Vegetative & Minimally Conscious States

30 Jun 2015, 15:15 - 17:30

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

Tel: 020 7219 8377

Medical advances mean that increasing numbers of people survive trauma, stroke, periods of low oxygenation and severe brain infections. Some, however, are left with substantially reduced consciousness in either a vegetative or minimally conscious state.

This seminar brought together experts who discussed the medical, legal and ethical challenges associated with the care of these patients.


Chair’s Welcome and Opening remarks from the Wellcome Trust, Paul Woodgate, Humanities & Social Science Research Funding.



  • Judy Taylor – Co-Founder and Trustee, Brain Injury is BIG
  • Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes – Professor of Rehabilitation at King’s College London and Chair of the Royal College of Physicians’ Guidelines development Group for prolonged Disorders of Consciousness
  • Professor David Menon – Head, Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Honourable Mr Justice Baker – Family Division Liaison Judge for the Western Circuit, Royal Courts of Justice


Discussion and Chair’s closing remarks



The hashtag for this event is #ConsStates

POST is delighted to collaborate on this event with the Wellcome Trust.

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