic sensory-motor circuits. In addition, he started studying other motor circuits such as corticospinal circuits which are essential for skilled movements. He is also interested in promoting regeneration of motor circuits after spinal cord injury. He was promoted to an associate professor at CCHMC in 2015. In 2018, he moved to Burke Neurological Institute/Weill Cornell Medicine, USA, to further expand his motor circuit research.
Dr Antonio Omuro is a professor of Neurology and director of the Yale Brain Tumor Center, at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA. He is a neuro-oncologist with a research focus on developing clinical trials and new treatments for brain tumors. Dr Omuro has made significant contributions in a variety of diseases, including glioblastomas, gliomas and primary CNS lymphoma.