Newcastle Biobanks

Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource

Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource

Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource (NBTR) consists of human brain tissue, both fixed and frozen, which has been donated for research into dementia and neurodegenerative disease.

The majority of donors are recruited from those diagnosed with diseases such as:

  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Vascular Dementia / stroke or metabolic / mitochondrial disease

All samples supplied to researchers are linked-anonymised and associated clinical data can often be made available in anonymised form if required. There are also some assessed cognitively normal control tissues but this is in high demand.  

We operate according to HTA Codes of Practice and have generic ethical approval as a tissue bank from Newcastle and North Tyneside 1 LREC to issue samples to projects which do not hold their own ethical approval.

We are supported by funding from:

  • the Medical Research Council
  • Brains for Dementia Research
  • the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre on Ageing

Further information is available on the Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource website.

Brain samples being dissected

Curator details

NBTR Manager: Debra Lett

Email: debbie.lett@ncl.ac.uk

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Access policy

Email us to request access.  

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Address

Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource
Institute for Ageing and Health
Newcastle University
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5PL

 

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