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VINEx Media Coverage and Publications
March 14, 2023
'Mass-disabling event': How long COVID could wreak havoc on Canada's labour market
October 20, 2022
Calling Canadians to Action on Long COVID
Action and investment are needed now. We call on the federal government to demonstrate leadership by committing $100M over three years, to develop and deliver a robust, comprehensive and equitable Pan-Canadian national Long COVID strategy. This strategy will bring together provinces and territories to collaborate and co-operate in its development. We invite all Canadian researchers, clinicians and affected persons to join this call to action.
October 20, 2022
Scientists, experts, and long haulers call for urgent action on Long COVID
1.4 million Canadians reported living with the debilitating symptoms long after infection
August 17, 2022
How the modern tragedy of long COVID is affecting our lives and our economy
Financial Post Down to Business Podcast
June 17, 2022
La « COVID longue » contribue-t-elle à la pénurie de main-d’œuvre?
May 27, 2022
Long COVID is taking a toll on the careers and mental health of women
The Globe and Mail
May 27, 2022
Long COVID contributing to brain health crisis disrupting labour force, economy
May 10, 2022
80% of respondents to national survey say long-COVID negatively impacted their brain health
May 4, 2022
Report on Second Pan-Canadian Long COVID Impact Survey - May 4 2022
Report on the survey conducted by Viral Neuro Exploration (VINEx), and distributed by COVID Long Haulers Support Group Canada, and Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) examining the brain health impacts of Long COVID.
May 4, 2022
Survey Highlights Negative Brain Health Impacts of Long COVID
A pan-Canadian survey of more than 1,000 COVID long-haulers, individuals with COVID-19 symptoms that last weeks or months after the initial infection, highlights the negative brain health impacts of Long COVID.
May 4, 2022
Un sondage met en évidence les effets négatifs sur la santé du cerveau de la COVID longue
Un sondage pancanadien mené auprès de plus de 1 000 personnes atteintes de COVID longue, c’est-à-dire des personnes dont les symptômes de COVID-19 durent des semaines ou des mois après leur infection initiale, met en évidence les effets négatifs de la COVID longue sur la santé du cerveau.
September 20, 2021
Why the fight against COVID-19 won't end with a high vaccination rate
FP Economy essay series: 'Long COVID' threatens future productivity and profitability if leaders fail to take it seriously
September 2, 2021
VINEx and COVID Long Haulers Support Group Canada welcome Liberal Party of Canada's Commitment to allocate $100 million to COVID-19 research
This investment will bring hope and relief to the estimated hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are living with the devastating long-term effects of this virus on their health, and consequently on their family life, academic life or ability to work. The COVID-19 Research Fund will give a much-needed boost to Canada's world-class scientists and clinicians, who are converging across disciplines to advance research and care for COVID Long Haulers. We urge all political parties to make the support of COVID-19 research part of their platforms.
July 26, 2021
Don't let the two-dose summer fool you — there is a long battle ahead against COVID-19
Financial Post. Viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, can have devastating impacts on brain health.
June 25, 2021
The Long Haul: Episode 6 - Inez Jabalpurwala talks about the neurological effects of Long COVID
On June 25th, Dr. Jeremy Rossman interviewed VINEx Global Director Inez Jabalpurwala on the Zero Covid Alliance podcast The Long Haul. In the episode, Inez discusses the neurological and psychiatric impacts of Long COVID, and why we need to include people with lived experience as we set research and care priorities. Listen to the podcast.
June 25, 2021
Long-haul COVID sufferers report symptoms months after the initial infection, with no idea how long they'll last.
CBC's Matt Galloway speaks with COVID-19 long hauler Amber Spence, neurologist Andrew Josephson and VINEx Global Director Inez Jabalpurwala on the long-term brain impacts being experienced by an estimated 10-35% of those who contracted COVID-19.
JUNE 9, 2021
Report on Pan-Canadian Long Covid Impact Survey
Report on the survey conducted by Viral Neuro Exploration (VINEx), COVID Long Haulers Support Group Canada, and Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) examining the impact of Long COVID.
June 3, 2021
Pan-Canadian Survey Reveals Long-term Harm of COVID to Brain Health
Viral Neuro Exploration (VINEx), COVID Long Haulers Support Group Canada, and Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) announce the results of a pan-Canadian survey of more than 1,000 COVID long-haulers, revealing the impact of Long COVID on brain health.
February 5, 2021
Canada should lead the effort to help COVID long-haulers
The Globe and Mail. Inez Jabalpurwala, the global director of the Viral Neuro Exploration (VINEx) initiative, makes the case that COVID-19 research needs to include survivors of the pandemic that have a reduced quality of life and potentially lasting neurological impacts -- and that Canada can lead the way.
