Marie-Aurélie Bruno is a neuropsychologist and a research fellow at the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the Coma Science Group, studying consciousness in coma, locked-in syndrome, and related states. Her research focuses on the recovery of neurological disability and neuronal plasticity in altered states of consciousness, confronting bedside behavioral evaluation with multimodal functional neuroimaging, electroencephalography (EEG) coupled with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional MRI, and positron emission tomography (PET).
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.