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Plea for brain donors

20th April 2009

UK charity The Parkinson's Disease Society wants people to become brain donors after death in order to help find treatments for the illness.


The Society wants to raise the current number of people on the donor register to 2,000 by the beginning of 2010.

The charity said scientists wanted to see the brains of people who did and did not suffer from the disease.

Celebrities including Jeremy Paxman and Jane Asher have vowed to become brain donors after they die.

The disease affects more than 101,500 people in England and is caused by nerve cell loss in the brain. Around 10,000 people are given a diagnosis of Parkinson's every year in the UK.

Jane Asher said: "It's vital that we secure more potential donors as this will help us move closer to a cure for what can be a debilitating and distressing condition."

According to a poll by the charity, people are reluctant to donate their brains for medical research. 

Only 7% of the respondents said they would donate their brain, compared to 65% who would donate a kidney and 63% who said they would be a heart donor.

25% of people said they were concerned that donating their brain would upset their families.

Around a third of respondents said they knew a person with the disease.


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