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Serving the Research and Education Communities
IIAM has a dual mission
  • To give a willing donor the option of contributing organs and tissues for use in medical research and education and
  • To facilitate the recovery and placement of donated, non-transplantable human organs and tissues for medical research and education

Through an extensive national network of more than 50 organ and tissue recovery programs, and with the generosity of numerous donors and their families, IIAM has access to tens of thousands of donated organs and tissues, both normal and diseased. IIAM receives referrals of non-transplantable organs and tissues for research from organ donors for transplantation.

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.

All recipients of donor tissues must complete an IIAM Biomaterial Transfer Agreement and receive approval from IIAM's Application Review Committee.

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
175 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.

Serological testing for infectious diseases is performed by CLIA-certified laboratories on all donors prior to tissue distribution.

Human Tissues for Research Sheet
General information about the tissues and organs that are available through IIAM for research.
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