WHAT obligations does the researcher have if an application is approved and Autism BrainNet agrees to provide tissue? Are there costs associated with receiving tissue?

The recipient and the recipient’s institution are required to sign a Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) before any tissues are transferred. The Principal Investigator [PI] of an approved project is a university faculty member eligible to conduct NIH-funded research (or similar stature in a commercial enterprise) conducting scientific research who will oversee the research project and be responsible for the research activities and the return of data.

In the MTA, the tissue recipient:

  • Stipulates their agreement to pay processing costs
  • Agrees to return all data to Autism BrainNet
  • Agrees to publish results in the public domain with proper acknowledgements of Autism BrainNet. Please contact Science Program Officer, Ikue Nagakura, for additional details.