Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Neuropathology Laboratory (Brain Bank)
Age-related mental disorders are robbing the dignity of the elderly worldwide. South Carolina is the buckle in the stroke belt, and is also a preferred retirement destiny in our country. South Carolina has abnormally high incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and obesity. Despite these demographic findings, we do not have the answers as to why these neurological conditions are so high in our state, or if there are preventive measures that can be taken to enhance life expectancy of South Carolinians, but the answers could involve genetics, environment and lifestyle.
Did you know that…
More than half a million people in America have Parkinson's disease.
Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke.
Every 70 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
There are currently no viable treatment options for any of these conditions. Each of them leads to significant disabilities, emotional stress, and devastating effects on the well-being of a person. Not to mention, the costs to society, and the toll it takes on caregivers. While somesymptoms for these neurological disorders can be treated, often-times accurate diagnosis can only be given after the patient has passed away. The research information obtained may help the immediate family regarding information on prevention and risk of target diseases.
Through the generosity of brain donors, we hope to be able to find out why these illnesses are occurring so frequently in our state and around the country. Studying brain tissue from donors throughout SC will allow us to determine relationships between genetics, race, environment, and lifestyle in order to generate public health awareness about this important issue. The CCNL at MUSC is the only brain bank in South Carolina, and services all counties around our state through the state-wide South Carolina Aging Research Network (www.scarn.org).
The neuropathology laboratory provides well characterized tissue for research studies related to demographics, etiology, and treatment of neurological disorders. It is also essential that we receive non-diseased control brains, as we have ongoing studies on normal aging as well. South Carolinians live an average of 4 years less than the U.S. national average. We hope to find out whether stroke and neurological disorders play a role in this lower life span.
Since its creation in 2009, this program has generated a lot of excitement at MUSC amongs researchers and those personally affected by these devastating diseases. In lieu of flowers, many are now also choosing a monetary gift to the brain bank for the memorial services. If you have any questions regarding the memorial fund or other fundraising efforts, you may contact our Development Officer, Deborah Bordeau (see Make a Gift). We are particularly thankful to those that have signed up for the South Carolina brain bank registry and donated their brain.