Brain and Body Donation Program

The Brain and Body Donation Program (BBDP) is an autopsy-based, research-devoted brain bank, biobank and biospecimen bank that derives its human donors from the Arizona Study of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease (AZSAND), a longitudinal clinicopathological study of the health and diseases of elderly volunteers living in Maricopa county and metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona.

We study their function during life and their organs and tissue after death. To date, we have concentrated our studies on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and cancer. We also share the banked tissue, biomaterials and biospecimens with qualified researchers worldwide.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute is dedicated to the study of aging and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis and prostate cancer.

These are devastating illnesses that affect millions of people. Because many such disorders often uniquely afflict human beings and acquiring tissue samples from living people is seldom possible, progress toward finding cures is critically dependent on the study of tissue samples from the deceased patients.

In addition, comparisons must be made to tissue samples from people of about the same age, who did not have such conditions.

For these reasons, many community members have joined us in our scientific efforts by contributing tissue for research after they die. Just as they have done, we are hopeful that you, too, will consider enrollment in our Brain and Body Donation Program for yourself, or for someone over whom you have Power of Attorney.

Such donations are essential for scientific studies capable of bringing hope to others in the future.

If you or a loved one has interest in our Tissue Donation program, please contact us at:

  • (623) 832-6528
  • (623) 832-6511