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Gengage - FREE Brain Bank Event at the Glasgow Science Centre. What should happen to your brain after you die?

Public event   29.11.2010






    • Chair: Professor Kenneth Boyd (Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Edinburgh)
    • Professor James Ironside (Professor of Clinical Neuropathology, University of Edinburgh, and Director of the MRC UK Brain Banks Network) - What are brain banks and why do we need them?
    • Siddharthan Chandran (Professor of Clinical Neurology, MRC, University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research) Why medical research needs your brains.
    • Dr. Martyn Pickersgill (Research Fellow, Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh) - All that glitters: just how special is the brain?
    • Kathryn Hunter (Lecturer in Law, Northumbria University) - The legal regulation of tissue banking.
    • 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.

    Organised by

    Gengage, The Scottish Healthcare Genetics Public Engagement Network


    Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay Glasgow G51 1EA

    Directions to the venue may be found here: www.gsc.org.uk/traveldirections

    Event details


    Gengage will be holding a deliberative event on brain donation and brain banking.

    Please 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.

    A reception will follow the event (5 pm - 6 pm).

    Further details