People make the decision to donate their brain to medical research for a variety of reasons. The decision is a very personal one and can affect each person differently.
“I am a huge supporter of research into Alzheimer’s and other dementias after seeing firsthand the effect it has on people and their families. Deciding to be a brain donor can be an emotional decision, but if my brain can contribute even a small amount to improving our understanding of dementia then it will have been hugely worthwhile. Brain tissue is vital for progress to be made in understanding the devastating diseases that cause dementia and I am happy to be doing my bit to help.”
Chester Guttridge, 87, from Bristol, has signed up to be a brain donor along with his wife Leila, who has Alzheimer’s.
“Losing a loved one to dementia is likened to a long journey where gradually the person we know becomes somebody we still recognise but feel we no longer know. Experiencing the sadness of dementia and needing to do something about it made it an easy decision to donate Dad’s brain to Brains for Dementia Research. In retrospect it has been comforting to know that some small part of Dad has been able to assist in the important research for dementia which we hope will be of benefit to others.”
Andrew Kemp, son of Brian Kemp whose brain was donated to BDR in 2010.
“Not many people realise that brains from people without memory impairment are needed just as much to act as a comparison. For me brain donation is a way of trying to ensure that dementia is conquered so that future families no longer have to deal with its devastating consequences.”
Angela Clayton-Turner from Bromley is signed up to donate her brain to BDR. She lost her husband Ted to Alzheimer’s disease.
If you have signed up to the BDR project and would like to share your experiences with others, please contact us.