The VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank is a NeuroBioBank, established in 2008 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA, under the leadership of neuropathologist and neurologist Dr. Ann McKee. Pathology, the scientific study of the nature of disease and its causes, is the bedrock of medical research. Usually, before a disease can be diagnosed in living people or treated, it must be understood pathologically.

The mission of the VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank is to collect and study post-mortem brain, spinal cord, and eye tissue to better understand the pathology, etiology, and epidemiology of trauma related neurodegenerative disorders.  The VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank acquires tissue samples and clinical information from deceased military Veterans and athletes. The goal of the VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank is to:

  • Establish a diagnostic test for CTE in living persons;
  • Identify the genetic risk factors for CTE;
  • Identify environmental risk factors;
  • Find a treatment for CTE;
  • Provide post-mortem diagnosis for caregivers;
  • Share data and findings with qualified academic and industry researchers.