Enroll in tissue bank

NOTICE: The Rocky Mountain MS Center Tissue Bank is no longer actively accepting new donors.

Relatives of donors who have previously enrolled should notify the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center Lab immediately after the patient's death, or beforehand if death is imminent. The tissue bank coordinator is on 24-hour call, however, very few arrangements for pathologists can be done after business hours or during the weekend. If the donor is in a critical state, it is beneficial to alert the Rocky Mountain MS Center Tissue Bank of this condition before the time of death. After death, the remains should be transported to the hospital morgue, or the funeral home of the family’s choice and kept cool until tissue removal arrangements can be made.

The research procedures are performed in the course of a routine autopsy and will not delay funeral arrangement or disfigure the deceased. The research procedure is done at no cost to the family.

If the donor's residence is not in Colorado, we will contact a local pathologist to perform the autopsy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rocky Mountain MS Center Tissue bank at 303-788-4030 x120. Thank you for your interest!

Frequently Asked Questions for Donors
Why should you donate your bodily tissues? Multiple sclerosis research is limited to human tissue and cannot be studied in an animal model. Because MS affects the brain and spinal cord, experimentation on these tissues can only be carried out after death when such tissue can be collected. Such studies are designed to increase our understanding of the factors which may play a role in the cause of MS. How do you donate your bodily tissues?

To donate bodily tissues you need to sign the Organ Donation Permit along with two other people who must witness your signature. You also must complete the Consent Form, Donor Enrollment Information Form and the Authorization to Release and/or Obtain Patient Information Form. The completed forms should be returned to the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center. At that time a Tissue Donation Identification Card will be sent to you identifying you as a donor. Relatives and close friends should know of your donation plans so they are aware of your wishes and the notification procedures. Who else should know about your plans for donation? At the very minimum, the legal next of kin should be aware of plans for your tissue after death. Your family physician and/or nursing home administrator should be given copies of the donation forms. Other relatives and close friends should also be notified. What if one has already willed one's body for transplantation? Since a virus may cause MS, we do not recommend that eyes, kidneys, or other organs be donated for transplantation.

Legal Advice It is not necessary to have legal counsel in preparing these organ donation forms. However, different states vary with regard to their donation protocols. If you live outside Colorado, you may want to review with your physician state regulations regarding tissue donations to ensure your wishes are complied with. If you wish to contact the Center, we can help you to secure this information.