Lyme Disease Biobank Tissue Program

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The Lyme Disease Tissue Collection Program is a collaborative initiative of the Lyme Disease Biobank (LDB), National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), and MyLymeData Patient Registry. We are collecting surgical and post-mortem tissue samples and detailed information from people with Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections to aid in accelerating research efforts related to these diseases.

  • These tissue samples will be made available to approved researchers, providing the medical community with a much-needed resource to better understand these complex infections and the ability of Lyme bacteria to invade tissues and organs.
  • If you would like to register, please complete the form to the right.
  • To learn more about this program, please read the LDB Tissue Program FAQs.
Things to Consider:
  • Your family and loved ones must be aware of your wish to donate.
  • Only organs and tissues needed for research will be recovered.
  • NDRI covers all costs associated with coordination of organ and tissue recovery. 
  • For post mortem donation, funeral and cremation costs remain the responsibility of the family decision makers.
  • For surgical donations, costs associated with the surgery remain the responsibility of the patient.
For more information, call:

(800) 222-NDRI (6374), Option 5 or

If You Are a Provider:

Click here for more information about referring a patient.

About NDRI

Founded in 1980, the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that ships thousands of biospecimens annually from our nationwide procurement network to researchers worldwide. NDRI is the nation’s leading source of human tissues, cells, and organs for scientific research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has provided funding to NDRI since 1987.

NDRI is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) as a biorepository and a sponsor facility. This biorepository accreditation meets the standards for human biospecimen collection, storage, informatics, and distribution defined by the CAP Biorepository Accreditation Program.

Become a tissue donor! Fill out our form below.
Eligibility for the Lyme Disease Biobank Tissue Collection Program:

* Must be 18 years old or older. 

* Must reside within the continental U.S.

* Must be diagnosed with Lyme disease by a healthcare provider.

* Additional information including medical history, laboratory testing results, and consultation with clinical experts will be part of the LDB eligibility determination process.


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