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Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource (NBTR)

Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource (NBTR)

NBTR is a partnership between the Medical Research Council, local NHS trusts and Newcastle University.

The Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource has contributed to important medical advances. This includes new treatments for Alzheimer's disease and the identification of a common type of dementia.

Brain donations

The donation of brain tissue to research is an invaluable source of help.

Studying human brain tissue is essential for understanding brain ageing and related diseases. This is the best way for us to search for more effective diagnoses and treatments.

Human tissue is essential for progress in research. This helps towards finding causes of and treatments for a wide variety of diseases.

Research projects are currently running with the help of volunteers diagnosed with diseases such as:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Lewy Body dementia
  • strokes

We study tissue donated by sufferers of these diseases. This helps us to discover what brain changes take place during the course of the disease. This increases our overall understanding.

Who can donate tissue?

Each individual brain tissue donation is very important to us. We are only able to accept donations of affected tissue from those part of the University's study programmes.

We are extremely grateful to those patients and families who continue to help our research in this way.

Brain tissue from donors without memory impairment is also a very important gift. Research progress already made would not have been possible without healthy tissue.

We use this tissue to establish the brain changes which occur in normal ageing rather than as a result of disease.

We want to encourage people without neurological difficulties to consider donating brain tissue at the time of their death. We have a register to which prospective normal donors aged 65 years and over may wish to add their name.

Contact us

For more information, please contact our nurse liaison team who will be happy to provide you with more information:

Email: or telephone our research nurses: