BRAIN UK is a virtual brain bank which provides access to tissue already available in NHS archives as well as the provision of generic ethics. The BRAIN UK network includes 23 of 24 Neuropathology Centres across the UK.


  • Ability to recontact
  • Access to the full pathology archive

Existing samples:

  • Alexander's disease (disorder)
  • Alzheimer's disease (disorder)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (disorder)
  • Astrocytoma of brain (disorder)
  • Autoimmune encephalitis (disorder)
  • Benign meningeal neoplasm (morphologic abnormality)
  • Benign neoplasm of brain (disorder)
  • Benign nerve sheath tumor - category (morphologic abnormality)
  • Bipolar disorder (disorder)
  • Carcinoma in situ of liver (disorder)
  • Central pontine myelinolysis (disorder)
  • Cerebellar disorder (disorder)
  • Cerebral hemorrhage (disorder)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (disorder)
  • Chordoma (morphologic abnormality)
  • Complete trisomy 21 syndrome (disorder)
  • COVID-19
  • Craniopharyngioma (morphologic abnormality)
  • Degenerative brain disorder (disorder)
  • Ependymoma (disorder)
  • Epilepsy (disorder)
  • Fit and well (finding)
  • Glial tumor of spinal cord (disorder)
  • Glioma (disorder)
  • Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (disorder)
  • Huntington's chorea (disorder)
  • Malignant lymphoma (disorder)
  • Malignant neoplasm of brain (disorder)
  • Malignant nerve sheath tumor - category (morphologic abnormality)
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (disorder)
  • Medulloblastoma (disorder)
  • Meningitis (disorder)
  • Mitochondrial cytopathy (disorder)
  • Multiple myeloma (disorder)
  • Multiple sclerosis (disorder)
  • Muscular dystrophy (disorder)
  • Neuromyelitis optica (disorder)
  • Polyneuropathy (disorder)
  • Progressive sclerosing poliodystrophy (disorder)
  • Purine rich element binding protein A syndrome (disorder)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (disorder)
  • Subarachnoid intracranial hemorrhage (disorder)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (disorder)
  • Thiamin deficiency (disorder)
  • Trisomy 13 (morphologic abnormality)
  • X-linked hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (disorder)

Contact Information


School of Clinical and Experimental Sciences
University of Southampton
Laboratory and Pathology Block
Southampton General Hospital
SO16 6YD

Last Updated: 28/02/2024

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 N/A 21 N/A N/A 19 N/A
2016 N/A 19 N/A N/A 18 N/A
2017 N/A 16 N/A N/A 15 N/A
2018 N/A 14 N/A N/A 14 N/A
2019 N/A 19 N/A N/A 17 N/A
2020 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2021 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2022 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2023 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2024 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A