Brain Museum of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


United States | Buffalo


Brain Museum


Taken as a whole, the Brain Museum’s collection demonstrates how the components of our nervous systems work together. Visitors can see the brain’s layers and internal structures firsthand and view them from different angles.

At the original South Campus location, almost 90 beautifully illuminated brain specimens highlight anatomical features such as the corpus callosum, hippocampus and cerebellum. Pathological specimens show conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral aneurysms and hydrocephalus.

Dissections show the full pathways for vision and hearing, and photographs offer closer views of the brain’s intricate structures. A display that highlights the achievements of groundbreaking researchers in neuroanatomy sets the discipline in its historical context.

The museum also houses a world-class collection of slides that display stained cross-sections of brain tissue, which medical students and researchers can consult by arrangement with the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences.

Relevant People:

Harold Brody, MD

Second location at th Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Human Brain Tissue Repository


India | Bangalore


Human Brain Bank


The Brain Bank located in the ground floor of Neurobiology Research Centre, has continued the mandated activities of (a) collection of donated brains from cases of Neurodegenerative and Infective conditions (b) collection of brains from victims of Road Traffic Accidents, as relatively normal controls (c) Distribution of the brain tissue, CSF and serum for investigative studies. These brain specimens were collected following written informed consent from close relatives. During the year 2013-2014, brains were collected from cases of schizophrenia, stroke, brain mass lesion, HIV and TBM – two cases each. In addition 32 fresh brain biopsy samples following epilepsy surgery were collected and stored only after taking the tissue for diagnostic work. These samples were stored at -86oC. Forty four cadaver hearts from victims of road traffic accidents were collected and provided for homograft transplantation to Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, Manipal Hospital and Narayana Hrudayalaya. Required brain tissues from various anatomical areas, CSF samples from normal controls and diseased states were distributed to 15 scientists for their research work throughout India. In collaboration with Institute of Bioinformatics, proteomics studies were continued in cases of tuberculous meningitis, cryptococcal meningitis, toxoplasma encephalitis, cerebral malaria, rabies encephalitis and schizophrenia. In these studies some seminal observations were reported.

Human Brain Bank is actively involved in promotion of neuroscience and public awareness programmes about cadaver organ donation and brain donation. Limited number of teaching slides of neuroinfections has been provided to various institutions across the country for teaching purposes. The staff of HBTR participated in the annual conference of Indian Epilepsy Association, Bangalore Chapter as volunteers. During the exhibition, 950 school children, 100 teachers from 9 schools visited the exhibition. The co-ordinator of the Brain Bank has been conducting classes in Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology as a part of Ph.D Neuroscience module and to the DM/MCh/MD Pathology students posted in Department of Neuropathology. As a public awareness event, Organ Donation Day with the distribution of green ribbon was conducted on 6th August 2013 by Mr.Suresh Parmar (Sr.Research Fellow, HBTR) and Mr.Raveendra, NRC Receptionist. Sixty seven research scholars and trainees working in various section of NRC and some administrative staff pledged their organs/brain by signing the consent form and donor card. Many more are coming forward. Healthy Heart Association of Bangalore felicitated Dr.S.K.Shankar and Dr.Anita Mahadevan for their contribution in popularizing the organ donation, Brain Banking and promotion of neuroscience in schools and colleges. Seven research articles have been published during the year utilizing the material from the Brain Bank, the Principal Co-ordinator and Associate Co-ordinator as co-authors.

Relevant People:

Dr. Charles Irwing Smith

Neuropathology Brain Museum

Kawasaki Medical School Medical Museum


Japan | Kurashiki

From Monday to Friday: 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.



In the spring of 1970, Kawasaki Medical School opened.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Kawasaki medical school’s foundation, an educational museum of medicine was built in 1981 to facilitate the independent learning of medical and postgraduate students.
In this museum, the collected materials focus on the exposition of modern medicine rather than on historical materials. Students are able to instruct themselves by examining the exhibited specimens and to solidify their understanding. Practicing physicians are also welcome to visit the museum to further their medical education. It is also designed to propagate knowledge of medicine and health care to the general public.

Relevant People:

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum


Japan | Fukui


Dinosaur Brain Power


We exhibit various brain models of modern animals and introduce the whole vertebrate brain.

Explain what kind of fine bone the Tyrannosaurus skull is made of, and how the brain fits into the cavity (end cast) in the skull.

ntroducing the history of dinosaur brain research that started with a sample of a skull that was cut in half.

A detailed explanation of the dinosaur brain revealed by research using a CT scanner, and
the dinosaur ecology that was found from it, by classification of dinosaurs.

Brain research is also underway at the dinosaur Fukui Benattle discovered in Fukui Prefecture . Introducing the ecology of Fukui Benatle that was revealed as a result
and the changes in the excavation sites that were discovered.

Relevant People:

Zhejiang Nature Museum

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In collaboration with
FENS          IBRO EPFL          Experimental Museology Lab eM+
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