Become a Donor

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Who Can Donate to Using our Brains?
What is involved in Becoming a Donor?
Enquiry Form Form
What happens if I live outside NSW?

Who Can Donate to Using our Brains?

  • Aged 18 years and over
  • Lives in NSW Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter or Illawarra Region
  • Healthy Control
    OR
    Person with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder who has joined the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank
  • Is NOT a Whole Body Donor (Different to Organ Donation)
  • Does NOT have an infectious disease such as Hepatitis, HIV, AIDS, CJD
  • Has NOT been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour, Stroke, Epilepsy, or other Neurological Illness
  • Has NOT suffered from a serious head injury with loss of consciousness

What is involved in Becoming a Donor?

Complete a pre-screen via telephone or the online Enquiry form. This is to ensure that you are suitable for brain donation for research.

Donors that meet eligibility criteria will be sent a 'consent kit' that contains detailed information on the UoB program and consent forms.

Consented donors will be contacted annually to update their contact, medical and lifestyle details.

It is important that your Next of kin is aware of your decision to become a donor.

During your life, any information that is obtained that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law. By signing the consent kit, after your death your tissue will be stored and made available to researchers from leading neuroscience centres both national and international that apply to the NSW Tissue Resource Centre. Researchers may publish results, however information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified.

The Donor Liaison Officer is happy to discuss any questions that you may have about the UoB program, becoming a donor or the process of donation at time of death.

Contact the Donor Liaison Officer

Enquiry Form

Click here to complete the online UoB Enquiry form.

What happens if I live outside NSW?

As each state has different laws governing the use of human tissue for research purposes, it is not possible for the brain banks in Sydney to accept interstate brain donations, however there are brain donor coordinators in many other states across Australia who can supply more state specific information.

Find your State Coordinator