In 1994 SMRI began collecting postmortem brains in
order to make the tissue available to researchers
interested in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The background of the collection is available: "Torrey
EF, Webster M, Knable M et al, 'The Stanley Foundation
brain collection and Neuropathology Consortium', Schiz.
Res. 44: 151-55, 2000)". Our intent from the beginning
was to make both the tissue and the data available
to researchers so as to help find the causes and better
treatments for these diseases. Making the brain data
available to other researchers is consistent with
what is becoming standard practice in such large-scale
We require all researchers to register in order to
use the SMRI brain data. This will allow you to access
the Array collection database. To register and use
this database, you must agree to the following:
“This is to verify that I am an accredited researcher
with a research interest in severe psychiatric disorders.
I intend to use my access to this data for research
purposes only and will acknowledge SMRI as the source
of the data in any publication coming from my use
of this data. I do not intend to use this data for
commercial purposes unless I first contact SMRI (Dr.
Maree Webster) and receive explicit permission. I
agree to all of the above.”
questions regarding this database, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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