Mission and Organization

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is committed to gene discovery as a strategy for identifying the genetic causes and correlates of nervous system disorders. The NINDS Human Genetics DNA and Cell Line Repository at Coriell Institute receives blood samples and clinical data and prepares DNA and cell lines for distribution to promote neurogenetics research. The NINDS Repository is HIPAA compliant and has a certificate of confidentiality. Neither NIH/NINDS nor Coriell make a profit from the distribution of samples from the NINDS Repository. Over thirty thousand well-phenotyped DNA samples and cell lines from individuals with epilepsy, Parkinsons disease, stroke, ALS, Tourette Syndrome, dystonia, frontotemporal degeneration, as well as from neurologically normal controls are publicly available from the NINDS Repository. Control samples include both population controls and spousal controls.

This mission of the NINDS Human Genetics Resource Center is to provide:

  • Genetics support for scientists investigating pathogenesis in the central and peripheral nervous systems through submissions and distribution
  • Information support for patients, families, and advocates concerned with the living-side of neurological disease and stroke

Organization and Contact Information

NIH Staff

Ran Zhang, Ph.D. - Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)
Scientific Program Manager, Neurogenetics, NIH/NINDS

Roderick Corriveau, Ph.D. - Co-COR 
Program Director, Neurodegeneration
NIH/NINDS

Coriell Staff

Laura Scheinfeldt, Ph.D.- Principal Investigator
Email: lscheinfeldt@coriell.org
Phone: (856) 757-4824

Abigail Amberson - Project Manager
Email: aamberson@coriell.org
Phone: (856) 966-5062

Adam Green - Project Manager
Email: agreen@coriell.org
Phone: (856) 757-9712

Stacey Heil - Project Manager
Email: sheil@coriell.org
Phone: (856) 757-9724

Jose Santana - Project Manager
Email: jsantana@coriell.org
Phone: (856) 757-4849


General Inquiries  

Email: NINDS@coriell.org
Phone: (800) 752-3805