NDRI works with eye bank partners to obtain consent and recover ocular tissue from donors. Recovered tissues have a post mortem to preservation interval of 14 to 24 hours and can be delivered to researchers within 36 to 72 hours. Normal or diseased ocular tissues can be sent to researchers fresh in Optisol (Life4C) or media with antibiotics, frozen or fixed.
NDRI’s Ocular Histological Sections Project is an invaluable resource for investigators who are unable to process whole globes or who prefer to receive only specific sections of relevance. An experienced ophthalmologist/histopathologist processes all eyes, and provides detailed pathology reports, including comprehensive medical/social history data, for each donor.
This inventory contains Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded (FFPE) or Optimal Cutting Temperature (OCT) frozen sections from both normal and diseased donors, including donors with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
Available sections include:
Region 2: Anterior segment
Region 3: Angle structures only
Region 4: Angle with mid-peripheral retina/choroid/sclera
Region 6: Optic nerve
Region 7: Retina (with RPE/choroid structure or neural retina only)
Region 8: Macula (foveola, fovea, parafovea or perifovea)