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Plans for human ‘body transplant’ met with scepticism

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2015.

An Italian surgeon’s plan to perform the first ‘full body transplant’ on a human has been met with scepticism. Published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Dr Sergio Canavero recently outlined his plan to graft a living person’s head onto a deceased donor body. A 29 year-old Russian man, suffering from a disease which slowly wastes […]

Caffeine boosts long-term memory – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on January 13th, 2014.

UK SMC: Scientists published in Nature Neuoscience today have concluded that caffeine enhances long-term memory by improving the process of memory consolidation. Read a report on the findings from National Geographic. Our colleagues at the Science Media Centre in London rounded up reaction to the research from UK-based experts. Dr Ashok Jansari, Reader in Cognitive Neuropsychology, […]

Limiting brain damage in stroke victims – new research

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 4th, 2010.

Current therapies for stroke victims depend on rapid access to medical care. Within hours of a stroke, irreversible brain damage begins spreading to neighbouring regions of the brain. Now a New Zealand neuroscientist’s team has found a promising way to enhance recovery in these surrounding areas, even when treatment is delayed. The study is published […]

East & Bays Courier: Scientist has stem cells on the brain

Peter Griffin posted in on August 11th, 2010.

Sarah Moyes writes in the East & Bays Courier about neuroscientist Bronwen Connor, who is researching adult stem cells in the brain. The brain produces adult stem cells to aid in repair – it is hoped a better understanding of how these cells work, what could go wrong with them, and what triggers them, to […]

NZ Herald: Brainbox wins award for disease research

Peter Griffin posted in on March 25th, 2010.

Beck Vass writes in the New Zealand Herald about Professor Richard Faull, who last night was announced as the Supreme Winner of the 2010 World Class New Zealand Awards. Professor Faull, who has also been awarded the Rutherford Medal, has been studying the human brain for over 35 years in order to better understand (and […]

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