Published: 2021-11-23 15:54 | Updated: 2021-11-23 18:22

Erika Jonsson Laukka awarded project grant from the Swedish Research Council

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KI researcher Erika Jonsson Laukka has been granted a project grant from the Swedish Research Council for her research within post-COVID syndrome.

Portrait of Erika Jonsson Laukka, new head of division at ARC, NVS
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Erika Jonsson Laukka, senior lecturer and Head of division at Aging Research Center (ARC), is granted funding for a period of four years for a project entitled "Long-lasting cognitive and olfactory deficits following mild COVID-19 – modifying factors, brain correlates, and prognostic impact for well-being and daily functioning". The amount awarded is SEK 2 000 000.

Long-lasting post-COVID symptoms may have severe implications for affected individuals and the healthcare system.

"This project focuses on two common symptoms in this patient group, cognitive and olfactory deficits", explains Erika Jonsson Laukka.

The aim is to increase the knowledge regarding nature, severity, and duration of long-term effects on cognitive and olfactory function after mild COVID. Longitudinal follow-up of these individuals is vital to understand the long-term effects.

"We are further interested in which individuals are more likely to be affected by and recover from such deficits, underlying mechanisms, and potential consequences", says Erika Jonsson Laukka.

Co-applicants and researchers involved in the project are Goran Papenberg, Grégoria Kalpouzos, and Marc Guitart-Masip at ARC as well as Marika Möller and Kristian Borg, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Danderyd University Hospital.