Programs & Initiatives
NDRI works with renowned partners to advance research on debilitating conditions related to illness or injury to the brain and nervous system.
NIH Neuro Biobank
The NIH-funded NeuroBioBank (NBB) was established in September 2013 as a national resource for investigators utilizing human post-mortem brain tissue and related biospecimens for their research to understand conditions of the nervous system. NDRI empowers mental health and neurological research and discovery through the procurement and distribution of human biospecimens worldwide.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Autism Supplement
In 2015, NDRI received supplemental funding from the NIMH to develop a program to identify and recover whole brain specimen from donors with a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s and pervasive developmental disorders, as well as from unaffected pediatric control donors. Specimens donated to this program are helping researchers to understand the causes of associated behaviors, including excessive repetitive behaviors, developmental delays and deficits in communication, experienced by those diagnosed with these brain disorders.
An active project supported through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in which NDRI provides biomedical investigators with human organs and tissues from normal donors as well as Alzheimer’s Disease and AD-related dementia (AD/ADRD) donors using customized procurement, processing, and preservation and distribution protocols.