16:9 Covers Advances In Neuroscience

Monday, March 25, 2013

Recent advances in neuroscience show that the damaged brain has a remarkable ability to respond. Patients who were otherwise diagnosed as “vegetative” are responding to tests and in some cases – even learning how to walk again.
Canadian news program 16:9 recently covered the topic of "locked in" or vegetative patients.  The program explores how advances in neuroscience are pointing to the brain's ability to respond even to very dramatic damage.

The story follows the work of Adrian Owen.  Owen leads a team at the Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario, who used fMRI scans to measure responses from vegetative patients. 

Owen served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Neuroscience for 8 years (1997–2005) and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience and on the Advisory Board for the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. For four years, he has served on the Neurosciences and Mental Health Committee of the Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. He is an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry and an Official Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Brain Scanning

Owen and other doctors say this means medical text books will literally need to be re-written when it comes to evaluating patients suffering from severe brain injuries.

Below, Producer, Claude Adams talks about how he came across Dr. Owen’s studies and the stories of Leonard Rodrigues, Rohan Pais and Kate Bainbridge. Adams talks about the relationship he developed with Kate Bainbridge, Dr. Owen’s first patient and how she describes being ‘locked’ in her body.

SOURCE  Global News

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