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‘Your Fantastic Mind’ episode to focus on long COVID, becoming a brain surgeon

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Jennifer Johnson McEwen
Director of Communications, Emory Brain Health Center

The next episode of "Your Fantastic Mind" will air Jan. 3, 2022, and will include a segment about long COVID.

Season 3 of “Your Fantastic Mind,” the Emory Brain Health Center’s television partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, launched in November and will consist of four, one-hour episodes airing from November 2021 to May 2022.

The second episode of the season will air Monday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m., and will feature two segments:

Segment 1: Long COVID

It is estimated more than 11 million Americans are living with long COVID. Some people never fully recover from the virus, while others recover and then relapse with the same or new symptoms. With very few clinics dedicated to treating long COVID and with researchers and health care professionals still in the early stages of understanding how it manifests, millions of people are living with chronic issues not being addressed. Many can no longer work and function normally. This episode features four people with long COVID (including an emergency room physician); an update on research helping us better understand long COVID and the connection it has to other conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome; and how widely-available FDA medications can be repurposed and used to treat and help alleviate symptoms for some people fighting long COVID. Watch the promo video here.

Segment 2: The Making of a Brain Surgeon

The road to becoming a brain surgeon (or neurosurgeon) is widely known as the most difficult and longest in all of medicine. In the United States, neurosurgery residency training takes seven years after medical school. It is a competitive field where very few make the cut and achieve the dream. This episode takes viewers behind the curtain and into the long days and nights of the Emory Department of Neurosurgery’s newest class of residents. From Emory’s first African-American woman neurosurgery resident to a man motivated to enter the field after life-changing brain surgery as a child, join these first-year residents as they begin their arduous journey. Watch the promo video here.

The show’s third season began with an episode that explored the human brain in love and grief and showed how Emory neuroscience research is being used to help people with social and emotional disorders. It also featured segments on the Grady Trauma Project’s work related to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder among African-American women and the Nia Project, a support and empowerment program for survivors of abuse who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. 

Earlier this year, “Your Fantastic Mind” was honored with six Emmy awards, including best TV series. The show was also accepted for nationwide distribution, making Season 2 available to PBS stations across the country. To date, “Your Fantastic Mind” has been picked up by 24 PBS stations in 23 markets including some of the nation’s largest TV markets in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Visit the “Your Fantastic Mind” website to stream full episodes and segments from all three seasons.


About Brain Health at Emory University

As one of the nation’s premier research universities, Emory University is a leader in education, discovery and patient care related to the neurosciences. Faculty scholars, scientists, physicians and clinicians throughout the university collaborate on advancing knowledge associated with the brain and brain health. The Emory Brain Health Center combines neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, rehabilitation medicine and sleep medicine in a unique, integrated approach. Emory researchers are predicting, preventing, treating and curing diseases and disorders of the brain and addressing the growing global crisis associated with some of the most common ones. In addition, Emory’s neuroethics program explores the evolving ethical, legal and social impact of the neurosciences. Emory’s multidisciplinary approach is transforming the world’s understanding of the vast frontiers of the brain, harnessing imagination and discovery to address 21st-century challenges.

About GPB

As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 19 radio stations and multi-faceted digital and education divisions, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs about the state like Georgia Outdoors, Hometown Georgia, Political Rewind and more. 


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