Partner Research Centers:

Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center

Biosamples & Brain Bank

The Penn ADCC and CNDR maintain NIH-funded tissue banks for human brain samples obtained from patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other related neurodegenerative dementias and movement disorders.

These tissue banks are "Core Facilities," a part of NIH-funded multi-component projects with a specific charge to support the research of project grant co-investigators. In order to achieve the goals of their funded projects, these co-investigators are given priority access to these samples. The Penn ADCC and CNDR make every effort to provide unused amped to other investigators, but there are many other sources of human brain samples for qualified researchers as well, including the 40+ NIH-supported brain banks in the US, and the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI).

To obtain biosamples, investigators must have an active IRB approval for their studies involving human tissues. This IRB approval must accompany the completed Biosamples Request Form and be signed by the requesting principal investigator. This form can be emailed to or faxed to 215-349-5909.

It is imperative that investigators conducting research on human tissues use universal precautions and be fully trained to conduct research using human biological samples that may harbor potentially infectious conditions. Any waste material should be treated as a biohazard and disposed of according to your institutional policy.

For more information, please contact:
Thembi Maiden

Biosample Request Form