The Scars of War Foundation


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

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 and other psychological problems.
  • We need to understand the neuroscience behind pain – both visible pain caused by wounds, and cognitive pain caused by psychological trauma.
  • Our research has wider repercussions for refugees and those afflicted by natural disasters.