The Neural Archives Foundation (NAF) is an Australian non-profit organisation which preserves neural (brain) tissue as an historical archive and supports research into brain and neural disease states.
The NAF is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) from 23 February 2018.
The donor tissue is stored in cryogenic tissue banking facilities at liquid nitrogen temperatures with the goal being to preserve as much as possible the information content of the brain that includes identity and memory which is encoded by the vast interconnected network of cellular processes that comprise the human cerebral cortex.
The technology to read and decode this information is currently only in its infancy, however, at some point in the future, whole brain simulations will be able to model the connections of the stored tissue allowing the information to be accessed. This will then become a slice of human history as seen through the eyes of an individual alive now.