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Brain Bank Program

The Brain Bank is currently only accepting non-demented control cases.

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Since the creation of the Brain Bank in January 2007, we have had cases within the state of Texas and from all around the nation. Brain donation is a legacy for future generations.

The Brain Bank was developed with two service-minded objectives:

  • Provide a free brain autopsy to confirm clinical diagnosis.

  • Collect, bank and provide brain tissue to qualified scientific researchers studying diseases related to dementia.


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The clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can only be confirmed by brain autopsy, or the examination of the brain tissue after death. This examination will determine a patient's precise type of dementia.

While it is important to us to receive brain tissue with dementia, it is equally important to receive brain tissue with no age-related diseases. These subjects are termed as controls and this tissue will enable researchers to make comparisons to brain tissue from dementia patients.

Proper Planning is important in making Brain Bank donations.

  • Ideally, arrangements will be made in advance to minimize brain cell breakdown between time of death and the completion of an autospy.

  • The GIA has prepared "documentation of intent for autopsy" packets. We will help you complete this packet and distribute the form to the pathologist, physician or appropriate party.

For more information or to arrange for a donation, please contact:

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TTUHSC Garrison Institute on Aging
Brain Bank Program

3601 4th Street STOP 9424
Lubbock, Texas 79430-9224

Kathleen Stonum - Coordinator

T: 806.743.2385

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