BBC-TV spotlights Western neuroscientist’s research

The BBC-TV program Panorama will feature Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen tonight detailing his revolutionary efforts to communicate with severely brain-injured patients. The documentary, The Mind Reader; Unlocking My Voice, captures the first time Owen’s team of Western researchers had a patient in a vegetative state successfully respond to a specific question about their personal situation.

From the BBC listing:

“In a world exclusive, reporter Fergus Walsh followed a group of severely brain injured patients to reveal the revolutionary efforts that are being made to help them communicate with their families and the outside world.

Fergus met Professor Adrian Owen of Western University in Canada to learn what the brain is like when in a vegetative state and what can be done to test consciousness in those patients.”

The program will air on BBC World News TV in Canada at 4:10 a.m. and 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. (All times Eastern Standard Time.) Viewers in other parts of Canada, or from across the world, can check the BBC World News TV website for scheduling details in their areas.

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