Brain-injured patients have an increased likelihood of developing respiratory disorders, and vice versa. This interconnection between the brain and the lungs is complex and not yet fully understood. However, it is essential to gain a better understanding of the neuroanatomical, humoral, immune, and metabolic pathways that allow communication between these two vital organs. In light of this, BMC Pulmonary Medicine has issued a call for papers to collate research on the mechanisms underlying the crosstalk between the brain and lungs. The goal is to create an open access resource that encompasses studies on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and management of lung disorders in brain-injured patients.
The Guest Editors for this collection are Denise Battaglini, a Consultant in Neuro and General Intensive Care at Policlinico San Martino Hospital in Italy; Chiara Robba, a Consultant in Neuro and General Intensive Care at Policlinico San Martino Hospital in Italy; James A. Town, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Washington; and Sarah Wahlster, the Section Head of Neurocritical Care in the Department of Neurology at the University of Washington.
The Guest Editors, in their opening editorial, discuss recent advances, knowledge gaps, and challenges faced by researchers investigating the crosstalk between the brain and lungs. Their expertise covers a range of areas, including critical care management, neuromonitoring, autoregulation, mechanical ventilation, and post-cardiac arrest care.
The Collection welcomes the submission of original research articles that delve into the intricacies of this brain-lung crosstalk. Researchers are invited to share their work through BMC Pulmonary Medicine’s submission system, Snapp. The articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and will be added to the Collection as they are published.
With the launch of this Collection, BMC Pulmonary Medicine aims to enhance our understanding of the brain-lung connection and provide a valuable resource for healthcare professionals and researchers interested in this fascinating field.
– BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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