Dr. Shaheen Lakhan serves as editor of Brain Blogger and executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). Below, he provides an update on the status of Brain Blogger in the blogosphere:

To Our Readers,

When we started blogging in 2005, there were excellent science and medicine blogs, but none that truly captured the multidimensional aspects of health from biological, psychological, sociological, technological, and economical perspectives. Brain Blogger essentially challenged the traditional biomedical model and its associated web reporting by appointing Dr. Engel’s influential biopsychosocial model as a guiding principle.

As we began to dismantle medical subjects and scrutinize them under different lights, we found our place on the web. We were among the first to systematically address mental health stigmatization and discrimination in the blogosphere. Moreover, we gave a voice to individuals living with a brain disorder without segregating neurological from mental health disorders. As our writing team broadened when psychotherapists, parents, neurosurgeons, patients, nurses, lawyers, and scientists became either regular or guest contributors, Brain Blogger joined the top health and medicine blog ranks.

Nowadays, we all too often encounter blogs that have taken the path of greed that ultimately compromise their editorial content — most damaging (and revolting), paid reviews. However, with several hundred original articles and thousands of comments from our readers, we can proudly say that Brain Blogger adheres to ethical principles and journalistic integrity.

I thank you for your readership and support. Let’s embrace the transformation underway for medical blogging and look forward to biomedical discovery and invention!