In a small laboratory in London are hundreds of human brains, labelled and ready for dissection – all in the name of science. At Imperial College London there is one of the UK’s Brain Banks, established for diagnoses and research into neurological disorders. The college’s brain bank specifies in research for Parkinson’s, a degenerative neurological condition. The brains are donated by members of the public, both those with Parkinson’s and people without, as comparisons between the different tissue need to be made.
The bank is due to receive its 1,000th brain in October.