Programs & Initiatives

Common Disease Specimens

Common Disease Specimens

Researchers working to understand and develop new therapies for a wide range of common diseases rely on donated tissues for their investigations. By donating many surgical, autopsy, or archived tissues or organs that hospitals routinely discard, patients and families have the opportunity to contribute to vital medical research.

NDRI’s research needs span all body systems and include projects to study many common diseases and to discover new therapies and treatments. Examples of our researchers' needs and some of the diseases being studied include:

Muscle, Cartilage, Bone, Spine:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy


Heart, Arteries, Veins:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Atherosclerosis


Brain, Dorsal Root Ganglia, Spinal Cord:

  • Autism
  • Chronic Pain
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Skin, Hair, Nails:

  • Cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Drug toxicity

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