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Where does one go or who dowe contact if we want to donate our brains and /or our entire body for research?
The UCSF Memory & Aging Center in San Francisco will make good use of your brain after you’re done with it too.
You can even help them understand the differences between healthy and not-so-healthy brains by joining their research studies. Healthy volunteers participate in studies of memory and brain agility and their results join the database to help evaluate brains on the decline.
Janet Basu, wish I had known that five years ago! Do they test for heavy metals, by any chance?
Another approach is to go upstream, and get to answers and better outcomes faster. Why not periodically screen people for some commonly overlooked causes of systemic infections, autoimmunity, biocompatibility reactions, toxicity and inflammation, and remediate them, so brains are healthier and happier cognitively, psychologically and behaviorally throughout our lives?
It is time to bring an engineering approach to medicine. Measure more – including the mundane that changes the microbiome and our biological terrain (additives, chemicals, heavy metals, medications and pathogens great and small), the omitted and overlooked (everything dental), and the bioenergetic dimension, as without it our brains and bodies are dead meat (and once delivered for research, this cannot be measured).
We do not wait for more bridges to collapse, or more planes to fall out of the sky, or more airbags to fail, or more children to be harmed by toys – without requiring corrective actions or issuing recalls. Why is it easier to get a recall, warning, or corrective action in consumer products, toys, transportation, and civil engineering than in medicine, pharmacy, and medical devices?
That said, there should be an option at every funeral home and cremation facility to donate the brain, and also specify areas for research, perhaps for a fee if needed. I tried hard to do this for a close relative who had vascular dementia and a dreadful death after a great life with increasing medical challenges, and was willing to pay for heavy metals and other testing. It was the weekend, and medical schools were closed. By Monday, the die was cast.
I am very interested in this subject. Coming march 2018, we are trying to publish a students magazine in UAE.
we requesting an essay about the Brain Bank. I don’t know the person to whom I have to approach.
expecting a replay
Pournami, vadaserikonam PO. varkalam Trivandrum, Kerala.
Glad to read this. My mother in law donated her diseased brain (CBGD) to Duke. I’ve seriously considered donating mine. However, you might get more donations if you don’t show the picture of the brain being sliced. Fhattbacked me up a bit.