This free event will be held over the Zoom platform. THERE IS NO CHARGE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. After you register, you will receive an email invite to join the meeting.

COVID: The Long-Term Impacts on the Brain and Body

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 3:00pm (Arizona time)

COVID roared into our world in early 2020, altering every part of our way of life. Now, three years after its emergence as a global threat to our security and safety, research continues to teach us the many ways COVID has impacted the brain and body. Join us to discuss the long-term effects and how we can adapt education, medicine, and the workforce to support those impacted.

This event features a lecture by Dr. Reyes on emerging research, followed by a lively panel discussion featuring survivors of COVID.

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Patricio F. Reyes, M.D. is Chief of Neurology and Director of Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders at the Carl. T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. 

His longstanding participation with the Retired NFL Players Association and the Association of Ringside Physicians has exposed him to dangers of contact sports. What’s more, in his 30 years of practice, he has acquired acclaimed expertise in dementia, as well as non-sports-related causes of TBI.

Dr. Reyes is also a founding member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona’s esteemed Brain Health Advisory Council.


Bob Millsap has been caregiver to his wife Shelly, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2013.

Beginning in December, 2021, Bob was hospitalized a total of 53 days from Covid-19 pneumonia. He now suffers extensive long-term issues from his battle with Covid.

Bob spent over 30 years in the retail grocery industry and for the last several years has been a mortgage loan originator.

This spring Bob released his first book, Shake Yourself Free, which chronicles the positive lessons to be learned from his adversity-filled journey. He is a long-time donor and supporter of Brain Injury Alliance programs.

Bob and Shelly live in Surprise and have two grown sons, Dylan, and Taylor.

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