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The University of Southampton

 Enabling research into neurological disease

Facilitating access to NHS tissue archives for neuroscience research.

If you're a researcher requiring human tissue from disorders affecting the brain and neuromuscular system then BRAIN UK will help you find the tissue you need. Working with our network of NHS Neuropathology Centres across the UK - our 'Participating Centres' - our matching service connects researchers with the range of Central Nervous System (CNS) tissue available across the network.

To make an initial check for tissue availability click 'informal enquiry'.

If you are ready to make a formal application click 'apply now'.


We are a network of 20+ NHS Neuropathology Centres
Our matching service helps researchers find the tissue they need
We are happy to consider studies from anywhere in the world
Service users say they could not complete their work without us

Recently approved studies

microscopic image of a brain tumour

19/013: Senescence in pituitary adenomas

Exploring if by using novel drugs we can kill the senescent cells in pituitary adenomas. If successful, the finding will lead to new clinical trials and novel therapies for the patients.

Graphic image  representing electrical activity in the brain

19/011: Purinergic P2X7 receptor as drug target

About 30% of humans are resistant to drugs designed to stop seizures. This study investigates the contribution of P2X7 to drug resistance and explores potential treatments for breaking drug-resistance.

BRAIN UK is funded by Brain Tumour Research and the Medical Research Council
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