Brain donation in the era of COVID 19: challenges to the harvest in the face of a pandemic

Daniella Iglesias-Hernandez, Keith H. Radler, Nora Hernandez, Phyllis L. Faust, Elan D. Louis

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We have experienced numerous new challenges during the process of brain harvesting in the period of COVID-19. Although brain harvests have continued successfully during this time period, the numerous uncertainties and challenges described in this paper have nearly derailed the process several times. While the interface of the medical profession with patients in the context of a pandemic has been well-documented on several fronts, and particularly for those health care workers on the front lines, we are not aware of any documentary accounts of the challenges facing research and tissue donation programs. With this paper, we contribute an additional perspective and describe the lessons we have learned in addressing these novel issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-247
Number of pages7
JournalCell and Tissue Banking
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Autopsy
  • Brain banking
  • Brain donation
  • COVID-19
  • PPE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell Biology
  • Transplantation


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