Project Sponsor: Christos Lazaridis MD, EDIC
Project Title: Ethical Challenges and Multidisciplinary Approach to Patients with Disorders of Consciousness in Neurocritical Care
Project Description: The student(s) selected to work on this research team may participate in helping with one or both components depending on need and timing.
One project involves creating a normative framework and a moral taxonomy of consciousness in the context of chronic disorders of consciousness after acquired brain injury. This would be a good fit for students interested in novel theoretical work at the intersection of philosophy of mind, ethics, and brain injury neuroscience.
The second component is a qualitative project involving serial interviewing of family members/surrogates of patients in a coma after acute brain injury. The goal is to obtain insights on surrogate understanding of patient’s condition, interpretation of medical language, and outcome expectations. This could also take an interventional component where the effects of a specific neuro-ethics consultation are assessed. This would be a good fit for students with a more applied interest and who would welcome an “immersion” into real-life neurocritical care. Background into qualitative research would be helpful but not required.
Institution and Location: Baylor College of Medicine, Saint Luke’s Medical Center
Eligibility for international students?: Yes
Expectations of student:
- The student must devote 10 hours per week to the project (consistent with a 3-credit course) and will develop a timeline of activities in collaboration with supervisor(s). The student will meet at least monthly with the faculty supervisor(s) to evaluate progress. The student will attend relevant research team meetings as requested (may occur weekly depending on project).
Prerequisite training: Students with the following interests/experience might consider this project, although anyone interested in the ethics of brain injury would be a reasonable ﬁt: philosophy (of mind and/or ethics), neuroscience, methods of qualitative research, or health communication.
Students should be enthusiastic, organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have excellent writing skills.
Knowledge and skills student can expect to gain: Insight into how research teams function, how research ideas are generated and executed, the day to day work of research and translation of research results into practice, searching and summarizing literature, knowledge about the neuroscientific, philosophic and ethical conundrums relating to patients with acquired brain injuries, potentially experience analyzing and coding qualitative data, networking opportunities.