The Maritime Brain Tissue Bank, so far, has archived over 1,500 donated human brains and has made these tissues available to researchers locally, nationally and worldwide. Although the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank was originally established to enable researchers to better understand Alzheimer’s disease, it has since widened its scope to include tissues donated by individuals affected by other neurological conditions, including vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, progressive supranuclear palsy, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, to name a few. Through carefully collecting, storing and cataloguing brain tissues from both cognitively normal and those affected by a neurological disease, the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank is able to provide researchers with the opportunity to study the cellular and molecular changes that take place as a disease develops. This, in turn, sheds light on potential strategies for treating and preventing neurological disease.
Below are select publications from the last 15 years from researchers world-wide that have used donated brain tissues from the MBTB to study a number of neurological and non-neurological diseases including:
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Primary Progressive Aphasia
Sepsis (Neuropathologically Normal)