A brain bank for Sri Lanka

Da Silva, K. R. D, Shankar, S. K., Mahadevan, A. and Dodd, P. R. (2008) A brain bank for Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal, 53 4: 139-140.

Author Da Silva, K. R. D
Shankar, S. K.
Mahadevan, A.
Dodd, P. R.
Title A brain bank for Sri Lanka
Journal name Ceylon Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0009-0875
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 53
Issue 4
Start page 139
End page 140
Total pages 2
Place of publication Sri Lanka
Publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association
Language eng
Subject 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
110903 Central Nervous System
Abstract Our ageing population has a high prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases, and infectious diseases of the nervous system are emerging in Asia. Extrapolation from animal research to humans has the disadvantage of species differences in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. The systematic collection and cryopreservation of human brains at autopsy in "brain banks" is a useful resource. Standardised protocols for brain retrieval, dissection, cryopreservation, and distribution have been established. Brain bank networks in the USA and Europe facilitate data and specimen exchange, and make high quality tissue available. The Sri Lankan population has distinctive demographic and ethnic features which may modulate the presentation of neurological disorders. Life expectancy of 74.1 years is the highest in the region. The over-60 population (currently 9.6%) is expected to increase rapidly to reach 13% in 2010 and 21% in 2025. To develop effective management strategies, it is essential to have baseline scientific data on nervous system disorders. Due to its cultural and religious practices, Sri Lanka is in a unique position to obtain brain tissue for research.
Keyword Brain banks
Neurodegenerative diseases
Sri Lanka
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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