General Information about the Alabama Brain Collection

Dr. Rosalinda C. Roberts PhD is the director of the Alabama Brain Collection. She is the Kathy Ireland Endowed Professor in Psychiatry.  Dr. Roberts directed the Maryland Brain Collection for over 15 years before coming to UAB. At UAB researchers in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology are dedicated to improving treatment and understanding the causes and prevention of mental illness. Moreover, neuroscience research is well represented in several departments and centers; ABC tissue will be available for basic studies on human brain neurobiology.

Newly started in 2008 in The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology at UAB, the Alabama Brain Collection is currently supported by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. We will eventually seek grants from the National Institutes of Health, from private foundations and donations from altruistic individuals.

The Alabama Brain Collection obtains donations from cases identified by the Alabama Organ Center.

The goal of the Alabama Brain Collection is to make our tissue collection available to UAB scientists and collaborators around the world in order to understand how abnormalities in the brain related to mental illness and to understand normal neurobiology of the human brain.

For more information about the specific mental illnesses that the Alabama Brain Collection is interesting in studying see the links below:

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Suicide/teen suicide, Substance abuse, Dementia

These diseases can be devastating to individuals, families and communities. Families who provide permission for the study of brain tissue give a precious gift representing hope for future generations. More information for families can be found through the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).