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Commentary from the Editor

      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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