Direct examination of brain tissue under a microscope is the only way to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and many other dementing diseases.
Brain donation provides researchers with the necessary tissue for in-depth study and investigation of disease processes, leading us closer to the ultimate goal of identifying causes and effective treatment for these illnesses.
Brain donation is a valuable gift that a patient and his/her family can give.
Arthur Belanger is the manager of the autopsy facility. Please call 203-785-2748 for more information.
Yale ADRC Brain Tissue Donation Program
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Yale is committed to the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Our Brain Tissue Donation Program is one way that participants may contribute to our advancement of understanding these diseases and healthy aging.
Why the Brain Tissue Donation Program is so Important
Research using brain tissue will help us discover important causes of and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Brain donation is important because there are different types of dementia that affect older adults and cause progressive loss of memory, thinking and behavioral changes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia; however, it can be difficult to distinguish between Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias because the symptoms are very similar. Currently, the only way to reach a definite diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia is to examine the brain tissue after death through brain donation. It is just as important to study the brain tissue of people with no memory issues or other cognitive issues so that we can compare normal and abnormal tissue.
Brain donation is an important part of Alzheimer's disease research, and is one of the most valuable gifts one can make to research. In return, brain donation will provide families with a definite diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other disorder which can bring a sense of relief and closure to loved ones.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, our Brain Tissue Donation Program shares results with other investigators in hopes of adding research value to each donation.
Connecticut law requires that consent must be given in the following order (Individual state laws may vary):
- 1st—Durable Power of Attorney – when the authority to do so is granted
- 2nd—Surviving spouse
- 3rd—Any surviving child – age 16 or older
- 4th—Any surviving parent
- 5th—Any surviving brother or sister
- 6th—Any relative by blood or marriage who assumes right to control disposition of remains
- 7th—Any friend or friends who assume control of remains
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Yale University would like to thank the study participants and their families who help advance research with the unique and indispensable gift of brain donation. If you have any questions or concerns about brain donation, please feel free to contact our brain donation coordinators; Martha MacAvoy, PhD or Susan Good, APRN at 203-764-8100