Recently, several of the staff here at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium were given the unique opportunity to tour the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) in Belmont, MA.
The facility is used for researchers to harvest the brains of healthy people, which are then compared to those of people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other diseases affecting the brain. Both healthy and unhealthy brains are collected and studied in order to determine both differences and similarities, and ultimately to discover the nature of severe brain disorders.
HBTRC was established at McLean Hospital in 1978, and has since been an invaluable facility used to collect and distribute human brain specimens for brain research. Since 1888, McLean Hospital has dedicated itself to studying the role of biological factors in a variety of mental illnesses, and currently houses one of the largest private research programs for neuroscience and psychiatry in the U.S.
Want to see what they do? Take an online tour of the Brain Bank.
For more information about Making a Brain Donation, call 1-800-BRAIN BANK, (1-800-272-4622).