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Funding no brainer

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Funding cuts have left untouched hundreds of brains donated for medical research in Australia untouched, according to a recent exclusive report in the Weekend Australian.

The brains were collected from donors since 2005 when a national network of brain banks was set up from a $4.5 million 10-year funding allocation from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

But when that funding ended in 2014, individual States had to fund and maintain their own collections of brains.

This has proved to be more difficult than anticipated, with State brain banks struggling to keep their collections and progress their research into neurological diseases.

Some State banks are close to shutting down, but a more permanent source of federal funding is being sought for the national network so all the banks can keep operating.

Chris Johnson