Satellite Event

Coma and Consciousness
Clinical, societal and ethical implications

Berlin, Thursday, June 4, 2009

Satellite Symposium of the 13th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness


  • 8:00–8:30 Registration and Coffee and Poster Installation
  • 8:30–9:00 The need for a transdisciplinary study of coma and consciousness
    Steven Laureys and Joseph Dial
  • 9:00–9:30 The problem of unreportable awareness
    Adam Zeman (Peninsula Medical School)
  • 9:30–10:00 (Un)consciousness through coherence
    Andreas Engel (University Medical Centre Hamburg)
  • 10:00–10:30 Sleep and consciousness: from theory to measurements
    Marcello Massimini (University of Milano)
  • 10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:00–11:30 Why do seizures cause loss of consciousness?
    Hal Blumenfeld (Yale University School of Medicine)
  • 11:30–12:00 Unexpected Recovery from the Minimally Conscious State After 19 Years: Lessons Learned from Terry Wallis
    Joseph Giacino (JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute)
  • 12:00–12:30 Awareness in the vegetative state?
    Adrian M. Owen (Cambridge)
  • 12:30–14:30 Lunch and Poster Presentation
  • 14:30–15:00 The brain’s default state and intrinsic functional connectivity
    Michael Greicius (Stanford University School of Medicine, CA, USA)
  • 15:00–15:30 PET and fMRI correlates of consciousness
    Melanie Boly (University of Liège)
  • 15:30–16:00 The locked-in syndrome and brain computer interfaces
    Andrea Kübler (Roehampton University)
  • 16:00–16:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:30–17:00 Improving consciousness using deep brain stimulation
    Nicholas D. Schiff (Cornell University)
  • 17:00–17:30 The neuroethics of measuring and modulating consciousness
    Joseph Fins (Cornell University)
  • 17:30–18:00 Closing remarks


Joint Meeting of:
COST Action BM0605 on Consciousness: a transdisciplinary, integrated approach;
Mindbridge EU STREP Measuring Consciousness: Bridging the Mind-Brain Gap; Disorders & Coherence of the Embodied Self Marie Curie Research Training Network;
McDonnell Foundation Grant Coma and Consciousness Consortium.

Scientific Committee

Steven Laureys (Liège, Belgium); Robert Balas (Warsaw, Poland); Tim Bayne (Oxford, UK); Axel Cleeremans (Brussels, Belgium); Andreas Engel (Hamburg, Germany); John-Dylan Haynes (Leipzig, Germany); Morton Overgaard (Aarhus, Denmark); Adrian Owen (Cambridge, UK); Geraint Rees (London, UK); Nicholas Schiff (New York, USA); Kai Vogeley (Cologne, Germany).

Local Organizing Committee

John-Dylan Haynes, Michael Pauen, and Patrick Wilken (Berlin, Germany); Joseph Dial (Mind Science Foundation Texas, USA); Athena Demertzi (Liège, Belgium).

Co-funded by the Mind Science Foundation.

Note: Continuing Medical Education Credits requested (European, AMA convertible) (+30 ethics & economics UFS). Under the auspices of the European Neurological Society

Please note that registration for the main ASSC-XIII meeting is completely separate from registration for the Coma satellite (i.e., registration for one event does not give access to the other event). Registration for the satellite is limited to 100 people on a first-come first-served basis. Please hurry if you want to reserve a seat at this event! Registration forms for the satellite event can be found at:

Please direct any enquires about the satellite meeting – attendence, registration etc – to Steven Laureys.