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Adrian Owen
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging
Western University
London , ON

Adrian M Owen

Adrian M. Owen OBE, PhD is currently a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also directs the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness program funded by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and is on the Executive Committee of the CFREF funded initiative BrainsCAN at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Owen was previously the Assistant Director of the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University and the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at Western University.  His research combines structural and functional neuroimaging with neuropsychological studies of brain-injured patients and has been published in many of the world’s leading scientific journals, including Science, Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. Dr. Owen has played multiple editorial roles, including 9 years as Deputy Editor of The European Journal of Neuroscience. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and a best-selling popular science book ‘Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death. Dr. Owen was awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Honors List, 2019, for services to scientific research.  He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2022 and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2023.

Recent work

Kolisnyk, M., Kazazian, K., Rego, K, Novi, S.L., Wild, C.J., Gofton, T.E., Debicki, D.B., Owen, A.M. & Norton, L. Predicting neurological recovery after severe acute brain injury using resting-state networks. Journal of Neurology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-023-11941-6, 2023.

Maschke, C., Duclos, C., Owen, A.M., Jerbi, K., Blain-Moraes, S. Aperiodic brain activity and response to anesthesia vary in disorders of consciousness. NeuroImage, 15:275:120154. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2023.120154, 2023.

Norton, L., Kazazian, K., Gofton, T., Debicki, DB., Fernandez-Espejo, D., Peelle, J.E., Al Thenayan, E., Young, G.B., Owen, A.M. Functional Neuroimaging as an Assessment Tool in Critically Ill Patients. Annals of Neurology, 93(1):131-141, 2023.

Frantz, A, Incio Serra, N., Lopez Almendariz, A., Duclos, C., Owen, A.M., Blain-Moraes, S. Assessing Cognitive Outcomes in Coma Survivors: A Literature Review. Brain Sciences, 13(1): 96, 2023.

Owen, A.M. Improving prognostication after severe brain injury. The Lancet Neurology, (8):673-674, 2022.

 Wild, C. J., Norton, L., Menon, D. K., Ripsman, D. A., Swartz, R. H., Owen, A. M. Disentangling the cognitive, physical, and mental health sequalae of COVID-19. Cell Reports: Medicine, 3(10):100750, 2022.