In a bid to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a charity backed by Jane Asher is urging people to donate their brains to medical research.
The Parkinson’s Disease Society said it hopes to double the 1,000 or so people on its donor register by the end of the year.
The condition affects around one in 500 people and scientists need more brains for essential research to help find a cure.
Experts said brains from both people with and without Parkinson’s are needed so they can compare their findings.
Celebrities who have pledged their brains after death include Jane Asher, who is president of the Parkinson’s Disease Society, Jeremy Paxman and John Stapleton.
The charity made the appeal at the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, and added that previous research using donated brain tissue had led to breakthroughs in drug treatments for the illness.
Jane Asher, whose brother-in-law has Parkinson’s, said: ‘It’s vital that we secure more potential donors as this will help us move closer to a cure for what can be a debilitating and distressing condition.’