S'pore's brain bank receives first two organ donations for research

One-year-old centre still in early stage of donor recruitment with 71 registered names

Brain specimens are deep frozen in Brain Bank Singapore.
Brain specimens are deep frozen in Brain Bank Singapore.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The one-year-old Brain Bank Singapore (BBS) welcomed its first two "deposits" this year, with the first of two brains donated on Sept 10.

Retrieving the brain is no mean feat. The body's powerhouse, which weighs 1.2kg on average, has to be carefully - and very respectfully - removed from the back or the top of the head of a dead person. This needs to be done within 24 to 48 hours to preserve the quality of the brain tissues, and the process takes around an hour.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore's brain bank receives first two organ donations for research'. Print Edition | Subscribe