Brain Bank Singapore is a joint partnership between NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), National Healthcare Group (NHG) and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and was officially launched on 27th November 2019. It has been set up to provide a national resource of post-mortem brain and spinal cord tissues for vital research into disorders affecting the human brain.
The Brain Bank has been receiving pledges for brain donation and has been collecting post-mortem human brain tissues via a donor scheme and preserving them optimally for use in ethics committee-approved scientific research studies. The Brain Bank is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and aims to build up resources with the donated brain tissues for neuroscience research in Singapore, Asia and globally.
This research will contribute to the understanding of the brain disease processes, help to discover new drug targets and aid in the early detection and prevention of various brain disorders which affect the daily lives of patients and caregivers. It will also give researchers access to Asian brain tissues, which can be different from Caucasian brains. This will spur research into the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis of the Asian population.