Making the Decision

Please note: We are only able to accept brain donations from those who have enrolled in our longitudinal research program, the Northwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Center Core study, and have been followed annually in that program.

Brain donation is a decision that individuals enrolled in our research and their families make only after thoughtful consideration. The decision has important emotional and practical implications. Members of the professional staff at the Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center are available to talk with you and answer your questions as you consider brain donation.

The time to start thinking about brain autopsy is now, even though death may be years away. Early discussion reduces the stress of such decisions at the time of death and allows for arrangements to be set in advance.

Your decision may be influenced by a variety of factors.