The story behind a vegetative patient’s shocking recovery

Adrian Owen at the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping (CFMM) at Western’s Robarts Research Institute. Owen has been demonstrating that functional neuroimaging could be used to detect awareness in a patient who was thought to be incapable of generating response appearing to be in a vegetative state.

Western University’s Adrian Owen provided expert analysis to award-winning science writer Kate Lunau for her long-form, feature story about the “shocking” recovery of a patient in a vegetative state, which was published by Maclean’s on December 31, 2015.

Owen is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging and a principal investigator at Western’s world renowned Brain and Mind Institute.

The story, can be read here: