Brain banking for neurological disorders

Lancet Neurol. 2013 Nov;12(11):1096-105. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70202-3. Epub 2013 Sep 25.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Nervous System Diseases / pathology*
  • Tissue Banks / ethics
  • Tissue Banks / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tissue Banks / supply & distribution
  • Tissue Donors / ethics
  • Tissue Donors / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tissue Donors / supply & distribution