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Dublin Brain Bank

The Dublin Brain Bank is a collaboration between the Neuropathology Department of Beaumont Hospital and RCSI. It is based in the RCSI Smurfit Building in Beaumont Hospital. It was founded in 2008 by Professors Michael Farrell and Francesca Brett, and is currently under the directorship of Professor Brett, consultant neuropathologist.

Through supporting brain donation, the Dublin Brain Bank offers patients and members of the public the opportunity to support medical science in a very tangible manner. Donation of precious brain tissue facilitates research into neurological disorders, providing valuable information on the diagnosis and treatment of many common neurological diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson and Motor Neuron Disease, which will ultimately lead to improved quality of life for patients. You can find answers to common questions about the donation process here.

All tissue requests to the Brain Bank are considered by our Advisory Board. The Dublin Brain Bank is committed to openness and transparency in its regulatory procedures and the research it supports. Investigators interested in applying for tissue need to complete tissue requisition forms and provide a record of the research groups’ ethical approval. The application will then be considered by the Dublin Brain Bank Advisory Board. The Brain Bank continuously strives to build a high-quality sample collection which is accessible to neuroscience research groups nationwide and internationally in the future.

The Dublin Brain Bank is a non-profit organisation run in conjunction with RCSI. Since its foundation in 2008 it has relied on the support of a grant fund and with your continued help, our information and support services, our public awareness raising and our work with service providers at both local and national level will be able to expand.

If you would like to receive more information about the donation process, on your own behalf or on behalf of a relative, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact us 
Ms Jennifer Lorigan
Project Coordinator
Dublin Brain Bank
Department of Neuropathology
Beaumont Hospital
Dublin 9
+353 (0) 1 809 2706
brainbank@rcsi.ie