by Varshini Chellapilla
Jay Austin was the first study participant to return to the Penn Memory Center after in-person testing was resumed.
Before his visit in July Austin, a participant of the Aging Brain Cohort (ABC) study, had to undergo COVID-19 pre-screening as part of safety protocols. On the day of his appointment, he walked into the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, he was greeted by volunteers in masks and personal protection equipment who would check his temperature.
“I think, with all of the safety precautions, I felt really good and very safe and very secure about everything PMC was doing,” Austin said. “Every individual that assists in coordinating the scheduling and conducts the research has just been amazing. So helpful and thoughtful in staying in touch, advising of the process and necessary steps, as well as being available to accompany me throughout my entire time inthe Penn facilities.”
In March, most of the world shut down. As streets emptied and entire countries went into lockdown in an effort to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus, the doors of the Penn Memory Center closed too.