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Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center

The Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) is a national resource for the acquisition, processing, storage, and distribution of postmortem brain tissue for use by the scientific community with the purpose of conducting research on the brain. To support investigations on brain disorders, the HBTRC collects brains and other tissues (meninges, cerebrospinal fluid, spinal cord, blood) from individuals with, and without, a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Clinical and demographic information is also compiled for each individual in order to aid in the interpretations of these studies. The HBTRC distributes tissue samples to scientists at academic institutions and for-profit entities throughout the US and the world.