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Since taking over the position as Editor-in-Chief in January, I have had the pleasure of inheriting the publication history of the Section. In going through these archival documents, I have been struck by the length of history it represents. The first Cardiopulmonary Record was published in 1975, and this became the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal in 1990. So, it is with some trepidation that I assume this new mantle. I truly stand on the shoulders of those who have blazed the trail before me—William Temes, MS, PT, CCS (volumes 1-5); Sandra Cassady, PhD, PT (volumes 6-12); and Jane Eason, PT, PhD (volumes 13-19). These individuals represent the spirit of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section's desire to participate in and disseminate research that is vital to our practice.
It has also been interesting to peruse the titles of the articles. Some of them were quite cutting-edge and represent practice issues that remain today, such as exercise and diabetes, heart transplant rehabilitation, and AICDs. Others represent the interest of the Section members in basic science questions of how things work, such as nutritional supplements and exercise performance, metabolic responses to upper extremity exercise, and oxygen and muscle function in animal models. Yet other published work includes practice guidelines, educational innovations, and administrative issues. We truly represent the diversity of physical therapy related to people with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions!
It is my hope to build on this strong foundation and forge ahead in some new ways. You may notice some changes to the masthead of this issue. I have created an editorial structure that will allow much of the day-to-day work related to manuscripts to be handled by the Associate Editors, Darlene Reid and Sean Collins. In addition, Sue Scherer is stepping up to the role of Features Editor. This will allow the Journal to include items we hope will be of interest to our readers, such as opinion papers, letters to the editor, demonstration projects, and other things yet to be created.
Perhaps the most significant change is the formation of an editorial advisory board. As you look at this group of talented and highly qualified individuals, I hope you will notice the international flavor. I am so pleased to have these people bring a global perspective to the research and practice of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. Their job will be to help me guide the Journal to a wider audience and strive for recognition in more prestigious indexing sources. We will also be working on ways to utilize the Journal's website to its potential. They will challenge me to push in new directions.
I hope that the Section members as well as our nonmember subscribers will find the Journal a source of excellence for clinicians, educators, and researchers who share a love of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy.
I humbly take on this new challenge and hope we can make the journey to the future together. I am at your service.