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When a person chooses brain donation, they are choosing to help find better ways to diagnose and treat the 50 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Some of the most exciting advances and discoveries come from studying brain tissue, which is why we need your help.

Families receive a definitive diagnosis

Details of the donor’s medical history are collected and a careful examination of the donation is performed. A neuropathology report will then be sent to families on the type and levels of pathology found, helping family members assess their risks for developing dementia or other neurologic diseases.

Anyone can donate

People who do not exhibit memory loss or other cognitive problems can also choose brain donation to help advance research. Brains without disease help us determine which changes in the brain are from normal aging and what makes some individuals resistant to diseases like Alzheimer’s. No referrals are needed to donate.

Free brain donation arrangements

Brain donation comes at no cost to the family and will not delay funeral arrangements. Our team at the Biggs Institute will work with family members to make all necessary arrangements for transportation and donation. Brain donation is a decision that should be discussed with family members. We are here to help you with these important conversations. For more information, contact us at 210-450-8423 or BrainBank@uthscsa.edu.

How to donate

To enroll in our brain donation program, contacts us at 210-450-8423 or BrainBank@uthscsa.edu to inform us of your intent to donate. Then download and complete our questionnaire and consent form.

You may email the completed consent form to BrainBank@uthscsa.edu or mail the form to:

Biggs Institute Brain Bank

7703 Floyd Curl Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78229.

For more information or to sign up to donate:

Contact 210-450-8423 or BrainBank@uthscsa.edu

When the time comes to donate, call the 24/7 donation phone number at 210-258-4348.

Enrollment questionnaire and consent form

Frequently asked questions

Banking on the Brain

Currently, the best method for understanding the changes in the brain that cause the symptoms of dementia is examination of the brain at autopsy.

Learn why the state’s only designated national Alzheimer’s disease research center has become a leading resource in dementia research.

Read the article “Banking on the Brain”

Paul began experiencing dementia symptoms in his late 50’s. Shortly after he died at age 65, his mother died exhibiting dementia symptoms.

“Whatever was going on in the brain was hidden to the rest of us,”  said Paul’s wife, Michelle. “It is a bit of resolution, and this is the only way to get it,” she added. “It is a conclusive way to know what happened in some form because we do not know why it happened, but we know what happened.”

Read more about Paul’s story