The brain donation occurs as soon as possible after death. This is done with the utmost care and respect by highly trained staff who perform the brain removals. The limited autopsies are usually carried out at the nearest participating hospital that has appropriate mortuary facilities. After the procedure, the tissue is transported back to the Sydney Brain Bank where it is processed and held.
The tissue is processed and stored in different ways as a means of offering the greatest options for researchers who may want to utilise the tissues for their experiments. This may include freezing some of the tissue so that it can be used for DNA extraction and/or biochemical studies. The remaining tissue is fixed in formalin to preserve it for histological examination.
Researchers from NeuRA, UNSW Sydney, Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, Brazil and University of Washington, USA joined together to lead a randomised control trial of hypnosis as a treatment for low-back pain. Chronic low back pain is a very common condition. In fact, four million Australians may be suffering from low back pain right now, and for around 40% of […]