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Prof Dr Steven Laureys MD PhD FEAN (Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology)

created and currently is director of the "Centre du Cerveau2” Clinic &

the "Coma Science Group" & "GIGA Consciousness Research Unit" of the University Hospital and University of Liège, Belgium and is Research Director at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research.

Steven has been awarded the prestigious Francqui award, is member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, Ambassador of the Belgian Brain Council and past-member of the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics, Commander of the Order of Leopold, Officer of the Walloon Merit, honorary citizen of his native town in Hoeilaart (Flemish Brabant), and of his current living place Liège where he was also awarded ambassadorship. 

He has received several international awards including from the US Society of Cognitive Neuroscience, US Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, German Max Planck Society, European Academy of Neurology and European Academy of Sciences.

He has (co)authored ~ 450 scientific papers (H-index ~110) and ~10 medical & scientific textbooks.

University qualifications

Medical Doctor (1993) Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Master in Science (1997) Medical & Pharmaceutical Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Qualified in Neurology (1998) Belgian Ministry of Health

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (2000) University of Liège

Qualified in End-of-life Medicine & Palliative Care (2004) U Libre de Bruxelles, U Liège,  U Catholique de Louvain

Agrégation de l’enseignement supérieur (2007, Habilitation), Université de Liège

Clinical Professor (2007) University & University Hospital of Liège

Professional Memberships (selection)

Founder & Chair, World Federation of Neurology Applied Research Group on Coma (2012-)

Founder & Chair, European Academy of Neurology Subcommittee on Disorders of Consciousness (formerly ENS 2008-),

Board of Governors, International Brain Injury Association (2010-)

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (Member 2003-, Board of Directors 2009-2012, President 2016)

Member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (2018-)


Professional positions

Head & Clinical Professor, Centre du Cerveau2, University Hospital of Liège

Head of the GIGA Consciousness research Unit and Coma Science Group, University of Liège

Research Director, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)

Co-Director, Hangzhou International Consciousness Institute, China

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