Reversing Death:
The Miracle of Modern Medicine

Moderated by Steve Paulson
Executive Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge


Lance Becker, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Resuscitation Science, The University of Pennsylvania

Stephan A. Mayer, MD, FCCM
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery, Columbia University
Director, Neurological Intensive Care Unit, Columbia University Medical Center

Sam Parnia, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine
Director of Resuscitation Research, State University of New York
Author, Erasing Death

Steve Paulson, Sam Parnia, Lance Becker, Stephan Mayer

Recent breakthroughs in emergency medicine have enabled modern science to halt and even reverse death. At the same time, these advances have inadvertently led science into a domain that has traditionally been relegated to theology and philosophy. The so-called “grey areas” between the time of death and the time of resuscitation—ranging from several minutes up to several hours—have raised intriguing questions about brain activity and consciousness during this period that have compelled us to re-examine our conception of death.

What does the patient feel and experience during the resuscitation process? Are we dealing with the person as a whole, or with just the physical body? Emergency medicine experts Lance Becker and Sam Parnia and neurosurgeon Stephan Mayer discuss key discoveries and emerging technologies in resuscitation science that are helping to bring back those on the brink of death, and the difficult questions and ethical dilemmas they sometimes confront during medical crises.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Reception to Follow
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
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This event is part of the Rethinking Mortality: Exploring the Boundaries between Life and Death series, which brings together leading experts to discuss this new frontier at the intersection of life and death, and its potential implications for how we approach and understand our mortality from scientific, ethical, and spiritual perspectives.
Rethinking Mortality: The Emerging Science of Consciousness