Bringing catalytic leadership to viral neuro research.
The Viral Neuro Exploration (VINEx) is a Rocket Science Health initiative aimed at advancing our understanding of how viruses affect the central nervous system (CNS), and the potential short and long-term consequences on brain health. While the current COVID-19 crisis creates urgency and will be the initial focus, the initiative aims to have a longer time horizon, and involve other known and unknown coronaviruses, and possibly other viruses with similar pathogenesis.
VINEx has recruited a Science Advisory Council of leading researchers and clinicians, and has developed a roadmap of the key lines of inquiry for the exploration. This roadmap will guide strategic investment in researchers from the relevant fields and disciplines, fostering collaboration within Canada and globally, to address what may be a major brain health crisis in the years after the COVID-19 pandemic and, for future ones.
To understand how SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses impact the CNS.
To connect the people, knowledge and funding needed to advance viral neuro research.
KEY LINES OF INQUIRY
A framework for exploring the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the CNS.
Outside projects underway that investigate the neurological and psychiatric implications of COVID-19.
SCIENCE ADVISORY COUNCIL
A diverse group of leading researchers and clinicians who will ensure that the VINEx initiative is developed, executed and monitored with scientific integrity.
PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES
A curated selection of key publications, portals and calls to action for collaboration.