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  1. Authors: Christiane Matuschek, Friedrich Moll, Heiner Fangerau, Johannes C. Fischer, Kurt Zänker, Martijn van Griensven, Marion Schneider, Detlef Kindgen-Milles, Wolfram Trudo Knoefel, Artur Lichtenberg, Balint Tamaskovics, Freddy Joel Djiepmo-Njanang, Wilfried Budach, Stefanie Corradini, Dieter Häussinger, Torsten Feldt…

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Article of the month: Genetic susceptibility of COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread worldwide, researchers have linked patterns of traits to poor disease outcomes. Risk factors for COVID-19 include asthma, elderly age, being pregnant, having any underlying diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and experiencing lifelong systemic racism. Recently, connections to certain genes have also been found, although the susceptibility has not yet been established. 


In this study, researchers conducted a systematic review of current evidence to investigate the genetic susceptibility of COVID-19. Findings suggested several genes related to immune system’s response were related to the severity and susceptibility to the COVID-19. A correlation was reported between the ACE2 levels and the susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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European Journal of Medical Research publishes translational, preclinical and clinical research of international interest across all medical disciplines, enabling clinicians and other researchers to learn about developments and innovations within these disciplines and across the boundaries between disciplines. The journal also has a special focus on internal medicine, surgery, neurology, infectious diseases and intensive care medicine.

European Journal of Medical Research publishes high quality research and reviews and aims to ensure that the results of all well-conducted research are published, regardless of their outcome. The journal will consider exceptional original case reports that significantly expands the field of general medical knowledge or basic research if it addresses a clinically-relevant questions or topic.

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European Journal of Medical Research would like to warmly thank the reviewers whose comments helped to shape the journal with review of manuscripts in Volume 25 (2020). 

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About the Editor-in-Chief

Prof Dr Martijn van Griensven is Full Professor of regenerative medicine and Chair of the Department Cell Biology-Inspired Tissue Engineering (cBITE) at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University, Netherlands. Martijn studied in Leiden, Netherlands and subsequently obtained his PhD in Hannover, Germany. In 2002, he was appointed as Professor for experimental trauma surgery and became co-director of the LBI for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology in Vienna, Austria in 2005. He was appointed as Head of experimental trauma surgery at the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 2011. He is a visiting Professor at Universidad Peruane Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru and Professor at the UNESCO Chair for biomaterials at Universidad de la Habana, Cuba. Furthermore, he is an official Associate Researcher at the Musculoskeletal Gene Research Group at the Department of Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, USA. His research areas are related to engineering methods for the musculoskeletal system.

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