Directeur de recherche FNRS & Fonds assoc.


Faculté de Médecine
Département des sciences cliniques
GIGA Consciousness - Coma Science Group

ULiège address
Bât. B34 GIGA : Coma Group
Quartier Hôpital
avenue de l'Hôpital 11
4000 Liège 1
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Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences de la Santé
Personal website (s)
Coma Science Group
Personal website (s)
GIGA Consciousness
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Centre du Cerveau²-CHU de Liège

University degrees
1993: Docteur en Médecine, Chirurgie et Accouchement (VUB)
1997: MSc Medical and Pharmaceutical Research, Specialization in Pharmaceutical Medicine (VUB)
1998: DES Neurologie (ULiège)
2000 : Docteur en Sciences Biomédicales (Université de Liège)
2004 : DIU Médecine Palliative & Fin de Vie (ULB, UCL, ULg)
2007: Agrégation de l'enseignement supérieur (ULiège)


Neurologist and Clinical Professor at the Centre du Cerveau² of the CHU of Liège, Research Director at the FNRS, Steven Laureys directs the Coma Science Group, until 2020, that he created in 2014 within the GIGA Consciousness centre of the University of Liège. The major part of his research work is devoted to the study of alterations of consciousness in severely cerebro-linked patients (coma, vegetative state/non-responsive awakening, minimal state of consciousness, locked-in syndrome), as well as during anaesthesia, sleep, meditation and in the hypnotic state.

Steven Laureys is the author of more than 450 scientific articles, some of which have been published in the most prestigious journals, such as Science, Lancet, PNAS or Nature Review Neuroscience. In 2005, he published a book by Elsevier entitled "The Boundaries of Consciousness". A second book written by him ("The neurology of consciousness") was published in 2008.

In 2015, he wrote the book "Un si brillant cerveau - les états limites de conscience" (Editions Odile Jacob) and in 2019 "La méditation, c'est bon pour le cerveau" (Editions Odile Jacob), books for the general public, both best-sellers.

Winner of numerous scientific prizes, including the Prix Francqui (2017) - the most prestigious Belgian scientific prize - and the Generet Award (2019), Steven Laureys is undoubtedly one of the world's leading specialists in the problem of altered states of consciousness.

Research field

  • Neurologie
  • Neurophysiologie
  • Étude de la conscience
  • Imagerie médicale, radiologie, tomographie
  • Ingénierie biomédicale

Duties or mandates

  • Directeur de Recherches FNRS
  • Professeur de Clinique, Service de Neurologie, CHU Sart Tilman
  • Chair of the European Neurological Society Subcommittee on disorders of consciousness (2008-)
  • International Brain Injury Association, Board of Governors (2010-)
  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, President-Elect (2015)
  • Member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Diseases of the Nervous System Working Group (2011-)

Scientific distinctions

  • Prix Generet pour les maladies graves (2019)
  • Prix Francqui (2017)

ULiège Outside Course

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