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.
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.
Today, IIAM is one of the world’s largest providers of non-transplantable human organs and tissues for medical research, education and development.
Through our recovery partners, IIAM honors 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.
IIAM works with all 58 U.S. organ procurement organizations to recover organs not suitable for transplant from donors who have authorized use for medical research.
IIAM’s breadth of services include a Neonatal Donor Program that provides neonatal organs and tissues for medical research, education and development. This program offers a unique and invaluable service to researchers and to families whose babies will pass from natural causes shortly after birth.