For Researchers

"Our work depends on the frequent acquisition of both normal and diseased viable human organs," Dr. Kurten said. "With a national network for procurement, 24/7 staffing and the use of efficient courier services, NDRI is a critical partner."

Richard Kurten, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


NDRI — National Disease Research Interchange — has been fulfilling the biomedical research community’s human tissue needs since 1980. We provide academic and corporate investigators worldwide with high-quality human biospecimens to advance biomedical research.

NDRI serves as a Human Tissue and Organ for Research Resource (HTORR). We receive funding and oversight from federal agencies, including the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support the recovery and distribution of donated human organs and tissues for use in research programs across multiple disciplines. 

Every prospective researcher completes an application process to determine whether the project falls within NDRI’s capabilities and mission. The tissue acquisition and processing is tailored to meet the specific needs of these approved projects.

NDRI can provide an array of tissue types from any body system. Biospecimens from diseased and non-diseased surgical, autopsy, and low post-mortem interval (PMI) donors are available. Preservation methods include fresh, frozen, and fixed suitable for various analytical techniques. To begin the application process, Request Tissue below.

To learn more, contact:
Scientific Services
Email us at or call (800) 222-NDRI (6374), ext. 391

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