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Neurological Sciences - Topical collection “Autonomic Nervous System in Clinical Practice”

Editor: Prof. Max J. Hilz

University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) modulates and adjusts the function of all organs to permanently changing external and internal conditions, such as wakefulness or sleep, physical, mental, or psychological effort and challenge, and it assures adequate interaction between organs and physiological systems. While ANS dysfunction can be unveiled in almost all neurological and uncounted other diseases and often contributes to significantly deteriorating the patient’s quality of life and even life expectancy, there is rather little awareness of and interest in the ANS and its prominent role in daily medical and particularly neurological work.

Therefore, the Topical Collection Autonomic Nervous System in Clinical Practice published in Neurological Sciences strives to

  • increase insights and interest in the ANS
  • convey approaches towards the diagnosis and differentiation of autonomic diseases
  • discuss therapeutic options and developments.

The Topical Collection also intends to

  • show the close links between autonomic dysfunction and wide-spread diseases such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, inflammatory diseases, metabolic and endocrine diseases such as diabetes mellitus, rare hereditary diseases, and many others, including the acute and long term complications of the current Covid-19 pandemic;
  • elucidate effects of novel treatment regimens for specific diseases such as multiple sclerosis or headache and potential effects on the autonomic nervous system.

We encourage authors to submit original research articles and review articles, as well as interesting case reports in in the format of letters to the editor related to the ANS.

Please note that a Topical Collection is a continuous section of the journal. It receives and collects papers invited or unsolicited relating to a particular subject or concept. A Topical Collection is not a Special Issue or a Supplement to the journal. The manuscripts are not submitted at the same time, and they do not appear in a single issue of the journal. A Topical Collection functions both as a call for papers on a specific topic and as an index of the articles that have been submitted, peer-reviewed, accepted and published in the journal on that subject.

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