From Sci-Fi to Salem: The History, Science, and Culture of Cryonics
Website: Cryonics NW
What does the word "cryonics" bring to mind? Creepy scientists freezing dead bodies? Plumes of liquid nitrogen vapor as corpses are committed to the dewar? Dying people, desperately grasping at straws for another chance at life?
Chana De Wolf will talk about these and other common images of cryonics as she leads a frank discussion of the history and the current state of cryonics as it is practiced in the real world. From "straight-freezing" the first human in 1967 to the development of carrier and vitrification solutions for optimal cryoprotection of the brain, cryonics advocates have made significant advances in cryobiological knowledge and cryopreservation technologies in hopes of extending and saving lives.
Chana de Wolf is a business manager and biomedical researcher in Portland. She holds a B.S. in Experimental Psychology, a M.S. in Neuroscience, and has extensive management and laboratory experience.
She is a Director and researcher for Advanced Neural Biosciences, where she and her husband conduct cryonics-relevant research and a Director of the Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting research, education, and information dissemination in cryonics.