Donating Brain to Medical Research
[Home] [Bipolar News] [Bipolar Disorder] [Medications] [Treatments] [Bipolar Disorder/Job/School] [Disabilities] [Ask the Doctor] [Ask David] [Self-Injury] [Personal Stories] [Graham's Column] [Steven's Column] [Storm's Column] [Columnist Archives] [Suicide] [Community Support] [Family Members] [Expressions] [Greeting Cards] [Books] [Awards] [Links & Rings] [About Us] [Contact Us]


Q:  Donating Brain to Medical Research

Hi Dr. Phelps,

I would like to donate my brain for the medical research of the bipolar disorder when I become deceased.  My clinical diagnose is:

DSM-IV-TR CODE: 296.63
Bipolar 1 Disorder, Most Recent Episode Mixed - Severe Without Psychotic Features

 o you know of the best place to donate my brain to?  I would like the research to be as beneficial as possible in the cure/treatment of the bipolar disorder.

Thank you,

Dear Elaina -- 
Now we must begin by wondering just when you think this donation might take place. If you were thinking about getting the donation set up and then bringing your life to an end shortly thereafter, generally referred to by the frightening word "suicide", then this answer ought to be addressing that issue and not where to donate. If that's the case, make sure someone you trust knows what you're thinking and look into getting some help for that (by going to your local emergency room or calling 911 if necessary to get help right away before taking some sort of action). Here's
one of my favorite reading references for people who think about suicide. 

But, hoping that's not the point of your question, that instead you're talking about wanting to help others by helping brain science move forward toward a better understanding of what could cause the kind of experience you went through to get this diagnostic label... all right then, what you're looking for is something like the Stanley Foundation Brain Bank. I'm sorry I can't send you directly to just the right place, but with a little searching, this ought to help. If all else fails, try writing them directly at, as you'll see you are invited to do at the bottom of their page about their "brain collection".  Start by learning more about their program. This is part of the Stanley Medical Research Institute; here's their "about us" page. And here's an article about how their brain collection has been used. 

Dr. Phelps

Published September, 2006


Bipolar World   1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)
Partners:  John Haeckel, Judith (Duff) 
Founder:  Colleen Sullivan

Email Us at Bipolar World


About Us  Add a Link  Advance Directives  Alternative Treatments  Ask the Doctor   Ask Dr. Plyler about Bipolar Disorder   Ask The Doctor/ Topic Archives  Awards  Benny the Bipolar Puppy  Bipolar Chat  Bipolar Children  Bipolar Disorder News  Bipolar Help Contract  Bipolar World Forums  Book Reviews  Bookstore  BP & Other mental Illness   Clinical Research Trials & FDA Drug Approval   Community Support   Contact Us  The Continuum of Mania and Depression   Coping   Criteria    Criteria and Diagnosis  Criteria-World Health Disabilities,  DSMV-IV   Dual Diagnosis  eGroups  Expressions (Poetry, Inspiration, Humor, Art Gallery, Memorials  Family Members   Getting Help for a Loved One who Refuses Treatment  Greeting Cards  History of Mental Illness  Indigo  Job and School  Links  Manage Your Medications  Medications   Medication and Weight Gain    News of the Day  Parent Chat  Pay for Meds  Personal Stories  Self Help  Self Injury  Significant Others  Stigma and Mental Health Law  Storm's Column  Suicide!!!  The Suicide Wall  Table of Contents   Treatments  Treatment Compliance  US Disability  Veteran's Chat  What's New?