COVID-BRain Advanced Imaging Network

COVID-BRain Advanced Imaging Network



This study aims to understand the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the brain through imaging. This is a multi-site study led by University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Rochester, and Harvard University and is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Why is this study important?

Many people who have had COVID-19 are reporting symptoms for weeks to months, even after they recover from their initial illness. To be able to overcome long-COVID we need to learn more about what kinds of changes are happening in the brains of people recovering from COVID-19.

COVID-19 is affecting underserved communities the most. Therefore, we invite communities most impacted to join forces with us in this study. By understanding the causes of these long-lasting symptoms, we can treat them better.   

Who can join?

We are looking for individuals who had COVID-19 and are still having symptoms like headaches, “brain fog”, feeling tired, dizziness, memory problems, or loss of taste or smell. We especially need patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19. 
We are also looking for individuals who did not have COVID-19.

Learn more about the study

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Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Individuals who had laboratory confirmed COVID-19 or no known COVID-19 exposure (healthy control volunteers)
  • Ongoing symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, memory problems if you had COVID-19
  • Able to undergo MR scanning
  • English or Spanish speaking

What happens if I agree to participate in this study?

If you agree to participate in this study, we will ask you to come to the study center for the following:

We will reach out to you every three months while you are in this study to check in on your symptoms and see if you have any questions. We may invite you for a second visit about two years after the first visit.

Is there compensation for study participants?

Yes, we will compensate you for each completed study visit. You will not be responsible for the cost of any study procedure. Public transportation fees or parking will be additionally provided. If you need to stop study procedures for any reason, you will receive partial payment for your time.

Who is conducting this study?

University of Minnesota:

Study Lead: Gülin Öz, PhD

Study Coordinator: Katie Gundry

Study Coordinator: Katie Gundry

Mayo Clinic Rochester:
Kejal Kantarci

Study Lead: Kejal Kantarci, MD
Study Coordinator: June C. Kendall Thomas

Massachusettes General Hospital/Harvard University:
Eva Ratai

Study Lead: Eva Ratai, PhD

Ellie Enichen

Study Coordinator: Ellie Enichen

Houston Methodist Research Institute:
Tetsuo Ashizawa

Study Lead: Tetsuo Ashizawa, MD

Titi Olubajo

Study Coordinator: Titilayo Olubajo

Johns Hopkins University:
Peter Barker

Study Lead: Peter Barker, PhD




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