Prof. Sergio Canavero, MD, is a renowned neurosurgeon from Turin, Italy, who plans the first human head transplantation in the world.
GEMINI: He is the former director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group and developed the GEMINI protocol, the scientific spinal cord fusion protocol for the first human head transplantation. Prior to that, Prof. Canavero worked as a neurosurgeon at the University Hospital Turin, Italy, for 22 years.
Education: Mr. Canavero graduated cum laude from the University of Turin, passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (USMLE) in Philadelphia, PA, USA, was a visiting physician at the Neurosurgical Division of Karolinska Hospital Stockholm, Sweden, and is a professor honoris causa of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China. Mr. Canavero was a member of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons (AANOS), a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, an intern at the Neurological and Neurosurgical Hospital Pierre Wertheimer in Lyon, France, and a consultant for the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), USA.
Author: He has written numerous scientific books, including Central Pain Syndrome. Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management (Cambridge University Press; Canavero S, Bonicalzi V), Textbook of Therapeutic Cortical Stimulation (New York: Nova Biomedical), Textbook of Cortical Brain Stimulation (DeGruyter Open), and Immortal. Why Consciousness is Not in the Brain (Amazon), among others. Mr. Canavero has published or contributed to more than 140 scientific articles (see list below). He speaks eight languages.
Head Transplantation: The Future Is Now | Dr.Sergio Canavero | TEDxLimassolDr Canavero believes that impossible is only a way of the mind. By changing perspective, everything becomes attainable. He proved so when in three months at age 27 worked out the mechanism of one of the most intractable medical mysteries ever, central pain syndrome. Against accepted neurological lore, he restored partial consciousness in patients in the persistent vegetative state and introduced motor cortex stimulation for the treatment of movement disorders and stroke rehabilitation. In 2013, he made worldwide news with his project of cerebrosomatic anastomosis (Head Transplant) and again in 2014 with his cortical stimulation proposal for the treatment of psychopaths.