Athena Demertzi, PhD, graduated from the Faculty of Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2005. Soon after, she pursued the Research Master’s in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, and Psychopathology, at Maastricht University, The Netherlands where she specialized in the field of Neuropsychology. She graduated in August 2007 and has next joined the Coma Science Group as a doctoral student. Under supervision of Prof. Steven Laureys, she has investigated attitudes of healthcare workers towards medico-ethical issues concerning patients with disorders of consciousness, such as pain perception and end-of-life. Realizing the persistence of such controversies in the medical community, she aimed to increase the understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of these patients by means of objective neuroimaging tools. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) she has investigated resting state brain function both in healthy volunteers (in waking conditions and under hypnosis) and in patients with disorders of consciousness. She received her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Liège in May 2012.