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 by contacting either the Coordinating Centre or one of the brain banks.

To apply for tissue, you will need to complete an application form. Each Brain Bank has their own application process, but if you aren’t sure which Brain Bank to apply to for the tissue you need, please contact the Coordinating Centre who will assess the most suitable one for your requirements.

To apply or enquire about tissue, please contact the relevant brain bank:

Other data sets

As well as post-mortem brain tissue, other data sets are available through BDR. If interested in applying for access to samples or datasets, the following flow diagrams may be useful.

Project 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 dementia and developing treatments for the condition. 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.