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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.

Find out more about brain donation

Brain Bank information booklet

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

Our information booklet is designed to answer any questions you might have about donating your brain to the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank.

Parkinson's UK Brain Bank: answering your questions about brain donation (PDF, 4.6MB)

Become a brain donor

If you are interested in joining the donor register pleaseĀ download or request an information pack.

If you have any further questions please get in touch with the brain bank team directly:

By email: [email protected]

By phone: 020 7594 9732

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.

Providing tissue to researchers

Use brain tissue from the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank

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