The University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank conducts research on cryo-preserved brains.
Deborah Mash, Professor of Neurology,
and Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the School of Medicine, and Director of Research
for the Brain Endowment Bank.
Cryonics has been defined as "the technology for freezing a person after a terminal illness or a fatal accident, in the hope that
medical science will be able to revive that person in the future, when life extension and anti-aging have become a reality."
Cryonic suspension is an emergency medical procedure designed to save lives (much like Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), a
last-ditch effort to forestall irreversible brain damage. Since the first individual was cryonically preserved in 1967, a handful of
firms have sprung up offering cryopreservation and/or storage services to the general public (Badger, 1998).
Resuscitation Science: Is There a Third State of Being?
They call it resuscitation science. It's a new area of research at the University of Pennsylvania, where a Center for Resuscitation Science opened less than a year ago, and where the line between life and death is shifting.
"A science without a deadline" from The Institution of Engineering and Technology gives an impartial overview of the state of cryonics in 2008:
"The search for immortality-or at least the exponential extension of human life-is hardly new. But now the hedge fund set has joined the quest, and some big money and names are betting on a 'cure' for aging." (Info on some suspension services at the link below is incorrect)
The Prospect of Immortality started the cryonics movement.
The Cryonics Institute received its 45th human whole-body patient in December 2002. Volunteers rescue the Cryonics Institute's 43th cryopatient.
The first cryonics company outside the United States, KrioRus is providing a low-cost (10,000 Euro) neurosuspension option.
"The defining political conflict of the 21st century will be the battle over life and death." Forever Young:
The new scientific search for immortality
SUSPENDED ANIMATION -- SURGERY'S FRONTIER: Man cooled to near-death for 'impossible' brain operation
Chill Heart Attack Victims
Think ice slurry and you might envision a soda fountain drink, but a new technology is being tested that'll use slurries to help save lives.
Tens of thousands of embryos are now frozen in fertility clinics
Why Cryosuspension Makes Sense
The Molecular Repair of the Brain
Open Directory's comprehensive cryonics links
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Download issues of Alcor Forum. Forum1 Forum2 (over 1MB, PDF format)
Permafrost burial and other low cost alternatives to cryonic suspension.
Scientists support cryonics: