The National Institutes of Health have established and funded a network of six Brain and Tissue Banks referred to as the NIH NeuroBioBank. Each of the banks collects and distributes tissue from donors with neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders as well as control donors lacking any clinical brain diagnosis. The UMB Brain and Tissue Bank is located at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in Baltimore, Maryland. It was formerly the “NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders” until becoming part of the NIH NeuroBioBank.
The mission of the UMB BTB is to advance the research of developmental, neurologic and movement disorders. The objective of this human tissue repository is to systematically collect, store, and distribute brain and other tissues for research dedicated to the improved understanding, care and treatment of individuals with these disorders.