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Cambridge Centre for Frontotemporal Dementia and Related Disorders

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

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Topic 2 - Pathology

Neuropathology and the Cambridge Brain Bank

The Cambridge Brain Bank is one of the oldest brain banks in the UK, and has been instrumental in defining the causes and variations of frontotemporal dementia. The Brain Bank is part of the Medical Research Council's Brain Bank Network, and is led by Dr Kieren Allinson.

The Brain Bank provides post mortem diagnostics, that is critical for validation of many of the brain imaging, drug studies and cognitive research that patients and families have supported while alive. This information is also part of the international effect to improve the way in which FTD, PSP, and CBD are diagnosed.

The Brain Bank also supports Cambridge based research, such as "NEuropathology Research in Dementia (NeRD)", NIMROD, and collaborative research programs such as PROSPECT-M-UK and GENFI-2 pathology sections.

As our MEG and computational neuroscience research programs develop increasingly sophisticated models of the brain, and dementia, it is critical that we validate these models with quantitative neuropathological tools, such as Stereology: A mathematical and statistical science to measure brain cells in each layer and region of the brain. 




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