Interested in Brain Donation?
Donating your brain for research is a very personal decision, and it is important to share your decision with family and loved ones. However, it can be difficult to find resources that answer common questions related to brain donation and even more difficult to navigate the process for ensuring your wishes are met. Below are resources that can help you make this important decision.
NeuroBioBank of the National Institutes of Health
The NeuroBioBank of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was formed in 2013 to collect, process, store and distribute human brain tissue to biomedical researchers across the country. The demand for tissues from donors with certain disorders or from specific brain regions can quickly deplete these valuable resources, putting life-saving research in jeopardy.
Local Brain Banks may also be available in your area.
Brain Donor Project
The mission of the Brain Donor Project is to increase brain donation to advance science, leading to the treatment and cure of neurological, neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. They seek to achieve their mission by increasing awareness and simplifying the process of donating post-mortem human brains for research.
The Brain Donor Project website is full of great information that answers common questions related to brain donation and will also help you sign up to donate your brain to the NeuroBioBank of the National Institutes of Health.