Brain Donation Program

The UW Pacific Udall Center runs an active brain donation program for people enrolled in our research studies. We welcome inquiries and questions.

Brain donation is the most precious and valuable gift that a patient and family can give, with unique benefits. A brain autopsy provides a family with a definitive neuropathological diagnosis of a loved one and an explanation of the symptoms. Importantly, the samples allow researchers to perform analyses that will identify molecular targets for early detection, treatments, and cures.

Pacific Udall Center researchers are developing clinical brain imaging methods and animal models to investigate neurodegenerative diseases, but these approaches will never replace the discoveries made possible by studying a human brain under a microscope. We need your help. Thank you for considering to provide an irreplaceable resource that could impact current and future generations. The identities of donors are kept confidential.

For more information, please contact our Lead Research Coordinator, Louren Reed, M.S. at 866-932-7380 or

In the event of a death, families who have already consented should contact First Call Plus at 253-893-0320. After, please call Louren Reed at 866-932-7380 and leave a message with your name and phone number, as well as the name of the decedent.