Autism BrainNet works with researchers and the communities affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions to develop a sensitive and effective strategy for acquiring postmortem brain tissue. The donations will produce a resource that facilitates the highest quality research into the causes of these conditions. The data generated will be shared to enable the development of treatments that improve the quality of life of individuals who are affected by them.
Autism BrainNet includes three sites, also called nodes, in the United States:
• Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School), Boston, MA
• University of California Davis, MIND Institute, Sacramento, CA
• University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Autism BrainNet also has international partnerships with:
• Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
• Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
Each node follows the high standards set by Autism BrainNet to collect, process, store and distribute the precious gift of donated brain tissue to qualified researchers worldwide. Applications to receive brain tissue are evaluated for scientific merit by the Autism BrainNet Scientific Review Committee.