The Florida Alzheimer's Disease Brain Bank is a service and research oriented network of statewide regional sites. Currently, only a brain autopsy at the time of death can provide confirmation that an individual suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The intent of the brain bank program is to study brains of persons clinically diagnosed with dementia and provide tissue for research after their deaths.
Mt. Sinai Medical Center contracts annually with the State of Florida to operate the primary brain bank. Coordinators at regional brain bank sites in Orlando, Tampa and Pensacola assist in recruiting participants and act as liaisons between the brain bank and participants' families. Alzheimer's Disease respite care program providers, memory disorder clinics, and model day care programs also recruit brain bank participants.
Families of Alzheimer's victims obtain two significant service benefits from the brain bank:
- A diagnostic confirmation of the disease written in clear, understandable terms; and
- Involvement in variable research activities both inside and outside of Florida.
For more information, please contact:
Ranjan Duara, M.D.
State of Florida Brain Bank
Wien Center for Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorders
Mount Sinai Medical Center
4300 Alton Road Miami Beach, Florida 33140
305-674-2018 or 305-674-2543
(contact person: Maria T Greig MD, Brain Bank Coordinator or Florencia Tocasuche)