MRC London Brain Bank for Neurodegenerative Diseases
King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry
Note: MRC London Brain Bank for Neurodegenerative Diseases is a member of BrainNet Europe.
Dr. Claire Troakes
Brain Bank Coordinator
Institute of Psychiatry
London SE5 8AF
Sample types available
Fixed and frozen human brain tissue
Fixed and frozen human spinal cord
FFPE sections on slides
Microdissected regions and extracted DNA/RNA in some cases
Data available for each sample
Basic demographic and clinical data.
Quantity of available samples
14 multiple sclerosis
175 normal adult brain
Others for neurological diseases including large numbers for Alzheimer's, AIDS, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and various types of dementia.
Who can request samples
Any researchers who can meet the criteria set out in the request form
Usually only transport costs (but depends on complexity of request).
How to request samples
Download and complete pdf tissue request form from their website.
Requirements associated with sample use
Users of material are asked to provide a summary report (up to 500 words) to the Brain Bank along with a list of publications arising from work with the material supplied within 6 months of the end of the project. The report should briefly state the objectives and achievements of the project, highlighting significant contributions to basic knowledge; the development of technology; clinical applications, e.g., diagnosis, clinicopathological definition; and commercial applications. All studies (including collaborative projects) should suitably acknowledge the provision of tissue from the Brain Bank.
Ongoing sample collection?
No publications pertaining to MS or related disorders listed as of March 26, 2012.