Date: Tuesday 30 July 2019
Speaker: Professor Charles Weijer (Philosophy, Western University, Canada)
Topic: Consciousness unbound: the ethics of neuroimaging in patients in a vegetative state
Professor Weijer has provided the following description of his talk:
After serious brain injury, some patients emerge into a vegetative state or unresponsive wakefulness syndrome. Despite the fact that these patients move, open their eyes and have sleep- wake cycles, they display no awareness of their environment or their selves. Using functional MRI, Dr. Adrian Owen has demonstrated that as many as 19% of these patients are covertly aware and a few can answer questions using a brain computer interface. In this talk, I describe the findings of a collaborative investigation with Dr. Owen and his team into the manifold ethical issues in the use of neuroimaging in profoundly disabled patients.
Time and venue: 8pm in Lecture Theatre 1A, Neville Alexander Building.