The Brain Foundation has started a crowdfunding campaign to fund urgent research into brain damage caused by the corona virus. The virus can cause serious damage to the brain in various ways during and after infection. Damage from which the patient suffers direct and long-term negative consequences.
The Brain Foundation calls on everyone to contribute to the research. So far, almost 265,000 euros have been collected together. However, more than 60,000 euros are still needed.
“Corona is primarily a lung disease, but it has major consequences for the brain,” says Merel Heimens Visser, director of the Brain Foundation. “Last week, research by the Amsterdam UMC showed that the virus can cause the immune system in the brain to run wild. And that’s not all. Some people are deprived of oxygen in the blood and therefore also in the brain. The virus can also cause inflammation of the brain or disrupt blood clotting. A blood clot can cause a cerebral infarction. The long stay in intensive care is also very harmful to the brain. Many patients experience permanent cognitive complaints, such as less attention and concentration, problems with remembering and planning. ”
Treat, limit or even prevent damage
For some, the consequences after the corona virus are permanent. Why and how exactly this works in the brain is unfortunately still unknown. Prof. Caroline van Heugten, affiliated with Maastricht University: “The research of the Amsterdam UMC was carried out on corona patients who had died. That is why it is now so important to also investigate the possible brain damage in corona patients who have survived the virus. If we know who gets which complaints and why, we can better treat, limit or even prevent brain damage in corona patients. That is why research needs to be done now so that new patients can receive the right treatment. ”
The researchers Prof. Caroline van Heugten and Dr Janneke Horn, affiliated with Amsterdam UMC, will lead the research as soon as the amount of 325,000 euros has been received. So far, 265,000 euros has already been raised, but more than 60,000 euros is still needed. “The more people donate, the sooner the researchers can start the research. So everyone’s help is desperately needed ”, says Heimens Visser.
Would you like to know more about the crowdfunding campaign and the consequences of the coronavirus on the brain?
Look at www.vastonderzoek.hersenstichting.nl
About the Brain Foundation
1 in 4 people has a brain disorder. Brain disorders are unfortunately fast becoming the biggest disease in the Netherlands. This has to stop. Because a brain disorder turns your life upside down. That is why the Brain Foundation is committed to ensuring a healthy brain for everyone. Now and in the future. We do not focus on one condition, but invest widely in groundbreaking solutions that help prevent, slow down or cure brain disorders. To achieve this, we conduct research, provide information and strive for better patient care. More information: www.hersenstichting.nl.
In the photo: the researchers Prof. Caroline van Heugten and Dr. Janneke Horn, affiliated with Amsterdam UMC
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