50 million SEK to research into post-COVID syndrome
The Swedish Research Council is allocating 50 million SEK to 14 research projects into post-COVID syndrome. The research shall contribute to developing knowledge within health and medical care, and improving diagnosis and therapy alternatives for patients with long-term symptoms following COVID-19.
The researchers now awarded grants are active at the University of Gothenburg, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University, Stockholm University and Umeå University. Together, their research covers many different types of symptoms and organs.
Examples of questions that the projects seek to answer are whether post-COVID syndrome is caused by an auto-immune reaction, or by residual virus. Are there any disruptions or genetic variations in the immune systems of those affected? And what, if any, are the long-term effects on the brain? What neurological symptoms can arise, and why are some patients affected by them?
“There is a great need to gain more knowledge about post-COVID syndrome. Competence within the research fields covered by this call is high in Sweden, which is reflected in the applications we have received. We therefore have good preconditions to increase the knowledge on many fronts, and in the longer term to improve the care and treatment of the patients affected,” says Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt, Secretary General of the Scientific Council for Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council.
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