Editorial introductions : Current Opinion in Neurology

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Editorial introductions

Editor(s): Hirsch, Lawrence J.; Waters, Michael F.

Current Opinion in Neurology 36(2):p v, April 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000001149
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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.


Lawrence J. Hirsch

Lawrence J. Hirsch

Lawrence J. Hirsch, MD is Professor of Neurology, Chief of the Division of Epilepsy and EEG, and Co-Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, all at Yale University, USA. He has held leadership positions in the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Neurology, and the Epilepsy Foundation, and is lead author of the 2012 and 2021 ACNS guidelines on critical care EEG terminology.

He is founder and former chair of the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium, which now includes more than 50 centers, and co-chair of the medical advisory board of the NORSE Institute. He has been an active researcher throughout his career, having published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 100 reviews, editorials or book chapters on topics including status epilepticus, all aspects of EEG including intracranial recordings and brain monitoring in the critically ill, brain stimulation, epilepsy surgery, seizure clusters, rescue medications, sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP), and anti-seizure medication use.

He has won multiple teaching awards and is co-author of the first-ever atlas on EEG in critical care, now in its 2nd edition. He continues to see patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, direct fellowship programs, teach, mentor, and manage a large epilepsy division at a level IV Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

Michael F. Waters

Michael F. Waters

Michael F. Waters, MD, PhD, is a neurologist, director of both the Neurovascular Division and the Petznick Stroke Center, and a professor in the Department of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute, USA. He is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with subspecialty board certification in vascular neurology.

Dr Waters’ expertise is stroke and neurovascular disease, including signs, symptoms, diagnostics, and treatments. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Neurology and American Heart Association and a member of the American Neurological Association, American Society of Human Genetics, and the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology.

Dr Waters received his Masters in genetics from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, USA, and his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, USA, where he also completed his MD. He completed his residency training at the University of California – Los Angeles Department of Neurology and completed his fellowship in clinical and molecular neurogenetics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, USA.

Dr Waters’ research studies include genetic mechanisms of stroke, neuroprotection in stroke, stroke treatment, multiple clinical trials investigating stroke treatments, and neurogenetic mechanisms of neuroplasticity.

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