The Power to Make A Difference

NDRI: The power to make a difference

How to Donate

How many Americans would make a phone call when scheduling surgery, to donate the tissue that would otherwise be discarded, if they knew that a scientist was waiting for it in order to test a breakthrough theory, develop a new medication, or perhaps find a cure? We bet a lot would, if they only knew that it’s simple to donate, there is no cost involved, and the tissue is urgently needed.

Most people think you can only donate tissue or organs to science after death, but the truth is that each of us has the power to impact science during our lifetime. Human tissue – whether healthy or diseased -- is precious to researchers developing cures for nearly every disease imaginable – from cancer to diabetes, glaucoma, Parkinson’s and HIV/AIDS.

We’re NDRI, the National Research Resource Center, a non-profit and the leading national organization that connects donated human tissue for the research scientists who need it to develop new therapies and cures for human disease. We want you to know you have the power to further scientific discovery that may benefit this generation or the next -- just by making a phone call.

If you have diabetes, a rare disease or HIV, your tissue post-surgery is particularly in demand.

As soon as you have scheduled surgery, call NDRI at 1.877.221.NDRI (6374) or fill out this form, and we’ll make the arrangements. It’s that simple, and there is no cost to you or your family.

When do you have the power to make a difference? Whenever you schedule surgery or at the time of the birth of a baby. At these times, you have the power to contribute the stuff of which scientific discovery is made.

From surgical procedures:

Plastic surgery: skin, bone, cartilage, and particularly the fat removed during liposuction is useful to scientists.

Tumor surgery: removed tumors provide important specimens to scientists developing therapies for a wide range of cancers.

Hip or knee replacement: bone and cartilage gives insight into how the body repairs itself.

Transplant surgery: The diseased organ removed during transplant is valuable to researchers, and would otherwise be discarded.

At the birth of a child: the umbilical cord, placenta and amniotic fluid are a rich, non-controversial source of stem cells for research into neurological diseases, heart disease, cancer, and more.

Tissue donation from surgery is a win-win for everyone, and enables each of us to make a positive contribution during a difficult, stressful, or special time in our lives. Donation is an affirmation of your ability to advance science for the public good. Scientists are waiting. Will you contribute when you can?

Call us – we’ll do the rest.


View our recent Private Donor Program webinar presentation:

Accelerating Biomedical Research via Private Donation