Adrian M. Owen

Adrian Owen


  • Program Co-Director
    Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
    Koerner Fellow


  • 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.

Adrian Owen is also the Koerner Fellow.

Beyond the limitations of the physical body with Adrian Owen at The Walrus Talks


Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Pinsent Darwin Scholarship
Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research

Relevant Publications

Hampshire, A., Highfield, R.R., Parkin, B.L, & Owen, A.M. (2012). Fractioning human intelligence. Neuron, 76(6), 1225–37.
Cruse, D., Chennu, S., Chatelle, C., et al. (2011). Bedside detection of awareness in the vegetative state. The Lancet, 378(9827), P1702. 
Monti, M.M., Vanhaudenhuyse, A., Martin, R.C., et al. (2010). Willful modulation of brain activity in disorders of consciousness. New England Journal of Medicine, 362, 579–89.
Laureys, S., Schiff, N.D.,  & Owen, A.M. (eds.). (2009). Coma Science: Clinical
and Ethical Implications
. New York: Elsevier.

Owen, A.M., Coleman, M.R., Boly, M., et al. (2006). Detecting awareness in the vegetative state. Science, 313(5792), 1402.