Other organisations where you can volunteer
If you are interested in participating in research, there are a number of organisations you can contact:
Mental Health Research Network is funded by and part of the National Institute for Health Research. It is managed by a partnership between the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and the University of Manchester.
MHRN is a rich collaboration of academic and clinical organisations as well as user and carer networks, bringing together a wide range of skills and expertise in mental health research and service provision. If you want to find out more about mental health research projects in your area visit the MHRN website
FACTOR (Friends/Families Together in Research) is the MHRN's carer programme. FACTOR has been set up to involve carers in research and to make research information available to carers. For more information about FACTOR or to join the FACTOR network contact:
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7848 0644
Tissue donation for neuroscience research
Donation of brain tissue for research is a precious and unique gift. In order to understand diseases that cause dementia it is essential to look at changes that occur in the brain itself and which underlie memory and neurological problems. The best way to understand these changes is to examine samples of brain tissue donated after death. The tissue provides an essential resource for neuroscience researchers in the battle to design new research strategies and develop future treatments.
The MRC London Neurodegenerative Diseases Brain Bank at the Institute of Psychiatry was established in 1989 and has become a leader in the field of brain tissue collection. As no patient is exactly the same, tissue from all diseases affecting the brain and from all patient groups is always needed. Donations from patients who have previously undergone in-depth assessments as part of clinical studies are particularly valuable.
The donation of normal brain tissue is also extremely important. If you feel brain donation is something you would like to find out more about, please visit the MRC UK Brain Banks Network website or contact the Brain Bank team on +44 (0)20 7848 0290.
Brains for Dementia Research is an initiative between Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. It was established in 2007 to promote brain donation and establish a network of brain banks to facilitate research into dementia. To find out more visit the Brains for Dementia Research website.