Researcher's space

How to request samples at the Neuro-CEB Biobank?

For a sample request, please contact the engineer of the Neuro-CEB Biological Resource Center, Mme Sabrina Leclère, who will send you a request form, or download the form on this page (see below). Fill in the request form and the MTA. Send one version by e-mail and the original document by regular mail. Your sample request will be examined by the Neuro-CEB Biobank scientific committee. The response time is two weeks as a mean.

When using samples, you must be aware that being from human origin, they should be treated with special care.

The provided samples have been collected post mortem by the Neuro-CEB network. The patients have given their consent during their lifetime in a generous way to help scientific research in neurodegenerative diseases. The Neuro-CEB Biobank wants to guarantee the proper use of the samples. When using the samples, you must accept the following principles:

  • to respect the law concerning the use of human samples in research
  • to use the samples exclusively for the project that has been submitted in the request form
  • to use samples for scientific projects that are not directly commercial
  • to let the Neuro-CEB coordinator know when the project has ended
  • to complete the form sent by the Neuro-CEB brain bank concerning the progress of the project, the published papers and the assessment of the service quality
  • to mention the "Neuro-CEB network" in the authors of the paper when the collaboration has been significant, or in he acknowledgement when the collaboration has been limited.

List of available samples


Vascular dementia 6
Alzheimer disease 190
Lobar Fronto-Temporal Dementia 45
Lobar Fronto-Temporal Dementia + Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 11
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 7
Pick disease 4
Corticobasal degeneration 16
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy 42
Lobar Fronto-Temporal Dementia (Tau) 7
Posterior Cortical Atrophy 4
Lewy bodies dementia +Alzheimer disease 12
Lewy bodies dementia 17
Parkinson disease +Alzheimer disease 123
Parkinson disease 17
Cerebellar atrophies 14
Multiple Sclerosis 11
Control 28

Available samples

Sampling protocols depend on the disease. Several methods of conditioning are available:

  • Large samples (frozen on dry ice) used for biochimical, proteomic or genetic studies
  • Small samples mounted on cork, frozen in liquid nitrogen cooled isopentane used for morphologic studies

The samples involve the following regions:

  • multiple cortical areas
  • subcortical nuclei
  • brainstem
  • cerebellum
  • in some cases, the spinal cord

New, prospective protocols may be implemented to meet the scientists' needs.

Please notice that the absence of PrPs (Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease) is checked in all the cases

Questions ?

Feel free to check our  Frequently Asked Questions or to contact the engineer in charge of the biobank: 

Sabrina Leclère

  • Phone : (+33 1). (office hours)
  • Email :
  • Address : Biobanque Neuro-CEB - Plateforme de Ressources Biologiques - Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière - 47 bd de l'hôpital 75651 Paris cedex 13 - France