The International Brain Injury Association’s Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group (IBIA DoC-SIG) is pleased to announce that the IBIA Inaugural Conference on Disorders of Consciousness will take place virtually in December 9 - 10, 2021. This Conference seeks to promote the rapid dissemination of contemporary scientific studies and expert perspectives relating to the management of patients in experiencing coma, vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, minimally conscious state and other clinical conditions collectively referred to as Disorders of Consciousness (DoC).

About the Conference

The Conference will feature plenary and keynote presentations relating to DoC diagnostics, guideline development, ethical and legal considerations (including end of life decisions) and evidence-based treatment interventions. Experts from around the world have been invited to share their research relating to a gamut of DoC issues, from basic and translational science to multi-modality approaches in patient care. This global event seeks to educate those professionals working with this challenging patient population, advance international research and promote collaboration between those working to improve outcomes for this marginalized population. More information on the program and faculty will be posted on this website shortly

Educational Leadership

Caroline Schnakers, PhD

Nathan Zasler, MD


The registration portal for this Congress will open shortly.

Plenary Speakers

Brian Edlow, USA
Olivia Gosseries, Belgium
Christoph Guger, Austria
Flora Hammond, USA
Matilde Leonardi, Italy

Confirmed Speakers

James L. Bernat, USA
Craig DiTommaso, USA
Brian Edlow, USA
Anna Estraneo, Italy
Joseph Fins, USA
Rita Formisano, Italy
Joseph Giacino, USA
Olivia Gosseries, Belgium
Christoph Guger, Austria
Flora Hammond, USA
Daniel Kondziella, Denmark
Boris Kotchoubey, Germany
Jan Lavrijsen, The Netherlands

Matilde Leonardi, Italy
Erika Molteni, UK
Martin Monti, USA
Enrique Noe, Spain
Katherine O'Brien, USA
Francesca Pistoia, Italy
Ingrid Poulsen, Denmark
Amy Pundhole, UK
Caroline Schnakers, USA
Aurore Thibaut, Belgium
Lynne Turner-Stokes, UK
John Whyte, USA
Nathan Zasler, USA

Program & Current List of Sessions

Learning Objectives:

Current Sessions:

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Medical Education Credits.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by CME Outfitters, LLC, and International Brain Injury Association. CME Outfitters is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.