Dr Claire Shepherd in Brain Bank lab

Sydney Brain Bank

FACILITY INFORMATION

The Sydney Brain Bank is based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) which is located next to the Prince of Wales Hospital on Barker St in Randwick NSW.

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The Sydney Brain Bank is cooperatively managed and supported by NeuRA and the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.

The Brain Bank is managed by Dr Claire Shepherd and its director Professor Glenda Halliday and a management committee. The Brain Bank operates with the NSW Brain Tissue Resource Centre at The University of Sydney as the NSW Brain Banks (NSWBB). Our aim is to provide Australian and international researchers with access to well characterised, post-mortem human central nervous system tissue through an integrated process.

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