Brains for Dementia Research

July 31, 2017

Brains for Dementia Research

Brains for Dementia Research (BDR) is a joint initiative between Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society, in association with the Medical Research Council, which aims to provide high quality human brain tissue to the dementia research community. Not only does BDR provide ‘gold standard’ histopathological samples (including age-matched controls), but each prospective donor takes part in regular, standardised cognitive assessments. As such, donated brain tissue comes which a rich medical history – a unique feature of BDR over other sources of brain tissue.

The scheme is open to researchers in the UK and internationally. BDR can grant ‘generic ethical approval’ to UK based researchers. This will, in most cases, enable studies to proceed without researchers being required to obtain their own ethical approval, although there may be local institution regulations in place. Please visit the Brains for Dementia Research website for more information.

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