NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 18, May 30, 1997


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  Biological Resources 


National Center for Research Resources


The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is a center for the

procurement, preservation and distribution of normal and diseased

human tissues and organs available for biomedical research.  NDRI

currently provides 165 different types of human tissues obtained from

autopsies, eye banks, surgical procedures, and organ retrieval

programs.  NDRI tailors the procurement and preservation of human

tissue to the individual researcher's scientific protocol.  To

receive human tissue for research, investigators must submit a formal

brief application.  The requests are reviewed by a committee of

advisors for scientific merit and feasibility.  Once approved, a

protocol is developed with the investigator for each specific tissue,

outlining the constraints with regard to donor criteria, tissue size,

preservation and processing needs, and time/delivery limitations.

Investigators may request tissue to be delivered fresh with or

without tissue culture media, fixed, or frozen.  A modest service fee

for the retrieval, preservation, and delivery of tissue is paid by

the investigator.




Direct requests for applications and resource inquiries to:


The National Disease Research Interchange

2401 Walnut Street, Suite 408

Philadelphia, PA  19103

Telephone:  (800) 222-NDRI or (215) 557-7361


NDRI is supported by a cooperative agreement award from the Clinical

Research area, National Center for Research Resources, NIH.



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