The Neurobank collects a variety of biospecimens from subjects being evaluated and treated for neurologic conditions at the UK's Albert B. Chandler Hospital and the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, partnering with multiple clinical groups to procure and store samples for both internal and external research. Since starting in early 2020, the Neurobank has collected over 600 samples (nearly 9000 aliquots) from more than 400 participants. We continue to grow and expand our collections based on the needs of researchers, ensuring our samples have high utility and relevance to the neuroscience community.
The Neurobank's collection efforts focus primarily on blood, CSF, and tissue (although the Neurobank protocol also allows for the collection of urine, saliva, and buccal swab) with an emphasis on research-dedicated samples that are quickly processed and stored. Clinical information related to the samples and donors are collected and maintained in a secure database. Samples and data are deidentified before release to the researcher unless they have specific IRB approval to gain access to this information.
Researchers interested in the Neurobank's biospecimen collection or in developing a specific sample population can contact the Neurobank by email Neurobank@uky.edu or by using the Submit an Inquiry button on this page. To access samples from the Neurobank, researchers must be IRB approved (external researchers will be asked to submit appropriate documentation from their institution) or have a documented determination that their project is Not Human Research.