Pacific Northwest Dementia and Aging Neuropathology Group (PANDA)

Success in determining the causes and effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases will require committed effort from patients, their families, physicians and scientists. One way many patients and their family members decide to fuel this progress is to donate tissue for research.

We recognize that tissue donation is a very personal decision that occurs at a difficult and sad time. The courageous and generous act of tissue donation that hundreds of individuals have made to Pacific Northwest Dementia and Aging Neuropathology Group (PANDA) has made a tremendous difference in the advancement of research into neurodegeneration.

PANDA is a collaborative effort between Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, OR, and the University of Washington (UW) Medical Center in Seattle, WA. The goals of PANDA are twofold. First, we apply the most current structural and molecular criteria to the classification of neurodegenerative diseases so as to provide families of the deceased with contemporary, accurate diagnoses. Second, we procure and maintain donated tissue in optimal states for dissemination to scientists throughout the world.

PANDA serves a number of Centers; links are given below.