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This profile was last updated on 12/7/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Dr. Sergio Canavero

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Local Address:  Turin , Italy
Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group

Employment History

  • Doctor

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group


  • MD
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Dr. Sergio Canavero, ..., 7 Dec 2015 [cached]
Dr. Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, has published two medical articles that said, thanks to new technology, a human head transplant is possible.
He says that the technology available today allows the human body to be cooled during surgery, new tools create a cleaner cut on the spinal cord and machines allow patients to be on bypass during surgery - potentially making a head transplant a reality.
Canavero and his team have already found a volunteer for the surgery, and they hope to perform the surgery in December 2017.
Update: New Scientist reported Feb. 25, ..., 26 Feb 2015 [cached]
Update: New Scientist reported Feb. 25, 2015, that Dr. Sergio Canavero will announce at a conference in June a project to make the first human head transplant possible by 2017.
Technical barriers to grafting one person's head onto another person's body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. In a recent paper, Canavero outlines a procedure modeled on successful head transplants which have been carried out in animals since 1970.
The one problem with these transplants was that scientists were unable to connect the animals' spinal cords to their donor bodies, leaving them paralyzed below the point of transplant. But, says Canavero, recent advances in re-connecting spinal cords that are surgically severed mean that it should be technically feasible to do it in humans. (This is not the same as restoring nervous system function to quadriplegics or other victims of traumatic spinal cord injury.)
Canavero hypothesizes that plastics like polyethylene glycol (PEG) could be used to accomplish this fusing, citing previous research showing that, for example, in dogs PEG allowed the fusing of severed spinal cords.
Chairman's Corner | The American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons, 19 June 2015 [cached]
In addition to Dr. Canavero, I wish to convey my gratitude to other invited speakers who rounded out our program this year. Two local Annapolis surgeons, Drs.
Who better to give you a glimpse into the future of medicine than a futuristic thinking neuroscientist, Dr. Sergio Canavero, our keynote speaker. Following are his thoughts...
Sergio Canavero, MD
American Academy of Neurological & Orthopaedic Surgeons 1516 North Lake Shore Drive - Chicago, Illinois 60610 (Phone) 312-787-1608 (Facsimile) 312-787-9289
Sergio Canavero, a doctor in ..., 1 Feb 2015 [cached]
Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person's head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off. Canavero hopes to assemble a team to explore the radical surgery in a project he is due to launch at a meeting for neurological surgeons in Maryland this June.
Dr. Sergio Canavero, ..., 15 Sept 2015 [cached]
Dr. Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, Turin, Italy, has proposed in two published medical articles that a head transplant is possible, thanks to new technology.
Dr. Thomas Cochrane, a director of neuroethics at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, said those with experience in the field say it will be nearly impossible for Canavero and his team to create enough evidence in two years that would allow him to ethically go through with the procedure.
Previously Canavero pointed to a 1970 operation where a surgeon at Case Western Reserve Medical Center transplanted the head of one rhesus monkey to another, as a reason the operation might work.
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