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Postmortem Brain Core

Laser-capture microdissection of human orbitofrontal cortex

About us

The Postmortem Brain Core is directed by Dr. Craig Stockmeier. Dr. Stockmeier has extensive experience in the development and management of a significant postmortem human brain collection devoted specifically to psychiatric neuroscience. This core is funded by the National Center for Research Resources  and National Institute for General Medical Sciences.
Dr. Stockmeier and his collaborators organize all aspects of the brain collection, including storage of tissue samples and accompanying clinical information. Principal investigators are provided with high-quality postmortem human brain samples meeting inclusion criteria for their research aims involving psychiatric illnesses, as well as the critical supporting information for the brain tissue. Dr. Stockmeier further advises CPN investigators in the selection and matching of appropriate control and psychiatric subjects for their biological studies. 
The core is run in collaboration with the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Case Western Reserve University and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Office, Cleveland, Ohio. The psychiatric assessment team includes James C. Overholser, PhD and George J. Jurjus, MD.


  • Leica Cryostat CM3050S
  • Laser Capture Microdissection (for use by core manager only)
  • -80º freezers
  • Microm HM400E

Contact us

  • Harry Pantazopoulos, PhD - Core Director 
    Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, UMMC
    (601) 815-7983
  • Craig Stockmeier, PhD - Professor Emeritus 
    Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, UMMC  
    (601) 984-6675

External collaboration

We welcome collaboration with external users. Contact us by phone or email.