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Brains in Motion: Dissecting Brains

March 11, 2013

About the film

On Wednesdays at Hammersmith Hospital in London, a few recently preserved human brains are dissected according to an international protocol and stored in a tissue bank for further research. The brains have mostly been donated by people with Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis (both degenerative and incurable diseases of the central nervous system), but control samples of healthy brains are required too. This documentary is a modified version of one which appeared in the Brains exhibition at Wellcome Collection, with an added commentary from the neuropathologist, Steve Gentleman. It conveys the craft discipline exercised by scientists in their quest to understand these often-tragic conditions.

With thanks to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Parkinson’s UK Tissue Bank at Imperial College London.

We have posted this film as part of our Brains in Motion series. If you’re enjoying Brains in Motion, why not check out Wonder on Film at the Barbican? A selection of feature films themed around the human mind will be screened between now and April 10th as part of the Wonder season.

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  1. March 27, 2013 12:34 pm

    Really interesting to see how this is actually done.

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