Network Nodes

Autism BrainNet facilitates the collection, processing, storage and distribution of donated brain tissue to advance autism research worldwide.

Autism BrainNet includes three collection sites, also called nodes, in the United States:

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Matthew P. Frosch, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Autism BrainNet; Lawrence J. Henderson Associate Professor of Pathology, HMS; Associate Director of the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology (HST); Director, Neuropathology Service, MGH

55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Tissue Coordinator: Monica Nadler, Ph.D.

Website: Frosch Lab


Co-Director and Network Neuropathologist
Derek H. Oakley, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director, Autism BrainNet at MGH, Neuropathologist, Autism BrainNet
University of California Davis MIND Institute
Cynthia Schumann, Ph.D.
Director, Autism BrainNet; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine UC Davis MIND Institute
Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences (BEARS)

2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

Tissue Coordinator: Alicja Omanska, M.S.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Carol Tamminga, M.D.
Director, Autism BrainNet; Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Brain Endowment for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (BEADD)

5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Suite NE05.110
Dallas, TX 75390-9127

Tissue Coordinators: Alicia Brown and Evan Gordon

International collection nodes:

Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University affiliate)
Naguib Mechawar, Ph.D.
Director, Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank

Montreal, Quebec

Website: Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank

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For brain donations or questions about the donation process in Canada, please call: 514-761-6131 ext. 3496.


University of Oxford
Olaf Ansorge M.D., FRCPath
Director, Academic Unit of Neuropathology and Oxford Brain Bank, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford
Oxford Brain Bank

Oxford, United Kingdom

Website: Oxford Brain Bank

Non-collecting node:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Patrick Hof, M.D.
Director, Seaver Autism Center Tissue Program, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Website: Hof Lab

Former node:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Matthew Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.
Former Director, Autism BrainNet; Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School; Vice President, Research and Head, Neuroscience Therapeutic Focus Area at Regeneron
New England Brain Bank for Autism Research

330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215