Dr. Ann McKee and Donate Your Brain: Project Enlist

Dr. Ann McKee wants to raise awareness about brain donation. The more samples that researchers have to study, the more information they can gather to help people in the future. A brain donated now may save another in the future.

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So my goal coming to events like this like Project Enlist is because we can’t solve this problem unless we get the buy-in of lots of people. And by athletes and high-level military people registering to donate their brain, they sort of pave the way for other – first of all, increase the awareness that this kind of thing actually exists. But they also paved the way. They say, “It’s okay to do this. This is something we can all do to benefit society. You can benefit your fellow racecar drivers. You can benefit your fellow military people by registering to donate your brain. Hopefully we’ll never need to study your brain, it won’t happen. But there’s no prediction about – people die so randomly, and it really has to filter down so it’s so accessible to the average person so that they think when the terrible things happen, they think, “Oh, well, maybe some good could come of this. Maybe I could contribute. Maybe this person’s legacy could continue as being part of this program to help other people. This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.
Posted on BrainLine January 4, 2019.

This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.

About the author: Ann McKee, MD

Ann McKee, MD is the chief neuropathologist for the Framingham Heart Study and the Boston University-based Centenarian Study. She is also the chief neuropathologist for the Boston-based Veterans Administration Medical Centers and for the Sports Legacy Institute.

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