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Additional Funding for

MSRA Brain Bank

 

On 25 January 2012 the NSW Government announced a $500,000 grant for the MSRA Brain Bank, which will allow researchers to utilise advanced technologies and directly target new treatments.

Based at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute, this dedicated facility has already made significant contributions to MS research since it was established in 2007, when the Trish Foundation underwrote and provided the initial funding for the Brain Bank.

In line with the NSW Government’s record commitment to medical research, the funding will allow the Brain Bank to continue collecting MS brain tissue from donated brains.

This funding will help the Brain Bank in various stages of the process - from encouraging people with MS to consider pledging their brain tissue, retrieving the tissue when they die, classifying the brain for disease level, and lastly, to facilitate distribution of tissue to labs across Australia for individual research projects. The new funding will especially bolster the classification stage. This is crucial, as it determines where the active MS lesions are located in the brain, providing the acute MS tissue that is vital for new discoveries.

The MSRA Brain Bank has approximately 1600 people who have pledged their brains and spinal cords.  A collection of 30 brains has been received which are made available to researchers.  

“Human tissue provides researchers with an invaluable tool with which to explore the cause of MS. The neuropathological interrogation of acute MS tissue has already provided impetus for a vital change in the direction of MS research,” said Dr Michael Barnett, Director of the Brain Bank and Senior Lecturer in Neurology at University of Sydney.

“This new grant will hasten the translation towards solving this disease, as there is no animal model that faithfully replicates the clinical or pathological features of MS. The importance of this resource cannot be underestimated.”    

 

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