Researchers > Dr. Sam Parnia
Dr Sam Parnia graduated from Guys and St. Thomas' medical schools in London in 1995 and obtained his PhD in cell biology from the University of Southampton in 2006. He is currently one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death, the state of the human mind, brain and near-death experiences. He now spends his time between UK hospitals and Cornell University in New York, where he is a Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He founded the Consciousness Research Group at the University of Southampton and is chairman of the Horizon Research Foundation.
Dr Parnia also currently leads a new and innovative scientific study, in collaboration with numerous medical centers throughout the UK that aims to finally discover through science what happens when we die. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed scientific journals in the field of pulmonary medicine as well as near death experiences and is a current reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine. He was a member of the Southampton University Trust Hospitals resuscitation committee between 1998 and 1999, where together with Dr Peter Fenwick he set up the first ever study of near death experiences in the UK. The results of this study have received widespread coverage in the national and international press and have been published in the medical journal "Resuscitation". He has been invited to present his work as some of the most prestigious scientific institutions including Harvard University, Caltech and UCLA. He recently authored the book What Happens When We Die and is consistently in demand as a speaker and consultant for the media, where he has made numerous appearances. His groundbreaking research has been featured on the BBC and Discovery documentary, The Day I Died.
Horizon Research Foundation