As written in a featured article for a journal from the Alzheimer's Association, "Brain banks are now considered to be the heart of neurological research." The medical and scientific research communities are dependent on high-quality tissue samples to study the human brain adequately. However, there are several hurdles in developing better brain banking technologies.
A significant problem is the lack of awareness around the need for brain donations. Without donations, none of the groundbreaking and potentially disease-curing research can be done. Informing the public about the need for tissue samples and the good they can do is an essential step towards better understanding the human mind. Of the challenges facing brain banking, two, particularly, pose a complex challenge that requires donations and research to solve.
Being able to preserve the brain as quickly as possible following the end of life is the biggest challenge. Every second matters when trying to secure the best sample possible. The quality of brain tissue begins to deteriorate very fast. For the donation to be of use, rapid response is vital. This is in part why public awareness is so important. For brain donation, pre-planning is essential.
Another hurdle we are developing solutions to here at Aeternitas Life is how to preserve the tissue best once secured. If the donation is received promptly, the next step is to start the preservation process. Using techniques that allow for preserving the synaptic structure is how researchers can investigate the mystery of the human mind and unlock the possibilities for cures and treatments to neurological diseases.
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Aeternitas Life Whole Body Donation
PO Box 1749, Portland, OR 97207