Customized Post-Mortem Tissue Procurement

NDRI works with a nationwide network of tissue banks to obtain consent and recover tissues from cadaveric donors. Researchers can receive normal or diseased non-transplantable whole organs or tissue samples from multiple body systems. Recovered tissues have a post-mortem to preservation interval of 14 to 24 hours and can be preserved fresh, fixed, or frozen. Samples that are preserved fresh or fixed in media can be delivered to researchers within 36 to 72 hours post-mortem.

Requests within this donor stream are NDRI’s most customizable offerings. We work with our recovery site technicians to establish recovery protocols for almost any tissue type and we can accommodate various preservation types, including using specialized researcher-supplied media.

Examples of specimens we can provide from our tissue donor stream include:

  • Lung (samples or whole)
  • Heart (samples or whole)
  • Arteries
  • Kidney (samples or whole)
  • Brain (hemisphere, whole, or select samples)
  • Spinal Cord
  • Peripheral Nerves
  • Skin (full-thickness or split-thickness)
  • Adipose
  • Stomach (samples or whole)
  • Intestines (samples or whole)
  • Muscle
  • Bones
  • Cartilage
  • Uterus
  • Testes

HIV Program

Human tissues from both infected and uninfected individuals are necessary to continue the vital work of discovering new therapies for HIV/AIDS and minimizing adverse side effects from treatment. NDRI receives funding through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in order to procure organs and tissues from HIV-positive donors for the research community.

NDRI can provide researchers with de-identified relevant medical history for each donor, as available, including:

  • Recent CD4 counts
  • Viral load
  • Anti-HIV medications
  • Co-infections (HBV, HCV, TB, etc.

If you have questions, please contact NDRI at (800) 222-NDRI (6374), ext. 391 or email us at
Apply now to to request tissue custom to your protocol.