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The University of Miami Brain program (under the direction of Dr. Deborah Mash) has developed the largest collection of postmortem specimens linked to autopsy and forensic information from in-custody excited delirium deaths.

The specimen Biorepository serves as a standardized reference for conducting the chemical pathology examinations to support Medical Examiners and Coroners in their investigation of the cause and manner of death.

We also work with forensic experts and clinical scientists, who study the causes of brain disorders and the effects of drug abuse. Advances in molecular genetics, pathology and toxicology make it possible for researchers to identify causes and cures for brain disorders such as Schizophrenia, Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Major Depression, and other neurological and psychiatric conditions.

With over 50 million Americans affected by brain disorders at some time in their lives and one–in-four Americans suffering a brain-related disorder, a full understanding of these types of illnesses will lead to prevention, new treatments or hopefully, cures.

Our Repository

The Biorepository links pathologic specimens with forensic and toxicology information.   Comparison specimens are available from cocaine abusers who died suddenly without evidence of preterminal excited delirium. 

The contract services for identification of biomarkers of excited delirium deaths is supported by analysis of these cases representing almost two decades of investigation.

We accept consult cases from throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Our trained technical staff provide optimal tissue handling, cataloguing and storage of all postmortem neuropathological specimens according to standardized operating procedures.

We provide a chemical pathology examination and a consultation service report, to assist medical examiners, forensic investigators, coroners and law enforcement to identify these cases at autopsy.






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