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The Cryonics Association of Australasia (CAA) is a non-profit organisation registered in Victoria (Corporation Registered Number: A0029556Z). CAA offers support for residents of Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the region, having suspension arrangements, or planning to make such arrangements, with any of the US Cryonics organisations and seeks to promote the concept generally in Australia. CAA will act as a self-regulatory authority for any Cryonics facilities that are developed in Australia.

What Is Cryonics?

Cryonics is the practice of maintaining patients currently classed as legally "dead" at extremely low temperatures for treatment by future medicine.

What Does The Cryonics Procedure Consist Of?

In optimal circumstances, the procedure typically consists of:

  • Restoring the circulatory and respiratory function with a heart-lung resuscitator (Thumper) and/or heart-lung machine (blood pump and artificial lung)
  • Treatment of the patient with cryoprotectant drugs such as glycerol to minimise damage from the freezing process
  • Introduction of cryoprotectants is carried out with a heart-lung machine by circulation of a perfusate (blood substitute) carrying the cryoprotectant through the patient's tissues - this procedure is called perfusion
  • Cooling to the temperature of dry ice (-79°C) in a silicone oil bath. This cooling procedure takes approximately 2-3 days for whole body patients and 1 day for neurosuspension patients
  • Further cooling to liquid nitrogen temperature (-196°C)
  • Long term storage submerged in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196°C - essentially all chemical and biological activity is arrested at this temperature.

Philip Rhoades
Executive Officer, CAA

Contact Information:
Mail: GPO Box 3411 Sydney NSW 2001 Australia