Steven Laureys MD PhD, is the director of the Coma Science Group at the Neurology Department and Cyclotron Research Centre of the University Hospital and University of Liège, Belgium. He is clinical professor of neurology, board-certified in neurology and in palliative and end-of-life medicine, and research director at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research. His team studies the neural basis of human consciousness and unconsciousness (coma, anesthesia, hypnosis and sleep). The Coma Science Group assesses the recovery of neurological disability and neuronal plasticity in acquired brain injury (e.g., comatose, “vegetative”/unresponsive, minimally conscious and locked-in syndromes) confronting clinical expertise and bedside behavioral evaluation with multimodal neuroimaging and electrophysiology studies and also deals with the ethical implications of this translational clinical research.
He is chair of the World Federation of Neurology Applied Research Group on Coma; chair of the European Academy of Neurology Subcommittee on Disorders of Consciousness and is in the Board of Governors of the International Brain Injury Association.