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Why I’m going to donate my brain to research

Susan Jonas helped to donate her aunt’s brain to medical research in 2013, an experience that inspired her to sign up to donate her own brain after her death. Here she explains the process around donating her aunt’s brain, and why she believes contributing to brain research in this way is so important.  

Susan Jonas

Susan Jonas

I hadn’t thought much about brain donation until I saw in my aunt’s will that she wanted to donate her body to medical research. I had seen her will because I had enduring power of attorney over her affairs – otherwise I wouldn’t recommend stating such a wish in a will because by the time wills are usually read it would be too late to act.

My aunt was a lovely lady who moved to live near me in her 80s. She went into residential care after her behaviour began to grow a little odd and it became obvious that she couldn’t live on her own.

I knew she wasn’t going to live forever, so began to look into how to make sure her wishes could be met. She was a person who liked helping others in her lifetime and it seemed fitting that she would continue to help people in her death. Read more

People power: the volunteers behind dementia research

New figures from the National Institute of Health and Development released today shine a light on dementia research and the growing number of everyday people committing their time and biological information to help tackle the disease. MRC Director of Science Programmes Dr Rob Buckle looks at why cohort studies are so important in getting underneath the skin of the disease.

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The number of people taking in part in dementia research is up by at least 60% in the past year, according to figures released today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Champagne corks will be popping in labs across the country. There’s so much about dementia that we still don’t understand: who is at risk of developing dementia and why the progression of the disease varies from person to person; the anatomy of the disease itself; how we can develop new medicines to treat its progression and improve symptoms; and how we can make accurate diagnosis easier. Read more