Dr. Adrian Owen


Adjunct Professor
(Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging, Centre for Brain and Mind)

Office: Natural Science Centre, Room 225
Phone: 519-661-2111 Ext.84672
Email: dpavich@uwo.ca
Website: Owen Lab

Research Interests:

Dr Adrian Owen is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at The Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Canada.

Our research combines neuroimaging (MRI and EEG), with cognitive studies in brain-injured patients and healthy participants.

We study patients who have sustained brain injuries that result in disorders of consciousness. We also study patients with neurodegenerative diseases in order to understand more about the causes and consequences of the memory, perception and reasoning problems that many of them experience.

Finally, we develop web-based tools for the assessment of cognitive function, both in healthy participants and in patients with disorders of the brain.

Selected Publications:

  1. Cruse, D., Gantner, I., Soddu, A., and Owen, A. M. Lies, damned lies, and diagnoses: Estimating the clinical utility of assessments of covert awareness in the Vegetative State. Brain Injury, doi:10.3109/02699052.2014.920517, 2014.

  2. Graham, M., Weijer, C., Peterson, A., Naci, L., Cruse, D., Fernández-Espejo, D., Gonzalez-Lara, L., and Owen, A.M. Acknowledging awareness: Informing families of individual research results for patients in vegetative states. Journal of Medical Ethics, 0:1-5, 2014.

  3. Owen, A.M. Diagnostic accuracy of brain imaging in the vegetative state. Nature Reviews Neurology, (News & Views), 10: 370-371, 2014.

  4. Cruse, D., Norton, L., Gofton, T., Young, G. B., Owen, A. M. Positive Prognostication from Median-Nerve Somatosensory Evoked Cortical Potentials. Neurocritical Care, doi: 10.1007/s12028-014-9982-y, 2014.

  5. Hampshire, A. & Owen, A.M. Re: Comment about ‘Fractionating Human Intelligence’. Non-existent flaws in the original article and their relation to limitations of the P-FIT model. Intelligence, doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2014.05.001, 2014.

  6. Cruse, D., Beukema, S.T., Chennu, S., Malins, J.G., Owen, A.M. and McRae, K. The reliability of the N400 in single subjects: Implications for patients with disorders of consciousness. Neuroimage, 4: 788-799, 2014.

  7. Weijer, C., Peterson, A., Webster, F., Graham, M., Cruse, D., Fernandez-Espejo, D., Gofton, T., Gonzalez-Lara, L.E., Lazosky, A., Naci, L., Norton, L., Speechley, K., Young, G.B. and Owen, A.M.  Ethics of neuroimaging after serious brain injury.  BMC Medical Ethics, 15:41, 2014.

  8. Fernández-Espejo D, Norton L, Owen AM. The clinical utility of fMRI for identifying covert awareness in the vegetative state: a comparison of sensitivity between 3T and 1.5T. PLOSONE, 9(4): e95082. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095082, 2014.

  9. Gibson, R.M., Chennu, S., Owen, A.M., Cruse, D. Complexity and familiarity enhance single-trial detectability of imagined movements with electroencephalography. Clinical Neurophysiology, February 2014.