Researchers working to understand and develop new therapies for a wide range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease, rely on donated tissues for their investigations. Experience has shown time and again that patients are very willing to donate if it means having a chance to advance medical science and contribute to the development of new treatments and cures.
By donating surgical, autopsy, or archived tissues or organs that hospitals routinely deem medically unnecessary, patients and families have the opportunity to contribute to vital medical research.
Surgically removed tissue may include:
Explanted organs from transplant recipients
Skin, fat and cartilage tissue removed during plastic surgery
Tumors and adjacent normal tissue
NDRI will work with the leadership in your pathology department to set up protocols to identify surgery cases likely to offer tissues useful to researchers.