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Stefanie  Blain-Moraes
McGill University
Research Focus:
Disorders of consciousness

Stefanie Blain-Moraes

Dr. Stefanie Blain-Moraes is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University.  She leads the Biosignal Interaction and Personhood Technology (BIAPT) lab, which applies physiological signal processing techniques and assistive technology design principles to address the needs of non-communicative individuals and their care providers.  Dr. Blain-Moraes is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Consciousness and Personhood Technology. She uses high-density electroencephalography (EEG) to characterize levels of consciousness and capacity for consciousness in patients in coma and disorders of consciousness. She is currently developing a neuroprognostic index that uses the brain's reconfiguration in response to anesthesia to predict recovery of consciousness and cognitive function in brain-injured patients. 

Recent work

Duclos, C., Mahdid, Y., Maschke, C., Nadin, D., Rokos, A., Arbour, C., Badawy, M., Létourneau, J., Owen, A.M., Plourde, G. & Blain-Moraes, S. (2022) “Brain Responses to Propofol in Advance of Recovery from Coma and Disorders of Consciousness: A Preliminary Study”. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 205(2):171-182.

Frantz, A., Incio-Serra, N., Lopez Almendariz, A., Duclos, C., Owen, A.M. & Blain-Moraes, S. (2023) “Assessing cognitive outcome in coma survivors: A literature review.” Brain Sciences. 13(1): doi:10.3390/brainsci13010096.

Maschke, C., Duclos, C., Blain-Moraes, S. (2022) “Paradoxical markers of conscious levels: Effects of anesthesia on patients in disorders of consciousness”.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 16. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2022.992649

Rokos, A., Misic, B., Berkun, K., Duclos, C., Tarnal, V., Janke, E., Picton, P., Golmirzaie, G., Basner, M., Avidan, M.S., Kelz, M.B., Mashour, G.A. & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021) “Distinct and dissociable EEG networks are associated with recovery of cognitive function following anesthesia-induced unconsciousness”.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 15:706693.

Duclos, C., Maschke, C., Mahdid, Y., Berkun, K., Da Silva Castanheira, J., Tarnal, V., Picton, P., Vanini, G., Golmirzaie, G., Janke, E., Avidan, M., Kelz, M., Liuzzi, L., Brookes, M., Mashour, G. & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021) “Differential classification of states of consciousness using envelope- and phase-based functional connectivity”.  NeuroImage. 237:118171 Doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.118171.

Duclos, C. §, Nadin, D. §, Mahdid, Y., Tarnal, V., Picton, P., Vanini, G., Golmirzaie, G., Janke, E., Avidan, M.S., Kelz, M.B., Mashour, G.A. & Blain-Moraes, S.*  (2021) “Brain network motifs are markers of loss and recovery of consciousness”.  Scientific Reports. 11:3892. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83482-9.

Duclos, C., Norton, L., Laforge, G., Frantz, A., Maschke, C., Owen., A.M. & Blain-Moraes, S.* (2020) “Protocol for the prognostication of consciousness recovery following a brain injury”.  Frontiers in Neuroscience. 12. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2020.582125

Nadin, D., Duclos, C., Mahdid, Y., Rokos, A., Badawy, M., Letourneau, J., Arbour, C., Plourde, G. & Blain-Moraes, S.* (2020) “Brain Network Motif Topography May Predict Emergence from Disorders of Consciousness: A Case Series”.  Neuroscience of Consciousness. 2020(1):niaa017.  https://doi.org/10.1093/nc/niaa017

Blain-Moraes, S., Racine, E. & Mashour, G.A. (2018) “Consciousness and Personhood in Medical Care”.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 12. 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00306