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Brain Donation

The study of human brain tissue is likely to yield invaluable information on the development of narcolepsy. An ongoing shortage of available brain tissue currently limits promising new research. You will leave behind a lasting legacy to the narcolepsy community by arranging for a post-mortem brain donation with the following org:

  • The National Brain Bank for Narcolepsy Research (UCLA/West LA VA Medical Center) has been established in collaboration with Wallace W. Tourtellotte, M.D., Ph.D. of UCLA and the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center. An Advisory Committee consisting of internationally recognized narcolepsy experts evaluates requests for the use of the brains and will distribute the tissue according to the likelihood that the proposed investigations will lead to major advances in the treatment of narcolepsy. To request an information packet or for further information, contact Dr. Tourtellotte’s Brain Bank Coordinator at 310-268-3536.
  • The National Institue of Health (NIH)’s NeuroBioBank was established in 2013 to investigate the conditions of the nervous system by using human post-mortem brain tissue. Learn more here.
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