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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

Image to represent BRAIN UK Category: Genetic

19/014: Analysis of PURA patient samples

PURA syndrome is a rare disorder which causes development problems which include movement and learning ability. This study is looking to understand the way the mutation in the PURA gene occurs.

Image to represent BRAIN UK Category:Genetic

19/019: Social Neuropeptide Dysfunction in FXS

Looking at how the brain is altered in Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), a genetic disorder that causes abnormalities in brain development. Focusing on regions of the brain that regulate social behaviour

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