Multiple Sclerosis Brain Bank

Providing high quality human tissue for vital research

The Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Tissue Bank is a national collection of central nervous system (CNS) tissue samples donated by individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease and related neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative conditions.

The vision of the Tissue Bank is one that it shares with its funding charities, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Parkinson’s UK - that we can live in a world where the cause of these debilitating neurological conditions has been discovered, and an intervention identified that stops them from developing in susceptible individuals or stops further progression of the condition.

The Tissue Bank’s mission is to facilitate these discoveries by making well-characterised human material of the highest quality readily available to the research community engaged in studies aimed at discovering the cause and better treatments for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore we aim to encourage the greater use of the material in these studies. It is by carrying out this work that the Tissue Bank fulfils the last, generous and selfless wishes of all those who have registered on the donor scheme and bequeathed their CNS tissues to research.

The work of the Tissue Bank is supported by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Parkinson’s UK in partnership with Imperial College London.