Parkinson Brain Donation Though it may seem morbid to think about, there can be no greater lasting gift to Parkinson's research than to donate your brain. "Studying the post-mortem brain provides scientists with the opportunity to better understand Parkinsonís disease." This webpage on the Parkinson Disease Foundation website provides the viewer with several questions that should be asked prior to making the decision: "... Will all brain banks accept my donation? Are there any restrictions? ... Are there costs associated with brain donation?" It then goes on to list brain banks in several states in the USA, along with requirements, qualifications, and contact information.
Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinsonís disease research, patient education and public advocacy. "They are working for the nearly one million people in the Unite States living with Parkinsonís by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinsonís, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.Ē This website is educational in scope by providing an overview of Parkinsonís, offering a free newsletter, news and scientific information, research grants, and a list of FAQs from their Expert Resource Center. They also provide a list of publications and DVDís that are available to order, including exercise tapes, and booklets on Deep Brain Stimulation, advocacy, and other web resources. The site is easy to navigate, there is a lot of information here, though it is presented in a somewhat formal manner. Their main office is located at 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. Toll-free helpline: 800-457-6676. Main office phone: 212-923-4700. Main office fax: 212-923-4778. For more information, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson Alliance is a national non-profit organization founded in 1999 to foster philanthropic activities to raise funds for Parkinson's research. It is the "umbrella" under which the Parkinson's Unity Walk and Team Parkinson's operate. This site offers ways to donate, events that are upcoming, research that is undergoing, links to other Parkinson's sites. There is also a newsletter available to download, or to receive by mail for a suggested $25 donation. The Parkinson Alliance is in partnership with the Tuchman Foundation. Margaret Tuchman underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery in 2000, and has since started a web-based "neighborhood" for others who have gone through the same experience. An allied website to The Parkinson Alliance is the DBS-STN.org. The Parkinson Alliance can be reached by mail at: PO Box 308, Kingston, NJ, 08528-0308 or by phone at: 1-800-579-8440 or 1-609-688-0870.
The Parkinson's Institute is a non-profit organization that uniquely combines a comprehensive Movement Disorders Patient Clinic, a full basic research laboratory, a cadre of world-renowned clinical researchers and epidemiologists, as well as specialized services, education and outreach programs...all under one roof. This is an excellent educational website. The links to basic and clinical research offer lots of information about the necessary research into the causes and cure for Parkinson's. Under the Patients & Caregivers link, the Outreach Program lists many services provided by the Institute, including free educational materials, referral to support groups, training seminars for healthcare professionals, an annual symposium, and tours of the Institute. The Parkinson's Institute can be reached by phone at 408.734.2800 (northern California) or toll-free at 1.800.655.2273. The Institute is located at 1170 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94089-1605.
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