Programs & Initiatives
NDRI works with renowned partners to advance research on debilitating conditions related to illness or injury to the brain and nervous system.
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.
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
NDRI launched a whole brain acquisition program in collaboration with the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) at the Uniformed Services University in 2015. Funding from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine supports research into the neurological symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) related to combat and other blast exposures sustained during U.S. military service. In 2016, NDRI worked with OPO and Tissue Bank partners to screen and recover whole brain specimens for this program.