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May 16, 2024

In this week’s episode Brain & Life Podcast co-host Dr. Katy Peters is joined by Tish Hevel, founder and CEO of The Brain Donor Project. Tish discusses her father’s journey with Lewy Body dementia, the importance of brain donation, and how makes the process easier for everyone considering this option. Dr. Peters is then joined by Dr. Ann McKee, board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist at Boston University and founder of the UNITE (VA-BU-CLF) brain bank. Dr. McKee explains how brain banks work, how to become a donor, and the types of things that can be learned from studying brains.


Additional Resources

The Brain Donor Project

UNITE Brain Bank

These Sisters Help Families Donate Brains to Science

Repetitive Head Impacts Sustained Through Contact Sports Linked to Lewy Body Disease

How Sports Neurologists Protect Football Players’ Brains


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Guests: Tish Hevel @braindonorproject; Dr. Ann McKee @bu_cte

Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD