After providing all the funding for The Brain from Top to Bottom for over 10 years, the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction informed us that because of budget cuts, they were going to be forced to stop sponsoring us as of March 31st, 2013.

We have approached a number of organizations, all of which have recognized the value of our work. But we have not managed to find the funding we need. We must therefore ask our readers for donations so that we can continue updating and adding new content to The Brain from Top to Bottom web site and blog.

Please, rest assured that we are doing our utmost to continue our mission of providing the general public with the best possible information about the brain and neuroscience in the original spirit of the Internet: the desire to share information free of charge and with no adverstising.

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Bruno Dubuc, Patrick Robert, Denis Paquet, and Al Daigen




Monday, 25 March 2013
Donating Your Brain to Science

People who donate their brains to be used in neuroscientific research after they die are making a great contribution to our understanding of normal aging and of aging-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Normally, such donations are made anonymously, but for the sake of an exhibition designed to draw attention to this humanitarian gesture, 12 brain donors aged 84 to 100 gave the organizers permission to disclose their identities.

The result of this collaboration between doctor Bronwyn Parry and artist Ania Dabrowska is Mind Over Matter, a photographic tribute to these donors, five of whom have since died. The labyrinth-like exhibition site evokes the experience of memory loss that often accompanies old age. But not all of the project participants had symptoms of amnesia. By examining the differences between their brains and other brains that do show signs of dementia, scientists will obtain a better understanding of this phenomenon.

d_lien Meet the brain donors
i_lien Mind Over Matter
i_lien Brain Bank

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