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International brain study investigates long-term effects of COVID-19

June 23, 2020


Dr. Rick Swartz, stroke neurologist and cognitive scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and associate professor at the University of Toronto, and Adrian Owen at Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute have launched the COVID-19 Brain Study in an effort to study how the virus affects cognition.

“We need to understand whether COVID-19 patients are getting better or worse over time,” Swartz said. “And is it only some patients? For example, is it only those who were ventilated or sedated? This study will allow us to ask these relevant questions on a global scale and to inform efforts to improve recovery and long-term function for the millions of COVID-19 survivors around the world.”

The goal is to recruit 50,000 participants in the COVID-19 Brain Study, which will be available in English, French and Spanish.

Learn more about the study in Western News »