BrainNet Europe deals with cutting-edge research topics: The member banks possess a very wide range of methodological competencies. The elite of European brain bankers, clinicians and molecular biologists have committed themselves to an ambitious joint programme of activities. The concentration of knowledge in brain research in the BNE consortium is unique in Europe and at the forefront of global brain research.

Expertise and research competencies available at BNE centres are as follows:


  • Neuropathological diagnostics
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • PET blots
  • Electron microscopy
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Tissue Microarrays
  • In situ hybridisation
  • Image analysis
  • Morphometry 
  • Micropunch dissection
  • Laser capture microdissection




  • Peptide and protein purification 
  • Western blots 
  • 2D gel electrophoresis
  • Mass spectrometry 

Molecular genetics

  • DNA extraction
  • RNA extraction 
  • PCR and real time PCR  
  • Cell fractionation  
  • Southern blots
  • Northern blots

BNE provides training in brain banking and related methodology. If you are interested in upcoming workshops, look at the programme here.


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