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The Netherlands Brain Bank

The Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB) is a non-profit organization that collects human brain tissue of donors with a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders, but also of non-diseased donors. This brain tissue, together with an anonymized summary of a donor’s medical record, is sent to scientific researchers worldwide, with the ultimate aim of increasing our understanding of the human brain and to develop therapies for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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Brain samples for scientific research

This website is aimed at researchers who are interested in obtaining brain samples. The NBB has an open access policy and researchers affiliated to universities, other non-profit organizations, and pharmaceutical companies from all over the world can apply for samples. A scientific committee reviews all applications based on scientific quality and feasibility. This website provides information about how brain samples are obtained from brain donors, what types of samples are available, and how researchers can request samples.

NBB-Psy is the NBB's separate donor program for psychiatric diagnoses. More information is available on this page.

NBB-MS is the program within the NBB that provides a unique collection of clinically and neuropathologically extensively characterized tissue. More information is available on this page

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Dick Swaab talks about the Netherlands Brain Bank

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