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Welcome and thank you for your interest in supporting human brain research and education!

As long as you are a patient of a doctor at the University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC), we can accept your brain donation.

If you have any questions about brain donations, please call 319-335-8427 for donation inquiries, or 319-467-7000 for urgent/after hours.

Why Donate?

Brain disorders take a huge toll on the quality of life, including patients and their families.  Many brain disorders (such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease) can only be diagnosed with certainty by examining the brain after death. Some psychiatric diseases can also cause identifiable changes in the brain. Even in diseases that can be confirmed by genetic or another testing, examination of brain tissue can reveal additional diseases or unexpected effects of a known disease. While substantial progress has been made in understanding these disorders with animal models, there are still many unanswered questions to be addressed in human brains. The limited supply of donated tissues is a barrier to progress in understanding these human brain disorders. By increasing the amount of tissue available for research, we will be able to support research and pharmaceutical discovery to better understand how to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure human brain disorders. One legacy of brain donation can provide tissue for hundreds of independent research studies as the ultimate gift for future generations and a living impact.