Become a brain donor
Join our Parkinson's UK
Brain Donor Register and help us to find a cure and improve life
for everyone affected by Parkinson's.
Vital Parkinson's research relies upon the generosity of donors
and their families who make the vital gift of brain donation after
So far, our Parkinson's UK Brain Bank
has collected nearly 500 brains. But we urgently need more,
particularly from people without Parkinson's, to help researchers
find a cure.
Join the Parkinson's UK Brain Donor Register
- Request or print your
Parkinson's UK Brain Bank information pack
- Complete and return the paperwork.
- We'll confirm your registration and send you your Parkinson's
UK Brain Donor Card.
- Once you're registered, tell those closest to you about your
decision and always carry your donor card.
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.
People's brain donation
When Pam and her husband Geoff, who had Parkinson's, heard about
the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank they both decided to sign
"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.
"I was never prouder than at my husband's funeral last year when
our rector told the congregation about Geoff's decision."
Pam, registered donor
Denise does not have Parkinson's but signed up to the brain
donor register in 2009. Her father Michael, pictured below with her
mum Pamela, was diagnosed with Parkinson's at just 57.
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 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, registered donor
Christine's husband Martyn developed Parkinson's in his
thirties. 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."
"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, registered donor
Contact the Parkinson's UK
If a donor has died or is not expected to live much longer,
please call 07659 104537.