Brain injury topic of talks

A British scientist who received a severe head injury in a car crash which killed his wife will share his journey to recovery at the latest New Zealand International Science Festival.

Science communicator James Piercy, who spent two months in hospital after the 2011 crash, has now almost fully recovered.

At the Dunedin festival, , which runs from July 5 to 13, he will shed more light on the often hidden world of brain trauma. He would give several talks at the Otago Museum and his participation had been supported by the museum, organisers said.

A recent study showed traumatic brain injuries were at epidemic levels in New Zealand, with a head injury every 15 minutes.

Festival director Chris Green said brain health was ''a key part of Dunedin's future as a hub for Brain Health Research and academic neurosurgery''.

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