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Quality Human Tissue for Biomedical Research

Superior access to high-quality human brain tissue and central nervous system tissue for neuroscience research

NDRI works with academic and corporate investigators worldwide to advance research on debilitating conditions related to illness or injury to the brain and nervous system.

NDRI works directly with Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), tissue banks, hospitals, pathologists, medical examiners, and recovery specialists across the United States to coordinate the collection of human tissues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Customized Human Tissue Requests

We tailor human tissue acquisition to meet the specific needs of approved research projects. NDRI can provide tissue types for all of your research needs. This includes:

  • CNS and PNS structures - brain, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglia, sympathetic ganglia, peripheral nerves
  • Region-specific neural tissue samples
  • Diseases and Disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, Autism, Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Low post-mortem interval (PMI) biospecimens 
  • Fixed, frozen, or fresh tissue shipped on ice in culture media with antibiotics
  • All body systems available
Advantages working with NDRI
  • Commitment to support your project: project management process provides the highest level of customer support—no matter the size of the project
  • Funded by the NIH over 35 years
  • Timely: 24/7 response to requests and distribution of biospecimens
  • State-of-the-Art: Multiple tissue types, formats, and preservation methods available
  • Access to diverse donor populations 
  • Informed consent/authorization: Utilize best practices for tissue collection and use
  • Consistency: Biospecimens collected and preserved using standardized methods

NDRI's Focus on Alzhiemer's Disease and AD-related dementia (AD/ADRD) :

NDRI’s Human Tissue and Organs for Research Resource (HTORR) Program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for over 30 years to support research programs across multiple disciplines, including neuroscience. It is through the HTORR program that NDRI provides biomedical investigators with human organs and tissues from normal donors as well as Alzheimer’s Disease and AD-related dementia (AD/ADRD) donors using customized procurement, processing, and preservation and distribution protocols. NDRI recently received a supplemental grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to increase its focus on AD/ADRD. Click here to learn more!



Start the process by completing a Feasibility Application. The NDRI Feasibility Committee will review your application and provide a timely response.

The following are some of the human tissue and organs supplied for research projects:
  • Nervous System/CNS Tissue
  • Brain tissue (whole and dissected)
  • Brain Cortex
  • Brainstem
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
  • Cerebellum tissue
  • Dorsal Root Ganglia
  • Filum Terminale
  • Nerve tissue
  • Spinal Cord
  • Sympathetic Ganglia

NDRI is a Not-For-Profit (501c3) Corporation.