The Netherlands Brain Bank for Psychiatry

M. Rademaker, Geertje M de Lange, Saskia J M C Palmen

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The Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB) performs rapid autopsies of donors who gave written informed consent during life for the use of their brain tissue and medical files for research. The NBB initiated the Netherlands Brain Bank for Psychiatry (NBB-Psy), a prospective donor program for psychiatric diseases. NBB-Psy wants to expand the tissue collections in order to provide a strong incentive to increase
research in psychiatry. The ultimate goal of NBB-Psy is to reduce the burden of psychiatric disorders for patients, their families, and for society as a whole. NBB-Psy consists of an antemortem and postmortem donor program. This chapter focuses on the design of NBB-Psy and the antemortem donor program, where
patients and relatives are actively informed on the possibility to become a brain donor. Since the initiation of NBB-Psy, the number of registered donors with a psychiatric diagnosis has increased from 149 in 2010 to 1018 in May 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain Banking
EditorsInge Huitinga, M.J. Webster
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology


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