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A Decade After Death Patient HM Inspires Plans For Brain Museum In Downtown San Diego

A Decade After Death Patient HM Inspires Plans For Brain Museum In Downtown San Diego

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Jacopo Annese, director, the Brain Observatory

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Photo credit: Penguin Random House

William Scoville is pictured in this undated photo.

Sunday marked 10 years since the death of Patient HM, identified after death as Henry Molaison, whose brain was the most studied in medical research history. As a young man, Molaison underwent surgery that left him unable to form new memories.

In order to closely examine HM’s brain, a neurosurgical team at UC San Diego dissected Molaison's frozen brain into more than 2,000 slices. Millions of people watched as the dissection was streamed live online over 25 hours.

That whole experience gave Dr. Jacopo Annese, who led the research, a new mission: to open up the research doors and let the public experience the latest in brain science.

Annese, director of the Brain Observatory in San Diego, discusses Molaison's legacy and his plans for a brain museum in downtown San Diego.

Sunday marked 10 years since the death of Patient HM, identified after death as Henry Molaison, whose brain was the most studied in medical research history.

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