Debate on post-COVID symptoms

Among the sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, neurological symptoms and neuropsychological alterations have been reported both in the short and long term (post-COVID-19). Knowledge about these sequelae is key to detecting them early and proposing appropriate interventions. this saturday 12th of Novemberon the day Neurological effects and neuropsychological alterations due to COVID-19organized by the UOC in Madridexperts and experts will present the state of the art on the neurology and neuropsychology of COVID-19 and will present the scientific findings of their research projects.

The opening of the conference, by Marco Calabria, professor and member of the Cognitive NeuroLab research group of the UOC’s Health Sciences Department, will take place at 10 h. And the talks, moderated by UOC professors Elena Muoz Marrón, director of the Cognitive NeuroLab research laboratory, and Raquel Viejo, director of the University Master’s Degree in Neuropsychology, will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m..

In the first presentation, Ana Echavarra Iguezassociate neurology physician at the Headache Unit of the Neurology Service of the University Hospital of Valladolid, will review in her presentation the frequency and type of neurological symptoms experienced in patients affected by coronavirus infection. Focus primarily on the headacheand discuss its possible causes and treatments, as well as cognitive symptoms.

Jordi Matas-Guiu Beforea specialist physician in the Neurology area of ​​the Hospital Clnico San Carlos, subsequently reviewing the current evidence regarding the existence of disturbances in the central nervous system in the post-COVID-19 syndrome, in reference to clinical and cognitive manifestations, neuroimaging studies and biomarkers. Likewise, to introduce the possible application of this knowledge in the treatment of some of the symptoms of the post-COVID-19 syndrome through non-invasive neuromodulation techniques.

After a pause, Maite Garolerahead of the Neuropsychology Unit and director of the Brain, Cognition and Behavior research group at the Hospital de Terrassa – Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa, will present the preliminary results of the Nautilus project and those of a multimodal intervention designed to improve the cognition of this population using immersive virtual reality. According to this expert, approximately 10% of survivors have post-COVID-19 symptomsand between 70% and 80% of them have cognitive complaints.

The teacher Calabria talk about the fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of the post-COVID-19 condition according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “Up to a third of people with post-COVID-19 suffer from it, and can last up to twelve months after infection. The nature of it represents a challenge for clinical practice and research, since it depends on multiple factors, both biological and psychological, “explains the expert. In his presentation, he will present its possible relationship with cognitive deficits and neuropsychiatric symptoms.

In the last presentation, Aida Surez Gonzlez, a researcher at the University College London (UCL) Dementia Research Center, will present the lines of research of the CICERO study, aimed at solving this problem. The study aims to clarify the cognitive impairment profile in persistent COVID-19 and evaluate the efficacy of a neuropsychological rehabilitation program in the reduction of functional disability of people with cognitive COVID-19. The results of this project, funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research, will help create the country’s first national COVID-19 cognitive rehabilitation guideline, to be published in early 2024.

The conclusions and the closing of the act will be in charge of Calabria.


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