Brain Banking hits the news
9 August 2016
The South West Dementia Brain Bank at the University of Bristol have recently been spreading the word on national and local news about what they do and the importance of brain donation.
Dr Laura Palmer also completed a working life article about being a Brain Bank Manager for MRC insight recently. On the topic of the work at the Brain Bank, she said:
More and more so we’re finding that the most useful donations are from people for whom we have lots of clinical data. A brain is much more useful if we know a lot about the health and lifestyle of the person it belonged to. We’re involved with the Brains for Dementia Research project, which involves registering people for brain donation and following them up with regular home visits for memory assessments. This allows us to collect in-depth clinical information that we can provide to researchers along with tissue after the donors pass way.
In my 11 years I’ve dealt with over 300 potential donors and their families. I have huge respect and admiration for people who decide to donate their brains. Every donation here is a person to us – it’s our job to make sure his or her brain can be used for research and that the tissue is treated with respect.
(Excerpts taken from her MRC working life article)
For more information on brain donation and how you can sign up, please see the information on the Medical Research Council's website: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/research/facilities-and-resources-for-researchers/brain-banks/
For more information about the Dementia research Group at the Univeristy of Bristol, please see their webpage:http://www.bris.ac.uk/clinical-sciences/research/neurosciences/research/dementia/