Research on COVID-19


Events, activities and publications by members of Academia Europaea and Young Academy of Europe#

The Board of Academia Europaea calls on its members for information about events, activities and published papers relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of papers received to date is listed below.

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Sir Stephen Holgate, in collaboration with others, published a paper in The Lancet titled ‘Safety and efficacy of inhaled nebulised interferon beta-1a (SNG001) for treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2 trial’. The paper assesses the efficacy and safety of inhaled nebulised interferon beta-1a (SNG001) for the treatment of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19. Read more.

Sir Stephen Holgate, in collaboration with others, published a paper titled ‘Trials of anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy for COVID-19 are urgently needed’. The paper considers the potential role of anti-TNF therapy. Read more.

Sir Stephen Holgate, in collaboration with others, published a paper in titled ‘Risk Predictors and Symptom Features of Long COVID Within a Broad Primary Care Patient Population Including Both Tested and Untested Patients’. This study reports the factors and symptom features predicting long COVID in a broad primary care population. Read more.

Ole Petersen, in collaboration with Julia V Gerasimenko and Oleg V Gerasimenko, published a paper in Function titled ‘SARS-CoV-2 S protein subunit 1 (S1) elicits Ca2+ influx – dependent Ca2+ signals in pancreatic stellate cells and macrophages in situ’. The paper finds that S1-elicited Ca2+ signals in the pancreatic stellate cells and endogenous macrophages may play an important part in the development of the inflammatory process of acute pancreatitis, which is similar to what is seen in COVID-19. Read more.

Balazs Sarkadi, in collaboration with Tamás Ferenci, has published a paper in BMC Infectious Diseases titled “RBD-specific antibody responses after two doses of BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm, Beijing CNBG) vaccine”. This Open Access paper looks at the effect of Sinopharm vaccination on antibody response. Read more.

Beatrice Van der Heijden, in collaboration with others, published a paper in Frontiers in Psychology titled ‘Lockdown Social Isolation and Lockdown Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic in China: The Impact of Mindfulness’. The study examines the impact of mindfulness in the relationship between social isolation, job and financial insecurity, and stress during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Science and Research#

Prof. Álvaro de Rújula, MAE, of CERN, Geneva, and the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) organized the webinar "The Higgs Boson and the Coronavirus (Basic Science after the Pandemic)". The webinar was held on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 4:00 pm CET. Read more.

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