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7 Covid-19 and neuropsychiatry
  1. Benedict D Michael
  1. Senior Clinician Scientist Fellow (MRC/NIHR) University of Liverpool and NIHR HPRU for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection. Honorary Consultant Neurologist The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Tim Nicholson Clinical Senior Lecturer, Neuropsychiatry Research and Education Group, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, Honorary Consultant Neuropsychiatrist South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Abstract

As the clinical features and potential complications of COVID-19 emerged last year it became clear that neurological, neuropsychiatric and psychiatric disorders were potentially significant. There were also reasons to expect this from past viral outbreaks, including other severe coronaviruses. The CoroNerve study, led by Ben Michael and colleagues, was rapidly set up to as a UK-wide surveillance system for clinicians to initially briefly notify cases and later provide full clinical details. A psychiatry reporting system, led by the RCPsych neuropsychiatry faculty, was added and the first 153 notifications were published last June. The full clinical details of the first 267 cases completed were published as a preprint in January.

The has been a rapid growth in the number and quality of publications regarding the neuropsychiatry of COVID-19 and this has been collated on the JNNP Neurology & Neuropsychiatry of COVID-19 blog which we set up to respond to the need for rapid capture and synthesis of a fast moving field with weekly updates and publications from a growing international team, including a recently published preprint systematic review and meta-analysis of the neurology and neuropsychiatry of COVID-19. We will jointly review the CoroNerve data and its context in the emerging wider evidence base regarding the neuropsychiatry of COVID-19, highlighting exciting new research areas such as long COVID and projects such as the recently started COVID-CNS study funded by UKRI.

We would like to thank those who have already submitted cases to CoroNerve and encourage others to do the same, including those associated with COVID-19 vaccination, and to flag up that notifying a case and providing data results in pubmed searchable collaborator status on resulting publications.

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