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NBB-Psy, the Netherlands Brain Bank for Psychiatry

For years, the NBB has been facilitating research of neurological disorders such as different types of dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. However, the amount of available brain tissue of donors who suffered from psychiatric diseases is currently insufficient to meet the demands of the research community.

In order to change this, in 2012, the NBB received a grant of 3.45 million Euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in collaboration with five Dutch university medical centers (UMC Utrecht, VUmc & AMC Amsterdam, Radboudumc Nijmegen en Erasmus MC Rotterdam). With this grant the NBB and the five university medical centers have started working on a national infrastructure with the goal of collecting brain tissue for research purposes, from well-diagnosed persons with psychiatric diagnoses. Direct access to brain tissue can facilitate breakthroughs in researching the origins of psychiatric diseases. This is important, because psychiatric diseases elicit many questions that cannot be sufficiently answered at this time.

The NBB-Psy program focuses on schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. More information about the program is available on www.nbb-psy.nl (in English, aimed at the research community) and www.nhb-psy.nl (in Dutch, aimed at (potential) donors, physicians and other interested parties).