Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Neuropathology Laboratory (Brain Bank)
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
The center accepts donations from residents of South Carolina (and sometimes North Carolina or Georgia) with medical records. Samples are taken from whole brain and part of the brain stem, cervical spinal cord, and vascular tree including carotids. One centimeter slices are taken from both hemispheres and photographed, then fixed free-floating or frozen. In fixed samples, various regions are paraffin-embedded and stained. Postmortem CSF samples from lumbar and cisterna magna, as well as samples from eyes, temporal bone, aqueous and vitreous fluids, postmortem plasma, serum, and buffy coat are available to researchers with submitted application and review.