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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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CASAVILCA-ZAMBRANO, Sandro; CANCINO-MALDONADO, Karina; BERTANI, Stéphane  and  BOLUDA, Susana. Brain Banks: A challenge for Latin America. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2018, vol.81, n.3, pp.165-173. ISSN 0034-8597.

Many of the latest findings to understand the pathogenesis of common and rare disorders of the nervous system have been produced by the use of post-mortem human brain tissue. Brain banks have played a crucial role in this process, rare and invaluable material. The function of a modern brain bank is the collection of post-mortem material or biopsy of clinically and pathologically well-characterized cases in a continuous and systematic manner, considering safety and ethical issues surrounding the use of human tissue for medical research. This review give importance of brain banks in the collection and storage of post-mortem material to satisfy the needs of specific research projects, the technical, ethical and legal aspects related to donation and manipulation of biological material, as well as proposing the development of a network in Latin America of brain banks that allows us to have material for the study of various diseases in our population.

Keywords : brain banks; research; neurosciences.

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