Use tissue from the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank
The Parkinson's UK Brain Bank
provides tissue to researchers in the UK and around the world who
are working towards a cure for Parkinson's.
It's the UK's largest brain bank dedicated to Parkinson's, and
is based at Imperial College London.
We collect the brain, spinal cord and a sample of cerebrospinal
fluid from people with and without Parkinson's after death.
The Parkinson's UK Brain Bank is currently supporting more than
100 research projects. And we have more than 6,000 registered
Why use human brain
tissue? | High quality tissue -
fast | More information,
better research | How do I request
Why use human brain tissue?
Parkinson's is a progressive condition that develops over
time. Animal models can help us study certain aspects but they
cannot recreate the complex changes that gradually spread
throughout the Parkinson's brain.
It's vital that we study the whole brain from people with and
without the condition, as well as investigating what's happening
inside individual nerve cells.
High quality tissue - fast
Every scientist working on Parkinson's should consider how using human brain tissue could enhance their research.
Professor Maria Grazia Spillantini, University of Cambridge
Our tissue is:
- free - unlike other banks, we don't charge
researchers for tissue
- high quality - we collect most tissue within
24 hours of death
- fast - we aim to supply tissue within 4
- neuropathologically diagnosed - according to
the latest criteria
And we can:
- issue ethical approval for projects that fit our research
criteria - saving you time
- provide tissue suitable for all modern research techniques -
including snap frozen and fixed samples
- offer expertise and training to researchers working with human
More information, better research
We don't just supply brain tissue. We also know a
lot about our donors, which means we can provide tissue to match
Donated tissue come with clinical notes from the healthcare
team. And every donor provides details of their symptoms, medical
history, lifestyle and medications.
This makes our offer of tissue and information unique.
How do I request tissue?
I'd certainly recommend the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank. Working with their tissue has allowed us to do a huge amount of important work.
Professor David Mann, University of Manchester
Requesting tissue is easy. Just fill in a brain bank tissue request
form (PDF, 251KB).
And send your completed form to email@example.com
Your request will be reviewed by our management board and a
decision made within 3 weeks.
We won't charge you for tissue samples other than the necessary
costs for tissue preparation and transport.
And as a National Research Ethics Service (NRES) approved
research tissue bank, we can grant ethical approval for
This means you won't need to gain separate ethical approval to
use tissue we supply.
Contact the Parkinson's UK Brain Bank
24-hour emergency contact:
If a donor has died or is not expected to live much longer,
please call 07659 104537.