Using our brains

Welcome to 'Using our Brains' donor program

The 'Using our Brains' (UoB) Donor Program is located at the NSW Brain Tissue Resource Centre, an Australian brain bank that aims to collect, store, characterize and provide tissue to both national and international researchers studying different disorders of the brain like alcohol-related brain damage and mental illness, specifically schizophrenia.

The UoB was established in 2002 as a pre mortem consent program inviting members of the community to donate their brain to neuroscience research after they die. The aim of this donor program is to encourage those who are medically healthy to donate. Healthy control tissue is an important resource for researchers to compare brains from those affected with specific disorders. There are many new scientific techniques that allow us to use these tissues to learn about disease processes, and how we can treat or prevent them.

Our collections focus on controls, alcohol-related brain damage and mental illness, specifically schizophrenia.

The UoB has ethics approval from the Sydney Local Health Network and The University of Sydney.