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New York Brain Bank at Columbia University

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Many neurodegenerative disorders are unique to human beings. Therefore, brains from other species are of limited value for research. Thus, human brain donation is crucial. Furthermore, the definite diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases depends on a postmortem examination of the brain (i.e. brain autopsy).

Brain autopsy is a type of surgical procedure done after death, which does not disfigure and does not interfere with funeral plans.

Some neurodegenerative disorders, including subtypes of Alzheimer or Parkinson disease and Huntington disease, are related to gene dysfunction. Brain autopsy may help to identify the genetic dysfunction causing the disease.

Postmortem brains from individuals without neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders are important for research to determine the differences between functional and dysfunctional brains. To facilitate this research, the Taub Institute at Columbia University established the NYBB. The NYBB is the link between the family, caregiver, donor, clinician and basic scientist.

Donating your brain will greatly contribute to the progress towards understanding why and how these diseases occur, and how they can be prevented or treated.

To learn more about brain donation, please contact a research coordinator, or visit the site of the Taub Institute.

Last updated 07/12/2008