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Meet Adrian

Learn about Adrian Owen, Chief Scientific Officer of Cambridge Brain Sciences, and the renowned neuroscientist behind the research.

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Adrian Owen

Who is Adrian?

Adrian Owen is the renowned neuroscientist behind Cambridge Brain Sciences. He has developed the tasks and conducted the research behind them for over 25 years.

Owen is currently the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at Western University. His work has spanned a variety of research areas, and a variety of locations, from Canada to Cambridge, UK—which is where Cambridge Brain Sciences gets its name.

The Work

Pioneering new techniques that combine neuroimaging with neuropsychological studies, Owen continues to unravel the secrets of the human brain.

He is perhaps best known for his work with patients who appear to be in a vegetative state. These people are locked in their bodies, appearing completely non-responsive—however, with functional scanning of their brains, Owen has revealed that they have a rich mental life.

They can even respond to questions using thoughts that show in brain scans. This research has led to prominent appearances in media outlets all over the world. Owen’s book Into the Gray Zone chronicles his journey into this borderline between life and death.

The Science Behind

Owen’s cognitive testing research and the Cambridge Brain Sciences tasks have been extensively used to make discoveries about disorders that affect the brain, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, depression, autism, and ADHD. Studies of healthy people have also revealed how cognition changes over the lifespan, and in response to lifestyle choices such as hobbies and exercise.


Today, Adrian’s lab at the Brain and Mind Institute continues to perform groundbreaking research, much of which uses and contributes to Cambridge Brain Sciences.

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