Berlin, 4-5 June 2009

Coma and Consciousness Clinical, Societal and Ethical Implications

SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM of the 13th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Studies of Consciousness

Organizers: Steven Laureys (Liege), Adrian Owen (Cambridge) & Nicholas Schiff (New York)
Co-funded by the Mind Science Foundation and co-sponsored by the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

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Thursday June 4, 2009

  • 8:30 Introduction
    Steven Laureys
  • 9:00 The problem of unreportable awareness
    Adam Zeman (Peninsula Medical School, UK)
  • 9:30 (Un)consciousness through coherence
    Andreas Engel (University Medical Centre Hamburg, Germany)
  • 10:00 Sleep and consciousness: from theory to measurements
    Marcello Massimini (University of Milano, Italy)
  • 10:30 COFFEE
  • 11:00 Why do seizures cause loss of consciousness?
    Hal Blumenfeld (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA)
  • 11:30 Unexpected recovery from the Minimally Conscious State : Lessons from Terry Wallis
    Joseph Giacino (JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, NJ, USA)
  • 12:00 Awareness in the vegetative state?
    Adrian M. Owen (Cambridge, UK)
  • 14:30 The brain’s default state and intrinsic functional connectivity
    Michael Greicius (Stanford University School of Medicine, CA, USA)
  • 15:00 PET and fMRI correlates of consciousness
    Melanie Boly (University of Liège, Belgium)
  • 15:30 The locked-in syndrome and brain computer interfaces
    Andrea Kübler (University Wurzburg, Germany)
  • 16:00 COFFEE
  • 16:30 Improving consciousness using deep brain stimulation
    Nicholas D. Schiff (Cornell University, NY, USA)
  • 17:00 The neuroethics of measuring and modulating consciousness
    Joseph J. Fins (Cornell University, NY, USA)
  • 17:30 Closing remarks

Friday June 5, 2009
Consciousness: A Transdisciplinary, Integrated Approach 2nd Conference Joint WG Meeting of BM0605

  • 9:30 - 12:30 FREE COMMUNICATIONS
    • The neural basis of consciousness
    • Resting state connectivity during sedation involves key brainstem areas
    • The role of frontal lobe in the lowest states of consciousness
    • Neural correlates of preserved semantic processing in depressed consciousness
    • Losing consciousness: falling asleep during a go/no-go task
    • Brain oscillations shaping sensory awareness
    • Nonlinear properties of cerebellar electrocortical activity in anesthesia
    • Disentangling the automatic from the conscious brain: fMRI of the vegetative state
    • Thalamic diffusion and volume and clinical correlates in VS & MCS
    • Cognitive recovery of VS after EEG zero line: 8-y follow-up study
    • VS and MCS: is a differential diagnosis possible in the long term?
    • Neurobehavioral treatment in moderate to severe TBI: a randomized controlled trial
    • Conditions of altered consciousness in childhood age
    • Evaluation of subjective experience and self mechanisms in severe brain trauma
    • The “Zombie argument” and disorders of consciousness
  • 14:00 – 19:00 McDonnell Coma and Consciousness Consortium Management Committee Meeting

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