The Sun Health Research Institute Brain Donation Program: Description and Eexperience, 1987–2007


The Brain Donation Program at Sun Health Research Institute has been in continual operation since 1987, with over 1000 brains banked. The population studied primarily resides in the retirement communities of northwest metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute is affiliated with Sun Health, a nonprofit community-owned and operated health care provider. Subjects are enrolled prospectively to allow standardized clinical assessments during life. Funding comes primarily from competitive grants. The Program has made short postmortem brain retrieval a priority, with a 2.75-h median postmortem interval for the entire collection. This maximizes the utility of the resource for molecular studies; frozen tissue from approximately 82% of all cases is suitable for RNA studies. Studies performed in-house have shown that, even with very short postmortem intervals, increasing delays in brain retrieval adversely affect RNA integrity and that cerebrospinal fluid pH increases with postmortem interval but does not predict tissue viability.

DOI: 10.1007/s10561-008-9067-2

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@article{Beach2008TheSH, title={The Sun Health Research Institute Brain Donation Program: Description and Eexperience, 1987–2007}, author={Thomas Beach and Lucia I. Sue and Douglas G. Walker and Alex E. Roher and LihFen Lue and Linda J Vedders and Donald J. Connor and Marwan N. Sabbagh and Joseph G . Rogers}, journal={Cell and Tissue Banking}, year={2008}, volume={9}, pages={229 - 245} }