Understanding the long term impact of COVID-19 on the brain by advanced MR imaging and spectroscopy


In this study, we want to learn more about what kinds of structural and chemical changes are happening in the nervous systems of people recovering from COVID-19 compared to people who have not been exposed to COVID-19.

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18 Years and over
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:

• Participants must be 18 years or older
• Participants must fall into one of the following groups: a) no known COVID-19 exposure (for controls), or b) laboratory confirmed COVID-19 who present with neurological symptoms in the months after infection and were either 1) non-hospitalized, or 2) hospitalized, but never underwent invasive (tube in throat) ventilation
• Participants must be English or Spanish speaking
• Participants must be able to provide written informed consent
• Participants must be clear of any contraindications for MRI (see exclusions) *Study not registered on
Exclusion Criteria:

• Medical conditions likely to interfere with the study, including chronic neurologic conditions (such as Alzheimer disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder, brain infections, or brain tumors), traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness, end-stage kidney disease, end-stage liver disease, restless leg syndrome, chronic lung disease unrelated to COVID-19 needing oxygen, history of stroke unrelated to COVID-19, history of bipolar disorder or psychotic illness (such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder)
• Individuals who had COVID-19 and required mechanical invasive ventilation
• Pregnant women
• Inability to undergo MRI scanning, including but not limited to claustrophobia, unable to remain still in an MRI scanner for more than 30 minutes, presence of metallic foreign bodies or pacemakers in body, weight over 350 lbs. *Study not registered on

Brain & Nervous System, COVID-19

CMRR, COVID-19, Coronavirus, MRI, MRS, SARS-CoV-2, long COVID, long-term, neurological

Katie Gundry -
Gulin Oz