Viral hepatitis C associated neurocognitive dysfunction in Ireland in the DAA era

Approximately 30,000-50,000 people in Ireland have hepatitis C. Although the virus mainly affects the liver, in up to 30% of infected people the virus also affects the brain causing poor concentration, difficulties in concentrating, poor memory. Patients often describe this as a "brain fog". These symptoms may lead to forgetting to attend hospital appointments and forgetting to take tablets, which may cause poor quality of life.
In the past, it was thought that poor brain function in people with hepatitis C was because the liver had developed cirrhosis but new information suggests that the "brain fog"

Award Date
23 October 2015
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Professor Suzanne Norris
Host Institution
Trinity College Dublin
Health Research Awards