Brain Damage

phineas gage

The mysterious case of Phineas Gage fundamentally altered our understanding of mental health, neuroscience, and behaviour. In 1848, a doctor saved a man’s life after a terrible accident which damaged his brain and appeared to change his personality. For the first time, this incredible true story is brought to life in a 20-minute film. After the screening, hear from the film-makers, listen to Oxford neuroscientists discussing their present-day work on the brain, and find out more about local brain injury charity Headway Oxfordshire (there will also be an opportunity to donate).

Tickets are free but booking is essential.


  • Gage: a 20-minute film
  • Talk about the film by the students from the London Film School
  • Talk on Behavioural Change by Professor Masud Husain
  • Talk on Vision by Dr Holly Bridge
  • Short video and talk by Jamie Miller, CEO of Headway Oxfordshire
  • Panel Discussion


This event is organised in partnership between the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, and local brain injury charity Headway Oxfordshire. For more information please visit the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences website.


Medical Humanities

Contact email:
Audience: Open to all