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Phone: (505) 272-3053
Fax: (505) 925-0546
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Mailing Address:
MSC07 4040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Address:
1101 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Neuropathology Consults


Forensic Neuropathology Consult Services

The Office of the Medical Investigator, a special program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, is pleased to offer expertise in forensic neuropathology consultation by Heather S. Jarrell, MD and Karen S. SantaCruz, MD. Cases accepted include, but are not limited to: adult and pediatric blunt head trauma (accidental and non-accidental), neurodegenerative disease (adult and pediatric), leukodystrophy, leukoencephalopathy and infectious processes of the CNS. Expert testimony is available by request or subpoena. Materials accepted for consultation include formalin-fixed whole brain and/or spinal cord, paraffin-embedded formalin fixed tissue, or H&E stained/unstained slides.

Contact information: Contact Heather Jarrell, M.D. for additional information and fee scheduled at:

Shipping and Packaging Whole Brains

Non-Contagious brains without prior shipping materials.

A. When sending out a formalin-fixed brain, use a Thermosafe box with Styrofoam.

B. Brain Packing

  1. Brain/Sections should be taken out of the brain bucket and placed in formalin-soaked blue pads.
  2. These contents should be placed in a red bio bag and sealed closed.
  3. Surround this bag with dry blue pads or absorbent pads, and place in another organ bucket bag and seal closed.
  4. Place this into the Styrofoam box.
  5. The Styrofoam box should be inside the cardboard shipping box.
  6. Place any paperwork that needs to be sent to the recipient organization inside a large envelope and place the envelope on top of the Styrofoam box before sealing the outer box.

Shipping address:

Office of the Medical Investigator
ATTN: Albert Arocha/Morphology Department
1101 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102