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Maryland Brain Collection

Helping to Understand Mental Illness and Substance Abuse for the Benefit Of Future Generations

Your donation of brain tissue makes a world of difference!  

The Maryland Brain Collection (MBC), a resource of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC), is dedicated to promoting research with brain tissue obtained post-mortem from individuals with schizophrenia or related disorders.

The primary goal of the MBC is to provide high-quality tissue, along with comprehensive clinical information, for hypothesis-driven research. The MBC is not conceptualized as a Brain Bank with open access but is maintained and funded through collaborative research.

General Information


The Maryland Brain Collection is managed by researchers at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC). MPRC scientists are dedicated to understanding the causes and improving the treatment of mental illness.

The Maryland Brain Collection, started in 1988 by researchers at the MPRC, is supported by the University of Maryland, grants from the National Institutes of Health and by donations from private foundations and individuals.

The Maryland Brain Collection is associated with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland and other donor sources.

MPRC scientists collaborate with scientists from around the world to understand how abnormalities in brain tissue relate to mental illness.

The purpose of the MBC is to study the following (see links for general information):  


Bipolar Disorder


Suicide/Teen Suicide

Substance Abuse

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).