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The final program is now available for this week’s conference on “Measuring Borderline States of Consciousness”, co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness and the NYU Center for Bioethics.

The conference will be held on Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25 at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South.

Registration is free but required. You can register via a link on the
conference website ( or directly at


Friday, October 24, 2014

9am-10am: Conference Registration & Check-In

10am: Conference Opening

10:15-12: Overview

Steven Laureys (Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research)
Neural correlates of consciousness: Lessons from coma and related states

Nicholas Schiff (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Reframing the discourse: Measurements of consciousness in the severely-injured brain

12-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-3:45: Approaches to Measurement

Melanie Boly (Wisconsin)
Consciousness: From theory to practice

Marcello Massimini (Milan)
Gauging the brain’s capacity for consciousness: The perturbational
complexity index.

Lionel Naccache (Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière)
Exploring consciousness in non-communicating patients

3:45-4:15: Coffee

4:15-6: Ethical Implications

Joseph Fins
Rights come to mind: Disorders of consciousness and a new civil right agenda

L. Syd Johnson
Disorders of consciousness and the ethics of uncertainty

6-7: Reception, 1st Floor Lobby


Saturday, October 25, 2014

9:30-10:15: Conference Registration & Check-In

10:15-12: Anesthesia

Alex Proekt (Weill Cornell)
Loss and recovery of consciousness: Lessons from anesthesia

Harry Scheinin (Turku)
Anesthesia and brain imaging in the study of human consciousness

12:00-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-3:15: Detecting Consciousness

Adrian Owen (Western Ontario)
Consciousness, executive function and the master of suspense

Tim Bayne (Manchester)
Detecting consciousness: The natural kind method

3:15-3:45: Coffee

3:45-5:30: Panel discussion

Heather Berlin (Mount Sinai)
Ned Block (NYU)
David Chalmers (NYU)
S. Matthew Liao (NYU)

Organizing Committee: Ned Block, David Chalmers, S. Matthew Liao, and Nicholas Schiff.

Conference registration will begin at at 9am in the 1st floor lobby at 53 Washington Square South.

The conference website is at


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