Managed by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, the Alabama Brain Collection (ABC) is a resource that promotes brain tissue research in schizophrenia and related disorders. We encourage neuroscientists and psychiatrists throughout the world to become collaborators in the use of this tissue.

The brain tissue collected by the Alabama Brain Collection is done in collaboration with the Alabama Organ Center.  A strong emphasis is placed on the preservation of high-quality tissue samples and the acquisition of detailed clinical information on all cases.

All collaborating researchers interested in obtaining postmortem tissue from the ABC must submit an application to the ABC Steering Committee. Because postmortem tissue from patients with mental illnesses and from normal controls is limited, strict guidelines are followed to ensure that all tissue is being used in the most advantageous way.  The conditions listed below in the “Application for Tissue” and the “Collaboration Agreement” are intended to establish mutually beneficial collaboration with all researchers who are using the tissue

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

For inquiries about brain tissue donation:
Joy Knickman Roche, MS
ABC Tissue Coordinator
Office :  205-934-1970
Fax : 2005-996-9377

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

To request tissue from the Alabama Brain Collection please provide answers to the following questions. Email this form back as an attachment to Dr. Rosalinda C. Roberts Ph.D. at

State the title of your project:

Principal Investigator:

Telephone number:
Email address:
Institutional affiliation:
Mailing address:

Briefly describe the rationale of the study, the hypotheses that will be tested, and the goals for the study.

Briefly describe preliminary studies and assurance that the techniques you propose to use will work in postmortem human tissue.

Indicate the requested clinical characteristics (e.g., DSM-IV diagnoses, medication sub-grouping, etc.).

State the requested demographics (gender, age, race, PMI, drug history, etc.).

Identify the funding source for the project or the projected funding source if tissue is needed for a pilot study.


Diagram of the brain region(s) to be studied (you may attach a jpeg, gif, or tiff image file)
How much tissue is needed (size of block, sections, etc.);
Method of tissue preservation (fixed/frozen, etc.);
Investigative techniques to be used.

Send your request to the Dr. Rosalinda C. Roberts.  Your request will be presented to the Alabama Brain Collection Steering Committee.  You will be notified about the decision of the ABC Steering Committee in a timely fashion.  The investigator is responsible for tissue processing and courier charges. When your tissue request is approved, you will need to submit a signed Collaboration Agreement which also is available online.