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.
Hans-Peter Hartung, MD
Professor 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 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 or co-authored more than 330 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited six books. He has been involved as member of the Steering Committee 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 vice president and president-elect, 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 (MSIF) 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 and Corresponding Member of the American Neurological Association.
Hans-Christoph Diener, MD, PhD
Hans-Christoph Diener, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Essen in Germany. Currently he is the President of the German Neurological Society and chairs the German Headache Consortium and the German Stroke Data Bank. Dr. Diener received his medical degree and doctorate at the Albrecht-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, and continued his training there in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Surgery. Prior to joining the University of Essen in 1989, he was an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology at the University of Tuebingen. He was also a visiting Professor at the Neurological Sciences Institute in Portland, Oregon in 1984 and 1985 and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 1987 and 1988.
Dr. Diener's special research interests focus on headache and stroke. He has investigated the mechanisms and management of drug-induced headache, the prophylactic action of beta blockers, calcium channel antagonists and other drugs in migraine, the relationship between plasma levels of prophylactic agents and their clinical efficacy, the role of visual evoked potentials in migraine, the mechanisms of action of migraine drugs, PET studies during migraine attacks, and animal models of migraine. He has authored 312 articles and 201 book chapters, and has served as the editor or author of 41 books. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Stroke, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Lancet Neurology, Aktuelle Neurologie, Arzneimitteltherapie, The International Journal of Clinical Practice, European Neurology, and Reviews in Contemporary Pharmacotherapy.
Martin A. Samuels
Martin A. Samuels, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA from Williams College in 1967 and MD from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1971. He completed an internship, residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and Neurology Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was chief of the Neurology Service at the Brockton-West Roxbury VA Medical Center for eleven years before assuming the position as Chief of Neurology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Director of the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Training Program on July 1, 1988. He is Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Samuels is board certified in both Neurology and Internal Medicine, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology and a master of the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the American Neurologic Association. He is the editor of the Manual of Neurologic Therapeutics six editions; the neurology section of Stein's Internal Medicine, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions; Office Practice of Neurology; Hospitalist Neurology; and author of the Video Textbook of Neurology for the Practicing Physician. He has won numerous prizes for teaching, including the first Harvard Medical School Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Samuels is the author of numerous articles, chapters, video and audio tapes. His special interest is the interface between Internal Medicine and Neurology, and has based his career on the teacher-clinician model.
Dr. Samuels has repeatedly been cited as one of the leading neurologists in the United States. He is known as a premier diagnostician and is the foremost authority on the interface between neurology and general medicine. Among his major fields of expertise are neurocardiology, neurohematology, neurogastroenterology, neurohepatology, neuronephrology and the neurologic aspects of organ transplantation. He has also written and spoken widely on common neurologic complaints such as dizziness and headache.