The Alabama Brain Collection

The Alabama Brain Collection was established to provide postmortem (after death) brain tissue to neuroscientists studying neuropsychiatric illnesses or normal human brain neurobiology.

Your donation of brain tissue makes a world of difference. Many brain disorders are unique to human beings and studying the human brain is crucial for research progress in treating, preventing and curing these illnesses. Unfortunately, mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, alcoholism, and autism are very prevalent. Chances are you have a family member, a friend or an acquaintance that either has or knows someone with a mental disorder.

The Alabama Brain Collection, a resource of the department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is dedicated to promoting research with brain tissue obtained postmortem (after death) from individuals with and without neuropsychiatric illnesses. Our primary goal is to collect, store and disburse brain tissue for medical research. For more information about us, please visit our website www.uab.edu/alabamabraincollection.

The brain collection occurs in collaboration with the Alabama Organ Center (AOC). We are informed of cases suitable for our collection by members of the AOC staff. We then make a short phone call to the family to introduce our program and reaffirm consent for brain donation. We send out a separate set of consent forms for the brain, medical records and for a short phone interview with the family about the donorís medical and psychiatric history. Medical and psychiatric records are requested if necessary to help our physicians make the most comprehensive diagnosis possible.

If you are interested in brain donation, this can be arranged through the Alabama Organ Centerís Gift of Body program. Make sure the Alabama Organ Center and your family knows your wishes to donate your brain to the Alabama Brain Collection.

Helping to understand mental illness and normal brain neurobiology will benefit future generations.