March 31, 2023

2023 Edward F. Domino Lecture to be held June 22, 2023

The 2023 Edward F. Domino Lecture will be delivered by Beverley A. Orser, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Professor of Physiology, University of Toronto.
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March 9, 2023

Conscious Persons Symposium to be held at Oakland University July 20-21, 2023

The Center for Consciousness Science is sponsoring the symposium on the “Conscious Persons Project” to be held at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, July 20-21, 2023.
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January 5, 2023 / Publications, Research News

Drs. Zirui Huang, George Mashour and Anthony Hudetz published in Nature Communications

What it means to be conscious is more than just a philosophical question. Researchers continue to investigate how conscious experience arises from the electrochemical activity of the human brain. The answer has important implications for the way brain health is understood, from coma, wherein a person is alive but unable to move or respond to his or her environment, to surgical anesthesia, to the altered thought processes of schizophrenia.
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September 9, 2022 / Research News

Drs. Giancarlo Vanini and George Mashour (multi-PIs) awarded an NIH R01 to study brain mechanisms underlying sleep-dependent cognitive dysfunction after surgery

From the Researchers: Our long-term goal is to understand the mechanisms by which sleep-related networks regulate cognition in surgical and...
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September 2, 2022 / Publications

Dr. Duan Li published a Reader’s Toolbox article in Anesthesiology, which elaborates on brain complexities and anesthesia for the sake of anesthesiologists

A complex system is often associated with the emergence of new phenomena from the interactions between the system’s components.
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August 9, 2022

Dr. Phillip Vlisides awarded NIH R01 to study effects of caffeine on postoperative delirium

The study will focus on patients aged 70 and older, as 20-50% of older surgical patients experience delirium following major...
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November 12, 2021 / Research News

Drs. UnCheol Lee and Dinesh Pal (multi-PIs) awarded an NIH R21 to study the brain network mechanism of the variety of temporal patterns during the recoveries of consciousness from anesthesia and coma

From the Researchers: Our overall goal is to develop physical and neuroscientific foundations for the clinical strategies to accelerate the...
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June 16, 2021 / Publications

CCS faculty publish article in Cell Reports on the gate of consciousness

Conscious access to sensory information is likely gated at an intermediate site between primary sensory and transmodal association cortices, but the structure responsible remains unknown.
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June 16, 2021 / Publications

CCS Scientific Director George Mashour publishes new paper in elife that examines how the brain recovers from unconsciousness after anesthesia

Understanding how the brain recovers from unconsciousness can inform neurobiological theories of consciousness and guide clinical investigation.
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April 28, 2021 / Publications

Asymmetric Neural Dynamics article published in Neuroimage by CCS faculty

Anesthetics are known to disrupt neural interactions in cortical and subcortical brain circuits. While the effect of anesthetic drugs on consciousness is reversible, the neural mechanism mediating induction and recovery may be different.
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