Three NIH Institutes (NINDS, NIMH and NICHD) have funded a network of Brain and Tissue Banks referred to as the NIH NeuroBioBank. Each of the banks will collect and distribute tissue from donors of research interest to the three institutes. The name of this Bank has been changed since the scope of the Bank is now broader than that of the former "NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders".
More information about the operation of the NIH NeuroBioBank is provided on our Tissue Requests page. The UMB Brain and Tissue Bank is located at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in Baltimore, Maryland.
The mission of the UMB BTB is to advance the research of developmental, neurological and movement disorders. The objective of this human tissue repository is to systematically collect, store, and distribute brain and other tissues for research dedicated to the improved understanding, care and treatment of individuals with these disorders.
The UMB BTB has extensive experience in arranging for the rapid retrieval of tissue upon the death of individuals while at home, in hospitals or hospice care. The Bank is able to assist researchers who are working with patients who intend to donate tissues at the time of their death.
Meetings and Outreach
The Bank is very active in maintaining an ever growing and vital dialog with medical researchers, health care professionals, support groups, families and individuals. Scientific meetings and meetings of support groups are especially important to us.
In 1991 the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child and Human Development, at the request of families who wanted increased research on developmental disorders that impacted the lives of their children, funded a Brain and Tissue Bank at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Within a few years the Bank became a major source of tissue from literally hundreds of disorders due to the generous tissue donations by families throughout the United States and 6 foreign countries. The Bank has accepted tissue donation from about 3500 families from 49 of the states in the Union, as well as tissue from a small number of donors in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Spain and South Africa...