CENE is the first large-scale brain bank for neurodevelopmental disorders in Hispano-America, an initiative by Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño, Professor of Pathology at The University of California, Davis (UCD) School of Medicine,
in California, US. CENE thus far established a system of nodes and teams in several American countries: California-US, México, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Dominican Republic. The California node emerged from the Brain Repository
in FXS and FXTAS (Fragile X-associated Tremor and Ataxia Syndrome) at UCD. This repository was established in Sacramento by Drs. Paul and Randi Hagerman at UCD in 2000 and for which Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño is the Pathology Director since 2011,
and Dr. Randi Hagerman is the clinical Director. The node in Mexico for which Dr. José Luna-Muñoz is the pathology director, was established in 2018, the node in Puerto Rico and Colombia in 2019, and node in the Dominican Republic in 2020. Refer to Nodes/Sites tab for information about specific nodes.
Each node is divided in a clinical and pathology areas, and a qualified clinician and/or researcher is in charge of each of these. The pathology directors are responsible of brain extraction, tissue preservation, and tissue distribution,
while the clinical directors are in charge of localizing donors, obtaining consents for donations and establishing a net of psychiatrists, psychologists, and pediatricians' experts in ASD and NDDs in each country.
Each director has a team of collaborators in their own country. CENE has a board of advisors that are word-wide leaders in postmortem autism research. Refer to our Node and Advisory Committee tab for a list of advisors and directors.