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

SBB Research Outcomes 2018

SBB Research Outcomes 2017 

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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‘Hello daaaahling’. Outrageous, flamboyant, iconic – Jeanne Little captivated Australians everywhere with her unique style, cockatoo shrill voice and fashion sense. "Mum wasn't just the life of the party, she was the party.” Katie Little, Jeanne’s daughter remembers. This icon of Australian television brought a smile into Australian homes. Tragically, today Jeanne can't walk, talk or feed herself. She doesn't recognise anyone, with a random sound or laugh the only glimpse of who she truly is. Jeanne Little has Alzheimer's disease. The 1,000 Brains Study NeuRA is very excited to announce the 1,000 Brains Study, a ground-breaking research project to identify the elements in our brains that cause life-changing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other dementias. This study will focus on the key unresolved question: why do some of us develop devastating neurodegenerative diseases, while others retain good brain health? The study will compare the genomes of people who have reached old age with healthy brains against the genomes of those who have died from neurodegenerative diseases, with post mortem examination of brain tissue taking place at NeuRA’s Sydney Brain Bank. More information on the study can be found here. Will you please support dementia research and the 1,000 Brains Study and help drive the future of genetics research in Australia? https://youtu.be/q7fTZIisgAY