THE COVID BRAIN HEALTH STUDY
Einstein Researchers Awarded $3.5 Million NIH Grant to study Brain Changes Caused by COVID-19 https://einsteinmed.edu/news/4795/einstein-researchers-awarded-$3.5-million-nih-grant-to-study-brain-changes-caused-by-covid-19/
MICHAEL L LIPTON, MD, PHD, FACR
PROFESSOR OF RADIOLOGY,
Infection with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS CoV-2) has affected millions worldwide, notably in New York City. Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) is mostly known for its rapid spread and severe life-threatening lung disease. However, COVID-19 affects many more parts of the body than the lungs. Our patients have reported neurologic changes after COVID-19 including mental fogginess, memory problems and other issues. It is likely that SARS CoV-2 infection leads to a wide spectrum of injury to the brain, which may lead to long-term problems. We want to understand how SARS CoV2 is affecting the brain.
COVID-19 may also affect the brain in ways that may not yet be noticeable to some patients, even if they have recovered from the acute infection. MRI and cognitive tests can provide detailed information about the brain that may show effects of COVID-19. Identifying the early and slight effects in the brain will allow us to understand the consequences and future risk of COVID-19 and possible treatments for patients who suffer long term brain effects from SARS CoV2.