COVID-19 Monograph by the European Respiratory Society

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 UCD School of Medicine has announced the publication of the first 14 chapters of the COVID-19 Monograph by the European Respiratory Society (ERS), which gives clinicians at all levels, a concise, comprehensive guide to the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Monograph by the European Respiratory Society

This detailed study has been co-edited by Professor Aurelie Fabre, Consultant Histopathologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) D4 with a special interest in lung pathology, UCD Medical School Full Professor of Histopathology, Conway Fellow and Director of the Research Pathology Core at the Conway Institute, in partnership with ERS Editor in Chief of the Monograph.

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Speaking about the publication of this important Monograph, Professor Aurelie Fabre, also former ERS Chair and current member of a number of ERS Task Forces as histopathology representative said, ‘We are all familiar with the unfolding of the pandemic from the first reported case of a new respiratory infection in China in December 2019, to a rapidly spreading virus that changed the world and the way we live.”

“Respiratory clinicians and scientists have been centre stage in delivering healthcare for people with COVID-19 and have led efforts to understand this novel virus and disease and developing and testing strategies to better prevent and treat it. These endeavours extended not only to the acute illness, but also to understanding the longer-term consequences. The pace of knowledge acquisition was rapid but is now maturing” continued Professor Fabre.

The first fourteen chapters of this Monograph focus on the clinical cases and the patients’ perspective, the epidemiology, virology, immunology and pathology of COVID-19, clinical features of the virus and management of adults and children, post-COVID sequelae and rehabilitation. Chapters 11-14 then focus on research design and lessons, epidemic related historical perspectives, societal response and the development of VACCINES. An up-to-date vaccine related Chapter 15 will be added in early 2022.

Dr Virginie Gautier, Associate Professor in Virology, UCD School of Medicine and Principal Investigator in UCD Centre for Experimental Host Pathogen Research (CEPHR) also contributed to the Monograph as the senior author of Chapter 4 titled ‘Drug repurposing and other strategies for rapid coronavirus antiviral development: lessons from the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

Also speaking about the publication of the Monograph, Professor Gautier said ‘This Monograph compiled by a host of internationally recognised respiratory clinicians and scientists provides a timely and highly valuable state-of-the-art summary for all clinicians and scientists on our understanding of this virus and its effects across the world, especially in the acute hospital setting, to date. It is essential reading for all those involved in the care of people who are or who have been affected by COVID-19.’

For more information and to purchase a copy of this COVID-19 Monograph, please visit



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