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Detecting Awareness During Anesthesia
Sometimes, people wake up during surgery but cannot move or communicate. The problem is rare, but it leads to lawsuits, and it is always monitored for. I have a new method, patent pending, to let people in this condition signal for help.


Hello.  I am a postdoctoral fellow funded by NIH conducing research at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care.  My research covers consciousness and cognition: how people experience the world and how minds work.  My research at Penn is about how Drosophila melanogaster -- fruit flies -- respond to human anesthetics. 

Previously, I have pioneered new methods for communicating with people who cannot move.  I have published and presented my work internationally, and other people have cited and used my methods in order to successfully communicate with a man who was diagnosed as "vegetative."  Links to these papers are under the cognitive neuroscience heading of my webpage, http://marc.egeth.googlepages.com.

A few years ago, I began the process of patenting a method for communicating specifically with surgery patients who cannot move.  Rarely, people "wake up" during general anesthesia but can't move or communicate.  This occurs, undetected, on a daily basis, in spite of all current surgical monitors.   My new method, which is currently in the form of a pending patent, could help detect additional cases of awareness during anesthesia.  A new surgical method or monitor that does a better job than current monitors could become a new standard practice for surgeries around the world.



My Resume / About Me

I received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Subsequently I entered two postdoctoral fellowships at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Department of Radiology and at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. 

My complete academic CV and my academic papers are available on my webpage, http://marc.egeth.googlepages.com