The Brain Bank at the University of Maryland has recently changed its name. It was formerly known at the NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders, and it will now be called the University of Maryland Brain and Tissue Bank (UMB BTB) due to its expanded scope. The bank is now funded by three NIH Institutions, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), instead of just the NICHD, as it was before. These institutes will receive tissues collected by all the banks in the NIH NeuroBioBank, a network that now includes the UMB BTB.
The mission of the UMB BTB is to advance the research of developmental disorders. According to their website, “the objective of this human tissue repository is to systematically collect, store, and distribute brain and other tissues for research dedicated to the improved understanding, care and treatment of individuals with developmental and neurological disorders.”
Our team at NBIAcure has worked with the UMB BTB many times over the years to coordinate the paperwork and logistics involved with brain or tissue donation by patients (or their families) after they have passed away. For more information about brain and tissue donation, please visit the UMB BTB Family website and/or our brain donation page.
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