Stephen M Rao, the Ralph and Luci Schey chair and director of the Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at Cleveland Clinic, USA, has begun his tenure as the editor-in-chief ofthe Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (JINS).
Rao has previously served as one the journal’s associate editors and has also served as the editor-in-chief of Neuropsychology, published by the American Psychological Association.
Rao has been a pioneer in the application of task-activated functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map the brain regions involved in memory, attention, temporal information processing, conceptual reasoning, and motor control in healthy older and younger participants. More recently, he has applied these brain mapping strategies to understand the prodromal phases of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases, and traumatic brain injury. He also has a long-standing interest in the study of cognitive, personality, and neuroimaging changes associated with multiple sclerosis.
In preparation for assuming his current position, Rao reformatted the journal’s editorial board and supervised a cover redesign. As his tenure progresses, he hopes to broaden the scope of topics covered by the journal.
“While maintaining the publication of high-quality, cutting-edge neuropsychology research initiated by Igor Grant and built upon by Kathleen Haaland, I also want the journal to include translational contributions from genetics, imaging, and cognitive neuroscience, disciplines that interface and advance our understanding of brain-behaviour relationships,” says Rao. “The innovative studies that have been and will be published in JINS will have a meaningful impact on the direction of scientific inquiry for years to come.”
Gordon Chelune, executive secretary of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) adds: “We welcome Steve Rao to the few select who have served as our journal’s editor-in-chief. His knowledge and experience will help guide JINS through its next phase.”
“It is a pleasure to be working with Rao again,” said Jonathan Speilburg, editor, Cambridge University Press. “We look forward to a long and fruitful editorial partnership, bringing the best research to an ever-widening audience.”