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CoviD-19 and brain: cognItion And meNtal heAlth

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Competitive project
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Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
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The clinical features of COVID-19 are varied, ranging from asymptomatic state to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and multi organ dysfunction, including the central nervous system (CNS). While some cognitive and neurological effects of COVID-19 may be transient, the possibility that some become chronic cannot be ruled out. DIANA project is an interdisciplinary project that will investigate the potential discriminative power of multimodal biomarkers in COVID-19 adverse outcomes. For this challenge we will study COVID from a translational approach at the behavioral-clinical level from cognitive, emotional and functional data, the brain connectome level from structural and functional imaging data, and biogenetic level from blood and stool data. Moreover, we will develop machine learning based predictive models of cognitive, mental health, functionality and brain connectivity evolution in post COVID 19 survivors. This is an observational, descriptive, and cross-sectional study in which participants will not be randomized. Case people (adult survivors of severe COVID-19 N=134) will compare to people without that outcome (healthy adult controls n=66). It is a multicentric study where all the participants will be recruited from eleven Catalan public health institutions. The participants will be assessed on cognitive, emotional and functional status. We will obtain a blood sample to study inflammation, vascular risk, growth factors, angiogenesis, neurogenesis, and cellular metabolism biomarkers and genes, and a stool sample for gut microbiota study. Structural and functional MRI will be performed on a subgroup of participants 40 COVID-19 survivors and 40 healthy controls.
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