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Gengage - FREE Brain Bank Event at Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival   16.04.2010






Chair: Professor Kenneth Boyd (Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Edinburgh).Panellists and presentations:

  • Professor Jeanne Bell (Emeritus Professor of Neuropathology, University of Edinburgh, and founder of the MRC HIV Brain and Tissue Bank and the MRC Sudden Death Brain and Tissue Bank) - What are brain banks and why do we need them?
  • Professor James Ironside (Professor of Clinical Neuropathology, University of Edinburgh, and Director of the MRC UK Brain Banks Network) - The UK Brain Bank Network working together to advance our understanding of brain diseases
  • Professor Richard Reynolds (Professor of Cellular Neuroscience, Imperial College, London, and Scientific Director of the UK Multiple Sclerosis Tissue Bank) - Why multiple sclerosis research needs your brains
  • Ms Tracey Millar (Research Nurse Co-ordinator, MRC Sudden Death Brain and Tissue Bank) - Post mortem tissue donation for research: experience of approaching bereaved families
  • Dr. Martyn Pickersgill (Research Fellow, Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh) - All that glitters: just how special is the brain?
  • Dr. Austen Garwood-Gowers (Reader in Healthcare Law, Nottingham-Trent University) - Avoiding the commodification of human beings in brainbanking

Organised by

Gengage, The Scottish Healthcare Genetics Public Engagement Network


Playfair Hall, Surgeons’ Hall Complex, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW

Event details

What should happen to your brain after you die?As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Gengage will be holding a deliberative event on brain donation and brain banking.A reception will follow the event (4.30 - 5.30 pm)ProgrammePlease join us for an in-depth discussion addressing issues such as:

  • Should we donate our brains for research after we die?
  • If so, what sort of procedures should be put in place to ensure that they are used as we would wish?
  • Should researchers be allowed to conduct genetic research on donated human brains?
  • Should the use of donated brain material give rise to commercial gain?
  • Is brain donation the same as tissue or organ donation?
A series of short presentations will be followed by facilitated round-table discussions. Participants will be asked to ‘vote’ on a number of questions.

Further details