Steven Laureys, M.D., Ph.D.
Steven Laureys is a clinical professor of neurology at the University Hospital of Liège and a senior research associate at the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research. He earned his M.D. and M.Sc. in pharmaceutical research from the University of Brussels, working on pain and stroke in rat models. He moved to the University of Liège in 1997, where he obtained his Ph.D. in medical sciences, studying perception in disorders of consciousness. He is board-certified in neurology and in palliative and end-of-life medicine. He now heads the Coma Science Group (www.comascience.org) and has published several books, the latest being The Neurology of Consciousness (Academic Press).
Uncovering AwarenessMedical and Ethical Challenges in Diagnosing and Treating the Minimally Conscious State
Eight years ago an interdisciplinary group of scientists representing several institutions worked together to codify criteria for the minimally conscious state. Today, technology, such as functional neuroimaging, is beginning to change the way medical professionals diagnose, treat, and communicate with patients once considered to have no or very little conscious awareness.