Dr Claire Shepherd in the Sydney Brain Bank labs

Sydney Brain Bank



Formalin-fixed and fresh-frozen brain tissue for research projects may be requested by researchers through the NSW Brain Banks online system.  Letters of support for research grants and trial tissue for technique optimisation may also be requested through this portal.

Detailed guidelines to assist researchers to navigate the application process are also available online. Briefly, applications are peer-reviewed by the New South Wales Brain Banks Scientific Review Committee, consisting of an independent Chair and Scientific Executive. Project approval is based upon the researcher’s expertise, track record and the merit of the research plan. Following project approval, a Tissue Transfer Agreement is signed prior to tissue shipment.  The New South Wales Brain Banks charge a partial cost recovery fee for tissue supply, based on the fee schedule of the Australian Brain Bank Network.

For further assistance with application queries please visit the NSW Brain Banks website or contact sydneybrainbank@neura.edu.au.  We are very happy to discuss tissue availability for research projects, no matter how preliminary.


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