2018 Inductees

Emery Brown

Emery N. Brown, Ph.D., M.D.

Director, Neuroscience Statistics Research Lab
Massachusetts General Hospital
Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and of Computational Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Native Floridian

14 U.S. patents

Emery N. Brown, born and raised in Ocala, Florida, is an anesthesiologist-statistician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an MIT and Harvard professor who made significant contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of anesthesiology, enabling physicians to accurately monitor and safely control the state of patients under anesthetic. Brown’s experimental research has shown that a primary mechanism through which anesthetics induce altered arousal states is by creating oscillations that disrupt neuronal communication among different brain regions. His research has also shown that anesthesia induced oscillations change systematically with anesthetic drug class and with age. These oscillations, which are readily visible in the EEG, can be used to guide drug dosing, as well as accurately monitor and implement new approaches to precisely control the anesthetic state. Brown is also recognized for his statistics research in which he has developed statistical methods to analyze dynamic processes in neuroscience. He served on President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative Working Group and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering as well as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In recognition of his many accomplishments, May 15, 2016, was named Dr. Emery Neal Brown Day by the Marion County Board of Commissioners. Brown holds 3 U.S. patents.