Why do we need to revolutionize brain preservation techniques for research and education? The rate at which people are dying from neurological disorders is rising. To combat this trend, brains need to be studied in-depth to uncover possible causes and treatments.
Smithsonian Magazine explored the rising number of neurological disorder cases over the past 25 years. They wrote that, “between 1990 and 2015, the number of deaths from neurological disorders, including stroke, dementia and multiple sclerosis, increased by nearly 37%. In the United States alone, 5.8 million people currently live with Alzheimer's, making it the nation's sixth leading cause of death."
For the proper education of scientists and medical students, learning from cadavers made possible by body donation provides the best quality of training. The same goes for understanding the brain. Without ample quality brain tissue donations, research can't be conducted that may save lives and improve the health span of people as humans live longer lives.
The Schizophrenia Bulletin, a medical journal covering psychoses and related disorders, broke down the usefulness of brain tissue in discovering drug treatments for psychiatric disorders. They say that postmortem brain tissue for research, "will become increasingly useful for identifying targets for drug intervention. It is therefore important to carefully preserve brain tissue from psychiatric patients so that it can be used in the future."
As we develop better and quicker methods for preserving the human brain, researchers are better equipped to develop treatments for diseases that are affecting millions of people. The key to unlocking the secrets of the human brain starts with the ability to preserve them properly.
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