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Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurodegenerative Disorders

Call for Papers

Neurodegenerative diseases are among the most difficult diseases to treat with no clear interventions that actually halt or reverse the disease process. Neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s disease and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. Complementary and alternative medicine practices such as meditation, nutritional supplementation, and acupuncture can be important adjuvant approaches to the management of these disorders. Such treatment approaches can enable patients to cope better with the neurodegenerative diseases and reduce morbidity and disability. Current research has helped elucidate not only the pathophysiology of the neurodegenerative diseases but also the potential mechanism of action of various complementary and alternative practices. However, synthesis of existing data along with obtaining new data is required to better understand how complementary and alternative medicine approaches can be utilized in the setting of neurodegenerative diseases.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will promote the continuing efforts to further evaluate the physiological effects and potential usefulness of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches in the treatment of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. We are particularly interested in articles clarifying the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with these treatment interventions utilizing neuroimaging techniques such as MRI, PET, SPECT, and EEG. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical evidence of nonpharmacological management for neurodegenerative disorders such as meditation, prayer yoga, or other mind-body practices
  • Physiological mechanistic studies for the effects of nutrition on the development and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Physiological mechanistic studies of the effects of nutritional supplements, botanicals, and their natural metabolites and/or natural extracts, with antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties on the development and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Neurophysiological effect of acupuncture on brain physiology in patients with neurodegenerative diseases
  • Mechanistic studies utilizing measures of inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune function, to assess the effects of CAM techniques on patients with neurodegenerative diseases
  • Basic theories, models, and experimental approaches for the study of CAM techniques in neurodegenerative diseases

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/neurod/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 31 January 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 25 April 2014
Publication DateFriday, 20 June 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Andrew Newberg, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Guest Editors

  • Daniel A. Monti, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Mijail Serruya, Cognitive Disorders Clinic, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Patrick McNamara, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
  • Charles H. Tegeler, Ward A. Riley Ultrasound Center, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • Lijun Bai, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China