Brain Donation Program

Voluntary Brain Donation Program To Support Alzheimer’s Disease Research

The Taub Institute's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) performs an essential research procedure to learn about memory disorders: brain autopsy (also known as brain donation). The ADRC's ability to understand and research how Alzheimer's disease affects the brain and causes debilitating memory loss, confusion, and eventually death, is dependent upon studying brain tissue. This is a key factor in the scientific exploration for study of the diseases of memory loss. Brain autopsy is also useful in clarifying risks to relatives of people with Alzheimer's disease, which in some cases has been identified as a genetic disorder.

A detailed diagram of a human brain with different zones labelled

Brain autopsy is a type of surgical procedure done after death that does not disfigure the person. Funeral arrangements are not affected. It is coordinated gently and carefully by our staff here at Columbia from the initial planning stages to the call at the time of death. You will also receive the report generated by the autopsy.

You can make a significant contribution to memory disorders research by your consideration of this procedure. Additionally, the donation of normal brain tissue is another way you can help us.

Our brain donation program is available to individuals who have been examined by our physicians or who are enrolled in our research projects.

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