Jun 2, 2014
1) Anti-agrin autoantibodies in myasthenia gravis and 2) Topic of the month: Neuro-infectious diseases. This podcast for the Neurology Journal begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles from the print issue of Neurology. In the second segment Dr. Ted Burns interviews Dr. Arthur Melms about his paper on anti-agrin autoantibodies in myasthenia gravis. Dr. Adam Numis is reading our e-Pearl of the week about myopathy masquerading as myasthenia. In the next part of the podcast Dr. Chenjie Xia interviews Drs. Maria Nagel and Don Gilden about neurology and infectious diseases: Viral meningoencephalitides. The participants had nothing to disclose except Drs. Burns, Melms, Numis, Nagel and Gilden.Dr. Burns serves as Podcast Editor for Neurology®; and has received research support for consulting activities with CSL Behring and Alexion Pharmaceuticals.Dr. Melms performs clinical procedures as Professor of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation at the University of Erlangen, Germany (20%) and is clinical director of a privately owned neurological rehabilitation hospital (80%); clinical research is supported by the Ernst Freiberger Foundation, Berlin, Germany; received speaker honoraria from GlaxoSmithKline; received research support from German Research Agency, Collaborative Research Center 685, Immunotherapy, and the Gemeinützige Hertie Foundation, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.Dr. Numis serves on the editorial team for the Neurology® Resident and Fellow Section. Dr. Nagel receives research support from the NIH.Dr. Gilden serves as Senior Associate Editor of Journal of NeuroVirology; serves as an editorial board member of In Vivo, Journal of Virology; Scientific American Medicine, Virus Genes, Neurology Journal, receives research support from the NIH.