|Year : 2007 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 2
New frontiers in paediatric neurology: Challenges and opportunities
Consultant Pediatric Neurologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and National Center for Young People with Epilepsy, Lingfield, United Kingdom
K B Das
Consultant Pediatric Neurologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and National Center for Young People with Epilepsy, Lingfield
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Das K B. New frontiers in paediatric neurology: Challenges and opportunities. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2007;10, Suppl S1:2
The last two decades has seen an explosion in knowledge in Neurosciences, mainly in the fields of imaging, genetics, molecular diagnosis, biochemistry and basic mechanisms. This has revolutionised our understanding of the human brain and treatment of its malfunctions. Nowhere has this impact been so marked as in the field of Paediatric Neurology. Many previously 'untreatable' neurological diseases can be managed and our understanding of other conditions is expanding rapidly.Therefore it was felt this is an opportune time to highlight some of these issues by bringing out this exclusive Supplement.
In this supplement we have attempted to collate a wide range of articles covering a spectrum of conditions. A panel of experts, many of international repute, have contributed their efforts into its making. We have attempted to strike a balance between clinical relevance and basic Neurosciences so that a wide audience can benefit from their expertise.
Professor Brian Neville is the first incumbent of the Prince of Wales' Chair in Childhood Epilepsy at the Institute of Child Health; London. He has a passionate interest in the causation, treatment and possible prevention of Epileptic Encephalopathies. He elegantly covers this complex area in his article.
Dr. Helen Cross has immense experience in one of the largest pediatric epilepsy surgery programmes in Europe and she shares her insights in this difficult field.
Dr. Sarah Aylett is in charge of a dedicated Sturge Weber syndrome More Details research programme and discusses her experience in managing this complex condition.
Dr. Rodney Scott's research interests encompass the basic mechanisms as well as the epidemiology of status epilepticus. Along with Dr. Miquell Raspall, he has provided an overview of this clinically challenging condition and suggested ways forward.
Dr. Vijeya Ganesan has extensive clinical and research experience in childhood stroke and she provides a masterly overview of this problem in her article.
Dr. Maria Kinali is part of the neuromuscular unit at Imperial College, London and her research interests involve newer treatment modalities for these conditions. She has highlighted some of the problems arising in the management of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.
Dr. Lyvia Dabydeen's research has been into the study of the corticospinal tract development in infants at Newcastle. She has shared her knowledge to produce this comprehensive review of a very common problem-Cerebral palsy.
It has been difficult to select articles to give a broad flavor of conditions seen in Pediatric Neurology. Obviously some exceptions have occurred due to constraints of space, for which the Guest Editor takes full responsibility!
I thank the invited faculty for the great job they have done to produce this wonderful supplement. I must acknowledge the support of the Editor from the point of conception to completion, without which this Supplement would not have come to fruition.
I hope the readers of AIAN will share these sentiments.