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South Australian (SA) Brain Bank

Brain disorders constitute a major public health and economic problem. The study of brain tissues from deceased patients using current and evolving technologies has great potential to unlock our understanding of how these diseases occur and may lead to improvements in diagnosis, treatment or the development of preventative strategies.
The SA Brain Bank was established in 1986, by members of the Flinders’ Centre for Neuroscience in collaboration with members of the Centre for Neurological Diseases at the IMVS, to support research into diseases of the nervous system. With funding from the NHMRC, the SA Brain Bank joined with the other states to establish the Australian Brain Bank Network in 1993. The South Australian Brain Bank has successfully established:

  • a Tissue Donor Program for people to consent to donate their neurological tissues to the Brain Bank after their death
  • links with internationally recognized research groups utilizing human brain and spinal cord tissues
  • a resource available to facilitate higher degree studies
  • links with clinical specialists, pathologists, allied health professionals, patient support groups and educational forums to facilitate greater understanding of disease processes
  • an invaluable resource of tissues representing more than 20 neurological and psychiatric disorders, including extremely rare pathologies.

In 2012, the SA Brain Bank had 28 brain donations and provided 98 specimens to six research projects. More than 20 research groups from Australia (Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Gold Coast) and overseas (Germany, USA) have made use of SA Brain Bank tissues. The new SA Neurological Tumour Bank, established to facilitate research into brain tumours has now collected 5 samples from surgical tumour resection. Funding for the South Australian Brain Bank is provided by grants from the National Health & Medical Research Council, Flinders University Faculty of Health Sciences, the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation and public donations.

For the Donor Consent Form or the answers to frequently asked questions, please see the SA Brain Bank Brochure

Brain Bank Management

Ms Robyn Flook, Coordinator
Prof Peter Blumbergs, Executive Director
Assoc Prof Mark Slee, Executive Director

Contact Details for all Brain Bank enquiries:

Ms Robyn Flook
Coordinator, SA Brain Bank
Centre for Neuroscience & Dept of Human Physiology
Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: (08) 8204 4393
Email: robyn.flook@flinders.edu.au
SA Brain Bank Mobile: 0431 500 880

Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof Peter Blumbergs
Assoc Prof Mark Slee
Ms Robyn Flook
Dr Barbara Koszyca
Dr Wei Ping Gai
Mr Jim Manavis
Mr Stephen Nygaard
Assoc Prof John Power
Assoc Prof James Temlett
Dr Robert Wilcox

Affiliations

Collaborative Research

Dr Santosh Poonnoose (Flinders Medical Centre), Dr David Astill, Assoc Prof Mark Slee, Ms Robyn Flook (Flinders University): Establishing protocols for the South Australian Neurological Tumour Bank.

Dr Weiping Gai, Discipline of Human Physiology, Flinders University: (1) Flinders University School of Medicine – Central South University joint Academic Forum in Changsha China, (2) The role of alpha-synuclein oligomers in synucleinopathies.

Prof Rob Casson, Dr John Woods, Dr Glyn Chidlow, The South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology (SAIO): The pathology of the optic nerve in glaucoma.

Ms Lisa Taylor-Reinwald, Washington University School of Medicine, USA: Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) Study.

Prof Paul Fisher, Dr Marcus Brazier, Department of Microbiology, LaTrobe University: An assessment of AMPk hyperactivity in the context of mitochondrial and neurodegenerative disease.

Assoc Prof John Power, Discipline of Human Physiology, Flinders University: The role of peroxiredoxin family of antioxidant enzymes in neuroprotection in neurodegenerative diseases.

Prof Glenda Halliday, Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales: Frontotemporal lobar degeneration with motor neurone disease and tau inclusions.

Latest Media Appearances

  • Robyn Flook - Southern Health News, Unlocking the mysteries of the brain, December 2013 issue, p3.

Selected Recent Publications

Huang Y, Chegini F, Chua G, Murphy K, Gai W, Halliday GM (2012) Macroautophagy in sporadic and the genetic form of Parkinson’s disease with the A53T alpha-synuclein mutation. Translational Neurodegeneration,1:2, Doi: 10.1186/2047-9158-1-2

 

 

SA Brain Bank Newsletters

 

December 2011, Issue 10
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- Science Alive 2011
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- Biological Rhythms
.....- Serendipity
.....- Puzzle Time!
.....- What's News?
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June 2011, Issue 9
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- National Science Week
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- The Emotional Brain (Part 2)
.....- Reader's Corner
.....- Serendipity
.....- Puzzle Time!
.....- What's News?

 

November 2010, Issue 8
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- Science Alive 2010
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- The Emotional Brain
.....- Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- Puzzle Time!
.....- What's News?


June 2010, Issue 7
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- ISBER 2010
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- Living with Dementia
.....- Helpful Hints
.....- Some Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- Puzzle Time!
.....- What's News?

 

November 2009, Issue 6
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- Science Alive 2009
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- Where are your memories?
.....- Remembrance Day
.....- Some Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- What's News?
.....- Puzzle Time!

 

May 2009, Issue 5
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- Your Brain at Work
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- SA Brain Tumour Bank
.....- A Reader's Story
.....- Some Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- What's News?
.....- Puzzle Time!

 

November 2008, Issue 4
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- Public Forum on Dementia
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- Science Alive! 2008
.....- Some Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- What's News?

 

 

May 2008, Issue 3
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- Multiple Sclerosis Brain Bank
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- Being an Organ Donor
.....- A Reader's Story
.....- Some Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- What's News?



November 2007, Issue 2
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- Science Alive 2007
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Just For Fun
.....- ISBER, Singapore
.....- IBRO, Melbourne
.....- Some Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- What's News?

 

..........May 2007, Issue 1
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Special Interest Articles:
.....- 21 Years of Brain Banking in SA 1986-2007
.....- Facts & Figures
.....- Public Forum 2006
.....- Some Current Research
.....- Serendipity
.....- What's News?

 

 

 

 

Updated June 23, 2014