The mechanisms and measurement of conscious experience are among the most fundamental questions in science, with profound philosophical and clinical implications.
However, for the greater part of the 20th century, consciousness was marginalized as unworthy of serious scientific inquiry. Fortunately, we are now past these “dark ages” with an established international community of consciousness researchers, but the field is still in its infancy.
Work in the Department of Anesthesiology, as well as collaborating departments at the University of Michigan Medical School, has resulted in significant advances in the science of consciousness that have been recognized internationally by the medical and scientific community as well as the general public. Given our dedication to the study of consciousness, as well as the paucity of centers around the world focused on this central question, in 2014 we developed the Center for Consciousness Science (CCS) at the University of Michigan Medical School.