During this time of COVID-19, organisations across Europe and the world are working hard to better understand the virus and how it impacts not only society as a whole but the more at-risk groups such as those living with chronic conditions. EBC invites everyone to please have a look through the various ongoing consultations as well as resources available for the brain community, listed below. If you have an ongoing survey or resource available, please don’t hesitate to contact us: comm@braincouncil.eu



EBC Members and Community

EAN survey on neurological symptoms in COVID-19 patients
The European Academy of Neurology (EAN) has launched a survey on neurological symptoms in COVID-19 patients in order to better understand the neurological manifestations of COVID-19 disease, which may differ between countries. This will be important to guide management and service reorganization across Europe for our patients. All neurologists and other physicians are invited to complete the survey here.

External Surveys/Consultations

DynaCORE – the DynaMORE study on psychological responses to the Corona pandemic
In the European research consortium DynaMORE, scientists work together to find out how people adapt to adverse life circumstances and stress, and which factors protect them from developing stress-related mental disorders. Oftentimes, stressors differ a lot from person to person. However, the Corona pandemic is currently affecting the lives of people all around the world and offers the opportunity to investigate which strategies are helpful in overcoming such big challenges. Therefore, DynaMORE is interested in getting to know how people are coping with this pandemic and the accompanying changes. For this, you are welcome to fill out some questionnaires.

EFIC COVID-19 Survey
As a response to the global pandemic, the European Pain Federation (EFIC) has created a COVID-19 task force with the intended outcome to distribute relevant news on our website and other communication channels. Their goal here is to put forward what is being said in an objective manner and provide a neutral overview on current research. They have launched a short survey where the general public can let them know about their experience with the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Lancaster University: Perceptions of Challenges, Social Responses, and Lifestyle Changes to COVID-19
Individuals can have a range of reactions when faced with a potential threat to their health and well-being, and it is important to identify and understand the range of different responses that individuals may have. The purpose of this research is to investigate perceptions and responses to the challenges imposed by the recent pandemic of COVID-19, and the behavior changes that individuals have made in recent weeks to adapt to this new situation. The study will involve an anonymous questionnaire that takes about 15-20 minutes. Everyone above the age of 18 is eligible to participate in the study. 

Lean European Open Survey: studying SARS-CoV-2 collectively 
The new SARS CoV II 2019 is spreading rapidly. Mandated by the ESCMID Emerging Infections Task Force (EITaF) and supported by the German Infectious Disease Society, the Lean European Open Survey (LEOSS) want to better understand the implications of the new virus on patients by systematically documenting patient data across Europe. Medical professionals are invited to register here


EBC Members and Community

EANcore CoVID-19
As the CoVID-19 pandemic spreads across Europe and the world, in response the European Academy of Neurology is launching EANcore CoVID-19. This resource aims to help neurologists in Europe and beyond prepare for and manage the challenges this global crisis is bringing. To support neurologists, EANcore CoVID-19 will provide up-to-date information on the pandemic, collate emerging data on neurological complications, publish reports from front-line doctors, the latest research, breaking news, and more, all to access in just one place.

COVID-19: Resource hub for neurology patients
The European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) has created a page dedicated to disease specific information and other useful resources in relation to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Resource centre
The page of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) contains links to high-quality COVID-19 resources for both health professionals and the general public. The EPA will expand the selection to include resources in multiple languages as they become available. 

GAMIAN-Europe: COVID-19 Platform 
Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN-Europe), a patient-driven pan-European organisationhas created a COVID-19 Platform where you can find international and national resources, COVID-19 helplines and services, input from their members and much more. 

IBRO COVID-19 Series: Global Neuroscience Experiences
The COVID-19 pandemic has by now affected everyone, including the global neuroscience community. To capture the experiences of different brain researchers around the world, IBRO has launched its “COVID-19 Series: Global Neuroscience Experiences,” a collection of video interviews featuring personal perspectives from our community. We hope that this will serve as an inspiration and acknowledgement of the commitment and solidarity of scientists during such challenging times.

External Resources

Autism Parenting Magazine: COVID-19 and Autism
Autism Parenting Magazine, the leading magazine for parents of autistic children as well as professionals seeking to work with children on the spectrum, has published essential resources to support parents of autistic children during the COVID-19 pandemic, including social stories, visual schedules, expert tips and coping strategies for autism families throughout quarantine.

The BioMed Alliance COVID-19 Information Page 
The BioMed Alliance launched a new page providing an overview of resources on COVID-19. The page contains information on BioMed Alliance activities and highlights materials that medical & research societies and relevant authorities have published on the COVID-19 virus. A series of links to relevant information pages is available on the page as well, including useful information on research funding, statistics and links to initiatives such as the European COVID-19 Data Portal. The BioMed Alliance Information page is regularly updated and can be found here. 

COVID-19 Overview
The General Secretariat of the Council has published a page that gives an overview on the latest meetings, press releases and policies of the Council of the EU and the European Council in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Neurological manifestations and neuro-invasive mechanisms of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 (European Journal of Neurology)
Infections with coronaviruses are not always confined to the respiratory tract and various neurological manifestations have been reported. The aim of this study was to perform a review to describe neurological manifestations in patients with COVID -19 and possible neuro-invasive mechanisms of Sars-CoV-2.

COVID-19 Knowledge space
SARS-CoV-2 imposes a threat to human beings, to our economy and society. The Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI aims at rapidly generating a comprehensive COVID-19 pharmacome and to use thCOVID-19 Knowledge space to predict new drug candidates and better treatments against COVID-19.