Donate Your Brain

 

Why donate your brain to the Canadian Sports Concussion Project at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre?

The Krembil Neuroscience Centre (KNC) is one of the largest centres for neurosciences in North America. KNC neuroscientists are ranked amongst the top and produce a large number of peer-reviewed publications annually.

Our centre has the highest density of brain-related research in Canada. This work includes investigations into molecular and cellular neurobiology to understand the basis of neurological disorders, and research into therapeutic innovations.

Privacy of our donors is very important to us. All donor information will be kept private, except in circumstances where the patient or family permits release of their name.

Who can donate?

The Canadian Sports Concussion Project needs brain donations from current and retired professional athletes as well as members of the public who have suffered repeated concussions. Living donors agree to donate their brains upon death to the Concussion Project for analysis.

Family members of deceased professional football and hockey players, and other professional athletes may donate their loved one’s brain and spinal cord after their death to the Concussion Project to be examined for evidence of brain damage due to multiple concussions.

Contact us

If you are a current or former CFL player and would like to discuss a brain donation for research to The Canadian Sports Concussion Project Concussion Project please contact:

Leo Ezerins
Executive Director
Canadian Football League Alumni Association (CFLAA/LCFAA)
C: 905-464-0007 T: 905-639-6359 ext. 10 TF: 1-877-890-7272

Other Professional athletes or their family members as well as members of the public interested in donating their brain for research should contact Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, Neuropathologist, at lili-naz.hazrati@sickkids.ca.

Participation in the Clinical  Research Study

The clinical study of the Canadian Sports Concussion Project involves:

    1. an MRI of the brain,
    2. a neurological assessment,
    3. a blood test,
    4. a neuropsychological assessment.

Participants are provided with the results of the neurological exam and  the neuropsychological assessment, including a summary report and recommendations if there are clinical findings. The assessments are completed in Toronto, Ontario over the course of two days; the neurological and MRI assessments are at Toronto Western Hospital, and the neuropsychological assessment is at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

If you are an athlete with a history of concussions, and would like to participate in our clinical study please contact:

Mozhgan Khodadadi, MA
Clinical Research Coordinator
UHN- Toronto Western Hospital
Concussion Clinic
416 603 5800, ext.4025

E: Mozhgan.Khodadadi@uhn.ca