The Alabama Brain Collection

Providing Hope to Future Generations Through Research on Neuropsychiatric Illnesses

Your generous donation of brain tissue is the first step towards the better understanding of mental illness and substance abuse. Our hope is that through philanthropic donations we will one day be able to provide superior treatment for those suffering from these ailments.

The Alabama Brain Collection (ABC), a resource of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB), was created in order to promote and encourage research with brain tissue obtained postmortem from people with mental illness, and normal controls. Tissue is collected in collaboration with the Alabama Organ Center. The ABC is dedicated to providing high-quality tissue with comprehensive clinical information for hypothesis-driven research. The ABC is not structured as a Brain Bank, which provides open access, but is maintained and funded through collaborative research.

Information for Families and Donors Brochure (PDF)

For scientific inquiries:
Rosalinda Roberts, PhD
Kathy Ireland Endowed Chair for Psychiatric Research
Director, Alabama Brain Collection
Office :  205-996-9373
Fax : 205-996-9377
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For inquiries about brain tissue donation:
Joy Knickman Roche, MS
ABC Tissue Coordinator
Office :  205-934-1970
Fax : 2005-996-9377
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For postal correspondence address to the attention of the desired contact at:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
865 Sparks Center
1720 2nd Ave. South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0017