One of the best ways to advance research toward finding answers about neurologic disorders is through post-mortem brain donation – and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports an urgent need for donations from patients who’ve suffered with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Arranging in advance to donate your brain when you die could speed the pace of breakthroughs.
The Brain Donor Project is an innovative, not-for-profit developed to support the NIH in making available high quality brain tissue for neurologic researchers. Our focus is on raising awareness of the critical need for this precious tissue and on simplifying the process of brain donation upon death.
More has been learned about the human brain in the last 20 years than in all of recorded history, but there is so much yet to discover. More than 50 million Americans suffer from a neurologic disease or disorder – that’s one in six of us. And the answers simply can’t come fast enough. You may not be aware that…
- Signing up to an organ donor does not mean your brain is included. Separate arrangements need to be made for brain donation.
- Donating your body for anatomical study does not mean your brain will be used for neurological research. Again, separate arrangements are needed.
- People who have not been diagnosed with a neurological disorder are encouraged to donate as well. Control brains are just as valuable.
- Brain donation is not disfiguring – an open casket is still an option.
- There’s no additional cost to the family for brain donation.
Please consider making this precious gift. Visit braindonorproject.org to learn more and to begin the process of arranging for brain donation. Thank you for considering this invaluable gift as a way to advance science.