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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys an individual’s memory, behaviour, personality, and ability to carry out normal daily activities. Prominent features of AD-related changes in the brain are accumulation of abnormal proteins including beta-amyloid plaques and tau neurofibrillary tangles. 

Despite many advances in neurodegenerative disease research, the causes are not known. There is a great deal that must be learned so that we may one day cure these debilitating diseases.


There are neurodegenerative diseases that have symptoms similar to Alzheimer's Disease but are caused by different changes in the brain. It is for this reason an autopsy must be performed. 

Other neurodegenerative diseases include:

types of tissues available

The Maritime Brain Tissue Bank (MBTB) collects and archives tissue from a variety of neurodegenerative disease, including:

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Normal controls

  • Mixed Dementias

  • Vascular Dementia

  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies

  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Frontotemporal Dementia

  • Huntington's Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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