National Disease Research Interchange

Providing human biospecimens to advance biomedical research and development worldwide.

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2018 Service to Science Awards Dinner, February 1 at The Union League of Philadelphia

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Giving patients and families an opportunity to leave a meaningful legacy.

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Supporting breakthrough scientific discoveries with unmatched experience.

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Connect with our Scientific Services experts at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting!

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Partnering with medical professionals to serve donor families and investigators.

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National Institutes of Health funds Human Tissues and Organs for Research Resource Program

Serving Researchers Worldwide

Every year, NDRI distributes biospecimens to hundreds of investigators around the world who are working to advance many areas of science and healthcare. NDRI makes it easy for approved investigators to get much-needed biospecimens prepared, preserved and shipped precisely according the specific needs of the research protocol.

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1. Customized
Biospecimen acquisition and processing tailored to specific protocol requirements
2. Timely
Responsive 24/7/365 call center for requests and biospecimen distribution
3. Diverse
35 years of experience distributing nearly every human tissue and organ
4. Ethical
Informed consent and regulation compliant material handling
Donor Stories | Sarah Gray
“My son’s life was relevant not just to my family, but to the larger community. Thomas is changing medical history.”
Donor Stories | Cray Family
“The decision to donate our son Ian’s organs and tissue was the only bright spot in the darkest day of our lives."
Donor Stories | Laurie Gelb
“…consider offering down the road something worth more than money to NDRI."
Neurological Programs
A resource for scientists studying autism and traumatic brain injury
LungMAP Initiative
Supporting research into the causes of childhood lung disease
Joslin Medalist
Providing tissues to help investigators prevent, treat and cure Type 1 diabetes
Partnerships & Programs for Progress

Researchers continue to recognize NDRI as an invaluable partner as the need for human biomaterials grow. In response, NDRI has developed specialized programs to increase the supply of human tissues and organs for specific areas of research and has established a network of human tissue collection sites throughout the country to procure them.

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News & Events 
Oct 12, 2018

NDRI is very pleased to share that after eight years of advocacy efforts by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program of Philadelphia, lawmakers unanimously passed the Donate Life PA Act (SB 180) on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

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Sep 28, 2018

Bill Leinweber, President and CEO of National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) admits that NDRI’s work is complicated, because medical research is complex. For nearly 40 years, NDRI has accepted the challenge of meeting increasing demands of the medical research community, who rely on high-quality, healthy, and diseased biospecimens to conduct lifesaving research.

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Sep 20, 2018

The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) has been awarded more than $800,000 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The supplemental awards provide support for NDRI to serve as a human biospecimen resource for research focused specifically on Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and HIV/AIDS. The three awards are supplements to NDRI’s Human Tissues and Organs for Research Resources (HTORR) program which has been supported by the NIH since 1987.

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Aug 20, 2018

“Support from the NIH affirms the strong value of our mission,” said Gene Kopen, PhD, NDRI’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and principal investigator for the HTORR grant. “As an organization, NDRI has demonstrated the capacity to leverage this support to enable a broad range of complex research projects requiring human organs and tissues.”

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May 29, 2018

Read NDRI's 2018 Research Nexus for a recap of our Service to Science Awards Dinner, an exciting update on programs and initiatives, and learn how NDRI investigators are accelerating scientific discoveries!

NDRI’s 2018 Service to Science Awards Salute Biomedical Research Partnerships

Oct 18, 2018 – Oct 20, 2018

NDRI's Strategic Initiatives leadership will be exhibiting at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference October 18-20 in Denver, CO!

Oct 30, 2018 – Oct 31, 2018

Meet NDRI's Operations and Strategic Initiatives leadership at the International Bio Meeting June 4-7th in Boston, MA!

Nov 03, 2018 – Nov 07, 2018

Will you be attending the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego, CA, November 3-7th? Connect with us to learn how NDRI is the leading provider  to high-quality human brain tissue and central nervous system tissue for neuroscience research! Learn more HERE.

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