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Donors and Families

Disorders that are needed for research

Our Goal

Our goal is to find the answers to the questions:

"Why does my child have autism or another developmental brain disorder?"


"Is there anything I can do to help researchers find answers and the cures?"

Yes, you can help find the causes and cures. See Introduction to the Blood and Tissue Bank now to one day make tissue and brain donation.


Video: Autism and Other Mystery Disorders of the Brain

Video: Why brain tissue is necessary to unravel the underlying causes of many disorders?

Meaningful Research

Every year infants, children, and adults are diagnosed with one of the hundreds of devastating and little understood development disorders. These perplexing mysteries can only be solved with research requiring study of the brain at a molecular level. To do this, researchers need to examine the tissue of individuals with the sophisticated tools of modern science. 

Some Essential Ways You Can Help

If you want to speak to someone directly just call:

  • Phone: 1-800-847-1539 or 410-706-1755
  • Fax: 410-706-2128 

The UMB Brain and Tissue Bank has been supported since 1991 by a contract from the (Contract #HHSN275200900011C, Ref. No. NO1-HD-9-0011).

The Bank gratefully acknowledges funding from the following:

  • for long standing support to advance research on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • in support of research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.