From the Science Editor - February 2008

February 14, 2008


Science at

The Science pages of allow neurologists to follow scientific developments in neurology, whether basic, translational, or clinical. The site contains daily breaking news stories of neurological interest and short editorials on the latest neurological research, as well information regarding AAN scientific awards and training grants, news and resources related to NINDS. It also provides information related to the AAN Science Committee and its role in planning the scientific aspects of the AAN Annual Meeting. This is accomplished by a team consisting of editorial board members and staff.

Editorial Board

The editorial board for the science pages of is composed of the following members. The individuals may be contacted through Kris Fridgen is the AAN Science Committee Liaison.

  • John W. Henson, MD, FAAN, Associate Editor for Science,
  • Sheryl Haut, MD, Editorial Board Member for Epilepsy
  • Vinay Chaudhry, MD, FAAN, Editorial Board Member for Neuromuscular Disorders
  • David Riley, MD, Editorial Board Member for Movement Disorders
  • S. Andrew Josephson, MD, Editorial Board Member for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders

Real Time Science News

Daily updates to the "Science News" pod on the home page have been a feature of since the launch of the new website. Reuters and Yellowbrix abstracting services provide daily breaking news about neurological disease-related research as well as other important news of interest to neurologists. Individual stories are chosen each morning by the editorial board members.

In addition, stories from the general news media, the CDC, and FDA MedWatch are also posted within hours of release, permitting near real-time availability of news alerts to the AAN membership.

Science Editorials and Reviews Launched

A new editorial feature from provides personal views of hot topics by expert AAN members, including summaries of key clinical and basic science studies and emerging concepts in neurology. We have already featured the following:

At present, the topics for the initial series of invited editorials reflect the selections of the editorial board, but in the future the editorial board will be expanded to include members from additional AAN sections.

Access to the Science editorials is gained through the " Authors" pod located on home page of or through the Science home page. Viewers will also find key content from's editors for Advocacy, Education, and Practice and Technology under Authors.

Annual Meeting Home Page

Plans are underway to improve access to the Annual Meeting at This will include podcast highlights of key scientific presentations in the weeks prior to the Annual Meeting and the development of "Annual Meeting TODAY," in which the home page will be updated daily with information about that day’s scientific and educational programs, highlights of key plenary presentations, and AAN press releases during the week of the Annual Meeting.

NINDS Website Collaboration

We are in the early phase of developing a website collaboration with NINDS. A major goal of this collaboration would be to improve access for Academy members to the information and programs relating to the NINDS Clinical Research Collaboration; the page will also highlight NINDS news regarding research funding, the NINDS Clinical Research Colloquium at the Annual Meeting, and the NINDS Disorder Index.

Redesign of Science Pages

The Science pages of the have been redesigned with the goal of making the AAN's scientific activities more accessible to the membership. The new navigation menus include the following items:

AAN Press Releases. This links directly to the AAN Press Room on the website. It provides up-to-date press releases on breaking science published in Neurology®.

View Abstracts. This page contains all scientific abstracts for the upcoming 2008 Annual Meeting in Chicago as well as 2007 abstracts to view as a reference.

Science at the Annual Meeting. All of the scientific opportunities available at the Annual Meeting are highlighted here. These range from abstracts, plenary sessions, scientific topic highlights, late-breaking science abstracts, the Future of Neuroscience Conference, to the Integrated Neuroscience Sessions.

Clinical Research. This page provides information related to Clinical Research Training, the Futures in Clinical Research Luncheon, the Resident's and Fellow's Career Forum, and Grant and Research Methods Education.

Research Fellowships. Information regarding application for fellowships and research awards is featured. Past recipients of AAN Scientific Awards are also highlighted.

Scientific Awards. The AAN hosts a large number of scientific awards, and this newly developed page permits interested individuals to search the list of awards for those to which they are interested in applying. Filters permit students and physicians of various training and academic levels to select awards relevant to their area of research.

Science Committee. A roster of the members of the AAN Science Committee and its subcommittees is included. In addition, the names of individuals who are topic chairs for abstract reviews are provided.

Animals in Research. Included on this page are the recently updated Animals in Research Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), an online copy of the AAN's Sensitive but Sensible brochure as well as brochure ordering information, a listing of key papers from each Annual Meeting in which animals were an important component of the research methodology, and a link to the National Association of Biomedical Research. This page links to the NINDS' filtered listing of clinical trials relevant to neurologists from the website.

In Summary

The rapid growth of scientific knowledge in the field of neurology is both tremendously exciting and thoroughly challenging. Investigation of the human body's last great frontier has never before been so well prepared with powerful new tools and gifted intellects, nor has the potential for dissemination of the new information via the internet been so promising. It is of utmost importance, therefore, for the premier neurologic society to provide online access to new information in a well synthesized and timely manner. This is the mission of the Science section of

John W. Henson, M.D., FAAN
Science Editor