LA CaTS Center Partners, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University, and LSU Health New Orleans, are sites in a nationwide collaborative effort to understand long-COVID. The NIH’s Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) initiative, through a coordinated effort, published its initial results in JAMA. The announcement was released by numerous media outlets.
The LA CaTS Center is part of the IDeA States Consortium for Clinical Research (ISCORE) that collaborates with other IDeA-CTR Networks such as West Virginia and Maine Health in this initiative. The ISCORE Network is extremely important to understanding long-COVID particularly in underserved, minority populations which have had some of the highest COVID rates.
“We are joined with researchers across the U.S. in the RECOVER Consortium working to improve treatments for long COVID,” said Dr. John Kirwan, LA CATS Center Director and Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical. “Our findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified the most common symptoms, potential subgroups, and an initial symptom-based scoring system for people with long COVID.”
About RECOVER: The National Institutes of Health Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (NIH RECOVER) Initiative is a $1.15 billion effort, including support through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, that seeks to identify how people recuperate from COVID-19, and who are at risk for developing post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC). Researchers are also working with patients, clinicians, and communities across the United States to identify strategies to prevent and treat the long-term effects of COVID – including long COVID. For more information, please visit recovercovid.org.
HHS Long COVID Coordination: This work is a part of the National Research Action Plan, a broader government-wide effort in response to the Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services to mount a full and effective response to long COVID. Led by Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, the Plan and its companion Services and Supports for Longer-term Impacts of COVID-19 (link is external) (opens pdf) report lay the groundwork to advance progress in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and provision of services for individuals experiencing long COVID.