Soon you can with the announcement that Southern Cryonics has received permission to build Australia’s first Cryonics laboratory.

Plans for the construction of Australia’s first cryonics facility have recently been approved by a NSW local council. Southern Cryonics intend to build a facility which will make Australia the third country, behind the USA and Russia, to offer cryonic preservation to subscribed members.

Cryonics, sometimes known as cryogenics, involves the preservation of an individual who has died as a result of either terminal illness or natural causes, through the use of  cryopreservant chemicals and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The process is intended to allow patients the opportunity to be revived potentially hundreds of years in the future when medical and technological advances will be able to cure their ailments, including aging.

Cryonics technology is not yet advanced enough for the safe revival of humans, which for the time being is ok as the majority of diseases and conditions that people have died from are yet to be effectively and safely cured. In February 2016 it was announced that scientists from 21st Century Medicine had successfully trialled a new method of cryonic preservation in a rabbit’s brain which captured, in perfect detail, the brain’s synaptic connections and neurons and further, will survive the test of time for hundreds of years. The catch is that to ‘revive’ that brain, the digital mapping of it would have to be uploaded to a synthetic brain. Still, better than death right!

Southern Cryonics used to be known as Stasis Systems Australia and is headed by Founder, Director and Chairman – Peter Tsolakides who became interested in immortality after reading Robert Ettinger’s book ‘The Prospect of Immortality’. Southern Cryonics’ advising director Marta Sandberg is no stranger to the field either. Her husband Helmer, died of a pituitary brain tumour and is currently interred at the Cryonics Institute in the USA.

Now that Southern Cryonics has planning approval, the next step will be to seek from NSW Health, licenses to hold and store remains on site. They plan to build a storage facility capable of holding 40 members. Building is expected to start in 2017. The costs for cryonic preservation at the facility are expected to be approximately $80,000AUD – $90,000AUD for whole body preservation. This is significantly cheaper than ALCOR in the USA which costs between $280,000USD for a body and $110,000USD for a head. A cheaper alternative is KrioRus in Russia where whole body storage costs $50,000USD and $17,000USD for head only preservation (though you will have to be content with your frozen remains sitting next to frozen animals).

Southern Cryonics is quick to point out that it is not operational yet and in case of emergencies, interested people should contact the Cryonics Associate of Australasia which liaises with the Cryonics Institute to arrange the initial preservation treatment by specially trained Australian based paramedics and the subsequent shipping to one of the US facilities.

The announcement of the new facility is a positive step forwards for cryonics which recently made headlines in the UK with the country’s highest court granting a dying 14 year old girl’s wish to be cryonically preserved due to her cancer. Entrepreneurs like PayPal Executive Peter Thiel and TV personality Larry King are also paid up members who help bring the prospect of human longevity further into the mainstream and reduce much of the stigma associated with it.

For more information, Southern Cryonics website can be found here.

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