Brain Donation

One of the most effective ways to advance research and find a cure for CTE is through brain donation. Our research is focused on understanding the long-term effects of concussion, subconcussion, blast exposure and other forms of head trauma on the nervous system. We want to better understand how CTE begins and how it progresses to become a severe disease. We want to better understand what symptoms CTE causes. We want to better understand military-related injuries, particularly blast exposure. We want to better understand how head trauma is associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  We want to better understand the effects of head trauma on women. We want to better understand who is at risk for CTE and what genes influence this risk.

 

Anyone who experienced repetitive head trauma is eligible for the study, including. athletes, military personnel, individuals who suffered multiple falls or domestic abuse, among others. The identity of donors is kept strictly confidential and protected at all times by IRB rules and HIPAA laws.

In addition to brain donation, also consider the donation of spinal cord, eyes, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and/or blood, as spinal cord donation will help us discover new insights into ALS and the donation of eyes, CSF and blood will help us find ways to diagnose CTE during life.

Brain donation is a precious gift that will help to ensure the future health of military veterans, contact sport athletes, and others who have experienced head trauma. It is a way of giving back and helping others who will follow. 

Frequently asked questions

General

Will my kids like these pancakes?


Absolutely! Many of our customers have children and come back for more! The fun colors and taste of the pancake mix is well suited for kids. We guarantee they will be satisfied or we'll give your money back!




Are these pancakes gluten & grain free?


Yes! We do not use any products that contain grains or gluten. There is no wheat, soy, rice or other grain included in the mix :)




What are the ingredients?


The ingredients are: Almond Flour, Organic Tapioca Flour, Eggs, Organic Coconut Milk Powder (Organic Coconut Milk Powder, Organic Acacia Fiber), Superfood Powder (Blue Matcha, Adaptogen, Pitaya, or Cacao), Paleo Leavening (Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda)




What are the superfoods in the pancake mixes?


Great question! We have 4 different superfood pancake mixes, each with different superfoods and benefits: 1. Blue Matcha - Blue Matcha comes from the butterfly pea flower. It is a blue flower that is dried and ground into a powder. This superfood is very high in antioxidants along with other vitamins and minerals. Also, unlike regular matcha, this powder DOES NOT contain caffeine, so it is great for the little ones too! 2. Pitaya - Pitaya is dried dragonfruit powder. The dragonfruit is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and iron, all of which help move oxygen through the body and increase energy. 3. Adaptogens - Our adaptogen pancake mix includes 4 different adaptogens including Lion's Mane Mushroom, Maca Root, Ashwaghanda, and Reishi Mushroom. These roots and mushrooms are known for reducing stress, improving endurance and balancing hormone levels. This mix has a very mild taste and does not taste earthy despite having the adaptogens. 4. Cacao - Cacao is a form of unrefined chocolate (think cocoa). This superfood is great for reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure and potentially reducing diabetes and heart disease risk. Plus, who doesn't love chocolate?




How big is the package?


Our mixes come in 13oz bags (4 bags per order). Each bag contains approximately 16 four inch pancakes at about $0.78 per pancake (32-day supply).




How do they taste?


Each of the mixes taste different as each mix contains different superfoods. However, each of the pancake mixes taste very similar to conventional pancakes with a slight twist :)




Why are these pancake & waffle mixes more expensive?


Most pancake & waffle mixes are loaded with bleached wheat flour and sugar (extremely cheap ingredients). When creating these pancake & waffle mixes, we did not sacrifice quality of ingredients for a lower price. For instance, almond flour is many times more expensive than conventional wheat flour. Also, our organic superfood powders are nutrient dense and expensive, thereby increasing the cost of the final product.





Contact Us

For urgent brain donation matters, please call the BU CTE Center's

24/7 voicemail/pager: 617-992-0615

 

For general brain donation inquiries, please call during normal working hours, 9 am - 5 pm EST M-F, or email.

 

Evan Nair : 617-358-5996 or enair@bu.edu

 

 

Madeline Uretsky: 617-358-6027 or muretsky@bu.edu

 

 

 

 

For questions regarding your Brain Donation Registry Card, please contact Kelly Dean of the Concussion Legacy Foundation at 857-244-0810 or KDEAN@CONCUSSIONFOUNDATION.ORG