Australian Brain Bank Network

The Australian Brain Bank Network (ABBN) was established in 2005 with enabling grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, allowing integration of the network by provision of dedicated staffing and infrastructure. Unfortunately this important funding ceased at the end of 2014, placing financial strain on individual brain banks. Although we will continue to operate into the near future, the outlook for individual brain banks without other means of financial support will be jeopardised. In the meantime, we remain dedicated to our brain donors and their families and will strive to support their wishes. Similarly, we remain optimistic in our abilities to enable world-class medical research by supplying high quality tissue samples to scientists.

Please see the participating centres below to determine the current status of each brain bank:

New South Wales Brain Banks - currently collecting and distributing tissue

Queensland Brain Bank - no longer collecting or ditributing tissue due to lack of funding

South Australian Brain Bank - currently collecting and distributing tissue
Dr Rebecca Ormsby
+61 8 8204 4393

  • Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science
  • Flinders Medical Centre

Victoria Brain Bank - currently collecting and distributing tissue
Ms Fairlie Hinton
+61 3 8344 1900

  • The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Motor Neuron Disease Research Tissue Bank

Western Australia Brain Bank - currently collecting and distributing tissue
Ms Caroline Casely
+61 8 9224 2925

  • Department of Anatomical Pathology, Royal Perth Hospital