NOVEMBER 4, 2020
Be open to unexpected ideas: How Inez Jabalpurwala gives voice to outliers
Forbes. As the founding CEO of Brain Canada and now the global director of the Viral Neuro Exploration (known as “VINEx”), a social impact venture that was initiated by Rocket Science Health, a private medical device company, Jabalpurwala has been a catalyst, rallying and closely collaborating with a community of scientists from different fields and disciplines.
August 12, 2020
How does COVID-19 affect the nervous system? Canadian and international scientists want to find out.
The Globe and Mail. Brought together as part of a new initiative called VINEx, created by Rocket Science Health, a Victoria-based medical devices company, the group is aiming to lead the charge in understanding how viruses invade the brain – an area of study that has received relatively little attention.
August 17, 2020
How is COVID-19 affecting people's brains.
The Adam Stirling Show (CFAX 1070). There are many unknowns about Covid-19 and the effect it has on the brains of patients is one of them. Inez Jabalpurwala, Global Director for VINEx, spoke with Adam about a multi-disciplinary exploration of the virus-brain connection.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
Dr. Robyn S. Klein MD, PhD Joins VINEx Science Advisory Council.
Rocket Science Health today announced that Robyn S. Klein, MD, PhD, has joined the Science Advisory Council (SAC) for VINEx.
AUGUST 13, 2020
Rocket Science Health and Inez Jabalpurwala team up to launch VINEx. A Multi-disciplinary exploration of the virus-brain connection.
VINEx to Provide Catalytic Leadership for Research into a Vital Area in the Fight Against SARS-CoV-2 and other Viruses which may have Lasting Effects on the Brain.
From our Science Advisory Council Members
Disentangling the cognitive, physical, and mental health sequelae of COVID-19
Wild C.J., Norton L., Swartz R.H., Owen A.M., Menon D.K., Ripsman D.A. September 06, 2022. Cell Reports Medicine. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrm.2022.100750
Remember COVID? Why many of us are suffering from brain fog
March 7, 2022 - National Post
Filling in the gaps of brain immune response
September 29, 2021 - Open Access Government
Acute and chronic neurological disorders in COVID-19: potential mechanisms of disease
Balcom EF, Nath A, Power C. Brain. 2021 Aug 16:awab302. doi: 10.1093/brain/awab302. Online ahead of print.
New research adds to calls for better support for long COVID patients
June 21, 2021 - Ottawa Citizen
How COVID-19 Affects the Brain
Boldrini M, Canoll PD, Klein RS. How COVID-19 Affects the Brain. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online March 26, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0500
COVID-19 Neuropathology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital (PREPRINT)
Thakur K et al (Klein RS). Preprint. Published online March 21, 2021. doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.16.21253167
The impact of SARS‐CoV‐2 in dementia across Latin America: A call for an urgent regional plan and coordinated response
Ibanez A, Santamaria-Garcia H, Guerrero Barragan A, et al. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020;6(1):e12092. Published 2020 Nov 23. doi:10.1002/trc2.12092
Mapping of SARS-CoV-2 Brain Invasion and Histopathology in COVID-19 Disease
Serrano GE, Walker JE, Arce R, et al. Preprint. medRxiv. 2021;2021.02.15.21251511. Published 2021 Feb 18. doi:10.1101/2021.02.15.21251511
Potential differences in cleavage of the S protein and type-1 interferon together control human coronavirus infection, propagation, and neuropathology within the central nervous system
Alain Le Coupanec, Marc Desforges, Benedikt Kaufer, Philippe Dubeau, Marceline Côté, Pierre J. Talbot. Journal of Virology. Feb 2021, JVI.00140-21; DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00140-21
Microvascular Injury in the Brains of Patients with Covid-19
Lee M-H, Perl DP, Nair G, et al. New England Journal of Medicine. 2021;384(5):481-483. doi:10.1056/nejmc2033369
Nath A. Neurology. 2020;95:559-560. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000010640
Neurological issues during COVID-19: An overview
Nath A, Smith B. Neurosci Lett. 2021;742:135533. doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2020.135533
Is COVID-19 a Perfect Storm for Parkinson's Disease?
Brundin P, Nath A, Beckham JD. Trends Neurosci. 2020;43(12):931-933. doi:10.1016/j.tins.2020.10.009
Human Coronaviruses and Other Respiratory Viruses: Underestimated Opportunistic Pathogens of the Central Nervous System.
Desforges M, Le Coupanec A, Dubeau P, et al. Viruses. 2019;12(1):14. Published 2019 Dec 20. doi:10.3390/v12010014
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the Central Nervous System
De Felice, Fernanda G. et al. Trends in Neurosciences, Volume 43, Issue 6, 355 – 357
Neurologic complications of coronavirus infections.
Nath, Avindra. Neurology. May 2020, 94 (19) 809-810; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009455