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ASD Research & The Bank

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research and the NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank

ASD families have made research possible that is identifying the underlying biological causes of ASD.

Over 60 ASD families have donated tissue from their deceased family member to the NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank. This lasting legacy has supported, and will continue to support, research by scientists who are ceaselessly working to solve the riddle of autism to cure, prevent and improve the life of the entire family.

Nearly 100 researchers have received donated autistic tissue from the Bank to address fundamental questions on the underlying causes of autism. 95 scientific papers have been published based on tissue received from the NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank.

With the support of ASD families the NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank is at the forefront in supporting research to identify the underlying biological causes of ASD.

SURGICAL TISSUE

The NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank also collects, stores and distributes surgical tissue. Individuals with ASD who also have epilepsy occasionally undergo brain surgery to control seizures. This tissue is of interest to researchers and may be donated to the Bank. Please contact the Bank well before the surgery to make arrangements for tissue donation.