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About the CNRM Brain Tissue Repository


The U.S. Department of Defense has established a brain tissue repository as an important resource to advance traumatic brain injury research.

Comparing injured and uninjured brain tissue will allow scientists and physicians to learn ways to prevent and possibly treat the effects of this injury. This kind of brain injury affects the mood and memory of more than 260,000 servicemen and women, often disrupting their ability to maintain a job, reenter the community, even reconnect with family.

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Dr. Daniel Perl leads the CNRM Brain Tissue Repository.

Dr. Daniel Perl

Dr. Perl received training at Columbia University, the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, and Yale University. He served for two years as a pathologist in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and has taught at Brown University Medical School, the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where for 24 years he served as Director of the Neuropathology Division and Professor of Pathology, Psychiatry and Neurosciences. Most recently he we recruited to the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., as Professor of Pathology.

In conjunction with the congressionally mandated Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, he has established a state-of-the-art neuropathology laboratory dedicated to research on the acute and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury among military personnel. Read Dr. Perl's full bio.


The CNRM Brain Tissue Repository and Dr. Perl are pleased to have been recognized for their work in the popular press.

Military Creates Brain Repository to Study Wounds (Nov 28, 2012)

USA Today reviews the CNRM Brain Tissue Repository's preliminary efforts and the work of Dr. Perl.

Brain Ailments in Veterans Likened to Those in Athletes (May 16, 2012)

The New York Times further discusses the comparison of traumatic brain injury from blast wounds and from sports impact.

Suicide Reveals Signs of a Disease Seen in N.F.L. (Sep 13, 2010)

The New York Times quotes Dr. Perl in an investigation of the tragic link between sports-related TBI and suicide, a link that contributed to advancing military TBI research.

A Chance for Clues to Brain Injury in Combat Blasts (June 22, 2009)

The New York Times writes about early efforts to establish brain tissue repositories for research on preventing and treating blast-related TBI.


To learn more about CNRM leadership or scientific cores, please visit our programmatic website at http://www.usuhs.mil/cnrm.

Dr. Daniel Perl

Dr. Daniel PerlDr. Perl leads the CNRM Brain Tissue Repository.