Director of Iran’s Brain Bank

400 Enroll for Brain Donation Program

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:55

The director of Iran’s brain bank, Dr. Mohammad Taghi Jaghataei, has stated that Iran's first brain bank was created at Iran University of Medical Sciences, in Tehran, to promote research on diseases pertaining to the neurological system including Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis.

According to an ISCA report, Dr. Mohammad-Taqi Joghataei explained that there are currently 40 brains in Iran brain bank and 400 people have enrolled for donation so far.

He noted that such banks are of great importance since they provide scientists the opportunity to conduct research on human brains rather than lab animals to come up with the causes of Parkinsons, autism and movement disorders.

According to Jaghataei, each of these brains has an identification card which include features like type, history of illness, patient's age and etc. Jaghataei maintained that Iran’s brain bank has been created according to the “Network of Excellence" of European brain banks.

He added that there are two sources the brain bank can use; one is the brains of patients with neurological diseases who have now passed away and the other is those parts of the brain removed during surgeries.

So far, countries including Britain, France, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, US, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Finland and Canada have established brain banks.

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