Brain Donation – Urgent as a Loss has Occurred

Our deepest condolences on your sad loss. 

Thank you for considering brain donation.  While brains must be recovered within 24 hours of death to be used for scientific research for a cure, we can often coordinate the process within only a few hours, depending on the time of day and the intended donor’s location. Please consult our webpage to learn how to ice the head of the intended donor.  Brain donation is still possible at this time despite COVID-19.

We are sorry for the stress you are under. You are completing the “Urgent” form, indicating that end-of-life has already occurred.  If end-of-life has not occurred but is thought to be imminent, complete this other form.  If you are beyond the 24 hour time limit, we suggest you ask your funeral home or cremation organization about arranging for a private autopsy. Information about arranging for a private autopsy is also available on our Brain Autopsy Resources page.

We need some information from you quickly so that our brain donation case management team can begin processing your request. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required fields. Our first steps will be to (a) reach out to the funeral home or cremation service and (b) learn the availability of a pathology specialist in your area. Then, we’ll get back to you.

If you have difficulty — for whatever reason — completing this form, please contact us. Alternatives are sending us the answers via email or fax (650-233-9278).  Or, we can take the information by phone during regular business hours if staff is available.

We are honored to assist your family.