Picking your brains: what’s going on inside your head?

Neuroscience has made great gains but the best is yet to come. Jenn and Tony Bot

Welcome to On the brain, a new Conversation series by people whose job it is to know as much as there is to know about the body’s most complex organ. Here, Professor Geoffrey Donnan, a world-renowned stroke researcher and director of the Florey Neuroscience Institute, summarises major highlights in brain diagnoses and ponders the future of treatments for brain disease. Enjoy.

The past 30 years have seen the most remarkable advances in the study of the brain. And the past ten have seen more advances in our understanding than all the other years combined.

These range from the most fundamental changes within cells right through to how the brain interconnects and functions.

X-ray computed tomography.