The Southwest Brain Bank

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The Southwest Brain Bank is a research organization that collects, studies, and distributes brain tissue to scientists that study psychiatric illness. The purpose of this research is to understand how the brain works and how it changes when someone has a psychiatric illness. Studying brain tissue enables scientists to develop new approaches to diagnosis and improve treatments. Obtaining brain tissue from those with and without illnesses is essential to continue this important work.

See a slide presentation about us here.

Brain Bank Personnel:




  • Andrea Gilbert, D.O.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Neuropathology
    Autopsy Pathology Section Chief
    University of Texas Health San Antonio
    Long School of Medicine
    7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 7750
    San Antonio, TX 78229-3900


Medical Examiners:

El Paso County Office of the Medical Examiner
4505 Alberta Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79905

Chief Medical Examiner
Mario A Rascon, MD, MHCM.

Irene Santiago
Chief of Operations


Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office
Physical Address
7337 Louis Pasteur Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229

Kimberley Molina, M.D.
Chief Medical Examiner