The Scars of War Foundation

… was established in December 2011 at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, by its Director Hugh McManners and Co-Director Prof Morten Kringelbach.

The Foundation uses brain science to determine how the traumas of war affect the brain, then works to coordinate  other disciplines to provide solutions.

Based at The Queen’s College, Oxford University, we also have facilities at the Department of Psychiatry at the Warneford Hospital, and at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Why this is important:

  • War changes people – and their families back at home. In the UK this totals some 10m people – of which 4m are  veterans.
  • Overall, across the world, war and disaster are associated with greatly increased risks of suicide, PTSD, premature dementia and other psychological problems.
  • We need to understand the brain science behind pain – both visible pain caused by wounds, and cognitive pain caused by psychological trauma.
  • Using ground-breaking treatment at John Radcliffe Hospital, which some British soldiers and veterans have already received, we are able to relieve both forms of pain via neurosurgical intervention. We need to refine these techniques for general use.
  • Oxford University is a centre of excellence for this neurological work – but specific funds are needed for research into scars of war
  • With the US military facing similar issues, psychiatrists in the USA have a representative interest in our work.
  • We’re also working with leading psychologists and psychiatrists in Israel and Australia, and are seeking funds for collaborative work in Africa.
  • Our research has wider repercussions for the populations of many troubled countries, for refugees, and for those afflicted by natural disasters.