IIAM Professionals

To save lives through donation for transplant; to impact millions of lives through donation for medical research… this is our purpose. Together, with our OPO partners, we help donors and their families give the ultimate gift.

IIAM Persevered in Supporting Life-saving and Life-enhancing Research despite the COVID-19 Pandemic!

Thank you for your partnership throughout 2020 – we made it!!  As we enter 2021, we take pride in reflecting our accomplishments despite the challenges faced in 2020 by COVID-19 pandemic:

  • IIAM placed over 1100 organs and tissues with medical research, improving treatments for Type 1 Diabetes, exploring airway disorders and other pulmonary diseases, creating safer new medicines, testing cardiac toxicity from non-cardiac related medicines, and – most recently – supporting ongoing COVID-19 studies.
  • IIAM was proud to assist our recovery partners supporting 12 neonatal donors and families, now totaling 146 of the tiniest heroes who donated 549 organs and tissues.  Groundbreaking work is being done to create a molecular atlas of pulmonary cells; identify the etiology behind Type 1 Diabetes and how the human body succumbs to this disease; understanding the human immune system and how it can become compromised, and so many other life saving and life enhancing medical breakthroughs.
  • IIAM acquired 23 new researchers who require donor gifts through our recovery partners to successfully make progress in safe and effective treatments for patients, including improving transplant technology.
  • Research Recovery Workshop:  IIAM successfully hosted one of its standard two annual, hands-on surgical recovery workshops in January 2020, bringing 26 donor professionals together to demonstrate competencies in the recovery of non-transplantable organs and tissues from donors. 11 OPOs and 3 research entities were represented. IIAM’s Research Recovery Workshops are on hold during the pandemic until further notice. Please check back for updates or contact your IIAM Regional Director for more information.
  • Research Managers Workgroup: IIAM debuted its first quarterly Research Managers Workgroup in August 2020, followed in November by the group’s second virtual meeting.  The Workgroup was designed to create Best Practices among research partnerships. Together, we hope to improve the process of research placement and, ultimately, make the greatest effort to honor the donor gift.  If your OPO has a research focused position and would like to join the Workgroup, please contact Mike Vara or Shannon Edwards for more information about our March 2021 session.

The Vessels that Streamline Progress

The process of providing organs and tissue for research begins with IIAM and our network of all 57 organ procurement organizations (OPOs), our invaluable stewards. IIAM staff work around the clock with OPOs, the frontline for organs and tissues for transplant, and facilitate the recovery of non-transplantable organs for research. These OPOs link us to the donors who we, in turn, link to viable medical research. By promoting research donation through educational in-services and conducting semiannual Research Recovery Workshops, we help OPOs develop more efficient recovery practices and coordination processes to meet the specifications of our research partners. Through this collaboration, we maximize the donor gift while making invaluable contributions to medical science. READ more testimonials below.

NEW: IIAM established a quarterly Research Managers Workgroup to enable Best Practices for Research Placements

IIAM debuted its first quarterly Research Managers Workgroup in August 2020, followed in November by the group’s second virtual meeting. The Workgroup was designed to create Best Practices among research partnerships. Together, we hope to improve the process of research placement and, ultimately, make the greatest effort to honor the donor gift.  If your OPO has a research focused position and would like to join the Workgroup, please contact Mike Vara or Shanon Edwards (mailto:shannon_edwards@iiam.org) for more information about our March 2021 session.

IIAM Now Offers eReferrals

We are excited to introduce our eReferrals!  As one of many service enhancements IIAM is making, the eReferral is available to you effective immediately.  This technology will eliminate the need for calls to initiate organ allocation for medical research through IIAM.

Upon confirmation of your eReferral, a donor medical record will immediately be built in our system.  Through our new electronic screening and criteria ‘match runs’, our placement coordinator will commence allocation of organs and contact you with outcomes, achieving a “Referral to Response” in a more accelerated manner.

You can enjoy our tutorial and training PowerPoint that will walk you through the process.  Please contact IIAM’s Administrator on Call at 800-486-IIAM (4426).

Recovery Partner Testimonials

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