This double issue of the Journal pays tribute to the founder
and former Editor-in-Chief for 19 years, the great scientist
and wonderful friend Professor Derek Gupta, who died on May
13th 1997 A Memorial Symposium in celebration of his life and
work was held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on
September 13th 1997 It was chaired by Dr Andrea Attanasio, London,
UK and by Professor Russel Reiter, San Antonio, Texas, USA and
attended also by Professor Gupta's wife Dr. Bhakti Datta-Gupta
and his two daughters Mita Madden and Ratna Dutt.
The papers that were presented there, are published in this
issue and in the next December issue together with papers by
colleagues who were not able to participate.
In the last few weeks of Professor Gupta's life he and I discussed
his wish that I take over the editorship of Neuroendocrinology
Letters. I humbly accepted this legacy, which was both a great
honour and an enormous responsibility. Many of my distinguished
colleagues on the Editorial Board have strongly supported me
and will remain on the Board I am especially very much obliged
to Professor Russel Reiter who agreed to serve as the Associate
Editor I have invited some new colleagues and enlarged the Board
to 26 members I wish to express my great gratitude both to the
old and to the new members for their commitment.
In the present issue you will find the extended scope and aim
of the Journal with new Instructions for Authors.
This year's first issue was edited by Professor Gupta during
the last stages of his life He was full of mental strength until
his last physical reserve was spent It was an enormous effort
for him to sustain the Journal His dedication is a great inspiration
for all of us, as editors, authors and contributors
Professor Gupta and I agreed to continue to publish the Journal
as a quartely. We are pleased to announce a new publisher Mr.
Kurt Mattes of Mattes Verlag in Heidelberg, Germany who kindly
accepted the position I wish to express our great appreciation
and thankfulness to him.
I wish to thank all our faithful subscribers for their understanding
of some of the administrative difficulties in communication
during this year and I would like to encourage all potential
new subscribers and authors to join us in the future.
Peter G Fedor-Freybergh Editor-in-Chief