The vast majority of people in Sweden who are over 18 years of age has the potential to become donors of blood, organs or tissue. As a donor, you help to save the lives and health of others or contribute to medical education and research.
The Brain Bank
Many have heard about organ donation for transplantation but less is known of the need for tissue from the brain and spinal cord for research purposes. The type of tissue donation unrelated to transplantation is not covered by the national donation program, and a separate registration at the Brain Bank at Karolinska Institutet is required for research.
Everyone who wants to support research by donating tissue can become a donor at the Brain Bank. Persons who wish to contribute to neuroscience can, after having given an informed consent, donate his / her brain and spinal cord for clinical diagnostics and research. The Brain Bank provides information booklets and consent forms.
The Brain Bank is a center for clinical and experimental neuropathology with the aim to facilitate studies on the development, aging and diseases of the human central nervous system.
Whole body donation
Karolinska Institutet gratefully accept donations to anatomical teaching, so called whole body donation. If you, after your death, want to donate your entire body, you must sign a special agreement with Karolinska Institutet during your lifetime.
Responsible for the donation program is Stefan Plantman at the Department of Neuroscience.
If you want to know more about whole body donation, please call the Anatomy Section at the Department of Neuroscience at KI at +46 (0)8 33 68 55. You can call us concerning for example:
- General questions about whole body donation
- Order the donation form
- Measures to be taken when a donor has died
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