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J. Jay Fruehling

Program Manager 1

Department of Medicine | Geriatrics and Gerontology

Hometown: Stillwater, MN

Jay is the manager of the Wisconsin Brain Donor Program (WBD) within the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The WBDP brain bank aligns with a number of large, longitudinal research studies (ADRC) to help seek better treatments and/or a cure for dementia-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Jay is a Medical Librarian by training (from UW Madison) and has worked in research at UW for 28+ years and the ADRC for 8+


What is a brain-only autopsy? Should I get one, and can I donate my brain after my death?

This talk is on the ins and outs of brain bank operations, including brain-only autopsies. Who can register to donate, why it’s important, what are the risks/benefits to donors, their families, and to society. Jay has been in research at the UW 28+ years in work that focused on brain functioning, from childhood to the elderly. Jay can also discuss why individuals may wish to get involved as a research study participant.