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Neuroscience for neurologists
  1. P F Chinnery1,
  2. C Kennard2
  1. 1Department of Neurology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Framlington, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK
  2. 2JNNP, Division of Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine, Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital, London W6 8RF
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P F Chinnery;

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A new series of review articles on neurosciences

The last decade has seen great advances in our understanding of the basic scientific principles that underpin clinical neurology. Many of these advances have already had a major impact on routine clinical practice, and this is likely to continue in the future. Although this makes it an exciting time to practice neurology, it also presents new challenges. How can established general neurologists keep up to date with clinically relevant scientific advances, and how can the specialist remain competent outside his own field? What should trainee neurologists learn to prepare them for their future career?

We therefore thought it timely to commission a series of review articles on the scientific principles behind neurology from experts in each field. We plan to take the reader from the human genome, through gene expression, to molecular and cellular pathology, and subsequently to contemporary clinical investigations and clinical trials. Our overriding aim is to provide succinct reviews that will be easily accessible by neurologists and trainees who have no expertise in the area.

Many of the reviews are co-written by a clinician and a basic scientist, and each has been subject to peer review—both by experts in the field and also by a “jobbing” general neurologist. This has ensured that the articles reflect contemporary scientific thinking which is presented in a way that is easy to digest. We have encouraged the authors to use diagrams to help explain difficult concepts, include a glossary explaining the terminology, and provide links to web based resources for further information. Finally, we have encouraged each author to speculate about the future, highlighting areas of potential growth and their relevance to routine clinical practice over the next decade.

We think that you will find this series both interesting and informative. It will hopefully give us all confidence in areas that we do not consider our own, enhance and enrich our clinical practice, and thereby improve the care that we give to patients with neurological disease.

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