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Parkinson's UK Brain Bank

Researchers holding become a brain donor placard

The Parkinson's UK Brain Bank is the UK's largest brain bank dedicated to Parkinson's.

If a donor has died or is not expected to live much longer, please call the 24-hour emergency contact number 07659 104537.

We collect tissue from people with and without the condition and provide it to researchers in the UK and around the world who are working towards a cure for Parkinson's.

The Brain Bank is funded by Parkinson's UK in partnership with Imperial College London.

We are also very grateful for additional funding provided by the Medical Research Council for service support costs for the Brain Bank.

Become a brain donor

Vital research relies upon the generosity of donors and their families who make the vital gift of brain donation after death.

Become a brain donor now and help us to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.

Watch a video of Professor David Dexter explaining the Brain Bank's work

Questions about brain donation?

We've put together a list of commonly asked questions and answers that we receive about brain donation.

Or contact the Brain Bank team with your questions directly:

What to do when a donor dies: A simple guide

Read our practical step-by-step guide for families, friends and professionals to help the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank collect tissue from registered donors.

We aim to collect tissue as quickly as possible. Brain and spinal cord tissues deteriorate very rapidly and after 48 hours after death tissue is no longer suitable for Parkinson's research.

Use brain tissue from the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank

Providing tissue to researchers

Just one donated brain can be used in up to 50 different research studies.

We supply tissue to researchers investigating Parkinson's in the UK and around the world.

Use tissue from the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank

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