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New York Brain Bank at Columbia University

Alzheimer Disease Research Center
Taub Institute

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The New York Brain Bank (NYBB) at Columbia University was established to collect postmortem human brains to meet the needs of neuroscientists investigating specific psychiatric and neurological disorders.

The tasks of the NYBB include:

  • Collection and processing of human postmortem brain samples for research.
  • Neuropathological evaluation and diagnosis.
  • Storage and computerized inventory of brain samples.
  • Distribution of brain samples to investigating clinicians and scientists.

The study of human postmortem brain tissue has unveiled structural and biochemical changes that are contributing to the development of drugs. For example, studies using postmortem human brains have led to the development of genetic tests, identification of neurotransmitters essential to Parkinson disease treatment and cytoskeletal abnormalities in Alzheimer disease.

To study the brains of patients with disorders of the central nervous system, brains from individuals without neurological or psychiatric disorders are necessary for comparison. All individuals are encouraged to donate their brains to science with authorization to remove it as soon as possible after death. The identity of each donor will remain strictly confidential.

NYBB will disburse tissue samples to investigating clinicians or scientists, whose research has been approved by their Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Should you have any questions please contact us at:

NYBB / Taub Institute
Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Room T-8
3959 Broadway
New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 1-212-305-2299
Fax: 1-212-342-0083
E-mail: nybb@columbia.edu

Last updated 5/21/2003