© BrainNet Europe II
BrainNet Europe is a "Network of Excellence" funded by the European Commission in the 6th Framework Program "Life Science" (LSHM-CT-2004-503039). It consists of 19 established brain banks across Europe and is coordinated by the Centre for Neuropathology and Prion Research Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
Participant 08: Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
Founded in 1984 by a grant from the French ministry of Research, the Brain bank in Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France, allows research teams from France and other countries to use specimen collected from autopsies and biopsies. These concern the brain, spinal cord, eyes, peripheral nerves, muscle and other tissues, depending on the disease and the donor's consent. The main diseases are the following: Alzheimer's disease, Motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease and other parkinsonian disorders (progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy), Huntington disease, Multiple sclerosis, and other degenerative, genetic and infectious disorders, including AIDS and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. These are kept in 10 deep freezers connected to alarms. The management of the bank is computerised.
Hospital and university teams from the Raymond Escourolle Neuropathology Department (Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière, Pierre and Marie Curie University) perform the brain banking procedures.
The research interests of the team from Salpêtrière Raymond Escourolle Neuropathology Department are the following:
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