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Athena Demertzi

Athena Demertzi

Athena Demertzi is a researcher in cognitive and clinical neuroscience.

On neuroscientific terms, she aims to comprehend the neural basis of consciousness and self-consciousness. On clinical terms, she means to provide biomarkers to predict the diagnosis and prognosis of non-communicating patients. To that end, she has conducted behavioral and neuroimaging studies in physiological (hypnosis), pathological (brain injury) and pharmacological (anesthesia) conditions. As this type of research touches upon philosophical and ethical issues, she is further interested in the socio-ethical implications of her research findings. For that matter, she has conducted surveys with the goal to debrief opinions of healthcare professionals on the nature of consciousness, subjective experiences, and end-of-life options. Currently, she is interested in the embodied approach to cognition.

Athena graduated from the Faculty of Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece, 2000-2005). Soon after, she pursued the Research Master’s in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, and Psychopathology, at Maastricht University (The Netherlands, 2005-2007). Next, she joined the Coma Science Group as a doctoral student and received her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Liège in May 2012.

Her postdoctoral research has been conducted at the Coma Science Group and at the Brain and Spine Institute (ICM, Paris) funded by the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research (FNRS), the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the French Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM).

Find her CV here and the list of her scientific papers (PubMed) and pdfs on our website.