The Australian Veterans Brain Bank AVBB

The Australian Veterans Brain Bank is a tissue bank that is dedicated to research on disorders of the brain in Australian Defence Force Veterans. We hope that people both with and without a known or suspected brain disorder will pledge their brain to support research on neurologic conditions affecting Australian Veterans.  

Damien Thomlinson

AVBB Ambassador

  Damien Thomlinson is an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan. In 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered severe blast injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated. With a great deal of commitment and hard work he taught himself to walk again with state-of-the-art prosthetic legs.


The Australian Veterans Brain Bank is honoured to have Damien as our official ambassador. We benefit from his lived experience of physical and mental rehabilitation, his passion to help other veterans, and his unwavering spirit.  For more information about Damien, please visit his website here.