About the Biobank


The mission of the Rhode Island Biobank is to provide a secure, centralized biorepository and bioregistry for tissues and fluids that will be available for biomedical research by investigators at Brown University, local area hospitals, and beyond.

  • The RI Biobank provides a secure, state of the art freezer and cryogenic facility to store biological samples including brain tissue, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), blood, and neuromuscular tissue with a sophisticated, fully customizable biospecimen tracking system.
  • The RI Biobank provides not only experienced service but also guidance regarding best practices in biobanking. This will ensure sample integrity, longevity, security, and access in order to accelerate and facilitate research.


The current focus of the RI Biobank is the Alzheimer's diseased brain specimen collection of Edward Stopa, MD. This collection contains

  • >3000 brains — formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded, control and diseased.
  • >100 brains — snap frozen in liquid nitrogen or fixed 4% paraformaldehyde and cryoprotected in 30% sucrose
  • >75 cerebral spinal fluid specimens
  • >2000 paraffin-embedded brain tumors and 30 snap frozen specimens
  • >500 fixed and frozen skeletal muscle