Neuroinfection and COVID-19: new article by Luca Steardo, Robert Zorec and Alex Verkhratsky#

Luca Steardo, Robert Zorec and Alex Verkhratsky, members of the Physiology and Neuroscience section of Academia Europaea, have published a commentary entitled ‘Neuroinfection may contribute to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of COVID-19’.

The article considers whether coronavirus may enter the central nervous system of humans and infect neural cells, and the possible neurological and psychiatric impacts of neuroinflammation.

The open access article has been published in Acta Physiologica, the official journal of the Federation of European Physiological Societies (FEPS).


Steardo L, Steardo L Jr., Zorec R, Verkhratsky A. Neuroinfection may contribute to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of COVID-19. Acta Physiol. 2020;00:e13473.

Luca Steardo MAE#

Luca Steardo
Luca Steardo
Luca Steardo is a Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy at the SAPIENZA University of Rome. He is an elected member of the Council of the Italian Society of Pharmacology and Selected Reviewer for the Italian Ministry of Education. He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2015.

Robert Zorec#

Robert Zorec
Robert Zorec
Robert Zorec is a Professor of Pathological Physiology at the University of Ljubljana and the CEO of Celica Biomedical Center. In 2007, he became a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2009, he joined the Committee for Advanced Therapies at the European Medicine’s Agency.

Alex Verkhratsky#

Alex Verkhratsky
Alex Verkhratsky
Alex Verkhratsky is a Professor of Neurophysiology at the University of Manchester. Since 2012 he is Adjunct Director of Achucarro Basque Centre for Neuroscience in Bilbao. He became a member of the Academia Europaea in 2003 and in 2013 a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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