For researchers

We aim to supply brain tissue and psychometric data for research to the neuroscience community, exercising responsible stewardship for the brain tissue and maximizing the potential benefit of this precious resource.

Please contact BDR if you wish to discuss a potential application informally and to request a BDR Tissue or Data Request Form.

As part of our favourable opinion from our Ethics Committee we are able to offer UK-based studies using tissue and associated data obtained via Brains for Dementia Research ‘generic ethical approval’. This will, in most cases, enable studies to proceed without researchers being required to obtain their own ethical approval. Researchers from outside the UK will need to provide evidence of Institutional Review Body approval.

In order to approve a project we require sufficient information about the proposed research that will enable assessment of the validity, methodology, peer review process, funding and contribution the proposed work will make to understanding and developing treatments for dementia. We are very happy to consider pilot studies and to assist first time users. No distinction is made between applications from academic groups and those from commercial organisations.

All Brains for Dementia Research tissue is listed on the UK Brain Banks Network database however you may find it useful to have a preliminary discussion of requirements either by contacting BDR Coordinating Centre (contact BDR) or one of the Brain Banks.

Prof Bart De Strooper, Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute on the value of tissue from BDR:

“Dementia, the progressive loss of intellectual and social abilities, is one of the biggest curses of this time. In my laboratory we are working very hard to understand what goes wrong in the brain of patients. We want to find a cure and want to learn how we can prevent this disorder in future generations. My international group of young researchers and I need brain material for our work, from healthy people and those with dementia. It is very difficult to obtain such material and BDR has been instrumental for our studies. We are proud that we have recently published some new insights based on the work with the BDR brains that will help us to make safer medicines in the future.”

Recent publications

Recent publications which have benefitted from BDR support: