In 1996 Michael Howard awarded the first home office license for human
brain perfusion to Prof. Gerald Curtis (Biodynamics Rsrch Ltd) -
formely based at the Medicentre, Cardiff.
Curtis, Helen Hughes (Bowman Research) and Nagaraga Rao (DMI),
conducted their experiments on terminal soldiers supplied by the MOD.
The brain perfusion experiments involved extracting the brains of
soldiers and keeping them alive and fuctioning using pumps to supply
the brains with blood.
Curtis saw his experiments as the next logical step up from his organ
perfusion work with animals - which he perfected in the period 1993 -
1995, at Cardiff University labs.
Curtis's contract with the MOD was arranged by Thomas Swann Ltd, a
business angel who gave BDR cash and technical assistance from his own
R & D dept. From 1999 BDR moved to Walton Hall, but funded Dr Peter
Evans of Cardiff University from the period 1999 - 2001 for his work
in Organ Regeneration Studies.
Did the families of these soldiers give their permission?
Do these brains continue to think and dream?
What were the terms of the license?
Were they open ended or periodically reviewed?
Is the research being continued?
Will the home office give me a copy of the license under the new
freedom of information act, or will they apply the exemption?
When I find out I'll let you know...