Our thematic unit aims to better understand one of the biggest mysteries science is facing: explaining the origins of human consciousness. Our laboratories study (i) pathological, ii) pharmacological and (iii) physiological modifications of conscious awareness in both patients and healthy subjects.


Our expertise rages from the assessment of brain function in (i) brain death, coma, “vegetative” unresponsive, minimally responsive, locked-in and near-death patients to (ii) general anesthesia, controlled sedation and hallucinatory drugs to (iii) hypnosis, meditation and dream-like states.

Principal Investigators


Christina Schmidt is a researcher at GIGA-CRC In vivo Imaging. His research theme focuses on the link between cognition and sleep with a chronobiological approach through circadian rhythms. She is particularly interested in cognitive aging in this approach. She has just obtained a mandate as a Research Associate from the FNRS.