Brain Banks

NSW Brain Bank Network

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The network's pre-mortem donor program, “Using our Brains," accepts donors 18 and older within a specified geographical area. Phenotypes collected include Alzheimer’s disease, family history of Alzheimer’s, cognitively normal, healthy normal, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, tauopathy, Parkinson’s, substance and alcohol abuse, schizophrenia, bipolar, and depression. Tissues collected: whole brain and spinal cord. Samples are available fixed, frozen, block, and stained for neuropathology report and research purposes. Samples are available at a cost to researchers with ethical approval for their projects, and applications are reviewed by a scientific committee.