AstraZeneca’s adenovirus-based covid-19 vaccine is associated with a 30 percent increased risk of the rare side effect thrombocytopenia, or too few platelets, compared to Pfizer’s mRNA covid-19 vaccine. This has been confirmed by research coordinated by Erasmus MC’s Department of Medical Informatics, published in The BMJ.
Infection & Immunity
The best way to address risk factors for future pandemics is a One Health approach that balances and optimizes the health of people, animals, and ecosystems. That is the message of the The Independent Task Force on COVID-19 and other Pandemics, which includes Prof Dr Marion Koopmans of the Erasmus MC and Pandemic & Disaster […]
The omicron BA.1 variant of SARS-CoV-2 is less infectious in the brain and triggers less inflammation in brain cells than the virus variant responsible for the first SARS-CoV-2 wave. This has been shown in research with hamsters and human brain cells by scientists from the Erasmus MC. ‘Good news, but no guarantees for the future.’
A patient with an immune disorder and neurological problems brought together an international team of scientists and clinicians from Rotterdam and Vienna. Together they determined that all his symptoms have the same genetic cause.
A study of more than eight million vaccinated people finds no increased risk of rare neurological events after covid-19 vaccination. An increased risk was, however, seen after SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infects kidney cells and contributes to tissue scarring in the kidneys. This has been shown by researchers from the Erasmus MC, RWTH Uniklinik Aachen in Germany and Radboudumc.
During Lof der Geneeskunst, four researchers were awarded a fellowship. This enables them to pursue their research over the next four years. Dean Stefan Sleijfer: ‘These are the greatest research talents of Erasmus MC. Their work likely will make an impact on us and our loved ones.’
Mutations in the spike protein of the coronavirus, cause up to seven times stronger binding to the receptor on our cells. This was discovered by researchers at Erasmus MC after analyzing coronavirus variants that were first described in England and South Africa. The increase in binding affinity possibly contributes to the faster spread of these […]