Research and Education

Transforming Brain Science

What if you could help a scientist cure brain disease? You can! A method called brain banking allows scientists to peer deeper into the brain than ever before. This technology preserves the nano-scale structure of the brain, which is small enough to fit inside the width of a human hair almost 100 times! This gives scientists the information to make new discoveries about how to reverse brain diseases like Alzherimer’s.

According to the United Nations, more than one out of every six people across the world suffer from neurological disorders. In order to catalyze the advancement of brain science, researchers and educators need high-fidelity brain samples, preserved in a way that captures each of the billions of individual neurons and trillions of synapses in the human brain. These samples will offer scientists the level of detail they must have to combat the relentless progression of degenerative brain disease faced by human beings worldwide.

This scan demonstrates the complexity of the brain. Memories are theorized to be encoded in these synaptic nano-structures. Further reading: Sebastian Seung and Jeff Lichtman

Brain Science is Brain Health

The way that scientists preserve the brain for research has not changed since the 1950s. Better brain banking technology is very valuable to medicine, it helps us better understand diseases of the brain in ways that were never thought possible.

We seek to understand how long-term memories are physically created, and how those physical traces might be preserved. Our goal is to enable truly revolutionary advances in the way our society relates to and engages with memory, including how we experience history, how we preserve the languages, cultures, and wisdom of the past, and how health care engages with the memories and personal narratives of patients.

Our method is the only scientifically proven approach that can verifiably preserve the synaptic structure of the brain.  Our project has already succeeded in preserving animal brains with sufficient quality to win the Brain Preservation Foundation’s Small and Large Mammal Brain Preservation prizes, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Additionally, we succeeded in demonstrating the fastest known preservation of a human brain in 2018 and 2021. Our research has been funded in part by a grant from the National Institute of Health.

This comparison of brain tissue between a healthy individual and an Alzheimer’s disease patient, demonstrating the extent of neuronal death. Further reading: National Institute on Aging

How Do I Become A Brain Donor?

The key to brain banking is rapid preservation in under 30 minutes after death. Because of the time sensitive nature of brain donation, donors must pre-register for brain banking. When a donor approaches their final days of life, the hospice provider must contact us 24 to 72 hours before death for our team to standby for donation.

Donors must be altruistic individuals with a passion for advancing the progress of medical science and education. We encourage donors and their families who are passionate about science and want to be a part of the “final frontier” in brain research to register for brain banking.


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