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16 September 2021
Interview with University of Georgia's lecturer Dr. Pedram Keshavarz about his article published in the "The Academic Radiology".

On August 9, 2021 "The University of Georgia's lecturer's Dr. Pedram Keshavarz's article entitled “A Systematic Review of Imaging Studies in Olfactory Dysfunction Secondary to COVID-19” was published in the "The Academic Radiology". Here are Dr. Keshavarz's answers to our questions about the article.

 

1. What impact can this research have on human life?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous people were infected and presented with different signs and symptoms after this disease. For instance, several people complained about anosmia and olfactory dysfunction after getting a COVID-19 infection worldwide. Therefore, this study plays a pivotal role in human life in terms of rapid diagnosis and management of different signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection, especially getting anosmia and olfactory dysfunction after SARS-CoV-2 infection.
2. How exactly is the research subject connected to these issues?
In the present study, after a systematic review of all COVID-19 papers (1490 studies) presented with anosmia after getting SARS-CoV-2 infection, we revealed various symptoms of COVID-19 infection in terms of anosmia and olfactory dysfunction in COVID-19 cases. In addition, we reviewed all studies that reported imaging findings (CT scan, brain MRI, PET/CT, and PET/MRI) of anosmia after SARS CoV-2 infection around the world.
3. How can students get involved in this field, and why should they do so?
From my perspective, all students should be participated in their interesting research field and update themselves with doing research. Therefore, I plan to create a multidisciplinary research team of all motivated students to get involved in research at the University of Georgia (UG). Second, I prepared preliminary and advanced short-term online research courses for UG students to level up their research knowledge. Finally, I recommend that all UG students get involved in future research courses and our research team at The University of Georgia, and increase their research background or resume to have more opportunities in the future.
4. What were the main challenges and skills involved in conducting this research?
From my perspective, the main challenge of each research is the novelty and creativity of the topic. In this study, we systematically review all related papers and read about 1490 studies to find all the COVID-19 cases presented with anosmia or any olfactory dysfunction after getting a COVID-19 infection. Additionally, this systematic review was performed based on the guidelines of preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) and several databases such as Scopus, MEDLINE (PubMed), Web of Science (WOS), Embase (Elsevier), Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar databases were systematically searched. Therefore, all databases used comprehensive search terms and medical subject headings (MESH) to write this systematic review.
the modified version of the Newcastle–Ottawa Scale.
5. What made you interested in conducting research on this subject?
Numerous people after getting COVID-19 infection presented complained about different signs and symptoms of anosmia and olfactory dysfunction after getting COVID-19 infection worldwide. Therefore, we systematically reviewed these articles to better understand the presentation of anosmia and olfactory dysfunction after getting a COVID-19 infection.
6. Could you tell us about your collaborators?
I worked with multiple research teams and COVID-19 research centers in the United States, Iran, and Georgia. In addition, I have created a specific research team to perform high-quality teamwork research on clinical and basic science hot topics.
7. What additional support did this research receive?
Although this study has not received any funding, it was supported by the School of Science and Technology at the University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.
 
The original publication on "The Academic Radiology" Can be found here.
 
 





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