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Human Tissue for Research

Virtually every human organ and tissue is needed for medical research. Everyday heroes donate these tissues to assist in the discovery of cures and remedies to ensure better health for all.
The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) links organ and tissue donors with the scientific community. After securing the appropriate consent, IIAM provides non-transplantable organs and tissues to researchers for use in medical discovery and education. All areas are served including: physicians, researchers and scientists in academic, pharmaceutical, governmental and biotech institutions.

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.

Below, view the story of Amalya Nathaniel Conkel, the neonatal baby whose donations provided precious gifts to medical research and led to the beginning of IIAM's Neonatal Donor Program.

Condensed Story (5 mins)

Full Story (10 mins)

For more information please contact IIAM

Contact IIAM for the IIAM Biomaterial Transfer Agreement (PDF) for Non-Distributors “Non-Distributors” are researchers who will use the tissue for in-house research only, and who may utilize contract services to assist in their ability to perform said studies but do not, at any time, lose control of the tissue.

Contact IIAM for the IIAM Biomaterial Transfer Agreement (PDF) for Distributors “Distributors” are researchers who will process the tissues into some other form, and distribute the newly created product for a service fee.

Upon completion of the application please mail it to:

IIAM, Organ Division
Allyson Samuel
125 May Street
Edison, NJ, 08837

The completed Biomaterial Transfer Agreement will be submitted to IIAM's Application Review Committee. The approval process takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks and can be expedited if necessary. Following approval, researchers are notified and offered to be immediately included into IIAM's placement rotation.

Human Organs & Tissues Available through IIAM
Organs recovered within 0-2 hours of disconnection from ventilator

  • Adipose Tissue
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Aorta
  • Biliary Tree (Specimen)
  • Bladder with and without Urethra
  • Bone Marrow
  • Breast Tissue
  • Dorsal Root Ganglia
  • Esophagus
  • Gall Bladder
  • Gastric Fluid
  • Heart
  • Intestines
  • Intestinal Fluid
  • Kidneys
  • Liver (Class I and II)
  • Liver (HCV+)
  • Lungs
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Pancreas
  • Prostate with and
    without Urethra
  • Reproductive Tissues
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Skin (full thickness)
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Thymus
  • Thyroid
  • Trachea (Segment)

In addition to the tissues above, IIAM can accommodate customized requests. Please contact IIAM about your specific research needs.

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