Adrian M. Owen

Adrian Owen


  • Program Co-Director
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • Western University
The Brain and Mind Institute


  • Canada


PhD (Neuroscience), King's College London

BSc Honours (Psychology), University College London


Adrian Owen is best known for his work assessing consciousness of patients in vegetative states, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and
electroencephalography (EEG) technology to observe their brain activity.

By prompting patients to imagine activities, his research has shown that some of these patients display responses similar to those of healthy people. His research seeks to understand the causes and effects of these ‘disorders of consciousness’ as well as
neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging
Pinsent Darwin Scholarship

Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research

Relevant Publications

Owen, A.M. et al. Detecting awareness in the vegetative state. Science 313 (2006): 1402.

Monti, M.M. et al. Willful modulation of brain activity in disorders of consciousness. N. Engl. J. Med. 362 (2010): 579–89.

Cruse, D. et al. Bedside detection of awareness in the vegetative state. The Lancet 378 (2011): 2088–2094.

Hampshire, A. et al. Fractioning human intelligence. Neuron 76 (2012): 1225–1237.

Laureys, Steven, Nicholas D. Schiff, and Adrian M. Owen, eds. Coma Science: Clinical
and Ethical Implications
. New York: Elsevier, 2009.