A Conversation with Lisa McCorkell of the Patient-Led Research Collaborative

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By David Tuller, DrPH

Lisa McCorkell is a co-founder of the Patient-Led Research Collaborative, a group of people with Long COVID and associated conditions who are also engaged in conducting research into these illnesses. She has a masters in public policy from University of California, Berkeley, and was featured as one of Nature’s 10 people who helped shaped science in 2022. She is the co-author of several prominent Long COVID papers, most recently a commentary in Nature called “Long COVID research risks losing momentum—we need a moonshot.” (Her co-author is Michael Peluso, a physician and researcher at UCSF.) She and I recently spoke about how she views the current research situation and her prescription for what is needed to pursue this “moonshot.”