Degenerative Brain Disease
Post-Mortem Brain Donation and the Necessity of Definite Diagnosis

1. The definite diagnosis of degenerative brain disease is possible just with a brain tissue examination.

Definite diagnosis of incurable degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia,    Parkinson’s disease, or such is possible only with a post-mortem brain tissue examination.

Actually, advanced countries including U.S.A. have confirmed a diagnosis of degenerative brain disease through a brain tissue examination for decades. However, post-mortem brain tissue examinations and brain donations have not come off in Korea because of cultural repulsion towards those activities.

2. Researches on brain tissues are required for the development of new treatment for incurable degenerative brain diseases.

With the increasing number of elderly population due to population aging, the incidence of degenerative    brain disease, one of diseases common in old age, has been also growing.

No specific cause or cure for degenerative brain diseases has been found. Researches on brain tissues, donated after one’s death, can significantly help researchers find specific causes and develop new treatments for degenerative brain diseases.

Especially, in cases of degenerative brain diseases, which are genetic or can be inherited, researches on brain tissues with the help of post-mortem brain donation can largely contribute to the protection of children and grandchildren from such diseases, and to the provision of cure for ones who already are suffering from such diseases.