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University of Minnesota research project will study impact of long COVID on brains


November 14, 2022

Jaida Grey Eagle, Sahan Journal

Study coordinator Alfredo Lorente speaks Spanish and English to potential participants in the COVID-BRAIN Project.

How do you research the effects of long COVID-19 on Black and brown people when most volunteers for medical studies are white?

University of Minnesota researchers this year started recruiting participants for a study on long COVID. MRI scans, they said, could help shed light on the reported neurological symptoms of the condition, such as headaches and brain fog.

The COVID-BRAIN Project researchers especially want to study those effects in individuals hit hardest by the virus: Black, Latino and Native people. But of the 26 enrolled participants so far, all are white and 19 are female.


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