Brown University School of Engineering

Neuroscience of Consciousness and Recovery from Coma: T32 Training Program Symposium & Mislow Lecture

Thursday, June 18, 2020

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Zoom, TBD

This virtual symposium will feature MGH-Brown T32 Training Program in Recovery and Restoration of CNS Health and Function, the 2020 John M. K. Mislow, M.D., Ph.D. Memorial Lecture, science blitz presentations by T32 postdoctoral fellows, and a panel discussion on the neuroscience of consciousness, neuroethics, and coma recovery. There will also be an update on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of consciousness, and the emerging science on the assessment and rehabilitation of people recovering from severe disorders of consciousness.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

  • Brian Edlow, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Niko Schiff, M.D., 2020 Mislow Lecturer, Weill Cornell Medicine 


1:00 p.m. Welcome | Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D.
1:10 p.m. Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Integrating Findings from Lesion, Stimulation and Recording Studies | Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D.
2:00 p.m. Science Blitz | Ryan Solinsky, M.D.
2:05 p.m. Science Blitz | Zeyang Yu, Ph.D.
2:10 p.m. Mapping the Connectivity of Consciousness | Brian Edlow, M.D.
3:00 p.m. Science Blitz | Tina Chou, Ph.D.
3:05 p.m. Science Blitz | Adam Khalifa, Ph.D.
3:10 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Recovery of Consciousness after Severe Brain Injury | Nicholas Schiff, M.D.
4:20 p.m. Ethics, Neuroscience of Consciousness, Coma Recovery |
Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D.; Brian Edlow, M.D.; Nicholas Schiff M.D.; Joseph Giacino, Ph.D.
4:55 p.m. Closing Remarks | Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D.
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the criteria that distinguish coma from vegetative state from minimally conscious state.
  • Describe key neuroanatomic structures engaged in the maintenance of consciousness.
  • Integrate information about clinical trials that use either imaging, deep brain stimulation or pharmacotherapies to promote understanding and/or recovery from severe disorders of consciousness, and to refer patients and their families to appropriate clinical trials.

Target Audience: This activity is intended for graduate students, neuroengineers, neurologists, neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, postdoctoral fellows, psychologists, research fellows from academic institutions and hospitals in the United States.


  • Joseph Giacino, Ph.D., Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Moderator
  • Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Brown University, Providence VAMC – Course Director

Hosted by: Brown University’s Carney Institute for Brain Science and School of Engineering, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Neurology and Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery, Providence VA Medical Center, VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Partners Healthcare. 

Accreditation: Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information, contact Beth Travers.