Brain Banks in the world

It is virtually impossible to list all active brain banks, in particular in the U.S.A. where depending on the definition there may be more than 100 brain banks. The selection presented here can only list institutions that are accessible as brain banks through the internet or are known by other means and therefore represents a subjective selection. If you are interested in having your brain bank listed here, please mail your information to the BNE project office.

Europe - BNE Members

Brain Bank Vienna

Aarhus Brain Collection

France Alzheimer
France Parkinson
Brain Bank Paris Salpêtrière

Brain Bank Munich

Human Brain Tissue Bank, Budapest

Brain Bank Barcelona
Neurological Tissue Bank, Barcelona

The Netherlands
Netherlands Brain Bank, Amsterdam

United Kingdom
London Imperial College, MS Tissue Bank
London Imperial College, Parkinson Tissue Bank
Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, MRC London Brain Bank for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Queen Square Brain Bank, London
Western General Hospital in Edinburgh

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Europe - other Brain Banks

United Kingdom

Medical Research Council – Brain Tissue banks


MRC HIV Brain and Tissue Bank and National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh
MRC London Brain Bank for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource
Cognitive Function and Ageing (CFAS) biological resource managed by the CFAS tissue archive in Sheffield


Brain Bank Madrid

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Brain Banks Across the United States
This site lists 46 brain banks in the US including many Alzheimer's Disease Centers.

National Institute of Aging AD Research Centers
Stanley Medical Research Institute (Schizophrenia)
New York Brain Bank at Columbia University
Harvard Brain Tissue Research Center
Duke University Kathleen Price Bryan Brain Bank
The Florida Brain Bank
Brain Endowment Bank (Based in Miami)
Brain&Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Autism Tissue Program, Princeton NJ
Translational Neuroscience Program at Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, PA


Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Montreal
The Canadian Brain Tissue Bank, Public Health Agency of Canada

South and Central America

Brain Bank of the Brazilian Aging Brain Study, Sao Paolo
Argentina: Fundación para la Lucha contra las Enfermedades Neurológicas de la Infancia (Navigate to atención médica / departamentos / neurociencias / banco de cerebros)
Mexico: Small collection at Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional run by Dr. Raúl Mena L

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Australian Brain Bank Network (ABBN)
An umbrella network of centers throughout Australia for research into neurological and psychiatric conditions based in Melbourne into which the following and other specialized brain banks are incorporated: 
New South Wales Tissue Resource Centre
Australian Multiple Sclerosis Brain Bank
Australian National NeuroAIDS Brain and Tissue Bank
Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank
Flinders Medical Centre
Motor Neuron Disease Research Tissue Bank of Victoria
Australian National CJD Registry
Department of Anatomical Pathology, Royal Perth Hospital

New Zealand
Neurological foundation of New Zealand in Auckland

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Brain Bank for Aging Research. Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

Human Brain Tissue Repository. National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore.
Coordinator: Dr. Anita Mahadevan (mahadevananita[at]

Chinese Brain Bank Center
About 200-300 human brains, in particular in young age and controls can be collected each year. The Brain Bank has collected more than 1000 such brains so far.
Director: Prof. Dr. Jiapei Dai, Chinese Brain Bank Center, Minyuan Road 708, Wuhan City, Hubei Province China

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Tissue Repositories

Alphabetical listing of US tissue banks, repositories and contacts

Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure. A European Infrastructure for Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources.

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