Listings and Locations of Brain Banks

If you or a family member is interested in registering as a donor, please visit to begin the process. If death is imminent, please call 1-888-BRAIN-17. Brain retrieval must be performed within 24 hours from the time of death to ensure optimal preservation of the tissue and maximize the research value.

NeuroBioBank Supported Brain Bank: Pre-registers Donors Nationwide Contact Information Director Logo
University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank
1951 N.W. 7th Ave., Ste. 240
Miami, FL 33136
1-800-UM-BRAIN (862-7246)
24-hour on call coverage
Dr. Deborah Mash

Dr. Deborah Mash
University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank logo
University of Maryland Brain and Tissue Bank
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
655 W. Baltimore Street, 13-013 BRB
Baltimore, MD 21201-1559
24-hour on call coverage
Dr. Ron Zielke

Dr. Ron Zielke
University of Maryland School of Medicine logo
Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center
McLean Hospital
Mailstop 138
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478
1-800-BRAIN-BANK (272-4622)
24-hour on call coverage
Dr. Sabina Beretta

Dr. Sabina Beretta

Dr. Wilson Woo

Dr. Wilson Woo
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The Human Brain and Spinal Fluid Resource Center (managed by Sepulveda Research Corporation)
11301 Wilshire Blvd. (127A)
Building 212 Room 16
Los Angeles, CA 90073
(310) 268-3536
Coordinator available 8am-4pm Pacific Time

(310) 636-5199
24-hour on call coverage
Dr. Rashed Nagra

Dr. Rashed Nagra
Human Brain and Spinal Fluid Resource Center logo

Read more on the general donation procedure and Frequently Asked Questions

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Mt. Sinai Brain Bank
James J Peters VA Medical Center
130 West Kingsbridge Road Room 4F-33A
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 584-9000 x6083

(212) 807-5541
24-hour on call coverage
Dr. V. Harry Haroutunian

Dr. V. Harry Haroutunian
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Brain Tissue Donation Program at the University of Pittsburgh For further inquiries regarding the University of Pittsburgh brain bank, please contact Dr. Sue Johnston ( Dr. David Lewis

Dr. David Lewis
University of Pittsburgh logo

This image is an animated gif showing the name, location and icon of each brain bank.  There is an image of the UM Brain Endowment Bank, an image of the Mt. Sinai Brain Bank, an image of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, an image of the Brain Tissue Donation Program U Pitt, an image of the Sepulveda Research Corporation, and an image of the University of Maryland Brain and Tissue Bank.

The NIH NeuroBioBank accepts tissue donations across all U.S. States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Maps of the six current Brain and Tissue Repositories and their respective collection networks are highlighted in this animation.


The Brain Donor Project

The Brain Donor Project is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to increase the supply of human post-mortem brains donated for scientific research.

Autism BrainNet

NIH NeuroBioBank and Autism BrainNet are working collaboratively to collect and distribute donated post-mortem tissue for Autism Spectrum Disorder research.

Other Brain Banks:

VA Biorepository Brain Bank
VA National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Brain Bank - 1(800)762-6609
National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium
New York Brain Bank at Columbia University
Southwest Brain Bank
Banner Sun Health Brain and Body Donation Program
National Human Tissue Resource Center
Stanley Brain Research Laboratory and Brain Collection
NIAAA Tissue Resource Center
Pacific Northwest Dementia and Aging Neuropathology Group
Center for Neurosciences and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) Brain Tissue Repository - (855)366-8824