National Geographic – Leaving Your Brain to Science: Don’t Let Myths Dissuade You

October 22, 2018

Scientists need postmortem human brains for research, but general organ donation programs don’t harvest them. Tish Hevel found a solution.

Brains are in short supply. Neuroscientists need brain tissue of all types to study the diseases that affect more than 15 percent of people in the world. Enter Tish Hevel. In 2015, after Hevel’s father died from Lewy body dementia, her family wanted to offer his brain for research—but knew that it would take much more than an organ donor card. The experience inspired Hevel to create the Brain Donor Project “to raise awareness of the critical need” and make enrolling easier for would-be donors. Nearly two years in, more than 2,000 people have signed up.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/10/embark-human-brain-organ-donation-science/?user.testname=none

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