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Iowa NeuroBank Core Supporters

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

We need your help to connect people, ideas, and technology for brain disorders. 

Your gifts can make powerful, meaningful, and lasting changes for better diagnostic, scientific research, educational, or therapeutic development.

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 Your Brain (someday)?

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.

Research and Education:

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.

Therapeutic and Technology Development:

By increasing the amount of tissue available for research, we will be able to support research, biotech, 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.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or setting up a fund in your name (Iowa NeuroBank Fund), please contact:

Morgan Shea
Assistant Vice President, Health Science Development
The University of Iowa Center for Advancement
One West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242
Office: 319-467-3505
Mobile: 224-203-4778


Our team is ready to partner with researchers, community partners, core supporters, and donors through all the stages of development.

Give to Iowa - Donation Form – Gift Details

  • Research Fund that supports pilot research studies
  • Visiting Scholar Fund that supports a visiting researcher program in the INI's NeuroBank Core and travel support for NeuroBank Core members to conferences or meeting focused on human brain research and core operations
  • Education and Outreach Fund that supports development of STEM education that targets human brain disorders
  • Biotechnology Development Fund that supports the development and professional career development of the emerging biotechnology for human brain research and personalized medicine
  • Memorial Service Fund