The next in our "Best of the Month" series is a guest post by Mark Cohen, MD and Jeff Negrey
The NPDPSC serves the United States as the national testing site and repository for tissue samples from suspected cases of prion disease (CJD and others). We accept any autopsy tissues for free-of-charge prion testing. With proper tissue procurement, we are able to diagnose with certainty whether or not prion disease is present; and if so, exactly which form and subtype of prion disease (sporadic vs. familial vs. variant) the patient has. Tissue samples are then stored indefinitely and shared with qualified researchers and institutions around the globe.