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Papers are listed by the date of publication starting from the most recent one

Letter: Severe brain haemorrhage and concomitant COVID-19 Infection: A neurovascular complication of COVID-19

Letter: Safety Instructions for Neurosurgeons During COVID-19 Pandemic Based on Recent Knowledge and Experience

Editorial. Task shifting and task sharing for neurosurgeons amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urgent Considerations for the Neuro-oncologic Treatment of Patients with Gliomas During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May we deliver neuro-oncology in difficult times (e.g. COVID-19)

Encephalitis as a clinical manifestation of COVID-19

Neurosurgery in the storm of COVID-19: suggestions from the Lombardy region, Italy (ex malo bonum).

SARS-CoV-2: Olfaction, Brain Infection, and the Urgent Need for Clinical Samples Allowing Earlier Virus Detection

Neurologic Manifestations of Hospitalized Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 inWuhan, China

Neurosurgery in the storm of COVID-19 suggestions from the Lombardy region, Italy (ex malo bonum)

Clinical characteristic sand outcomes of patients undergoing surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection

Essential care of critical illness must not be forgotten in the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19–associated Acute Hemorrhagic Necrotizing Encephalopathy: CT and MRI Features

Coronavirus and the Brain

Neurosurgeons in the Corona crisis: striving for remedy and redemption. A message from the president of the EANS

At the Epicenter of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Humanitarian Crises in Italy: Changing Perspectives on Preparation and Mitigation

New Research on Possible Treatments for Covid-19: Audio Interview

Probable Pangolin Origin of SARS-CoV-2 Associated with the COVID-19 Outbreak

Evidence of the COVID-19 Virus Targeting the CNS: Tissue Distribution, Host–Virus Interaction, and Proposed Neurotropic Mechanisms | ACS Chemical Neuroscience

Evolutionary history, potential intermediate animal host, and cross-species analyses of SARS-CoV-2

Neurological Manifestations of Hospitalized Patients with COVID19 in Wuhan China

Chinese doctors report "Early Lessons from the Frontline".

Severe neurologic syndrome associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV)

Coronavirus infection of the central nervous system

Demyelinating encephalomyelitis induced by a long-term corona virus infection in rats. A preliminary report

Early and late CNS-effects of corona virus infection in rats


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Message from the President


Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Sometimes events are overtaking themselves.

Corona-cases are popping up everywhere around us and all around the globe. Global connectivity makes all this looking very dense and increasingly tense. Some of our colleagues have been infected, some may have passed away, and others are under treatment. The situation in Italy has become extremely frightening, and our friends there are working under extremely stressful and dangerous conditions, with decreasing resources – due to decreased number of (sick) staff, and due to limited access to fully equipped ICU beds. Our thoughts are with them, and we should support them through regular telephone calls and cheer them up whenever we can.

The EANS Board is using a variety of communication channels in order to monitor what’s going on in our numerous membership countries. South-Eastern European and Eurasian countries are reporting more and more infections as well. We are having regular Zoom video-calls, and we are adjusting our organizational business to that.

As (elective) neurosurgeons we are grounded to large extent. It is as if an invisible wave is passing through all of us. It is our noble task to keep the amplitude of this wave as low as possible through containment, and to stretch it over a longer period-of-time, so as to avoid overflow of our intensive care units with attached respirator capacities. Instead of drilling holes in other people’s heads, and instead of drilling screws in our patients’ pedicles, we may have to assist ICU specialists, anaesthesiologists, virologists and others in order to get their jobs done.

All that has reached international political dimensions. The example of the transatlantic fight over a small European Biotech-company, which is quite advanced in terms of potential Covid-vaccination illustrates in an excellent way, that difficult times may bring the best out of some people, and the worst out of others. We, the neurosurgeons, shall stay united in our efforts help our patients, our families, our colleagues, neighbors, and friends from all over the world to get through these difficult months in the best possible way. To maintain that spirit of ours is the most challenging, yet equally most inspiring part of our professional lives.

Inevitably, a number of EANS events (i.e. the Training Course in Evian) had to be postponed, and there are more to be annulated, probably. But, as mentioned earlier: That isn’t the end of the world. We will return to our regular activities in the future and we will enjoy all these meetings and courses as ever before. I am sure that due to the current lock downs and travel bans we will learn additional skills, i.e. in telecommunication, which will become useful for our future activities.

We will keep you informed as good as we can through our website. Be assured that we are following the evolution of this situation very closely.

I wish you all well, and hope to see you soon – healthy and fresh – in our arena.

With my warmest regards,

Karl Schaller