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I've read an article about the consciousness in vegetative patients. Adrian Owen is one of the neuroscientist making research on this field. The article published on "Le scienze" was about the usage of fMRI before and EEG later, to check the presence of a consciousness.

Do you know of similar group of research in Italy? Is their work consolidated enough to be applied in the clinical practice by another neurologist?

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  • $\begingroup$ "in Italy" is a bit specific, is there a reason you're looking for groups in Italy in particular? $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Sep 21 '14 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ You'll have to be more precise. Consciousness is a broad term. There is a bunch of research on, for example, detecting if a nonresponsive patient is minimally conscious or in deep coma, often using EEG. Is that what you're interested in? $\endgroup$ – jona Sep 21 '14 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Seanny123: yes, one of my relative had a stroke.. most of doctors are simply following a protocol which will evolve in the next 50 years. Not the newest technologies.. I would like to try to help him. $\endgroup$ – Revious Sep 22 '14 at 7:38
  • $\begingroup$ @jona: He is suspected to be in locked in syndrome. And seems to execute simple commands. But I would like to investigate it better. Does he feel pain? Does he understands completely? Is he ready for rehabilitation? If you have any advice I would really appreciate them. $\endgroup$ – Revious Sep 22 '14 at 7:40
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I don't know any such group in Italy but there is a group in Liege, Belgium which is called Coma Science Group. It consists of scientists of various disciplines and their main interest is understanding disorders of consciousness. Also their work has a clinical orientation as well. From your description, I think it will be interesting to you. Their website is http://www.coma.ulg.ac.be

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