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Medical researchers throughout the world study donated human organs and tissues to uncover the pathology of various diseases and develop effective treatments and therapies to help combat and, where possible, cure them.

Click here to view/download a diagram detailing the tissues and organs for research that are available through IIAM.

IIAM, the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine, was founded in 1986 to meet these needs and to offer people wishing to donate an option to contribute to this important work. IIAM has become one of the world’s largest recovery networks for the acquisition of non-transplantable human organs and tissues for medical research, education and development.

IIAM receives organs and tissues in accordance with the wishes of donors and their families. We view these donations to be living memorials. By offering the option of donation for research and education, we provide an opportunity for a donor to make a significant contribution to society, and give family and friends a chance to honor their loved one's memory by improving the quality of life for others.

We work with organ procurement organizations, tissue banks, hospitals and individual donors throughout the United States in offering donation of organs and tissues for research and education.

IIAM works with 55 organ procurement organizations in recovering whole, fresh organs for research from organ transplant donors who have authorized use of the non-transplantable organs for research. These organs experience virtually no warm ischemia (0-60 minutes), and minimal cold ischemia (12-24 hours) to ship the organs in preservation solution directly from the O.R. recovery suite to the researcher's lab. IIAM has full access to the donor's medical chart and can therefore relay all pertinent information about the donor.

IIAM's breadth of services include a Neonatal Donor Program that provides neonatal organs and tissues for medical research, education and development from donors with gestational ages of 24 weeks and greater. This programs offers a unique and invaluable service to researchers and to families whose babies will pass from natural causes shortly after birth.

IIAM is a division of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF). MTF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is accredited by the
American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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