The Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group (DOC SIG) was established in 2016. We encourage participation of all IBIA members with an interest in DOC.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the IBIA DOC SIG is to provide an international network for brain injury professionals (both clinicians and scientists) focused on the care of persons with disorders of consciousness (DOC). The primary areas of education and research include: diagnosis, prognosis, clinical management and treatment of DOCs from acute to chronic settings. The DOC SIG encourages and facilitates international, collaborative multidisciplinary DOC research and initiatives.

The vision of the IBIA DOC SIG is to be the premier international networking resource for brain injury professionals involved with the care of patients with DOC, their families, and the systems serving them.

Strategic Goals

  1. Develop and implement a multi-center research on DOC related topics.
  2. Create a track at the IBIA World Congress for reporting advances in the field through workshops, symposia, platform, and poster sessions.
  3. Develop and maintain a listserve for IBIA DOC SIG members.
  4. Collaborate with other professional societies, collaboratives, and centers of excellence with interest in DOCs.
  5. Recruit IBIA DOC SIG members.
  6. Educate through dissemination of evidence-based medicine specific to persons with disorders of consciousness, their families and the care system at large through IBIA as well as other organizational presentations whether virtual or in person.
  7. Hold regional meetings of the IBIA DOC SIG in the years between IBIA World Congresses.

Join the DOC SIG

Current and new members are encouraged to join DOC SIG today.

Chair and Co-Chair

The DOC SIG is lead by Caroline Schnakers, PhD and Nathan Zasler, MD.

Articles Recently Published by Members of the DoC-SIG

The DoC-SIG group is continually working on research and publications. To view some of the more recent publications, please click here.


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