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TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Disorders of Consciousness Conference (DoC 2020)
Translating Knowledge into Practice


The last decade has seen an explosion in our knowledge about disorders of consciousness (DoC). Recent advances have expanded our understanding of the neuroanatomical substrate of consciousness, enhanced our ability to more accurately detect consciousness, and identified a variety of potential treatment options. These developments culminated in the recent publication of national practice guidelines for this population. Despite these advances, the ability to provide clinical care for these patients has lagged behind. There are very few DoC programs, in the world, with the skill set and experience to effectively meet the needs of these patients.

The goal of DoC 2020 is to introduce attendees to the most recent developments in the field, with an emphasis on translating this knowledge into clinical practice. Topics covered include conceptualization/classification of consciousness, modes of assessment and diagnosis, prognostication, therapeutic interventions, the family perspective, ethics and advocacy. Plenary speakers will provide overviews on the most recent developments in the field while breakout sessions will generally focus on the incorporation and implementation of these advances into practice, both in terms of clinical care as well as program development. The course will also include scientific poster presentations, exhibitors and networking opportunities.


At the end of Day 1 participants will be able to:

  • Understand and recognize the importance of an accurate assessment of consciousness
  • Describe the appropriate use of different behavioral assessments of consciousness
  • Demonstrate administration of the CRS-R and IQBA through application to case studies
  • Describe newer non-behavioral modalities for the evaluation of consciousness

At the end of Day 2, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current theories about the neuroanatomical substrate of consciousness
  • Discuss prognostication and outcomes for patients with a disorder of consciousness
  • Describe available rehabilitation interventions for patients with a disorder of consciousness
  • Identify newer modalities for the treatment of disorder of consciousness

At the end of Day 3, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize ethical issues that arise in the care of patients with a disorder of consciousness
  • Describe the essential components of a DoC Rehabilitation Program
  • Identify concrete ways to maximize the quality and meaning of life for patients with a DoC
  • Understand the experience of families of patients with a disorder of consciousness

Pricing Information

RegistrationPre-Conference Early Bird, April 20, 2020Pre-Conference RegularConference Day 1 Early Bird, April 2020Conference Day 2 Early Bird, April 20, 2020Conference Days 1 & 2 Early Bird, April 20, 2020Conference Day 1 Regular RegistrationConference Day 2 Regular RegistrationConference Day 1 & 2 Regular Registration
MD, PA, APN, PhD$255$400$255$255$400$300$300$450
Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists$150$250$150$150$250$225$225$300
Nurses, Case Managers, Social Workers$150$250$150$150$250$225$225$300
MHHS Employee (must register with MHHS email) for registration, Students, Fellows, Residents$75$125$75$75$125$125$125$225