It has been a memorable year for the world, and for Neuromuscular Disorders. Against
the backdrop of global turmoil that Covid-19 brought with it, Victor Dubowitz, founding
Editor-in-Chief of the journal, stepped down from the editorship at the end of September
after 30 years’ devotion to it. Victor Dubowitz was the driving force behind the foundation
of the journal, after a weekend meeting in Bologna with Luciano Merlini and Giovanni
Nigro and launched at the International Congress of Neuromuscular Diseases in Munich
in the autumn of 1990 with a group of colleagues invited to form the editorial board.
The first issue was published in June 1991 with a somewhat optimistic six issues per
year, which gradually increased to its current twelve issues since 2004, plus the
World Muscle Society Congress supplement. The initial team of associate editors were
Luciano Merlini (Italy), Fernando Tomé (France), Richard Edwards (UK), Bob Brown and
Steve Ringel (USA). Over the years there has been a turnover of associate editors
and editorial board members whereas Victor Dubowitz, as Editor-in-Chief, remained
the constant reliable guarantor for the healthy development of the journal. Furthermore,
Victor was instrumental in the foundation of the World Muscle Society in 1995 when
Neuromuscular Disorders became the official journal of the society for mutual benefit,
boosting the strength of the journal. Victor still maintains an active advisory role,
for which we are most indebted, and we hope to also read contributions from him in
the journal from time to time.
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