The legacy of donation offers the opportunity for future generations to enjoy all the benefits of full health.
Reasons Why You Should Donate
Psychiatric and neurological disorders are common in the United States, resulting in significant loss in quality of life, interfering with family functioning, and the ability to work. The likelihood of being diagnosed with a neurological disorder continues to increase with age, and the lengthening U.S. lifespan means more people will likely suffer from these disorders. In addition, neurodevelopmental disorders in children take a huge toll on quality of life. The need for research to further understand these disorders continues to be a priority.
While substantial progress has been made in understanding these disorders, there are still many unanswered questions to be addressed. The limited supply of donated tissues is a barrier to progress in understanding these diseases.
By increasing the amount of tissue available for research, we will be able to support scientists' research to better understand how to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure disorders of the human brain. The hopes of people affected by brain diseases rest on the discoveries made possible by tissue donation.
The Legacy of Donation
Studies using donated brain tissue following death are the most promising avenue for researchers to learn how to prevent and cure disorders of the brain.
Discoveries made possible by tissue donation provide hope to families affected by brain disease.
One donated brain can provide tissue for hundreds of independent research studies. The gift of brain donation enables discoveries that will have a lasting impact. The legacy of donation offers future generations the possibility of improved health.Explore Research Discoveries
Making a Difference
The decision to donate can be difficult for individuals and their loved ones. Each donor may have a unique reason for deciding to become a donor, but most if not all donors share a common satisfaction knowing that they are contributing to the health and well-being of others affected by similar brain disorders. Watch the accompanying videos to hear why some people decide to donate.