Dr Claire Shepherd in the Sydney Brain Bank labs

Sydney Brain Bank



The Sydney Brain Bank is committed to facilitating meaningful research into neurodegenerative conditions. The tissue generously donated to the Sydney Brain Bank has lead to many new discoveries by researchers not only here in the Sydney Brain Bank, but across Australia and around the world. These findings have been published in international peer reviewed scientific journals and also presented at national and international scientific meetings.
Recently the Sydney Brain Bank has published a perspective article that reviews the best practice for collection and storage of human brain material for diverse research purposes. You can read this article here.
For more details about this and other research activities, please see a list of the publications and presentations made possible by the tissue donated to the Sydney Brain Bank. To keep up to date with what we are doing in the Sydney Brain Bank, please follow us on Twitter.


Sydney Brain Bank Presentations and Publications

Sydney Brain Bank Publications

Claire Shepherd, Holly Alvendia and Glenda Halliday, ‘Brain Banking for Research into Neurodegenerative Disorders and Ageing,’  Neurosci. Bull. April, 2019, 35(2):283–288. 

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MyCOACH: Connected Advice for Cognitive Health

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) are inviting people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) to participate in a voluntary online research trial aiming to reduce the risk of dementia. What is the MyCOACH Trial about? This research aims to test the effectiveness of an e-learning and behaviour change course designed to support healthy brain ageing and reduce risk of dementia.  The course is tailored for people reporting cognitive difficulties or changes. The trial runs for 12 weeks, with a follow up at 1 and 2 years afterwards. What is involved in this research trial? Interested volunteers will be asked to complete some eligibility checks to confirm this study is a good match.    If you decide to take part you would: Be placed into either the MyCOACH e-learning group (“Intervention”) or the Control Education group (“Control”). To ensure the research is fair and unbiased, we cannot choose the group for you.   It will be random - like names out of a hat. MyCOACH e-learning group (“Intervention”):  Volunteers in this group participate in the 12 week online MyCOACH program.  This includes 6 e-learning chapters, as well as three phone consultations with a dietician and/or exercise physiologist, and a 3-month subscription to a brain training app. Control Education group (“Control”): Volunteers in this group will receive information about cognitive health and risk factors for dementia.  This group is important to be able to measure the effectiveness of the research.  At the end of the study, volunteers in this “control” group can access the full MyCOACH e-learning course. Take part in four telephone interviews throughout the study with questions about your health. This includes a follow-up at the end of 12 weeks, and 1 and 2 years later. You may be eligible to participate in the MyCOACH Trial if you: Have concerns about changes in your memory or thinking OR diagnosed with ‘Mild Cognitive Impairment’ Are 65 years of age or older   Expressions of interest [ninja_forms id=376]   Contact If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact us for more information: Dinaz Parekh Email: mycoach@neura.edu.au Phone: (02) 9399 1815