A new viewpoint: running a nonprofit brain bank as a business.

S.H.M. Rademaker, I. Huitinga

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It has become clear over the past decades that studying postmortem human brain tissue is one of the most effective ways to increase our knowledge of the pathogenesis and etiology of neuropathologic and psychiatric diseases. Many breakthroughs in neuroscience have depended on the availability of human brain
tissue. However, the process of brain banking presents many different challenges, including the high cost that is associated with collecting the samples and with providing the diagnostics, storage, and distribution. Funding is generally from research and facility grants and donations but all are irregular, uncertain, and only cover the costs for a determined period of time. For professional brain banks with extensive prospective donor programs and that are open-access it can be very beneficial to draft a business plan to achieve
long-term sustainability. Such a business plan should identify the interests of the stakeholders and address the implementation of cost efficiency and cost recovery systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain Banking
EditorsI. Huitinga, M.J. Webster
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology


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