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Caroline Schnakers


Since the beginning of her carrer, Dr Caroline Schnakers focused her research on severely brain - injured patients recovering coma and, more particularly, on the detection of conscious cognitive activity using behavioral and e lectrophysiological techniques . She has shown the difficulty to detect signs of consciousness (40% of error rate) and the difference of sensitivity between existing coma scales to detect these signs. In parallel, She has developed electrophysiological paradi gms for detecting conscious cognitive activity without the intervention of motor functions (using mental tasks such as counting) in severely brain - injured patients who are unable to actively interact with their surroundings. She has also developed a testing solely based on ocular responses allowing the assessment of cognitive functions in patients with severe motor dysfunctions (locked - in syndrome; characterized by anarthria, quadriplegia and preserved consciousness). Finally, s he has created and validated th e first scale allowing pain assessment in patients with disorders of consciousness. In 2010, she has received the Young Investigator Award from the International Brain Injury Association in recognition of my work. She has published around 60 articles (H - inde x: 30) and she i s the editor of a book untitled “Coma and Disorders of consciousness” (Springer - Verlag, Paris, 2011; Springer - Verlag, London, 2012). Until recently, Dr Schnakers worked with the Coma Sci enc e Group . She is now working at the UC LA department of Psychology and Neurosurgery

In 2008-2009 she was a post-doc at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, Edison , New Jersey, USA.
- Read on Caroline's work on the University's website that makes knowledge accessible
- See the video of her presentation "Behavioural, electrophysiological and imaging results in patients with disorders of consciousness" April 6, 2009, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Find her articles on PubMed and pdfs on our website