University of Florida Neuromedicine Human Brain and Tissue Bank
University of Florida Human Brain and Tissue Bank
Phone: (352) 273-7425
The University of Florida Human Brain and Tissue Bank (UF HBTB) is a repository of human tissue that strives to advance research in the field of neurodegeneration. The UF HBTB is supported by the Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), the McKnight Brain institute, and the Center for Translational Research for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Florida. It is a resource for patients, caregivers, and researchers to better understand neurological diseases. The brain bank accepts donors, who are 18 years and older, anywhere in the United States. Examining the brain after death is the only way to verify a clinical diagnosis of a neurodegenerative or memory disorder. Not only does the brain bank accept those with neurodegenerative or memory disorder diagnoses, but it also accepts healthy donors, meaning they do not have a diagnosis for neurodegeneration. Brain tissue provides valuable information to the scientists who work to understand these neurological diseases. Brain bank scientists hope that many people who understand the importance of research are able to help future research efforts by agreeing to donate their brain after they die. The generous gift of brain donation helps researchers to understand the disease changes and determine effectiveness of therapies on the disease process. This allows people to contribute for many years after their death. All tissues in the brain bank are available to credentialed researchers. Please contact the brain bank if you would like to enroll as a donor, to find out more information, or to make a tissue request.