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Melanie Boly, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
Medical Foundation Centennial Building
1685 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2281


Dr. Melanie Boly is a neurologist and neuroscientist with a joint appointment in Neurology and Psychiatry. She has worked more than fifteen years in the field of altered states of consciousness studying vegetative states, sleep and anesthesia under the mentorship of Profs. Steven Laureys, Pierre Maquet, Adrian Owen, Marcello Massimini and Karl Friston. Her research aims at combining neuroimaging techniques such as PET, functional MRI, TMS-EEG, and high-density EEG to advance the theoretical framework of the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness. To this end, she hopes to uncover the neural mechanisms of the level and contents of consciousness in healthy subjects and neurological patients. She is board certified in neurology in both Europe and the US.

Dr. Boly’s has delivered many invited talks at international conferences and her work has led to numerous publications in international peer-reviewed journals (~150 Pubmed-indexed articles, current Google Scholar H-index 77). She is currently Associate Editor of the journals Neuroimage, Frontiers in Consciousness Research, Frontiers in Brain Imaging Methods and Neuroscience of Consciousness.

Research Interests: consciousness, epilepsy, sleep, coma, disorders of consciousness, integrated information theory.


Tononi G, Boly M, Grasso M, Hendren J, Juel BE, Mayner WGP, Marshall W, Koch C (2022) IIT, half masked and half disfigured. Behav Brain Sci., 45: e60. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X21001990. PMID: 35319429

Koch, C., Massimini, M., Boly, M., & Tononi, G. (2016). Neural correlates of consciousness: progress and problems. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 17(5), 307-321.

Boly, M., Massimini, M., Tsuchiya, N., Postle, B. R., Koch, C., & Tononi, G. (2017). Are the neural correlates of consciousness in the front or in the back of the cerebral cortex? Clinical and neuroimaging evidence. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(40), 9603-9613.

Siclari, F., Baird, B., Perogamvros, L., Bernardi, G., LaRocque, J. J., Riedner, B., Boly, M., Postle, B.R. and Tononi, G. (2017). The neural correlates of dreaming. Nature neuroscience, 20(6), 872.