UFRN project recruits people who have recovered well from COVID-19

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The study project to investigate the determinants of post-COVID-19 cognitive dysfunction, at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), is in need of volunteers who fully recovered within 14 days of the infection, without showing symptoms after recovery. The research wants to understand which factors influence the development of symptoms such as memory loss and attention difficulties in people’s lives after COVID-19.

The first stage of the research is carried out via online video call and the second is carried out in person at the UFRN Faculty of Pharmacy, located in the Petrópolis neighborhood, east of Natal. For the person interested in contributing to the study, it is necessary to be available to participate in both stages.

Jéssica Araújo, one of the study’s researchers, explains that the team is urgently in need of volunteers from the public who have recovered from Covid-19 without presenting cognitive complaints – such as memory loss or problems concentrating – after recovering from the infection.

The project analyzes both those people who present post-COVID cognitive difficulties, and those who do not.

“What we are mainly looking for are people who have recovered from COVID-19 and do not have any post-COVID complaints. We work with both groups, but we had much more registrations in the group of people who do have cognitive complaints after COVID”explains the researcher.

Criteria to participate

Diagnosed with COVID-19;

Age between 18 and 50 years old;

No use of illicit drugs;

No autoimmune disease;

Not being pregnant;

To register, simply click on this link which redirects to an online form with more details.

Other doubts can be clarified through the Covid Longa project communication channels, which are:

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: @projetolongcovid

The project

Coordinated by professor and researcher Andre Luchessi, from the UFRN Faculty of Pharmacy, the research to investigate the determinants of post-COVID-19 cognitive dysfunction seeks to understand what leads someone to develop post-COVID-19 cognitive problems, such as memory loss or difficulties of concentration.

Jéssica Araújo says that, since the beginning of the pandemic, Professor Luchessi’s laboratory began to collaborate with an international study called Spanish Coalition to Unlock Research on host Genetics on COVID-19 (SCOURGE), which sought to discover genetic factors that could be influencing the fact that COVID-19 presents different symptoms in different people and at different levels of disease severity. One of the volunteer recruitment centers in Brazil was at UFRN.

When monitoring the evolution of the participants in this study, Jéssica says that it was possible to notice that around 30% of these people reported, post-COVID-19, cognitive symptoms such as memory problems, mental confusion and concentration problems.

“We also saw, in other research centers and other studies, that there was a significant portion of the population that, after COVID, complained of having these cognitive symptoms. With this, the curiosity arose to know if there were genetic or immunological factors in the individual that would be predisposing them to developing these symptoms after COVID”reports.

Thus, the study to investigate the determinants of post-COVID-19 cognitive dysfunction arose from the funding of a CNPq call for research in the area of ​​Long COVID.


The article is in Portuguese

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