Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain

Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain

Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19’s Effects on the BrainPosted on January 14th, 2021 by Dr. Francis CollinsCaption: Magnetic resonance microscopy showing lower part of a COVID-19 patient’s brain stem postmortem. Credit: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIHWhile primarily a respiratory disease, COVID-19 can also lead to neurological problems. The NIH team, led by Avindra Nath, used a high-powered magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner (up to 10 times as sensitive as a typical MRI) to examine postmortem brain tissue from 19 patients. They could find no evidence in the brain tissue samples that SARS-CoV-2 had invaded the brain tissue. Links:COVID-19 Research (NIH)Avindra Nath (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH)NIH Support: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Institute on Aging; National Institute of General Medical Sciences; National Cancer Institute; National Institute of Mental Health

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