Episode 26

Published on:

25th Apr 2022

COVID Shrinks Your Brain

COVID brain fog is a well-documented, residual symptom following COVID infection. However, how COVID infects the brain and potential causes of COVID brain fog are unclear. In this episode, Dan and Derek discuss two recent studies that show that even mild cases of COVID may have important impacts on brain structure and function.

Douaud et al. SARS-CoV-2 is associated with changes in brain structure in UK Biobank. Nature, March 2022. PMID: 35255491

Fernández-Castañeda et al. Mild respiratory SARS-CoV-2 infection can cause multi-lineage cellular dysregulation and myelin loss in the brain. bioRxiv, January 2022. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.01.07.475453v1

The information presented here is not medical advice. Consult your physician on any questions regarding your personal health.

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Beyond the Abstract
Science and research for everyone
Hey science nerds! Welcome to Beyond the Abstract, a science podcast dedicated to discussion of the coolest cutting edge, basic science research papers in a way that just about anyone can understand. We're your hosts, Derek, Dan, and Ellen, three MD/PhD students coming from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School who are passionate about science communication and bridging the gap between science and medicine.

In each episode, we’ll dive into a paper and talk about the experiments these scientists did, what it means for the future of research, and even potential impacts on human health and medicine. We've invited experts in these fields to help us understand and dissect these complicated but impactful papers.

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About your hosts

Derek Sung, PhD

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Derek is a 7th year MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in developmental and vascular biology with plans to apply into pathology. He received his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2022. He is the founder, co-developer, and co-host of Beyond the Abstract.

In his spare time, he likes to listen to All Star by Smash Mouth on repeat, smile too big for photos, pretend to be a sommelier, and throw epic Halloween parties with his roommate.

Ellen White

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Ellen is a 3rd year MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in microbiome research with the hopes of specializing in GI medicine. She is a co-developer and co-host of Beyond the Abstract. You can find her listening to Work by Rihanna (feat. Drake) on repeat, getting too invested in college basketball games, or shamelessly watching Real Housewives.

Dan Weiner

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Dan is a MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School. He recently completed his PhD in genomics! He is co-host of Beyond the Abstract.

In his spare time you can find him running, hiking, cooking and scrolling TikTok.