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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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 
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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Jul 03, 2018

The Board of Directors and staff of National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) celebrate the extraordinary life and unparalleled legacy of
D. Walter Cohen, DDS, who died on June 29, 2018 in Philadelphia.

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Jun 25, 2018

The 2018 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize has been awarded to five scientists for transformative discoveries in the fields of genetics, physiology, pulmonology and pharmacology that have led to the development of life-altering precision-targeted treatments for the devastating multiorgan disease cystic fibrosis (CF).

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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 03, 2018 – Oct 05, 2018

Meet NDRI's Patient Advoacacy and Foundations, Director at Global Genes October 3-5th in Irvine, CA!

Oct 09, 2018 – Oct 12, 2018

Join NDRI's Site Management and Quality Leaders at the Annual AATb Meeting in Dallas, TX , October 9-12th!

Oct 18, 2018 – Oct 31, 2018

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

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