Following discussions about your requirements, and subject to appropriate ethics approval, you will be forwarded a Tissue Request Application and Material Transfer Agreement. These forms should be completed and returned to the ABBN, who will refer the request to the appropriate Brain Bank Scientific Advisory Committee for review and approval. Upon tissue request approval, the Material Transfer Agreement must be signed by all investigators as well as a legal representative of the investigator’s university or organisation before approved tissue can be released.
The outcome of the review process is based on the availability of the material and scientific merit of the project. The review process takes approximately four weeks. If your application is approved, you will be informed about the subsequent procedure for obtaining the requested samples.
Since the MS Research Australia Brain Bank is a non-profit organisation, investigators are not charged for tissue samples on a commercial basis, but are asked to contribute costs related to tissue shipping, handling, and processing (cost recovery).
We have recently begun collecting control tissues, however these resources are very limited. Control tissue can also be requested from Tissue Resource Centres within the Australian Brain Bank Network.