Dr Claire Shepherd in Brain Bank lab

Sydney Brain Bank

FACILITY INFORMATION

Formalin-fixed and fresh-frozen brain tissue for research projects may be requested by researchers through the NSW Brain Banks online system.
To see what brain tissue is available, researchers may can visit the NSW Brain Banks website where further details of how to apply for tissue can be found. As indicated in the guidelines, a Material Transfer Agreement must be signed following project approval and before tissue transport to ensure that the transfer and subsequent use of the tissue is legally compliant.
Scientific Review of requests for brain tissue
The application will be processed by the New South Wales Brain Banks Scientific Review Committee, consisting of an independent Chair and Scientific Executive. The SRC Executive will also work with a large panel of assessors (Tissue Review Panel) who will be responsible for reviewing the applications, with approval based upon the researcher’s expertise, track record and the merit of the research plan.

The NSWBBN Scientific Review Committee consists of:

Chair:

Professor Elspeth McLachlan
Executive Committee:

Dr Scott Kim (NeuRA Representative)
Dr Anthony Don (UNSW Representative)
Dr Kelly Newell (USyd Representative)
Once the request is approved, tissue will be dispatched to the researcher at the Brain Bank’s earliest convenience.

For further assistance with application queries please visit the NSW Brain Banks website or contact the Tissue Resource Manager on (02) 9399 1708 or sydneybrainbank@neura.edu.au

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