This February marks the eighteenth anniversary of my heart transplant.
A little update: I will be part of TACKERS’ volunteer staff team this year! Since 2002, TACKERS (based in Anzere, Switzerland), has been giving children who have experienced organ transplantation opportunities to meet other transplant kids- as well as to engage in snow sports and creative activities. This year’s camp shall be held from 8th … More News: Invited to TACKERS (Transplant Adventure Camp for Kids) as Volunteer this March
The story behind my being invited to present my research at my home University contains more synchronicity than one might initially assume.
On 1st December 2019 I had the opportunity to join the discussion about the importance of patients being directly involved in research about their health conditions, as well as the discussion about what ‘being human’ is all about! As a heart transplant recipient and intersubjective researcher myself, it was interesting to learn how “scientific” fellow … More News: Radio Guest on Heart N Soul Radio station at the Wellcome Gallery, London (01.12.19)
In the middle of August, soon after returning to the the UK from the Hybrid Minds/Hybrid Bodies symposium, I got a phone call from Montreal-based journalist Mathieu Perreault. He was curious about my experience as a transplant recipient as well as an intersubjective researcher. Below is a copy of the eventual article about the symposium- … More News: Featured in La Presse article about Hybrid Minds/Hybrid Bodies Symposium
Further blog posts, including photos and possibly videos, to follow!
The topic of organ transplantation is an inherently weighty one. It touches upon themes of life and death, suffering and redemption, tragedy and advanced biotechnological innovation. On a basic level, how does one mediate this complexity to the mainstream? And on a deeper level, how might one -how might I- go about successfully communicating … More On Being a Successful Communicator: How DOES one mediate difficult topics?
Since today is both Valentine’s Day and Organ Donation Awareness Day, both occasions ripe for the proliferation of illustrative and linguistic allusions to the heart, it feels fitting to share some intellectual gold nuggets on the topic. Prepare to rethink how you view the heart. I’m back after my month-and-a-half blog hiatus, and the following paradigm-altering … More The Heart: both Organ and Symbol, intertwined Fact and Fiction.