The Curing Coma Campaign and the Future of Coma Research

Dai Wai M. Olson, J. Claude Hemphill, J. Javier Provencio, Paul Vespa, Shraddha Mainali, Len Polizzotto, Keri S. Kim, Molly McNett, Wendy Ziai, Jose I. Suarez

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Recovery from coma or disordered consciousness is a central issue in patients with acute brain injuries such as stroke, trauma, cardiac arrest, and brain infections. Yet, major gaps remain in the scientific underpinnings of coma and this has led to inaccuracy in prognostication and limited interventions for coma recovery. Even so, recent studies have begun to elucidate mechanisms of consciousness early and prolonged after acute brain injury and some pilot interventions have begun to be tested. The importance and scope of this led in 2019 to the development of the Curing Coma Campaign, an initiative of the Neurocritical Care Society designed to provide a platform for scientific collaboration across the patient care continuum and to empower a community for purposes of research, education, implementation science, and advocacy. Seen as a "grand challenge," the Curing Coma Campaign has developed an infrastructure of scientific working groups and operational modules, along with a ten-year roadmap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSeminars in Neurology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • cognitive motor dissociation
  • Coma
  • disorders of consciousness
  • endotype
  • persistent vegetative state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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