Revealing the Brain through States of Unconsciousness

The Public Science Lectures November 15, 2011 Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, and Professor of Computational Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital


Despite much more sophisticated drugs and methods that produce the distinct unconsciousness of general anesthesia, there are still many unknowns about how this unconsciousness works. Professor Emery Brown, a leading researcher in this field, discusses how the brain functions under general anesthesia and how new insights in this area are leading to an understanding of the other states of unconsciousness, sleep and coma.

How the Brain Loses and Regains Consciousness

Dr. Brown in Science News 5/2011 Going Under

Dr. Brown in Science News 9/2011 Common stimulant may speed recovery from general anesthesia

Selected Awards, Societies:

  • 2011 National Institute of Statistics Science, Jerome Sack Award for Cross Disciplinary Research
  • Fellow of the IEEE
  • Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
  • 2007 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow of the American Statistical Association
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists