Brain Donor Program Information

Thank you for taking time to learn more about the Brain Donation Program at Mayo Clinic. We understand that you may be faced with difficult decisions and preparations during this time. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision and give you the tools to help with brain donation.

Donating brain tissue after a loved one dies helps in two ways:

  • It may provide your family with valuable health information. An autopsy can provide diagnostic information about your loved one's condition, as well as other health information that may be helpful for other family members at risk for developing the disease.
  • It's important for medical research. Brain tissue from patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions is an extremely valuable tool for researchers at Mayo Clinic and collaborating research centers who are working on finding cures and treatments for the disease.

This Brain Donation PDF contains the forms and instructions necessary for you to donate.