This is just strange. How did it go on for so long?
An investigation of suspected brain harvesting within Maine’s medical examiner’s office has ended without any criminal charges, state and federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
At least 99 brains were sent from the medical examiner’s office to the Stanley Institute, which uses its brain bank for research on the causes of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, from 1999 to 2003. More than a dozen families have sued, alleging the brains were removed without their consent.
The lawsuits in Maine target the Stanley Institute; Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, its founder; and Matthew Cyr, the former state funeral inspector within the medical examiner’s office who was paid more than $150,000 to collect the brains. All have denied wrongdoing
I really hope that this kind of thing won’t discourage people from donating their bodies and brains to science. Much of what we know about Alzheimer’s and many other neurological disorders is from post-mortem examinations of brains. I for one would be honored that my noodle might benefit science after my demise!