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