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Donating for Medical Education and Research

"Anatomical dissection gives the human mind an opportunity to compare the dead with the living, things severed with things intact, things destroyed with things evolving, and opens up the profoundness of nature to us more than any other endeavor or consideration."

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
(1749-1832) German poet

Faced with the loss of a loved one, many families seek a positive outlet to their grief by donating organs for transplantation. Too often, they must be told that the medical condition of the deceased or circumstances of the death prohibit donation for transplantation.

IIAM offers an alternative: donation for medical research and education. IIAM brings together donor families, medical research facilities and medical schools. We work closely with prominent research programs and provide a comforting option for donors and families wishing to donate.

Researchers today study disease with the help of donated human organs and tissues that do not meet the criteria for transplantation. Donated organs in research affect untold numbers of patients who can benefit from the medical advances that result from their use in ongoing studies.

How Donor Organs and Tissues Help Research
Research centers throughout the United States need donated organs and tissues on an ongoing basis for studies that could lead to breakthroughs in treatment for many of humankind's most devastating illnesses including:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Heart Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Incontinence
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Prostate Disease

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Fast Facts Sheet
General information about the benefits of using donated tissues and organs for research on common diseases and disorders, plus researcher testimonials. Click here to view/download.

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