The most precious resource
urgently needed for neuroscience
is yours to give.

Brain donation is critically needed

One out of every six people is suffering from a devastating neurological disorder or disease. That’s why brain donation is critically needed. Diagnoses of autism and dementia is rising at an alarming rate, addiction is crushing families and mental illness can be devastating. Since the chances of developing a brain disorder increase with age—and Americans are now living longer than ever—the number of people in our population with disorders will rise significantly. Brain donation will help increase the availability of brain tissue for study to find answers & treatments for these diseases.

Why it matters

If you’re among those with a neurological disorder, you already know the answers can’t come fast enough. The Brain Donor Project was developed to try to get to those answers sooner – by supporting the NeuroBioBank of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in making available precious donated brain tissue for neurologic research. One man inspired its beginnings, but it is the people who are selflessly making this final, meaningful gift who push forward its progress.

You can do something important

You can do something important to help by arranging for a priceless gift that is uniquely yours to give when you die. Donating your brain could help unlock the mysteries of complex disorders and keep families healthier for generations to come.

The Brain Donor Project is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to increase the supply of human post-mortem brains donated for scientific research. Our goal is to simplify the process of brain donation and increase public awareness of the need for this most precious resource. 

Researchers have come incredibly far in the last decade or so, identifying the genetic basis and other root causes of many neurological disorders. Now there’s an urgent need for high quality, well-characterized tissue from both diseased and non-affected (control) brains to support research and help reach the next level of scientific breakthroughs.

Our work supports the NeuroBioBank of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which 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.

How does this work?

1) Complete online form and submit

2) Brain bank will provide further instructions

3) Complete forms and return

4) Talk to your family and friends

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