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Charles Weijer – Consciousness unbound: the ethics of neuroimaging after severe brain injury

November 30, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Le réseau neuroéthique de Montréal

The Montréal Neuroethics Network





Charles Weijer, M.D., Ph.D.,

Western University, Canada

Thursday, December 3rd, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Jeudi le 3 decembre, 12:00 – 13:00 h



Consciousness unbound: the ethics of neuroimaging after severe brain injury



Severe brain injury is a major cause of disability and death. In the hours and days after brain injury, families may be faced with the decision whether to continue life-sustaining therapy. Patients who survive may emerge into a vegetative or minimally conscious state in which they are incapable of meaningful communication. Recent advances in neuroimaging cast a new light on behaviorally non-responsive patients after brain injury. Functional MRI is now being used in the research setting to map residual cognitive function in brain-injured patients, including the ability to process speech, comprehend language, and follow commands. In a few cases, neuroimaging has allowed for communication with otherwise unresponsive patients. This research raises difficult ethical issues. Should research results be shared with families in the ICU setting when life and death decisions are at stake? What does neuroimaging data tell us about our moral obligations to brain-injured patients? And how can neuroimaging communication be used responsibly to benefit patients?



Room/Salle André-Barbeau, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)

110 Avenue des Pins Ouest


All are welcome but please note that there are limited spaces. Please RSVP by December 2nd at veljko.dubljevic@ircm.qc.ca.


Tous sont les bienvenus mais veuillez noter qu’il y a un nombre de places limité. SVP réservez d’ici le 2 decembre auprès veljko.dubljevic@ircm.qc.ca afin de vous inscrire.


The Montreal Neuroethics Network promotes neuroethics training, education and dialogue by exposing various audiences to neuroethics issues; fostering collaboration and mutual learning; and ensure Montreal’s leadership in addressing ethical and social issues in neuroscience and healthcare delivery through inter-institutional collaborations.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Eric Racine at: Neuroethics Research Unit
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
Tel: +1 514 987-5723


Le Réseau neuroéthique de Montréal promeut la formation, l’éducation et le dialogue neuroéthiques en exposant divers publics aux enjeux neuroéthiques; en facilitant les collaborations et les apprentissages mutuels afin de développer le leadership à Montréal pour aborder les questions éthiques et sociales associées aux neurosciences et aux soins de santé dans un contexte de collaboration interinstitutionnelle.


Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Éric Racine

Unité de recherche en neuroéthique

Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
Tél. : +1 514 987-5723
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