Process: The Autism BrainNet encourages families to tell medical personnel of their intention to donate upon the death of a family member. To help them, please call 1-877-333-0999 for instructions:

  • When you call, you will be connected with a staff member at the BrainNet site closest to you
  • The staff member at the site will act as a liaison between you and the family to coordinate the donation process
  • They will send you the protocols and a service agreement for reimbursement to sign prior to carrying out the procurement
  • The staff member will provide instructions on what to do with the brain following procurement and information on shipping
  • When the donation is complete, send an invoice for services to the BrainNet node directly (expect payment in 4 to 6 weeks); you will be provided with an address to send the invoice

If you have already procured a potential donation, please also contact 1-877-333-0999 to inquire about the potential for sending that donation to an Autism BrainNet node and for information on service fees.

Neuropathology Report: In cases where requested, board certified, practicing Clinical Neuropathologist, Dr. Matthew P. Anderson will provide a diagnostic report based on a gross and microscopic evaluation of the brain. Dr. Anderson is Director of Neuropathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Senior Staff Member at Children’s Hospital Boston.