The Queensland Brain Bank is based at The University of Queensland. It is part of the Australian Brain Bank Network, and provides services for Australian and international clinicians and researchers to investigate neurological diseases. The donation of post-mortem (autopsy) brain tissue for research is of fundamental importance to further our understanding of the causes of neurological conditions and to develop more effective diagnostic tools and treatments for those conditions.
You should make the necessary arrangements well in advance, since family members need time to discuss this very important issue. It is important to share your wish to donate with your Senior Next-of-Kin and other family members. Ultimately, your Senior Next-of-Kin will be responsible for making sure your wishes are fulfilled.
The Queensland Brain Bank tissue has been played a critical role in our understanding of how neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, affect the degradation of specific parts of the brain. The brain bank tissue has resulted in a large number of discoveries including the identification a important differences in the function of a variety of genes and proteins. These are important steps that are required to uncover the underlying mechanisms that result in the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and are laying the foundations for the development of new treatments aimed at preventing progression of the disease or preventing its initiation.