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From the Co-Editor…

Posted in Editor's introduction on 15th Dec 2020

Well, Goodbye 2020, I cannot say that it has been an easy year, but it has certainly been memorable. Who could have predicted last year that the world would be swept up in a global pandemic, and who really believed we would have a vaccine, available by the end of the year in the UK? I look forward to seeing the published data on all the vaccines.

Our strengths as a profession have emerged: finding solutions, adapting quickly, and continual reassessment of our situations, all under pressure of time and resources. Galvanising resolve in the face of overwhelm and despair. Many COVID response articles were submitted to ACNR, demonstrating the attitude of continual improvement and propagation of good practice.

In this issue we look back at the origins of neurology, with a tribute to one of the founding doctors of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the ophthalmologist John Zachariah Laurence. Looking forward, the ABN survey results are published, giving us a look at the future, more consultants, more diversity, and more less than full time (LTFT) consultants like myself. What this approach to work life balance means for future workforce planning remains to be seen and it is certainly food for thought.

The ABN trainees Amy Ross Russell and Rhian Raftopoulos have also provided a balanced view on training LTFT with practical tips for how to navigate this wisely. Professor Bruce Campbell and Dr Ashley Park review The Frontiers of Acute Stroke management, while Dr Siobhan Leary et al. outline what vocational rehabilitation can do, and what it should look like. This is likely to be an essential part of our post COVID-19 rehabilitation. Rosemary Fricker introduces a series looking at nutrition and stem cells, while Professor Adrian Williams reminds us of the treatable condition Pellagra, resulting from Vitamin B3-deficiency. On another rare note, Dr Andrew Larner looks historically and clinically at supplementary limb syndrome, while Dr Khilari and Dr Niranjan Panigrahi present a case of probable central posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome.

It has been 20 years since Professor Roger Barker launched ACNR with Rachael Hansford our publisher, and in 2021 we will be celebrating this in our issues throughout the year. Thank you to all of our contributors, and everyone involved with this labour of love for neurology that ACNR represents.

All I can do now is send my best wishes to every reader, and hope for a better 2021.

Ann Donnelly

Sponsored Features

We are grateful to our supporters who have published sponsored features in this issue:

Signals of Change: Recognising the early signs of progression to SPMS
This article has been sponsored and written by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd in collaboration with expert contributors.

New Study: BrainXpert Energy Complex demonstrates efficacy as alternative fuel source to the brain in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment