© 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 02: University of Kuopio
Department of Neuroscience and Neurology
Harjulantie 1 / Canthia Building
Kuopio Brain Bank was established in 1991 in association to the Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, at Kuopio University. The task was to sample brain tissue for the ongoing research projects carried out by the clinical and basic scientist of the department.
During the first years, the sampling of tissue was carried out by neurologist and basic scientist, whereas in 1996, the department employed a neuropathologist to be primarily responsible for both the collection and diagnostics of the brain samples included in the Brain Bank. Since 1996, Kuopio Brain Bank is managed by Irina Alafuzoff MD PhD
The Kuopio Brain Bank includes brain samples from aged unimpaired subjects and subjects with clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, various Lewy Body diseases or tauopathies. The brain samples are stored either (a) frozen or (b) paraformaldehyde fixed, cryoprotected and frozen or (c) fixed and paraffin embedded. The ongoing research projects at the Department of Neuroscience and Neurology include clinico-pathological studies and studies targeted on identification of risk factors and search for specific diagnostic markers of the diseases mentioned above. More information can be found at www.uku.fi/neuro/
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