Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Tissue Bank

The Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Tissue Bank is a national collection of CNS tissue samples donated by individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease and related neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative conditions. The Tissue Bank’s mission is to facilitate discoveries by making well-characterised human material of the highest quality readily available to the research community engaged in studies aimed at finding the cause and better treatments for MS and Parkinson’s. Furthermore, we aim to encourage the greater use of the material in scientific studies. It is by carrying out this work that the Tissue Bank fulfills the last, generous and selfless wishes of all those who have registered on the donor scheme and bequeathed their CNS tissues to research. The work of the Tissue Bank is supported by the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Parkinson’s UK in partnership with Imperial College London.


  • Access to the full pathology archive
  • Digital imaging
  • Immunohistochemistry - scoring
  • Immunohistochemistry - staining
  • Nucleic acid extraction

Existing samples:

  • Multiple sclerosis (disorder)
  • Parkinson's disease (disorder)

Bespoke collection capabilities:

  • Multiple sclerosis (disorder)
  • Parkinson's disease (disorder)

Contact Information


Department of Brain Sciences
Imperial College London
Burlington Danes Building, Hammersmith Campus
Du Cane Road
Greater London
W12 0NN

Last Updated: 10/03/2020

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 6 51 2 6 51 2
2016 4 47 5 4 47 5
2017 3 34 1 3 34 1
2018 6 29 1 6 29 1
2019 1 23 2 1 23 2
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