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 treatments 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 authorization/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, biotech, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering institutions.
IIAM’s breadth of services includes a Neonatal Donor Program. This program offers a unique and invaluable service to a family receiving a fatal fetal diagnosis for their unborn baby, as well as to medical researchers wishing to study organs and tissues at the earliest stages of development. Families wishing to carry to term and anticipate circumstances where the baby will pass from natural causes shortly after birth are candidates for this program. Learn More.
Human Organs & Tissues Available through IIAM
Organs are typically recovered within 0-2 hours of circulatory death unless otherwise directed.
- Adipose Tissue
- Biliary Tree
- Bladder with/without Urethra
- Breast Tissue
- Dorsal root ganglia
- Gall Bladder
- Gastric Fluid
- Heart with/without Aortic Arch
- Intestine (large & small)
- Intestinal Fluid
- Kidney with/without Ureter and/or Adrenal
- Liver (Class I, II, III, NASH or Hepatitis+)
- Lung with/without Trachea and/or Bronchus
- Lymph Node
- Neonatal Organs and Tissue (various)
- Prostate with/without Urethra
- Skeletal Muscle
- Skin (full thickness)
- Testes with/without Vas Deferens
- Vaginal Tissue
In addition to the list above, IIAM can accommodate customized requests. Please contact IIAM about your specific research needs.
With profound respect for the individuals and families who donate organs and tissues for medical research, IIAM requires all end-users to complete an Application and Biomaterial Transfer Agreement to ensure that the donors’ gifts are utilized as they were intended.
Please complete the information below and IIAM will prepare and send an Application for your review and completion.