The tortured mind

As individuals, few of us will ever experience the stressor states inflicted on torture victims with the goal of retrieving information.  It is difficult for our empathy to extend to these extremities of suffering, leaving us with a poor understanding of what torture does to a person. However this activity, which has pervaded human society […]

Surgical pioneer set for the first human head transplant

Three years ago, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero announced that he could perform a human head transplant in a two-part procedure called HEAVEN (head anastomosis venture) and Gemini (the fusion of the spinal cord). Many have dismissed Canavero’s plans, with one bioethicist going so far as to label him a “Looney Tune,” but there are still […]

Global Brain Health Institute begins its pioneering research at Trinity College

  This year the Department of Health Sciences welcomes the first four Atlantic Fellows from the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) who represent  “the first of an international network of ‘change agents’ in the global fight against dementia”.   GBHI is a partnership programme between Trinity College and the University of California, San Fransisco  aimed at fostering […]


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