MS Society Tissue Bank

The MS Society Tissue Bank allows both people with and without MS to donate their brain and spinal cord tissue after their death. Understanding MS damage will help us understand the causes of MS and find more effective treatments.

The Tissue Bank is the largest MS-specific brain donor scheme operational in Europe, and donated tissue samples are sent all over the world to help scientists enhance their knowledge of the condition. This world-class resource has supplied over 10,000 individual samples to laboratories since the bank was set up in 1998. 

What do they do?

So far, samples from the Tissue Bank have been used in several major discoveries, including investigations of how the immune system is involved in MS. Our investment in the Tissue Bank allows Professor Richard Reynolds and his team to continue providing this vital service for MS researchers around the world.

Research using human tissue samples is vital in the efforts to understand the causes of MS and find new effective treatments. The Tissue Bank allows researchers to answer questions such as:

  • What cells and molecules are present in the human brain?
  • Are those cells and molecules responsible for the damage seen in MS?
  • Are they useful for repairing the damage instead?

How to get involved

People with and without MS can choose to donate their brain and spinal cord to the Tissue Bank after their death, so that they can be used for vital MS research.

If you're interested in finding out more, you can vist their website:

Alternatively, contact:

MS Society Tissue Bank
Wolfson Neuroscience Laboratories
Imperial College London
Hammersmith Hospital Campus
160 Du Cane Road
London W12 0NN

Tel: +44(0)20 7594 9734
Fax: +44(0)20 7594 9735 

The MS Society Tissue Bank is funded by the MS Society in partnership with Imperial College London.  We are also very grateful for additional funding provided by the Medical Research Council for service support costs for the Tissue Bank. The Tissue Bank is co-funded by Parkinson’s UK, and also provides resources for the study of Parkinson’s disease.

More information

MS Society Tissue Bank research project

Meet the Neuroscientist: highlights from our day at Imperial College London

UK MS Society Tissue Bank funding renewal 

The MS Society Tissue Bank has donated over 10,000 precious tissue sample to MS research projects around the world.

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