When the first pages of the first AAN.com website were presented at the 48th Annual Meeting on March 25, 1996, many neurologists thought the World Wide Web was a passing trend and didn't understand what the fuss was all about. One of the current editors of AAN.com performed a demonstration of the site in San Francisco at that meeting, and a senior leader in the first row raised his hand to say, "This is really dumb.... why would neurologists ever want to use this?"
First version of AAN.com, launched March 1996.
Now, 14 years after the domain name was first established, AAN.com is thriving. We've seen tremendous growth over the past three years since the redesigned AAN's website was launched and neurologist editors joined the Academy web team. In 2007, there were just over 15 million pageviews—by 2009 this figure had grown to almost 25 million. In that time, members have authored 162 original articles. The Website Editorial Board has also grown to six neurologist editors, and each section editor has selected experts for their editorial boards.
Our mission is to increase the value of AAN membership by serving as a singular source of information for AAN products and services. The new AAN.com unites our member website and our patient portal (formerly known as TheBrainMatters.org) into a single platform. The new website also centralizes our publications—Neurology®, Neurology Today®, Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology®, Neurology Now®—as well as offering original content, member blogs, access to the NINDS disorder index and other resources, Clinicaltrials.gov, and our Virtual Annual Meeting.
2001 version of AAN.com masthead.
The editors have been working with AAN staff to develop a new taxonomy, so that your ability to search across the site will be markedly improved. We're also planning to launch new member communities to give you the opportunity to conduct discussions with colleagues about your subspecialties and areas of interest, while also staying informed about important practice, education, science, and advocacy issues. If you'd like to volunteer as a moderator or want to help pilot the first community, let us know.
In the coming weeks, we will introduce a new editor for the Education area of AAN.com. Each of the editors—Science Editor José G. Merino, MD, MPhil, Practice and Technology Editor Neil A. Busis, MD, FAAN, Advocacy Editor Glen R. Finney, MD, and Patients and Caregivers Website Editor Daniel B. Hoch, MD, PhD—are excited about the redesign and will continue to add fresh and timely content to the website.
So, as we unveil AAN.com's new look and features, as always, we look forward to your feedback. For comments and suggestions, or if you'd like to submit a blog, please contact us!
Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN