Brain banking for neurological disorders

Neshika Samarasekera, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Inge Huitinga, Natasja Klioueva, Catriona A McLean, Hans Kretzschmar, Colin Smith, James W Ironside

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Abstract

Brain banks are used to gather, store, and provide human brain tissue for research and have been fundamental to improving our knowledge of the brain in health and disease. To maintain this role, the legal and ethical issues relevant to the operations of brain banks need to be more widely understood. In recent years, researchers have reported that shortages of high-quality brain tissue samples from both healthy and diseased people have impaired their efforts. Closer collaborations between brain banks and improved strategies for brain donation programmes will be essential to overcome these problems as the demand for brain tissue increases and new research techniques become more widespread, with the potential for substantial scientific advances in increasingly common neurological disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1096-1105
Number of pages10
JournalLancet Neurology
Volume12
Issue number11
Early online date24 Sep 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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