We are on the cusp of what promises to be an era of unprecedented progress in neurology. Even with current fiscal constraints and serious concerns about how health care will be organized and financed, in the next 2 decades progress in neurology and neurological science will create important new insights into understanding the brain as we decipher its disorders and discover and apply effective treatments.
The wealth of new information that will shed light on the structure, function, and dysfunction of the nervous system will drive progress and create unique challenges. This progress will build on as well as force changes in the way we train our students, recruit our faculty, conduct research, apply research findings to practice, and care for patients. Most importantly, the oncoming avalanche of new information, while challenging us to think and act differently, will make it possible as never before to understand and care for our patients.