Ocular Procurement for Alzheimer's Disease (OTRAD)

Ocular Tissue for Alzheimer's Disease


While significant advances continue to be made with the identification of blood-based biomarkers for AD, there is an emergent interest in the use of ocular imaging or other ocular biomarkers as a parallel approach in the early detection of the disease.  To meet this need, NDRI’s Human Tissue and Organs for Research Resource (HTORR) Program was recently expanded via an administrative supplemental grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to support Alzheimer’s Disease and AD-related dementia (AD/ADRD) studies that require both ocular and other tissues for their experimental analysis.

The OTRAD program can tailor the acquisition of both ocular and other tissue samples to meet the specific needs of each research project. OTRAD can provide tissue types for a wide range of experimental needs. This includes:

  • Fresh, fixed, or frozen whole eyes, posterior poles, cornea, and lens from prospective donors
  • FFPE or OCT whole eye and substructure histological sections with available case reports 
  • Non-ocular tissue samples from other body systems can be requested with ocular tissue samples
  • Diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma

**ocular tissues and brain, ocular histological sections

Click here to read the press release about the NDRI Ocular Tissue Resource for Alzheimers Disease grant.

If you have questions, please contact NDRI at (800) 222-NDRI (6374), ext. 391 or email us at research@ndriresource.org.

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