Resources and Tools

Cell, Tissue, DNA

Brain Banks and Related Resources

  • Repository of postmortem brain specimens from neurologically impaired individuals and controls.
  • Repository of pre- and post-mortem brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, serum, blood cells and urine for research on nervous system disorders.
  • Repository of brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, blood, and other tissue samples from HIV-infected individuals.
  • A database of standardized clinical and neuropathological data from 29 NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) nationwide.
  • Repository of brain and other tissues for research on developmental disorders.


Repositories for Human Cells, DNA, and Genetic Data

  • Stores data derived from NIA-funded studies on the genetics of late-onset Alzheimer's disease.
  • Banks DNA and cell lines from families with multiple individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease or related diseases.
NIH Repositories at Washington University, St. Louis
  • NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository:
    Contains nearly 10,000 cell lines and corresponding DNA from individuals with inherited diseases, apparently healthy individuals, and individuals of diverse geographic origins.
  • NINDS Human Genetics Resource Center:
    Banks cells and DNA from individuals with Parkinson's disease, stroke, epilepsy and motor neuron disease. Is expanding to include Tourette's syndrome.
  • NIA Aging Cell Repository:
    Includes cell lines and DNA from individuals with premature aging syndromes, and individuals with a diagnosis or risk of familial Alzheimer's disease.
  • Stores clinical data, cell lines and DNA from affected and unaffected individuals in families with Alzheimer's disease, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia and other disorders.


Stem Cells and Cell Culture

  • Lists human embryonic stem cell lines that are eligible for use in NIH-supported research.
  • Provides well characterized human adult stem cell preparations to academic researchers worldwide.
  • Established by NCRR to provide customized, large scale, cell culture services for basic research laboratories.


cDNA Resources


  • Database of cDNAs expressed in human and animal eye sorted by organism, type of eye tissue, and disease, where applicable.
NIH Gene Collections