A virtual brain bank could maximise the potential of brain donation by extending the core physical bank to include existing repositories of clinical tissues and data
Brain banking, whereby post mortem brains are harvested, processed, stored and made available to facilitate health and medical research, provides scientists with an unparalleled resource for macroscopic, microscopic and molecular investigations into many brain conditions. The human brain is seen as the final frontier of scientific research, with many cognitive processes and neurological diseases exclusively manifesting in humans. This uniqueness has been postulated as an explanation for why many brain disease drug leads do not progress past the acknowledged “valley of death” whereby success in animals is not translated to human clinical trials.1 For many brain researchers, human post mortem tissue is therefore preferred or essential for their investigations.
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