Drs Davinia Fernández-Espejo and Damian Cruse recently hosted a half-day workshop to establish research of acute and prolonged disorders of consciousness in the Midlands. 

Prior to their appointments at the School of Psychology in 2015, both Dr Fernández-Espejo and Dr Cruse conducted high-impact research in this field using cognitive electrophysiology and neuroimaging, and now aim to establish this research in the UK. 

The event ‘Prolonged disorders of consciousness: from research to clinical practice’, which was held on 10 June at the Centre for Professional Development, and funded by the School of Psychology, brought together researchers at the University and clinicians from key institutions that provide acute and long-term care for patients with a severe brain injury across the Midlands. 

The half-day workshop included presentations of current research, and roundtable discussions of future directions. The group identified a number of specific major clinical challenges in coma and rehabilitation, and set the foundation for cross-centre projects with which to tackle them.