Retrospective analysis of brain autopsy practices at Boston Children’s Hospital


  • Over a decade 88% of brain tumor autopsies consented to tissue use for research, which included sample donation to national registries, genomic sequencing, and creation of new cell lines.

Why this matters

  • Inability to obtain autopsy-derived tissue is often a barrier to conducting further research into pediatric brain cancers.

  • This study highlights that families are often willing to allow children’s brain tumor autopsy tissue to be used for research purposes, which can aid the progression of research efforts in this field.