Friday, March 04, 2011

Would you donate your brain for research?

The Netherlands Brain Bank has been collecting brains since 1985.

"In 1985, Dick Swaab, together with neuropathologist Professor Frans Stam (VUmc), officially established the Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB). By promoting the importance of brain tissue for scientific research to nursing home physicians and family members of demented residents, the number of registered brain donors with Alzheimer’s disease grew rapidly. In 1990 the NBB started the collection of brain tissue of other disorders as well, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and psychiatric disorders. Apart from brain tissue with neurologic or psychiatric disorders the NBB also collects tissue of healthy persons, so-called ‘controls’. This control tissue is indispensible if researchers are to be able to make a comparison with the diseased tissue."
The researchers... yes, we all know who are the researchers.  


Delsiolive said...

Who are the researchers, Ana?
Evildoers? There are no more Miguel Servets or Curies nowadays?


Ana said...

Pharmaceutical company that pays universities to research for them.
Yes, the idea of a scientist studying to help humans are rare nowadays.

Mark p.s.2 said...

To Fuller Torrey (who has 600+) brains , no I would not donate to the quack. To the people who did the sports injury study , yes I would.
These guys, real scientists.
"The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy in Boston issued a statement Thursday saying that NHL's Bob Probert had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he died last July of heart failure at age 45."

Ana said...

I'm with you Mark.

Delsiolive said...

Yes, I think it is becoming more and more rare, real scientists with true passion.