Department of Neurology

Dementia Brain Autopsy Program

The Dementia Brain Autopsy Program has been developed to serve the needs of Illinois families and individuals affected by dementing diseases and to advance dementia research.  A brain autopsy (also called a postmortem examination) is important for two reasons. 

  1. It will determine the cause of a patient's type of dementia.
  2. It will provide brain tissue for research –an essential component in the quest to understand, prevent and treat dementing illnesses. 

The SIU School of Medicine Dementia Brain Autopsy Program facilitates the postmortem process for families wishing to obtain an autopsy for a loved one. Visit the CADRD website for more information: click here