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Jul 7, 2014

1) Utility and safety of rituximab in pediatric autoimmune and inflammatory CNS disease and 2) Topic of the month: Plenary sessions AAN Meeting April 2014. This podcast for the Neurology Journal begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles from the print issue of Neurology. In the second segment Dr. John Mytinger interviews Dr. Russell Dale about his paper on utility and safety of rituximab in pediatric autoimmune and inflammatory CNS disease. Dr. James Addington is reading our e-Pearl of the week about pseudo-internuclear ophthalmoplegia. In the next part of the podcast Dr. Alberto Espay interviews Dr. David Holtzman about his Robert Wartenberg Lecture at the AAN Meeting about Alzheimer's disease in 2014: Mapping a road forward. The participants had nothing to disclose except Drs. Dale, Addington, Espay and Holtzman.Dr. Dale serves on the scientific advisory board for Queensland Children's Medical Institute; serves as an editorial advisory board member of Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Journal; received honoraria for lecturing from Biogen Idec; receives research support from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Dr. Addington serves on the editorial team for the Neurology® Resident and Fellow Section. Dr. Espay serves as an Associate Editor of Movement Disorders, Frontiers in Movement Disorders and Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders; serves as an editorial board member of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and The European Neurological Journal; receives royalties for publications of books from Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and from Cambridge University Press; serves on the scientific advisory board for Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Abbvie), Chelsea Therapeutics, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Impax Pharmaceuticals, Merz, Pfizer Inc, Solstice Neurosciences, LLC, Eli Lilly and Company, US WorldMeds; is a consultant for Chelsea Therapeutics, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Abbvie); serves on the speakers' bureaus of Novartis, UCB, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society; receives research support from CleveMed/Great Lakes Neurotechnologies, Michael J. Fox Foundation and the NIH.Dr. Holtzman serves as an Associate Editor of Annuals of Neurology; serves as an editorial board member of Neurobiology of Disease, Experimental Neurology, Molecular Neurodegeneration, Science Translational Medicine and Journal of Experimental Medicine; co-founder of C2N Diagnostic LLC; is a consultant for AstraZeneca, Genentech, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb and Forum Pharmaceuticals; receives research support AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Company, Biogen Idec, C2N Diagnostic LLC, Cure Alzheimer's Disease, Tau Consortium, Ellison Medical Foundation and the NIH.