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Brain Tissue Collection for Neuropathological Studies

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 1, 2017 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) ) Identifier:
First received: November 3, 1999
Last updated: April 20, 2017
Last verified: February 1, 2017

The purpose of this study is to collect and study the brain tissue of deceased individuals to learn more about the nervous system and mental disorders. Information gained from donated tissue may lead to better treatments and potential cures for nervous system and mental disorders.

This study will ask relatives of deceased individuals to donate the brains of their deceased relatives to allow further study of neurological and psychiatric disorders. We do not accept prospective donations.

Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Tourette's Syndrome
Brain Diseases

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Brain Procurement for the Human Brain Collection Core

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 2500
Study Start Date: May 29, 1990
Detailed Description:

The knowledge of how affected tissue deviates from normal control tissue is an integral part of fully understanding a neurological or psychiatric disorder. The purpose of this protocol is to establish a coordinating program with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, DC, the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Central District, and Virginia the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Northern District for the donation of brain tissue.

Dissected brain tissue from selected brain regions, including but not limited to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and hippocampal formation, will be assembled from large cohorts of normal controls and schizophrenic subjects. The expression of mRNA and protein for selected molecules, chosen on the basis of their genetic association with schizophrenia, will be measured with a variety of assays including but not limited to qPCR and Western blots.

Outcome measures are the statistical comparison within normal controls of mRNA and/or protein levels in groups segmented by genotype. Similar comparisons will be made between schizophrenic cohorts and normal controls, in a diagnosis by genotype analysis with an ANOVA, or when appropriate an ANCOVA (controlling for variables such as age, race, gender, and postmortem interval).


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Brain tissue is needed from individuals suffering from a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia, but also anxiety disorders, suicide, bipolar disorder, depression, Tourette's Syndrome, drug addictions (PCP, cocaine, alcohol, heroin or the like) and any form of dementia. In addition, brains from normal individuals without a history of neuropsychiatric disease will be needed for controls.


No living subjects are enrolled in this protocol. Tissue is obtained after death, with the permission of next of kin, or from existing institutions with appropriate samples via an MTA or other applicable agreement.

Brain tissue is excluded from collection if there is a previously known history of strokes, lesions, or other major neuropathological abnormalities prior to the consenting process.

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00001260

Contact: Barbara Lipska, M.D. (301) 496-9501
Contact: Jose A Apud, M.D. (301) 594-6561

United States, District of Columbia
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Recruiting
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States, 20003
United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
United States, Virginia
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Recruiting
Fairfax, Virginia, United States, 22032
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Jose A Apud, M.D. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Identifier: NCT00001260     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 900142
Study First Received: November 3, 1999
Last Updated: April 20, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Substance Abuse
Bipolar Disorder
Normal Development
Anxiety Disorders
Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Tourette's Syndrome
Normal Controls

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Tourette Syndrome
Brain Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Behavioral Symptoms
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Tic Disorders
Movement Disorders
Heredodegenerative Disorders, Nervous System
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Neurodevelopmental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017