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Become a brain donor

Pledge your brain to Parkinson's researchJoin our Parkinson's UK Brain Donor Register and help us to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.

The Parkinson's UK Brain Bank is supporting vital research across the world that is working towards a cure.

But their work is completely dependent upon the generosity of people with and without Parkinson's who pledge their brains to research.

Join the Parkinson's UK Brain Donor Register

Joining the Parkinson's UK Brain Donor Register gives your agreement to use your brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid and potentially other tissue for research after your death.

  1. Request or print your Parkinson's UK Brain Bank information pack
  2. Complete and return the paperwork.
  3. We'll confirm your registration and send you your Parkinson's UK Brain Donor Card.
  4. Once you're registered, tell those closest to you about your decision and always carry your donor card.

Brain donation stories

Some of our donors explain why they made the decision to join the Parkinson's UK Brain Donor Register.

I was never prouder than at my husband's funeral when our rector told the congregation about Geoff's decision.

Pam's husband Geoff had Parkinson's which motivated them both to pledge their brains to research:

"Although we both realised that a cure might not come in time to help Geoff, we wanted to play our part in helping scientists move closer to a cure."

It doesn't matter if my donation helps future generations of our family, or a total stranger. I just don't want anyone to go through what my dad did.

Denise does not have Parkinson's but her father Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's at just 57:

"I wanted to do anything I could to help with research. After all, my brain will be of no further use to me when I die, but it might help others fight Parkinson's."

It is very important that people without the condition join as well. Scientists have to compare the brains of people with Parkinson's to brains that are not affected by the condition.

Christine's husband Martyn developed Parkinson's in his thirties. So Christine, Martyn, and both their sons made the decision to become registered donors.

"My whole family are behind the idea of brain donation – I think everybody should think about donating their brains and helping scientists find a cure for Parkinson's."

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