Stanford RECOVER

Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) is a four-year initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the long-term effects of COVID-19 with a goal of preventing and treating the syndrome. Approximately 10% to 30% of people who have had a SARS-CoV-2 infection (the virus that causes COVID-19) experience lingering effects for months after their initial infection. This condition, known as Long COVID, can be debilitating and affect quality of life of millions of people.

Our Mission

Stanford Medicine is one of 30 research teams around the country participating in the RECOVER initiative. As an enrolling site for the study, Stanford Medicine is seeking to better understand the incidence, prevalence, and functional changes associated with Long COVID to learn why some people experience faster and fuller recovery than others.

Study Participants Needed!

  • As of August 2022, we have enrolled over 500 volunteers in the RECOVER trial since our launch in December 2021. We hope to enroll another 500 participants representing a wide range of experiences.

  • Anyone 18 and older can participate, including those who haven’t had COVID or haven’t experienced ongoing symptoms such as pain, brain fog, fatigue, chest tightness, palpitations, and dizziness.

  • Participants will be monitored over four years via annual visits to a location on or near the Stanford campus in Palo Alto. Modest compensation is available to offset time and travel.

Our Collaborative Approach

Using a team science approach, Stanford’s RECOVER research team is a collaboration between these groups in the Department of Medicine:

The research team also relies on important contributions from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, the Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU), and the Innovative Medicines Accelerator (IMA).

Principal investigators include:

  • Upinder Singh, MD, professor of infectious diseases & geographical medicine and of microbiology and immunology
  • PJ Utz, MD, PhD, professor of immunology and rheumatology
  • Catherine Blish, MD, PhD, professor of infectious diseases
  • Yvonne Maldonado, MD, professor of pediatric infectious disease and of epidemiology and population health, as well as the Taube Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases