Fundings international projects


The H2020-EU Human Brain Project (HBP) aims to put in place a cutting-edge research infrastructure that will allow scientific and industrial researchers to advance our knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine. It is one of the two largest scientific projects ever funded by the European Union. The 10-year Project began in 2013 and directly employs some 500 scientists at more than 100 universities, teaching hospitals and research centres across Europe. In the framework of HBP and especially the sub-project “Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience”, the Coma Science Group aims at studying brain structure-function dynamical interactions in pathological, pharmacological and physiological modulation of consciousness.



The overall goal of DoCMA is to enhance international research on Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) by strengthen the collaboration among project participants to leverage the shared scientific and expert know-how in the field. DoCMA aims to increase the scientific competence of the consortium members at the international level in DoC research and clinical practice, enhancing the transfer of knowledge and professional skills on evidence-based interventions and validated technology for a better management of patients. To reach the mentioned goal, the partnership is composed by ten partners from different countries in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain), covering a wide range of expertise, and bringing together academic and non-academic entities.

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CENTER-TBI is a large European project that aims to improve the care for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It forms part of the larger global initiative InTBIR: International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research with projects currently ongoing in Europe, the US and Canada. International and multidisciplinary collaboration are key elements to the project in which past dogmas are left behind and innovative approaches undertaken. CENTER-TBI aims to lead TBI to more effective and efficient therapy, improved health care at both individual and population based levels, and better outcomes at lower costs. Within CENTER-TBI, the Coma Science Group mainly focuses on the standardization and acquisition of magnetic resonance (MRI) images (structural, DTI, RS-FMRI, MR-S) in patients with TBI-coma in acute and chronic stage, and the development of new analysis methodologies for prognosis and diagnosis of patients with TBI-coma.

More infos : CENTER-TBI


In the framework of the PROgramme for the Development of scientific EXperiments (PRODEX), the BRAIN-DTI project is jointly coordinated by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and by the PRODEX Office of ESA. BRAIN-DTI aims at studying spaceflight-induced neuroplasticity with advanced magnetic resonance imaging methods. Such techniques, like resting state functional MRI (rfMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) are used to study the effect of microgravity on the adaptive processes in the brain of astronauts. Pre- and post-flight data are collected to elucidate changes in structural and functional brain wiring due to microgravity. In that context, the Coma Science Group uses its expertise in neuroimaging data acquisition, analysis and interpretation to investigate the effect of microgravity on the neuroplasticity of the brain.

More information about the programme : PRODEX


Managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, the Generet Fund Award rewards research on rare diseases. The mission of the Generet Fund consists in supporting research to improve our understanding of the processes underlying rare diseases and to translate fundamental advances into better prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients. The Generet Award 2020 was attributed to Professor Steven Laureys and his team in order to continue research on altered states of consciousness and more specifically on pharmacological therapeutic strategies such as apomorphine.

More information about the funded research project: APODOC


The BIAL Foundation aims to support scientific projects oriented towards the neurophysiological and mental study of the human. Several Scientific Research Grants have been attributed to membres of the Coma Science Group to conduct research on near-death experiences and trance.

More information about the programme : BIAL Foundation