Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Brain Bank

The Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Brain Bank is a collaboration between MS Research Australia and the University of Sydney, located at the Brain and Mind Research Institute.

The primary objective of the MS Research Australia Brain Bank is to coordinate the collection, storage and use of human post-mortem tissue from people with multiple sclerosis (MS) for use in research.

In Australia, 23,000 people are living with the uncertainty of MS, and it is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. MS has a huge economic impact on people with the disease and their carers.

Although modern immunotherapy treatment is beneficial, there is no proven cure, and there is no useful treatment for people with progressive MS. This is why there is a need for continuing research into MS.

Recent research findings have led to a re-evaluation of the neuropathology of MS. To discover more about this disease, scientists need to study human post-mortem brain tissue.

The Australian Brain Bank Network retrieves, processes and stores brain and other tissues donated to the MS Research Australia Brain Bank, ensuring the tissues are available in the future for the widest range of scientific investigations. At the MS Research Australia Brain Bank, experts in MS neuropathology identify and characterise MS brain lesions as chronic, active, remyelinating and so on. An independent MS Research Australia Brain Bank Scientific Advisory Committee reviews requests to use brain and other tissues in research projects to ensure the proposed use of tissue is ethical and scientifically sound.

The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute is home to world-leading researchers in MS and neuropathology and so provides an ideal base for the MS Research Australia Brain Bank.

The facility brings together researchers at the BMRI, the University of Sydney, and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Support for the facility comes from the NSW Office for Health and Medical research, MS Research Foundation, Collier Charitable Trust and the Australian Brain Bank Network.

For more information, visit the MS Research Australia Brain Bank website.