MRC Brain Banks Network

The UK Brain Bank Network is an initiative, led by the MRC, to establish a coordinated national network of UK brain tissue resources (banks) for researchers to use. The banks store post-mortem brain and central nervous system (CNS) tissue donated by the public for diagnosis and research into disorders. Advances in understanding genetics and many of the molecules that define brain function mean that more and more research questions can be answered from human brain tissue.

Existing samples:

  • Alzheimer's disease (disorder)
  • Asthma (disorder)
  • Atrial fibrillation and flutter (disorder)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (disorder)
  • Complete trisomy 21 syndrome (disorder)
  • Congenital anomaly of brain (disorder)
  • Degenerative brain disorder (disorder)
  • Dementia (disorder)
  • Depressive disorder (disorder)
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Epilepsy (disorder)
  • Fit and well
  • Huntington's chorea (disorder)
  • Ischemic heart disease (disorder)
  • Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease (disorder)
  • Malignant neoplasm of brain
  • Malignant tumor of prostate (disorder)
  • Malignant tumor of urinary bladder (disorder)
  • Malignant tumour of breast
  • Malignant tumour of colon
  • Malignant tumour of lung
  • Malignant tumour of oesophagus
  • Malignant tumour of ovary
  • Motor neuron disease (disorder)
  • Multiple sclerosis (disorder)
  • Multiple system atrophy (disorder)
  • Parkinson's disease (disorder)
  • Progressive supranuclear ophthalmoplegia (disorder)
  • Psychotic disorder (disorder)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (disorder)
  • Vascular dementia (disorder)

Contact Information


Clinical Neurosciences
University of Bristol
BS10 5NB

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
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2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A