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Most tissue in our network is in a formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) format and their corresponding permanent slide preparations. We also have varying quantities of formalin-fixed ‘wet’ tissue, frozen tissue and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

Our Participating Centres maintain dynamic collections of a range of human tissues/materials derived from diagnostic Neuropathology practice, especially tumours. These are mainly from the brain, spinal cord, meninges, skull, spine, associated soft tissues, peripheral nerve and muscle. Less frequently sampled structures include the eye and related structures, skin and other organs/tissues in relation to neurological disease. The image below provides an overview of disease categories of tissue provided to researchers using our matching service.

New tissue samples are added to the network every day. Select 'informal enquiry' and complete our online form or email us at to check availability. If you are ready to make a formal application, select 'apply now'.


Examples of different disorder types within BRAIN UK
Disease categories of samples provided by BRAIN UK, 2011-2022
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