We have continued our efforts to collect brain and spinal cord tissues for future research on transverse myelitis (TM), multiple sclerosis (MS), and other neuroinflammatory disorders.
Between 2007 and 2009, we received six donations of brain and spinal cord tissues from patients with TM and MS. Another 12 other donations from patients with encephalitis/meningitis or other neuroimmunological disorders were collected for the brain bank. This effort is led by Dr. Carlos Pardo.
Neuropathological studies facilitate the identification of the cellular and immune mechanisms involved in white matter damage in multiple sclerosis. Those studies are facilitated by the collection and banking of brain tissues.
The purpose of the MS and TM brain and spinal cord bank is to make possible the collection of tissues for pathological and immunological studies that facilitate a better understanding of the disease processes. These studies will be critical for facilitating the development of treatment approaches and better management of the disease.