WHO We Are
The NIH NeuroBioBank (NBB), supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, brings together multiple stakeholders to facilitate research advancement through the collection and distribution of human post-mortem brain tissue. This stakeholder group includes brain and tissue repositories, researchers, NIH program staff, information technology experts, disease advocacy groups, and most importantly individuals seeking information about opportunities to donate.
WHAT We Do
Research utilizing human post-mortem brain tissue has played a critical role in propelling our knowledge of diseases and disorders of the nervous system (click to learn more), however declining autopsy rates combined with an increased demand for well-characterized, high-quality tissue requires a new approach to brain banking and better outreach and communication with stakeholders. The NBB will coordinate the collection, evaluation, processing, storage and distribution of nervous system tissue and associated clinical data via a federated network of brain and tissue repositories that span the United States in a transparent and standardized way for use by the broader research community for the study of neurological, psychiatric and developmental disorders. By linking together our brain and tissue repositories through a common informatics platform, researchers will have simplified, centralized, and transparent access to 1,000s of biospecimens from donors with a variety of diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Learn more about who we are and what we do: NeuroBioBank Schematic.
- To increase the availability of human disease and control brains and related biospecimens by increasing public awareness of the value of tissue donation for understanding brain disorders.
- To facilitate the distribution of high-quality, well-characterized human-post mortem brain tissue for the research community.
- To make available to the research community, a centralized resource of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and protocols used by our networked sites in the acquisition, preparation, and distribution of tissue.