THE SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
April 25-30, 2016 - Tucson, ARIZONA
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
April 29, 2016
2:00 pm to 4:10 pm
PL 9 - 'Pribram Session' – Brain Dynamics
Anthony Hudetz, DBM, PhD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Department of Anesthesiology,
Scientific Director, Center for Consciousness Science
Anthony Hudetz, DBM, PhD is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Laboratory Science in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also the Scientific Director of the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan.
Anthony Hudetz received his higher education in Budapest, Hungary. He first studied physics at the Eötvös Loránd University, receiving his diploma (M.S.) in 1974. He obtained Doctor of Biologiae Medicinalis (D.B.M.) degree from the Semmelweis University of Medicine in 1979, and Ph.D. degree in the field of medical science from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1985. Dr. Hudetz held previous faculty appointments in the Experimental Research Institute and 2nd Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University of Medicine, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University and in the Departments of Physiology and Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Hudetz’s primary research interest is in discovering the mechanisms by which anesthetics produce loss of consciousness and the mechanism by which consciousness recovers after anesthesia. His research group lead pioneering work in experimental brain electrophysiology providing the first preclinical evidence for directed anterior-posterior cortical functional disconnection under anesthesia. They performed novel pharmacological reanimation studies to understand the mechanism of regaining consciousness during anesthesia. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging in humans, they demonstrated the differential effect of anesthesia on various cortical networks and discovered the preferential suppression of nonspecific thalamocortical connectivity. Recent investigations from Dr. Hudetz’s laboratory revealed the important effect of anesthesia on the temporal dynamics of cortical states, both in local circuits and in large-scale networks, supporting his hypothesis of general cortical dysintegration as the principal mechanism of anesthetic-induced unconsciousness.
Dr. Hudetz edited two books: “Oxygen Transport to Tissue XX” and “Suppressing the Mind: Anesthetic Modulation of Memory and Consciousness”.