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Brain and tissue bank

The Epilepsy Society Brain and Tissue Bank is the first of its kind in the UK. It is dedicated to the study of epilepsy, by providing brain and other tissue (such as the spinal cord and skin samples) for a wide range of epilepsy research projects. 

We need brain and other tissue donated by people with and without epilepsy so researchers are able to compare differences.  

The Brain and Tissue Bank is a collaborative project between Epilepsy Society and University College London (UCL) and is based at the UCL Institute of Neurology. 

The Epilepsy Society Brain and Tissue Bank is generously supported by the Katy Baggott Foundation. 

To become a donor, you need to join our donor register by calling our Brain and Tissue Bank team on 020 3448 4009 or emailing us at The team will send you further information and the forms for you to complete.

Duncan's story

Duncan Weston explains why, at the end of his life, he plans to donate his brain to Epilepsy Society Brain and Tissue Bank, to help researchers understand more about epilepsy.

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Find out how donating brain and tissue samples could help change the lives of people with epilepsy.

brain and tissue donor card

What does registering to become a donor involve?  Find out who to contact to join the register.

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What happens after a donor dies?  Find out what to do when a donor dies.