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Michigan Brain Bank

The University of Michigan Brain Bank was founded in 1982 by Professor Anne B. Young and Professor Jack Penney to collect, store and distribute post-mortem brain tissues and associated clinical history.

Faculty: Andrew Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D., and Roger Albin, M.D. (Director)

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The Michigan Brain Bank provides individuals and families with an opportunity to contribute to research. With the hope of developing pharmaceutical treatments and finding cures, the Brain Bank has been committed to providing the scientific community with the brain tissues necessary to investigate the progression of neurological diseases and disorders. Scientists around the world contact the Michigan Brain Bank to access brain tissue and clinical information.

The Brain Bank now has approximately 1200 paraffin and 650 frozen brains. The program currently has over 350 registered living clinical research participants who have consented to donate after death.

The Michigan Brain Bank has contributed to studies of a number of brain diseases, including studies of Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, ALS, and psychiatric disease.  Active research programs include studies of Alzheimer disease and related diseases, Parkinson disease, ALS, and bipolar disorder.   

For more information please visit the www.brainbank.umich.edu