Sydney Brain Bank World Class Facility
By: Dr Claire Shepherd
The Sydney Brain Bank at NeuRA aims to facilitate world class research and break throughs in ageing and neurodegenerative disorders. Globally it supplies tissue to 30-40 research projects a year, with many of these projects a collaborative effort between external research institutions.
Lead by Dr Claire Shepherd, recently appointed to the position of Director of the Sydney Brain Bank, the team has developed a new method that will allow them to inform the characterisation of one of the pathologies in Alzheimer disease. This will benefit research by providing a more cost effective and less labour intensive method without compromising on the quality and sensitivity of the diagnosis.
“At the Sydney Brain Bank, we collect, characterise and store the brain tissue from individuals who have died from ageing or neurodegenerative disorders so that we can facilitate medical research,” said Dr Shepherd.
The Sydney Brain Bank has been involved in setting the gold standard criteria for diagnosing some of these disorders alongside other global research facilities.
During 2017, Dr Claire Shepherd will travel to the UK to visit several British Brain Banks to work with their researchers in understanding their processes and to share ideas and techniques.