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New York Brain Bank at Columbia University

Alzheimer Disease Research Center
Taub Institute

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These instructions (PDF-Version) outline the procedures of packing a fresh brain for shipment to the NYBB. Click on figures to enlarge them. Upon request, we provide packing material. For further assistance call (212) 305-2299.

Recommended items to pack a fresh brain:

Two clean, dry ziploc plastic bags
(about 22.0 x 30.0 cm)
Figure of bag
Plastic bucket with tightly fitting lid
(about 4.0 liters)
Figure of bucket
Large plastic bag
(about 40.0 x 50.0 cm)
Envelope for documents
Thermosafe polyfoam container
(38.0 x 33.0 x 31.0 cm)
Figure of thermosafe
Two refrigerant packs
(17.0 x 10.0 cm)
Figure of refrigerant pack
Wet ice (about 1.0 kg)

Packing procedure:

Put the fresh brain (A)
in the first ziploc bag.
Figure of bagged brain
Ziploc first bag (B).
Figure of locked bag
Place bag (B) in second
bag and ziploc it (C).
Figure of second bag
Place 0.5 kg of wet ice into the
bucket and transfer the double-
bagged brain onto the ice (D).
Figure of bucket in brain
Cover double-bagged brain with
wet ice (E) and tightly fit
the lid on the bucket.
Figure of closed bucket
Put big plastic bag into the polyfoam
container and place wet ice
(about 0.3 kg) into the bag (F).
Figure of added wet ice
Transfer sealed bucket into plastic
bag of the container, onto the ice
and add refrigerant packs (G).
Figure of added refrigerant packs
Close plastic bag (H), put
polyfoam lid in place, add
documents and close cardboard box.
Figure of closed box
Please provide information pertaining to the donor of the specimen and the time intervals between the steps of obtaining and packing the brain. Please refer to our sample information sheet.
We use Sterling Courier Systems as they are familiar with our operations. For pickup call 1-888-633-6666 and indicate that you would like to send tissue samples to: "NYBB - Taub".

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Last updated 8/16/2003