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EDITORIAL
Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2
 

New year: New vista


Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum - 695011, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev V Thomas
Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum - 695011
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.31478

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Thomas SV. New year: New vista. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2007;10:1-2

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Thomas SV. New year: New vista. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Oct 31];10:1-2. Available from: https://www.annalsofian.org/text.asp?2007/10/1/1/31478


It gives me immense pleasure to write to you at the beginning of this year. This year Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology (AIAN) is completing one decade of its publication. During this period, AIAN has become an important source of authentic information in neurology and related subjects in this country. The format and contents had been revised considerably. The online version of the journal has found much appreciation within India and abroad. We hope that the journal will become a flagship that brings results of neurological research and continuing medical education to all its readers.

The world is probably at the threshold of a quantum leap in the understanding and treatment of several neurological disorders. There had been landmark progress with the identification of reliable biomarkers to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. Some of the pioneering works with gene therapy for neurological disorders are finding remarkable success. Functional imaging has elucidated some of the hitherto hypothesis regarding the higher order integration of cerebral functions. There had been several exciting developments in the frontiers of neuroscience research. There had been some welcome changes in the scenes nearer to us in India too. The financial scarcity, paucity of appropriate infrastructure, shortage of human resource in healthcare, lack of well-designed study protocols and several other factors hinder rapid advancement in neurological research in India. We hope that the neuroscience fraternity, health care administrators and the universities in India will rise to the occasion and take necessary steps to streamline the medical research programs in this country.

Several important neurological conferences and workshops are held in India throughout the year. The Indo-Pak Colloquium on Epilepsy and Neuro infections, held in Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in February 2007 was a unique program. The theme of the colloquium was very focused and relevant to the situations in this subcontinent. Several eminent neurologists from Pakistan had attended this workshop. The colloquium provided a rare opportunity for the neurologists on either side of the border to meet, exchange ideas and make friendships that are likely to foster better relationship between these two neighbors. I hope that the Indian Academy of Neurology and its counterpart in Pakistan will take the lead to promote more such exchange visits and interactions. A larger South Asian Regional Conference including all the members of this neighborhood could be envisaged. We have more things in common than differences. Such regional cooperation in health care field could help each nation to handle their health care problems more efficiently.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) deserves wide appreciation for negotiating with the Wiley Publishers to make available the entire contents of the Cochrane Library free of charges to all those living in India.[1] Cochrane Library is a collection of evidence based medicine data bases on systematic reviews, review of effects, register of controlled clinical trails, methodology reviews, register of methodologies, health technical assessment and economic evaluations. This international, not for profit organization, has brought out several databases on debatable issues in neurological practice. Readers can now access all the documents and databases available on their website (www.cochrane.org) free of charge.

Nearly 100,000 persons suffer subarechnoid hemorrhage from ruptured aneurysm of intracranial arteries in India every year. About half of them succumb to the bleed or its complications within 30 days and a substantial proportion of the survivors are left with significant disabilities. There is much controversy about the optimal management of incidentally detected intracranial aneurysms. We have one article in this issue that discusses the natural history, treatment options and outcome of such unbled aneurysms.

It is one hundred and ninety years since James Parkinson first described Paralysis Agitans the most common akinetic rigid syndrome, which later came to be known by his name. Since then several other akinetic rigid syndromes had been described. It is only in the recent past that we have come to understand more about the pathogenesis of these disorders. The medical and surgical treatment of Parkinson's disease and other related syndromes had been always innovative and epoch making. The review article on akinetic rigid syndromes in this issue discusses the various etiologies for akinetic rigid syndromes and the diagnostic approach to each of them.

I hope the readers will find the new features interesting and useful. I would encourage the readers to make each issue more interactive by responding to the articles by the letter to the editor column. Let me also wish each one a very fruitful New Year.

 
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1.New health information resource now available across India. Available from: http://www.icmr.nic.in/icmrnews/cochrane_lib.pdf. [Last accessed on 2007 Mar 21].  Back to cited text no. 1    




 

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