Dublin Brain Bank

The Dublin Brain Bank is located in the Neuropathology Department at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Why is Brain Donation Important?

Diseases affecting the brain are becoming increasingly common in today's society. As such there is a pressing need for medical research in this area to try and understand how these diseases come about and how they might be treated.

Unfortunately it is impossible to study the living brain without doing any damage and neuro-imaging techniques are not well enough advanced to provide a reliable, non-invasive way of looking at the cells in action. The best way of understanding how the cells in the brain are working (or not working) is to look at the brain tissue after death. This type of study requires brain tissue donors.

The National Donor Programme encourages people throughout the country to donate their brains to medical science after death. Donations facilitate research studies that can provide valuable information on the diagnosis and treatment of many common diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease etc. which may lead to increased quality of life for patients.
All information on tissue donations remains strictly confidential.

For information on donation please click the link to follow Donor Pamphlet

For information for Patients and Relative please click the link to follow Information for Patients and Relatives

To view the 2012 Newsletter please click the link to follow Brain Bank Newsletter November 2012


Launch of the Dublin Brain Bank, October 2008

The launch of the Dublin Brain Bank took place on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008, in the Ivor Kenny Boardroom at the RCSI Smurfit Building, Beaumont Hospital.

This event marked the opening of Ireland's first brain bio-banking network which will facilitate nationwide brain donation and will, in the near future, allow scientists access to precious human brain tissue for research into devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Motor Neurone Disease.

The Brain Bank is dedicated to the memory of Aideen Clarke.

Professor Michael Farrell, Director of the Dublin Brain Bank, with Mr. Jimmy McGee who launched the Brain Bank

For further information including advice for donors and researchers, please see the Dublin Brain Bank website at the link to follow Dublin Brain Bank

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