As is often the case, the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology was once again the highlight of the AAN meeting. Our lifetime achievement awardee, Martha Denckla, regaled us with tales of the origins of pediatric behavioral neurology and its subsequent development. As Martha has been integral to the entire process, this was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history of our discipline. In what has become a wonderful tradition at the dinner, we also had the opportunity to hear informal presentations about on-going work in the labs Drs. Dickerson, Barrett and Dafner. Finally, we heard a wonderful presentation by this years Geschwind Award winner, Dr. Andrew Kayser. As all of the presentations evoked substantial discussion, a good time was had by all.
Several items of business were also discussed at the meeting. Dr. Barry Gordon, editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, discussed the state of the journal. The journal is on solid ground, in part because of Barry’s excellent stewardship. A second issue relates to the perception of some members of the society that even as cognitive neuroscience is booming, behavioral neurology has become less influential in neurology; this is evident in declining numbers of courses and abstracts on the topic submitted to the AAN. Although no quick and easy ways to reverse this trend have been identified to date, there is substantial interest in discussing potential approaches to this problem. We will be convening a meeting of interested parties to discuss this issue; anyone who is interested in participating in this discussion should contact me to learn more about how they can contribute to this effort.
Finally, I note with gratitude and sadness that our long-time Executive Director, Sandra Bornstein, is moving on to other activities. Sandy has been integral to the SBCN – in fact, the very existence of the SBCN is a testament to her efforts. We will miss her greatly and wish her the best of luck in her activities.
I wish all members of the SBCN a happy and productive year and look forward to seeing everyone in Vancouver.