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Substantial Matters: Life & Science of Parkinson’s

Mar 13, 2018

Despite great advances in genetics and molecular biology, many aspects of research on diseases affecting the brain, including Parkinson’s, still depend on actual human brain tissue for study. How do researchers get these brains for study? They need you to become a brain donor! It is important for people with neurological diseases to donate their brains after death, but healthy brains are also needed for comparison. Brain retrieval must occur very quickly to be useful, so advance planning is essential. Tish Hevel, founder and CEO of the Brain Donation Project, explains how to become a brain donor, and she dispels some misperceptions about the subject.