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City people to donate their brains

Wednesday December 30, 2009

The Portsmouth News - Dozens of Portsmouth residents have signed up to donate their brain for research when they die.

Of the 2,332 potential donors nationwide, 38 from the city have joined the register following calls by the Parkinson's Disease Society.

Of those 24 are women and 14 are men, reflecting the national picture that nearly twice as many women than men
have joined.

Now the Parkinson's Disease Society is appealing for more donors to sign up - particularly younger volunteers and men.

Brain tissue donated after death - both with and without Parkinson's - is used by researchers to gain a better understanding of what causes the disease.

Experts hope it will help them improve treatment and ultimately find a cure.

Dr. Kieran Breen, director of research and development at the Parkinson's Disease Society, said: 'We are passionate about finding a cure and better treatments for people with Parkinson's. We are delighted with the response to our appeal. '

visit: parkinsons.org.uk/brainbank